Monday, May 28, 2012

A “Monday off” Linkfest

Here is a quick hodge-podge of linkage this somber day off for some of us.

Everything you ever wanted to know about building a secure password reset feature - Troy Hunt’s blog - wonderfully deep post on strategies for designing a “reset password” feature.

Serva 32/64 - free/portable multi-server platform.

TFTPD32 - opensource IPv6 ready TFTP server/service for windows

Critical hole in Seagate BlackArmor NAS - The H Security: News and Features - oh snap!

OutlookAddressBookView - NirSoft - new/free tool to display and export Outlook Address book information.

MRTG Quickstart (by Tony Fortunato) - LoveMyTool blog.

New version of Nmap out:

Am I pwn3d? Windows *Native* Tool Triage - Open Security Research blog

NetCalc v1.1.0 - updated - woanware

Deny and allow workstation logons with Group Policy - 4sysops

How To: Read CID on SD card - GetUSBInfo blog. Very interesting information.

Windows credentials dumper - tippage via TinyApps bloggist to the Quarks PwDump tool. Read the QuarksLAB Blog for more information. One of the reasons I’ve wanted to build a new virtualized session of XP recently.

Notification Area Cleaner for Windows 7 - IT Samples - free and works for me! - As spotted in this AddictiveTips post: Remove All Windows System Tray Icons Left By Uninstalled Applications - Notification Area Cleaner

Data Recovery SOS - Eassos interesting freeware tool for recovery of lost/deleted files. I’ve got more than a free excellent freeware file-recovery tools and this has been added to that pile. Spotted in this AddictiveTips post: Eassos Recovery: Recover Lost Partitions & Deleted Data From Hard Disk.

Bonus find, Eassos PartitionGuru Free (link at the bottom of the page). Really slick and neat tool for both file and partition well as some additional disk info/tool features.

How to find computer model name or serial number in Windows 7 - Windows Club tip. From CMD “wmic csproduct get name” done.

SysExporter - v1.60 update by NirSoft - “Added support for DirectUI control, which is used to display files and folders on Explorer Windows of Windows 7.”

Directory Monitor - freeware - BrutalDeveloper - Another interesting tool to monitor changes to a folder and can run as a service. Reminded me of Track Folder Changes.

Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed - Ars Technica - As I’ve been getting ready for my updated Xplico post, I’ve been working in the latest builds of Ubuntu, which use the “Unity” interface. It has taken a while to get used to, but is very slick and handy.

And then there was AD…

I’m still getting up to speed in Active Directory administration and operations. I’ve come a long way but have a long way to go in feeling more comfortable in my day-to-day operations support. If anyone has any tips, book (or e-book) recommendations, or virtual server/lab resources they could recommend, I would be grateful. I’m less interested (for now) in building/deploying AD environments from the ground up, and more focused on how to actually improve my reporting and object administration in the immediacy.

I’ve been working through/with the following freeware resources and find them very helpful, but I really need to have a safe way to practice and poke things (as in not on our live domain) as well as find a more formalized and structured study process to get up to speed in “boots on the ground” AD administration.

Cheers and thanks.

--Claus V.

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