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Month: October 2016

Connecting to WordPress Bitnami SAAS Instance on AWS with FileZilla

Connecting to WordPress Bitnami SAAS Instance on AWS with FileZilla

I’ve recently been looking into moving my blog away from Blogger and over to a WordPress installation. There are a ton of options out there to get your head around, but I have finally settled at a SAAS (Software as a Service) option hosted on Amazon’s Web Service platform for the time being.  I am still trying to get my head around a few things before I do the final migration. I’ve learnt a few things about WordPress and AWS…

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster Node issues

Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster Node issues

I recently came across an error where nodes within a Windows Server 2012 R2 Cluster who stopped being active nodes within the cluster and continually cycled round trying to join again. We were seeing errors: Event 1070: Failover cluster nodes must have the ability to start the Cluster service, form a cluster (when a given node starts but no other nodes are up) and join a cluster (when a given node starts and discovers that one or more nodes are…

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Security Benchmarks for Workstations, Servers and Applications

Security Benchmarks for Workstations, Servers and Applications

We’ve all had to lock down a workstation, server or application for security/audit purposes and wondered where to start.  I recently stumbled across the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark program which provides vendor agnostic advice and tools on accessing and improving the security of servers and applications.   The CIS program can help public and private organisations to meet compliance standards for FISMA, PCI, HIPAA and a lot more. Behind the scenes of CIS there is a group of…

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KEMP load balancer forgotten password

KEMP load balancer forgotten password

I recently started to use my home lab after 6months of not having any time to use it and unfortunately I had completely forgotten what I had set the password to on my KEMP Loadbalancer.  Thankfully I haven’t changed deleted the bal account and was able to use a simple method to get into it again… 1. Log into the KEMP console using the username pwreset 2. Use the password 1pwreset 3. The console will now indicate that the password…

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Free Layer-7 Load Balancer from KEMP

Free Layer-7 Load Balancer from KEMP

KEMP Technologies was founded in 2000 in New York and they specialise in creating load balancing products.  They offer hardware, cloud, virtual and bare metal load balancers. One of the best things about KEMP is the offer a completely free version of their product, it isn’t a waterdown version of their product but a fully featured Layer-7 load balancer, with only one drawback, it is throttled to 20Mbps throughput.  However the free appliance can be seamlessly upgraded to a paid…

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MS Ignite 2016

MS Ignite 2016

As I’m sure you are all aware MS Ignite this year was held in Atlanta in September for those of us not lucky enough to be there in person Microsoft have kindly put the session online via YouTube so we can view them.  With over 1000 sessions it can be a daunting task trying to figure out which ones to watch and which ones not to.  I’ve put together a list of six sessions I really enjoyed watching and think…

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