max_connections at AWS RDS MySQL Instance Sizes

This chart shows the max_connections limit, set by AWS, at various MySQL RDS instance sizes.

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Create and Attach Azure VM Disks in PowerShell

This article is a quick overview of the commands used to create and add disks through PowerShell.  This can be especially helpful when adding many disks to the same VM.  The Azure web portal can take 1-2 minutes per disk to complete an add operation. Your PowerShell environment should be set up with the necessary permissions to your Azure account.  See this Microsoft Article for Azure cmdlets...

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Microsoft’s KB2992611 Critical SSL TLS Update Fiasco

Microsoft released KB2992611, MS14-066, a critical patch to address remote code execution schannel vulnerabilities, during the November 11, 2014 patch Tuesday.  Admins scrambled to install this zero-day update as the community feared “drive-by” attacks and many security agencies rated it as one of the most critical updates released by Microsoft.  Unfortunately, the patch broke...

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Enable TLS in Browser for Poodle Vulnerability Fix

For users who see broken websites, they need to enable newer protocol support in their browsers. These end user instructions will fix broken websites and will secure them from POODLE:

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Clear IIS Log Directories

IIS creates a new log directory for each site. Here is a script to delete Microsoft Windows IIS logs.

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Google and Microsoft End Support for SHA-1, Rekey Your Certs

Chrome is ending support for SHA-1 in November and other browsers are expected to follow suit.  All SHA-1 certificates need to be rekeyed at the server or end users will receive a certificate warning: DigiCert offers the SHA-1 Sunset tool to check domains for support in upcoming versions of Chrome. Most public CAs provide free rekeys for all certificates.  A rekey must be planned and timed...

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