Activate Windows SMB Signing for PCI Compliance

Internal PCI scans are now reporting that file transfer protocols must be digitally signed. This is an automatic failing condition. A server is affected if it is included in your internal PCI scope and serves Windows File Shares.

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Add Office 365 SRV DNS Records to AWS Route 53

Adding SRV records can be tricky as each name server host varies how to input name and value. AWS Route 53 administrators must include both service and protocol in the SRV name. Priority, weight, port, and target are added to the value field.

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Uptime Chart

All levels of web-scale IT stacks should be monitored for availability, response time, and performance. Whether self-imposed or customer-imposed, the availability SLA percentage translates to a specific amount of downtime. Industry lingo may refer to this as the number of "nines" of an application or resource. For example, 99.99 would be referred to as 4 nines.

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Windows Server Logs Flooded with SChannel events

Periodically, we notice Microsoft Server events get flooded with schannel critical events.  Depending on the environment, these can be transient errors.  On one occasion, one of our customer servers received thousands of SChannel events every hour while its virtual machine clone received none. Make sure to evaluate your environment and verify you support the appropriate protocols, cipher suites...

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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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.bat Script to Check Windows Service and Start if Stopped

Hamachi services stop unexpectedly. Use this script to check the status then reset all services.

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