VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’
Jul20

VMware Converter ‘A file I/O Error Occurred’

KB ID 0001688 Problem It seems every time I use VMware Converter, there’s some new error that jumps up and makes me stumble! Yesterday the problem was; FAILED: A file I/O error occurred while accessing Solution Some searching told me this is actually a DNS problem, (where the converter could not resolve the DNS name of the machine being converted). BUT I had put the FQDN directly into this machines ‘hosts file’ so I...

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Patch Your DNS Servers! SigRed
Jul15

Patch Your DNS Servers! SigRed

KB ID 0001687 Problem WARNING: This is rated 10 on the CVSS scale. Affected Server OS: Windows 2003, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2012, Windows 2012 R2, Windows 2016, Windows 2019 Yesterday Microsoft released a critical notice (KB4569509) to address vulnerabilities identified in (CVE-2020-1350). Basically it allows a remote attacker to perform remote code execution on your DNS servers (unless you patch them!) The reason its...

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Cisco FTD: AMP/URL Filtering/Threat Detection and AVC
Jul15

Cisco FTD: AMP/URL Filtering/Threat Detection and AVC

KB ID 0001686 Problem This brings me to the end of my recent FTD articles. Although this is not a complete run though of all the capabilities, it will point you in the right direction to enable; AMP Inspection. URL Filtering. IDS/IPS Inspection. AVC Inspection. Solution Each of these is a ‘Licensed Feature’ which means it’s going to cost you. Not only that, but  you need to have the licences in your Cisco Smart...

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Cisco FTD (and ASA) Creating AnyConnect Profiles
Jul07

Cisco FTD (and ASA) Creating AnyConnect Profiles

KB ID 0001685 Problem A few days ago I did an article on Deploying Cisco AnyConnect with the Cisco FTD, there I glossed over the AnyConnect profile section. For a long time now, we have been able to edit the AnyConnect profile from within the firewall (if we are running ASA code!) But for the FTD we need to take a step backwards and go back to using the ‘offline’ AnyConnect profile editor. Solution Firstly you need to...

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Outlook (for macOS) Notifications Stopped Working
Jul02

Outlook (for macOS) Notifications Stopped Working

KB ID 0001684 Problem Like most of us I spend my working day based around Outlook calendar meetings and entries, I’ve even got birthdays and anniversaries in there. So recently when the notification pop-ups stopped working, it was a potential problem. Occasionally I could hear the notification ‘sound’, but I had to open outlook and change to the notification window to see them. When you are as absent minded as me,...

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Cisco ASA VPN Static to Dynamic IP (DHCP)
Jul01

Cisco ASA VPN Static to Dynamic IP (DHCP)

KB ID 0001683 Problem I had a call with a client last week, they are in one of my employer’s DCs, and their servers are behind a vASA. They had purchased some Meraki MX devices for their IT team who were working remotely (during the Covid-19 lockdown), and were struggling. Normally we would just suggest AnyConnect, but these guys were building new machines for  their clients, and needed access directly to the domain from their...

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