Windows Server: Disabling SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1
May17

Windows Server: Disabling SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1

KB ID 0001675 What are these protocols? Both SSL and TLS are cryptographic protocols designed to secure communications over a network (remember the internet is just a network). Originally we had SSL version 1 and version 2. But they were, (to be honest) ‘a bit bobbins’ and full of security holes, so never really took off. Version 3 however did and was widely supported. The problem with version 3 was, (again) that was also ‘bobbins’....

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How to Tell if Windows is 32 or 64 bit
Nov17

How to Tell if Windows is 32 or 64 bit

KB ID 0000153 Problem If you want to know what version (x64 or x86) of Windows you are running, then this is the simplest way to find out. Solution Under accessories run system information; Under System Type: If it says x86 then it’s 32 bit. However if it says x64 then it’s 64 bit. Windows XP and Server 2003 1. Click Start > Run > sysdm.cpl {enter} > General Tab. Windows XP x32 (x86) and Windows XP x64 Windows...

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WannaCry – Protect Yourself
May15

WannaCry – Protect Yourself

KB ID 0001311  Problem Last Friday, the IT world was hit by another attack, WannaCry is a Ransomware infection, that exploits a hole in the windows SMB Protocol. This hole was patched back in March, (Security update MS17-010) so if your, (windows update supported systems) have updates enabled, you will probably already be protected. Why were big organisations like the NHS hit? Primarily because they have systems that are no longer...

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Windows Firewall – Enable ‘Ping’ / ICMP Echo Reply
Jan18

Windows Firewall – Enable ‘Ping’ / ICMP Echo Reply

KB ID 0001134  Problem By default all modern distributions of Windows come with their client firewall enabled. Which is a good thing, most corporate networks simply disable it using the rationale that they have a corporate firewall and security software etc. Again thats fine, but what if you want to leave it on, and still be able to ping that host to see if its alive. Solution The firewall exception is already written for you, you...

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Windows – Black Screen Of Death
Nov17

Windows – Black Screen Of Death

KB ID 0000152 Problem Post Microsoft KB 915597 and KB 976098 updates. You PC will boot, and you will see a totally black screen with (but not always) a Windows explorer window. Solution Credit to the guys at Prevx who have a fix online already. 1) Restart your PC. 2) Logon and wait for the black screen to appear. 3) Make sure your PC should be able to connect to the internet (black screen does not appear to affect this). 4) Press the...

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Vista – Installing Hyper-V
Nov17

Vista – Installing Hyper-V

Pete’s Adventures in Hyper-V Part 3 KB ID 0000094 Problem It seems a long road to get to installing Hyper-V, but now we are ready to actually install it as a SERVER ROLE, Server 2008 has many different roles, and Hyper-V is just one of them. However unlike most other roles Hyper-V requires a reboot, if you think about what hyper-v actually does then this should come as no surprise. Hyper-V is (as the name suggests) a bare metal...

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