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The Truth About Switching

While browsing digg.com, I came across this article regarding the truth about switching to the Mac. It’s pretty accurate, too, both on the good points as well as the bad points (and yes, there are a few bad points).

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StrataGuard Free

In the next few days, I’m going to try out StrataGuard Free, a freeware version of StrataGuard, a Snort-based IDS/IPS. StillSecure is making StrataGuard Free available as a VMware image for easy testing.

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My Thoughts on Windows Hypervisor

A recent posting on virtualization.info discussed a presentation at WinHEC 2006 regarding the Windows Hypervisor and its (projected) capabilities. Here are my thoughts.

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PN Agent Filter

Via thincomputing.net, I was alerted to the PN Agent Filter, a mechanism for hiding applications from the Program Neighborhood Agent.

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Microsoft Word Vulnerability

Security researchers recently uncovered a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word that allows attackers to install a backdoor Trojan horse on the affected computers.

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Comment Spam

The level of comment spam I’ve been receiving over the last few days has suddenly skyrocketed (as in approximately 200 spam comments in just a couple of days). It was time to do something.

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Follow Up on 802.1Q Problem With Macs

Back in March, I posted an entry describing a problem with the new Intel-based Macs on networks using VLANs and 802.1Q. By all reports, that issue has now been resolved.

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Semi-Automatic Account Maintenance

Continuing in my “semi-automatic” theme, here’s some information on using command-line utilities to help automate account maintenance. By combining dsquery and a third-party replacement for dsmove (since dsmove has some problems), we can streamline account maintenance policies for Active Directory.

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Semi-Automatic Security Groups

One really cool feature of Exchange Server 2003 is query-based distribution groups. This feature allows organizations to define LDAP queries and then dynamically populate distribution groups based on the results of the LDAP query. Unfortunately, there’s no built-in equivalent for security groups, but here’s a reasonable workaround to create that same kind of functionality.

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OpenBSD 3.9 on ESX Server

In earlier posts (on the pcn0 driver in OpenBSD 3.8 and on running OpenBSD 3.8 on VMware ESX Server 2.5) I’ve provided information on running OpenBSD in a virtualized environment. With the release of OpenBSD 3.9 a few weeks ago, I’ve completed some testing. Here are the results.

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