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All of Windows Cipher Suites

Working on a security project and I needed a reference guide as to what cipher suites are supported on what OS. So I have documented a list of the default cipher suites and their preferred order for every Windows Server version. These were gathered from fully patched operating systems. [su_note note_color=”#efacad”]These are the server defaults […]

What version of SQL Server do I have?

Working with so many versions of SQL a quick reference list is always helpful that shows the versions numbers and service packs. A downloadable version of an Excel workbook that contains all the build versions together with their current support lifecycle stage for 2005 through the current version is available. Click to download this Excel file […]

NSLookup still showing IP of demoted Domain Controller

So had an interesting issue today where a Domain Controller (DC) was demoted yet the IP of the demoted DC was still showing up when running nslookup internaldomain.local Demoted DC: MWDC04 / IP: 10.14.111.111 I had done the metadata cleanup and tried many suggestions when googling the subject. To my surprise none of the solutions I […]

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – WSUS sync fails with HTTP 503 errors

Ran into this issue with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 where it was unable to synchronize Software Update Point with the WSUS server. A review of the component status messages for the SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER component on the primary site server reveals errors related to WSUS synchronization which are similar to the following: [su_note note_color=”#efacad”]Message ID: 6703 WSUS Synchronization […]

Ways to Mitigate the Meltdown & Spectre Problem

To mitigate the flaws of the two large vulnerabilities vendors have been scrabbling to come out with updates to provide consumers with a fix. If exploited, these vulnerabilities can give hackers unprecedented access to compromised systems and widespread liberty to steal a broad variety of confidential, sensitive data. Their severity, complexity and scope puts them […]

R.I.P. nslookup – Start using dig or host

I have been using nslookup for the longest time I can remember. Although, this may be an older topic to some, it may be a newer topic to most Windows users. Dear Windows users, nslookup has been deprecated. The organization that maintains the code for nslookup, Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), has very clearly stated it in the most […]

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Mohammed Wasay

Dallas based Design Technologist & Hybrid Developer