Jul 22, 2017

WMI Querying Techniques, Part 1 – WbemTest


Breaking the ice with WMI

I wanted to throw together a few different use cases for WMI querying.  There are many articles that have some good information on various use cases of WMI, I figured I would share some that I’ve used recently for various engagements. In the next couple of posts, we’ll go over a few different methods to use WMI, using GUI, Command line, PowerShell, and incorporating into your C# code.

Let’s jump in! We’re going to start out with some basics, starting with the Windows GUI, Windows Management Instrumentation Tester, or WBEMTest.  You can open it by clicking on your start menu, and just type in wbemtest.  Once the window opens up, click on Connect, leaving everything to default, where your namespace is root\cimv2 for our examples, we’ll stick with default impersonation level, and use the default connector, click Connect again.  You should be back to the main screen and all of the options should be available. read more

Jul 22, 2017

Some notes on migrating WordPress from IIS 8 to an Apache host

Photo by Pelly Benassi on Unsplash

I had been self hosting my blog since inception, and it is just time to give it a little more breathing room. After wrestling with a WebsitePanel install that has been upgraded to the new MSPControl panel, let’s just say things aren’t going as well as I planned, and it’s time to just move on.

To get the site moved I used a plugin called All-in-One WP Migration. It allows for you to export from the original site into a slurry of formats, including File (WPRESS file), Dropbox, FTP, Google Drive, Onedrive, Amazon, and Box. read more

May 24, 2016

WatchGuard Increases Visibility with New Network Discovery and Mobile Security Capabilities

IT Pros in distributed enterprises and SMBs gain new insights into network threats, attacks, malware and mobile security.

, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in multi-function integrated security appliances, today released WatchGuard Dimension™ 2.1, the latest version of its award-winning data visualization and reporting suite, and Fireware® 11.11, its security-hardened operating system. These releases provide increased visibility across the entire network for distributed enterprises and small and midsize businesses (SMBs). IT professionals can now scan networks for unauthorized devices with WatchGuard’s Network Discovery, gain real-time visibility into infected clients with Botnet Detection, identify and audit mobile devices connected to the network with Mobile Security, and take advantage of new reporting and management capabilities in Dimension.

Organizations lacking comprehensive and actionable visibility across their network face greater risk and slower response times for attack mitigation. Additionally, they have difficulty managing everyday network nuisances like downtime and bottlenecks that negatively impact employee productivity.


“As an IT managed services company, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize and perfect monitoring and investigating suspicious traffic in our customers’ environments,” said Jon Bailey, CEO, Netektives Technology, LLC. “WatchGuard’s Network Discovery service is one of the new services that enables us to stay one step ahead of potential breaches with a clear view into network traffic, connected devices and users on the network.”

“We talk about visibility as the missing layer of information security, but really, it’s more like night vision goggles,” said Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer at WatchGuard. “It allows you to see into areas that were previously just a shadowy void. No matter how good your security may be, the threat landscape will continue to evolve. Since you can’t stop every attack, you need to have mechanisms that help you see, analyze and respond to them before it’s too late.”


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