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Apple iOS 6 Released

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Finally Apple released iOS 6. After months of spreading news how great new iOS will be we can install it. So, was it really worth waiting and is it really that great as Apple tried to tell us past few months?

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Apple iOS6 post upgrade welcome wizard screenshots

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At least with Apple iOS 6 upgrade process didn’t cause headaches (like previous iOS’ upgrades :)). For those who wants to see what happenes with iPad after upgrade here are screenshots of welcome wizard which shows after upgrade is completed.

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How-to : Windows Event Collector: DNS Event Log Forwarding

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Tomasz Jagiello strikes back as guest writer 🙂 This time on Windows Event Collector configuration for DNS Event Log forwarding. Very good how-to with detailed configuration.

Design where via Group Policy a Domain Controller group will be configured to forward DNS Server events to a single collector.

To test and demonstrate Event Log Forwarding I built simple Lab environment:

  • 2x Domain Controllers (DC1, DC2)
  • 1x Event Collector (SRV1).

win-event-collector-dns-01

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How-To : System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager Installation

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Quick reference with screenshots and requirements for System Center 2012 SP1 Service Manager installation.

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How-to : Publish multiple URLs with single IP and HAProxy

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Many times there is a need to publish multiple websites from internal network, but there is only one public IP address available.

How this can be done easy way? HAProxy can help us with it.

In example configuration I have 2 URLs registered to same public IP address:

  • first.laboratory.net
  • second.laboratory.net
  • third.laboratory.net

Here is how HAProxy configuration for given example looks like…

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Tips & Tricks : Windows 8.1 as wireless hotspot

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When you need to use your computer as wireless hotspot, you can easily enable that functionality with PowerShell:

Windows PowerShell
Copyright (C) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

PS C:\windows\system32> netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Windows-Wireless-Hotspot key=password123
The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

PS C:\windows\system32> netsh wlan start hostednetwork
The hosted network started.

PS C:\windows\system32>
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How-to : Connect to Amazon EC2 Linux AMI using SecureCRT

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Recently I decided to use Amazon AWS EC2 platform to host systems in the Cloud. As operating system I needed is Linux I quickly deployed Amazon Linux AMI, which is quick and simple to do.

Once instance was created I downloaded key pair. Now it came down to connecting to my virtual machine in the cloud.My SSH client of choice is SecureCRT. Let’s see how to configure session parameters in SecureCRT in order to connect to Amazon Linux AMI instance hosted on EC2 platform.

I’m using SecureCRT 7.0.1 to connect to server hosted on Amazon EC2 platform.

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Config snippets : Cisco : PCF enc_GroupPwd and enc_UserPassword Decryptor

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Another small app written in Adobe Flex. This time to decrypt passwords stored in Cisco VPN PCF file. Just simply copy enc_GroupPwd or enc_UserPassword to decryptor and click Decrypt button 🙂

Using this small app you can decode:

  • enc_GroupPwd – VPN group password from PCF file
  • enc_UserPassword – VPN user password from PCF file

For that small webapp to work Adobe Flash Player is required.

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Tips & Tricks : iTunes store crashes on Windows 8.1

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NOTE: iTunes version 11.1.4.62 or above is free from that issue.

When trying to access iTunes Store from iTunes installed on Windows 8.1 it crashes. Problem is that iTunes can’t find specific DLL which is used to display content of the store.

In order to fix problem cop: QTMovieWin.dll

from:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Apple Application Support

to: C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes

and now you can access iTunes Store without any problems on Windows 8.1.

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Apps : pass7decode : My First App for PlayBook

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Finally it happened that I commited my first application for BlackBerry PlayBook. Application I’ve created decodes Type 7 password which is stored in Cisco devices configuration. It is not complicated application and has splash screen and one application screen, but it does what I expected this piece of software to do 🙂

Using this small app you can decode:

  • wireless keys fro Cisco access points,
  • RADIUS/TACACS shared secrets
  • NTP authentication keys
  • Enable passwords (NOT enable secrets, which are stored using MD5).

I hope to develop this application and add some more decryption abilities for Cisco devices (like group password from PCF file for example).

Here are screenshots of my first app 🙂

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