Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cisco Tip: Get a New Line After a Console Message

One of the things that makes us crazy when working with Cisco routers is how console messages interrupt console input. You can make your Cisco router return a fresh line after console logging messages by adding the command logging synchronous in the line con 0 configuration:

router#conf t
router(config)#line con 0
router(config-line)#logging synchronous

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Windows Security Configuration Wizard

Last week, we talked about the new Windows Security Configuration Wizard which is included in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. What is it? What does it do? Here’s the short scoop on SCW: Microsoft describes it as an “attack surface reduction tool”. It Disables unneeded services, blocks unused ports, further restricts those ports that are left open, prohibits (if applicable) unnecessary IIS web extensions, reduces security threats posed by SMB, LanMan, and LDAP, and defines an audit policy that is more sensitive to security-related events. Configurable from either the GUI or the CLI, SCW is another step Microsoft is taking in enhancing the security of their products. For Microsoft shops, it’s a welcome advance. For non-Microsoft shops, it’s another tool MS is using to try to lure you into their fold. More info on SCW is here. Learn more about SCW and other security technologies in our two-day Windows Server 2003 seminar, available for onsite presentation at your location for groups of four or more. Click here on call 206.988.5858 for more information.

How to Quickly Find an Executable in Linux/UNIX

Thanks to Karen at McKesson in Denver for reminding us about this handy command during a Linux onsite workshop. When you need to quickly find the path to an executable, use “which”. Here’s an example: “which named” returns on a RedHat 9 system, “/usr/sbin/named“. We’ll show you lots more handy commands and shortcuts when you schedule our Linux Training Seminar at your location for an onsite presentation. Cost effective for four or more, our Linux onsite training workshop offers two full days of Linux installation, configuration, optimizing, and troubleshooting. Click here or call 206.988.5858 to schedule yours’ today!