Information Technology

Block Windows 10 Telemetry Tracking

There is no reason an operating system needs to phone home telemetry data in order to function. The sole purpose for this capability is so the operating system can report back statistics about computer use, operator habits, and other things which they can then analyze and/or provide to other parties to help them develop or improve their products. Unix, Linux, Solaris, OpenVMS, and a multitude of others don’t phone home, so there is no reason Windows 10 needs to either. Good news is, you can block the telemetry data from…
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GPL CHAT Jabber/Google Talk Outgoing Traffic

I found a bunch of outgoing consecutive GPL CHAT Jabber/Google Talk Outgoing Traffic packets on my LAN interface in my pfSense Suricata log today and found it rather interesting. Although Suricata doesn’t seem to think it’s suspicious based on the class message it returned, I do. The IP from which the traffic originated from was my iPhone. Moreover, I don’t have Jabber or Google talk installed on it. Still yet, the destination IP address was ec2-54-159-108-26.compute-1.amazonaws.com. The only thing I was doing on the phone around that time was using…
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ASUS and Trend Micro Data Collection

Through the years, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gotten into a conversation about privacy, only to have the other person say “I have nothing to hide, so let them spy on me.” I don’t even bother arguing with them anymore, and usually just smile and nod as if I’m agreeing with them so they will just stop talking. If you are one of those people, just leave this webpage now. There is nothing here for you. For those that do care, and know that…
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Polycom RMX 2000 – Reset to Factory Default

RMX 2000 factory default

Resetting a Polycom RMX 2000 to factory defaults isn’t difficult, but it was quite a challenge figuring out the finer details of the process. For some reason, there isn’t a whole lot of easily available information on the Internet. In our particular case, we needed to reset the LAN settings (IP Address, gateway, subnet mask), because we couldn’t remember what they were. Instead of just resetting the LAN settings, we figured we’d just reset the unit to the factory defaults. Our RMX 2000 was installed at a remote site as…
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Won’t Show Up In WSUS

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We had a problem whereby new Windows Server 2012 R2 servers won’t show up in WSUS, which by the way is on a disconnected network. The issue had to do with the deployment of a VMware OVA template for new Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machines. What we discovered was the SusClientId registry entry was the same for each system. Therefore, all virtual machines created from this template shared the same authorization ID. This caused a situation whereby each new server would overwrite the other, such that the last server…
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Java Deployment Configuration and Properties

Java deployment has change with version 8, and for us, it changed how we deployed it to all our workstations. We operate 100+ Windows Clients and Servers on a classified closed network. By closed network, I mean it is not connected to the Internet and has point-to-point WAN connectivity to remote sites which first must pass through a TACLANE type-1 encryption device. This creates some problems when it comes to 3-party Java code and signing. Java version 8 is locked down quite a bit more as compared to previous versions….
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There are no more endpoints available …

After setting up a new Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 bit server as a printer server, I ran into a problem: There are no more endpoints available for the endpoint mapper. I couldn’t share any of the printers in the Printer Management interface. The solution (in my case) was quite simple, but not obvious, because the error message mentioned nothing related to printers. Our server is set up on a closed network (classified) that is not connected to the Internet or any other networks. Lots of GPOs are applied, which…
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