Recently I had an requirement that I couldn’t find documented outside of the abstract; migrating a single private DNS zone to AWS’ hosted DNS service; Route 53 and conditionally forwarding queries for that zone from an existing Windows DNS infrastructure. This isn’t something I expected to be broken down blow by blow in the AWS documentation but there are plenty of Windows DNS infrastructures out there in the wild and . . .
In a previous post we looked at building AlienVault OSSIM, but the setup of a SIEM is pretty Spartan without any data sources feeding it. The Operating System integration for AlienVault is surprisingly Windows-centric for a Linux platform, but let’s take a look at it. Windows Log Management For this configuration, we’ll be using the existing mc-ossim OSSIM server set up previously and capturing logs from a Domain Controller named . . .
Even in the age of Linux dominance on public clouds, there’s no denying that Windows still rules the roost in on-premise deployments and Active Directory still lies at the heart of authentication schemes. AD is everywhere to the point where it’s a surprise for some admins to learn that LDAP and Kerberos aren’t native to Microsoft. Knowing that, it is often essential for a good product to provide LDAP authentication . . .
Since the release of Ansible 1.7, way back in the forgotten era of 2014, Ansible can connect to Windows (2008 and higher) using remote PowerShell over that most finicky of mechanisms, WinRM. Red Hat are quick to sell the unilateral management capabilities of Ansible (which do exist), but under the hood we see a uniquely Windows problem. Ansible was built for SSH initially and because Microsoft as ever adopt a . . .