Off-Topic — TechExams Community Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:06:03 +0000 en Off-Topic — TechExams Community Mondelez is suing its insurance company for $100m Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:26:43 +0000 Off-Topic TechGromit 134632@/discussions

100 million seems excessive. Can anyone explain to me how someone "loses" 24,000 laptops and 1,700 servers? Isn't standard recovery process reformat the Hard Drives and reinstall? Even if they had to buy new hard drives for the laptops and reinstall a new image, I estimate the cost around $100 a laptop, So that's around 2.5 million dollars, some specialized software re-installs could push that number up another 500k. Than the servers, even at a thousand dollars recovery cost per server, you looking at 1.7 million, thus the cost of recovery I put at around 5 million dollars. True there loss of business that would be many times that amount, but the insurance policy is for loss of hardware, not loss of business. Do they really expect us to believe they simply tossed 1,700 servers and 24,000 laptops in the trash and brought new? ]]>
Defending during a PenTest Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:58:53 +0000 Off-Topic MitM 134644@/discussions
For instance, if you notice they were able to create an account and elevate it to domain admin, should you be removing it from domain admins during the test?  My opinion is no, as it skews the results of the test. If it were a real attack and you happened to be off that day or stuck in a meeting, you wouldn't be there to remove from domain admins.

I may be wrong, but that seems more like a Red Team vs Blue Team exercise, more than a pentest]]>
Pentest Shopify Fri, 04 Jan 2019 15:23:34 +0000 Off-Topic MitM 134562@/discussions
I know this can't be done without consent from Shopify, but I was wondering if they'd even allow this?  Is it common to do it?

This is new to me :)]]>
TechExams is getting a facelift — we want your input! Thu, 26 Jul 2018 08:14:07 +0000 Off-Topic admin 133113@/discussions
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Best practice for Imaging Windows 10 Professional on a network Fri, 04 Jan 2019 02:24:57 +0000 Off-Topic jah8887 134556@/discussions I am getting ready to go through a pc replacement at my work.  I tried advising my CIO and CEO to get Windows 10 Pro volume licensing but the request was denied.  I am now stuck with OEM boxes coming in and I am aiming to try and make 1 golden image but if I remember right OEM boxes cant be imaged or cloned correct?  Or was I misreading that and has anyone else run into this issue and how did you handle it along with any software used?  I am digging through imaging software since this place has always manually touched each pc and I am trying to optimize it and upgrade the place.  I would rather not touch all 100 pcs manually since its a department of only 2 of us and the CIO.

Best book you read in 2018? Mon, 31 Dec 2018 00:30:10 +0000 Off-Topic UnixGuy 134528@/discussions Happy New Year TE! it's almost 2019 (where did 2018 go...)

2018 was a busy year for me, and I managed to read few non-IT books, this was by far my most favourite book:
Maximum Achievement Strategies and Skills that Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed by Tracy Brian

It was an overall excellent read, and dare I say, It's been a life changing book for me!

What's been your favourite book in 2018?
Really enjoyed this piece about learning. Fri, 21 Dec 2018 19:39:29 +0000 Off-Topic DatabaseHead 134483@/discussions image

You may already be informed about this, but I am going to try this strategy on something I haven't decided yet.  It might be a musical instrument.  ]]>
A discussion of cybersecurity certs on twitter Sun, 23 Dec 2018 02:13:27 +0000 Off-Topic cshkuru 134490@/discussions
Perry E. Metzger‏ @perrymetzger

I finally realized one of the things that bugs me about most security "certifications" out there. Computer security is warfare. No, really, it's war. There's an opponent who doesn't care about you, doesn't play by the rules, and wants to screw you as fully as possible. 1/

Now, you can do pretty well as a programmer or sysadmin if you're middle of the road, because that's not an adversarial game. Security _is_ adversarial. In warfare, you don't survive if you're second rate, you die. 2/

rest of the thread -

follow on:  

A security professional who can't program is like a surgeon who doesn't know much about biology. A security professional who doesn't understand the three most common attacks intimately is like an internist who doesn't know how bacterial infections differ from viral infections.

Shmoocon 2019 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 19:41:56 +0000 Off-Topic shoey 134473@/discussions Out of Hibernation! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:13:49 +0000 Off-Topic TheFORCE 134440@/discussions
1. Went on a 3 week long vacation abroad in Europe. 
2. Went on a 1 week long vacation to Florida a month ago.
3. Lost about 25 pounds and got my old self back, shirts, pants, sweaters they fit better now lol. 
4. Got my hunting license
5. Got my soccer license for the Grassroots level and looking potentially for the next level.
6. Paid off my mortgage. 
7. Got a new car.
8. Went for a long week Cisco training for ISE and NAC implementation. Very useful, if you are not using NAC, look into it.
9. Read a book or 2
10. Played video games like I was 17 years old again lol. I had stopped for over 10 years, had forgotten how addictive it is.
11. Took part reviewing a beta course on Cloud Security from WGU, got paid $300 for it.
12. Build a home gym with few equipments and a bench. Works well and its convenient, not to mention saved a ton of money.

Not in any particular order and I cant say that some of it was time well spent but hey we have to clear our mind and just do something different from time to time. I'll be restarting my CISM studies soon and hoping to get the exam next year. 

Hopefully the old members are still around, this is a great place to be. Looking forward to catching up again and get help and continue to contribute something positive back to the community!]]>
The Death of TE Thu, 22 Nov 2018 04:26:25 +0000 Off-Topic slinuxuzer 134224@/discussions Comptia and Acclaim Badges Sun, 16 Dec 2018 17:27:47 +0000 Off-Topic ecuison 134444@/discussions 
New site, first thoughts? Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:16:56 +0000 Off-Topic Skyliinez92 134159@/discussions
My only concern is the discussion approval on the certification forums. Your post now needs to be approved before it can be posted. While I like the idea that this will remove spam and **** advertisements, it could possibly have a bad effect on users looking for final advise before their exam. For someone who lives in the UK, does this mean I will need to wait until late-evening for my posts to be approved?

Not sure if anyone else is having this issue?]]>
Taking a few months break Sat, 12 May 2018 05:54:33 +0000 Off-Topic TheFORCE 132288@/discussions
Going to focus on my workouts and lifting weights, and going on some much needed vacation to unwind from it all and enjoy time with family and my son.

Probably read some random books about whatever to keep the mind sharp.

I'll lurk from time to time but I'll be back!

Keep studying! I'll be doing something similar.]]>
Strategies to retaining textbook information? Tue, 20 Nov 2018 03:31:11 +0000 Off-Topic NoNameNoob 134205@/discussions This is a pretty noob question but I am hoping to optimize my time studying.. In general my go to for learning is educational videos but I want to be able to utilize books more though. Would this strategy look ok?

1) Read cover to cover copy pasting selected segments/key ideas into your notes to review later
2) Make flashcards out of the notes
3) Go through the flashcards once in the morning and once at night for x amount of weeks (hoping for long term memory)
4) Recite the information from the flashcards into your own words for x amount of weeks (to get comfortable speaking about it in person w/ others. (personal goal))
5) Rinse and Repeat

Any advice is appreciated as I have started to study for the CCIE written which is a lot of text!

Old Gear Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:44:07 +0000 Off-Topic pitviper 134413@/discussions

IOS (tm) C2900XL Software (C2900XL-H-M), Version 11.2(8)SA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Copyright (c) 1986-1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Compiled Mon 23-Nov-98 20:54 by paulines

Wisdom of putting a Raspberry Pi on a production network Wed, 05 Dec 2018 02:22:05 +0000 Off-Topic backtracker 134337@/discussions
Open to any advice, flames or pointers you may have!
DDoS Thoughts Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:52:13 +0000 Off-Topic McxRisley 134391@/discussions
In 2018, if you are using a current firewall, up to date software and follow basic secure network architecture, should your internal servers be able to be taken down by a DDoS attack?

Finding domain account on network Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:04:54 +0000 Off-Topic jah8887 134354@/discussions I am having an issue finding an AD account that maybe running on pcs and servers in our domain.  I am trying to find a script or suggestion to have something look for this account while doing it passively to avoid interruption.  I have used a powershell script but it seems to not be working as intended and or its not finding what I am looking for.  This account could be used under services and other things on the network.  Any help is appreciated!]]> Moved: Cyber data breach: Marriott vs Quora Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:43:45 +0000 Off-Topic Meggo 134349@/discussions moved.]]> Karthick Arun youngest AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Age 9) Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:40:03 +0000 Off-Topic DatabaseHead 134297@/discussions

He made a joke out of the exam, he passed it in 25 minutes.   Love all the props he is getting from industry pros......

He could probably best most of the forum  ;)

Video Teleconferencing Software Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:32:59 +0000 Off-Topic ecuison 134263@/discussions
With my budget of $0, I was thinking about standing up and hosting my own Discord server which I believe will do the job.  

Thoughts, suggestions?

Project: IPTV setup Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:15:46 +0000 Off-Topic bowmatty 134281@/discussions
im trying to optimise my home IPTV and need some professional advice.
I am in Australia and my service providers server is in Europe. Sometimes the device freezes and when i watch a main sporting event it buffers hard and crashes, i know thats because millions are watching but wanted to see if there was things i could do to make to better.

I have listed below my hardware preferials. Hope you guys can help?!? Thanks

Asus rt-ac68u router
Cable internet connection (60down 4up)
Andriod box 
Express VPN ]]>
Thoughts on McAfee Sun, 11 Nov 2018 11:16:28 +0000 Off-Topic MitM 134115@/discussions
Anyone using any of their products?]]>
Ripping DVD, Bluray for media center Wed, 28 Nov 2018 08:43:20 +0000 Off-Topic kaiju 134270@/discussions ]]> Syncplicity Wed, 28 Nov 2018 02:53:20 +0000 Off-Topic DatabaseHead 134265@/discussions
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  ]]>
Important Skill's Thu, 22 Nov 2018 05:28:13 +0000 Off-Topic anushkasinha 134225@/discussions Storage Spaces for personal use? Thu, 22 Nov 2018 22:08:45 +0000 Off-Topic Skyliinez92 134229@/discussions
I'm going to have to start adding more drives at some point, but after taking my 70-798, one feature that popped up in my head was Storage Spaces, and I'm just wondering, could this be a reliable option for home use? I've never REALLY used it, I just did enough to pass my exam. But it could actually be a reliable feature. I'm also performing backups of my data by connecting an external disk each week/month and running a script. As Storage Spaces has some resilience, this would eliminate the need for manual backups, and I can just 'add' storage to my storage pool.

I'm tempted to give this a go, but I thought I'd chuck this idea out into the TE community and see what everyone else thinks? Has anyone actually tried/currently use this method at home? I've recently had a sudden urge to redesign my entire network/entertainment system at home, and I've just started using Plex and installed a Sonos sound bar for my smart TV. This is another 's,art' idea I've thought of, so I'd be interested to get other peoples views.

It would also be cool to hear your own home setups and throw out some other ideas :smile:]]>
Other careers Tue, 20 Nov 2018 03:52:36 +0000 Off-Topic thomas_ 134206@/discussions

If you weren't in IT, what would be your career? Thu, 01 Nov 2018 06:24:13 +0000 Off-Topic Cameron M 134023@/discussions
If I wasn't in IT, I think I would've tried being an entomologist as my 2nd choice or a pro gamer as my third. Both seem fun, but I'd have a much more stable career with studying insects then with gaming.]]>