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VMware ESXi 7

A perfect barebone ESXi host

Are you looking for an inexpensive ESXi host for a small environment or homelab? You need look no further than the Supermicro barebone E300-9D. It’s a beautiful small computer which offers all the features you need in an ESXi host. It runs ESXi 7.0 right out of the box

How to secure WordPress

I have devoted a fair amount of time in the last few months to learn WordPress. I’ve often heard people say that WordPress is not secure and can be easily hacked. Well, given that it’s a very popular CMS system for websites makes it a good target for hackers. There are some steps for securing and hardening WordPress websites. In this blog post I would like to show you how to do it.

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How to setup SQL Server Remote Connection

I got a request asking if it is possible for a web application to connect to an SQL server remote port. My answer: “But of course! We just need to open port 1433 on the Windows Firewall and enable TCP/IP.” A request handled very quickly. Or so I thought.

Remote Desktop workgroup mode

Remote Desktop Service

I had to install the Remote Desktop Service (RDS) role on a Windows Server 2019. I have never done it before. So I googled a bit to find some instructions. But my use case was different than most instructions I found. The server is in workgroup mode and not part of a domain.

Fortigate FortiOS 6.2.2

FortiOS 6.2.2

Fortigate released FortiOS 6.2.2 (patch 2) at the end of October. The release of patch 2 was intended to mitigate an SSL-VPN vulnerability. Fortigate advised their customers to upgrade to patch 2.

Swyx voip sip trunk

Swyx

In April 2019 I participated in a 3-day course for the Swyx VoIP phone software, organized by Primenet. The software was originally developed by Deutsche Telekom and later outsourced.

Fortigate FortiOS 6.2 settings

FortiOS 6.2

Fortinet released FortiOS 6.2 for Fortigate firewalls in March 2019. See the official what’s new document from Fortinet. I would like to highlight some nice new settings in this blog.

install Exchange Server 2019 lesson learned

Install Exchange Server 2019: lesson learned 

I recently installed an Exchange Server 2019 in my Windows domain. I already have an Exchange Server 2016 which hosts all the mailboxes of our small family business. I tend to download a manual on my Kindle for research purposes, but this being rather new, there’s no Kindle version available. So I turned to multiple forums to talk to others in a similar situation.

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Syncthing

What is Syncthing (freesync)

Syncthing is a free open-source software which you can use to sync folder(s) and files, I would refer it as a freesync or foldersync tool. It is freeware. It’s not a backup software or imaging tool to create an exact copy of your computer though.