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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

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Power app recover deleted app

Power app recover deleted app

If you have ever accidentally deleted an app in Microsoft Power Apps, you know how frustrating it can be. Thankfully, there is a way to recover your app using MS Powershell. This blog post will walk you through the steps necessary to recover your deleted app.

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WordPress Security

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 change the timezone in Ubuntu 22.04 server

I installed an Ubuntu server 18.04. And then I discovered that the time displayed was not correct. Hey, I was pretty sure that during the gui installation process I had selected the time zone. Or had I not? Anyway, the time was one hour behind. This sort of a careless error can happen to anyone. So for those of you who might sometime be in the same boat as me: don’t worry! Here’s how to fix the issue and it’s really easy!

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Ubuntu manage users and groups

Ubuntu – Manage users and groups

I’m mainly a Windows administrator, but from time to time I administer the Linux environment. I use the Ubuntu distribution and in this article, I cover the long-term version of Ubuntu Server 20.04. Since I don’t use Linux often I struggle from time to time with permission. Therefore I decide to write down some important commands about creating users and groups with permission and the difference between root and a user with sudo rights. The sudo group is actually the Administrator group in the Linux universe.

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Fail2ban email notification

How to install Fail2ban with email notification

You might think “Oh no, not another “how to” about installing Fail2ban. I admit there are a lot of instructions available. However, I simply could not find a clear guide on installing Fail2ban with email notification. I love Fail2ban and use it for several Linux servers. For me, it is important to receive an email when Fail2ban triggers an action.

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Office 365 Backup

My guess is that most people will answer with a sheepish No. Did you know that according to an IDC report, a massive 76% of people don’t back up their Microsoft 365 data?

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sql server remote port

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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