Today I'm going to write about the (in)famous iptables, the be-all do-all of GNU/linux packet filtering de-facto standard. Iptables is recognized to stand as one of the most used and most powerful firewall solutions around the web. Here I'll just share some really basic rules applied to one of my little boxes: #!/bin/bash IPTABLES=/sbin/iptables modprobe… Read More


    Who, where, what. Linux file permissions is all about numbers: read permissions correspond to a "4", write permissions correspond to a "2" and execute permissions correspond to a "1". When you sum the previous values, you'll get the corresponding "rwx"-scheme (incidentally this also happens to correspond to 3 bits - From 000 To… Read More


  In a galaxy (Windows) "Millenium" away, for hard disk drive (hdd) partitioning maintenance tasks, I used to rely on third party (alright - "stolen") applications installed on Windows. Cloning tasks where relegated to Gparted, booted off an "old" CD. Since XP-Vista, I got into "diskpart", Microsoft's "barebones" partition editor. diskpart is good for basic NTFS (doh!… Read More


Back in the day (when Shadow Copies, GitHub, SharePoint and Google Docs were unbeknown to me!), I relied on Linux file servers with Samba for basic Windows LAN company data shares. Some Company files were more important than others, so having some working copies of those files it was of utter importance (you already know… Read More


  tl;dr: Open PowerShell As Admin. Find VM's GUID. Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\virtualization\v2 -class msvm_computersystem | select elementname, processid, name| ft -auto Kill related vmwp.exe <GUID>. taskkill /PID 1234 /F (Only during specific scenarios/if above won't work): net stop vmms & Restart Hyper-V Server.   What happened?! Someday I was in the process of shutting down an Hyper-V Virtual… Read More


    Installing a new wireless miniPCI-Express adapter on your Lenovo laptop is a pain in the ass not always as straightforward as 1-2-3 (normally, you'd open the back panel, chuck-in your new fancy wireless ac adapter and configure its drivers). This is because Lenovo has adopted "draconian" security measures (within their BIOS) to prevent… Read More


On Windows 1511 or 1607 ("Anniversary Update"), to connect to a VPN) you have to: Go to Settings.   Select Network & Internet.   Select VPN.   Click on the desired VPN profile. Click on the Connect Button(!).   This 5-step process is overly complicated to end Users.   An OLD Trick. To make Windows… Read More


  Ready for Windows 10 Creators Update? Go to Settings -> Update and Security and check to see if the next major incremental Windows 10 "Creators Update" has been enabled for you. Here's three simple reasons that made me justify the Windows 10 Creators Update odd 1h upgrade time (hint: you'll get this time back… Read More


  These days, a proper Windows file server is considered "commodity". NAS boxes are considered commodities too. Should you wish not to stick to commodities and live "off-the-grid", your LAN documents sharing needs may simply be served by a simple CentOS box (configured with Samba).   "What's the catch"?! No centralised Users management (such as when on Active… Read More