Win OS – Error – “Certificate for local system with Thumbprint is about to expire or already expired”

Background Want to quickly deal with a MS Windows Error. The error is logged in the Event Viewer and it reads :- Certificate for local system with Thumbprint is about to expire or already expired. Event Viewer Windows Logs Application List List Events Image Tabulate Log Name :- Application Source :- CertificateServicesClient-AutoEnrollment Event ID :- … Continue reading Win OS – Error – “Certificate for local system with Thumbprint is about to expire or already expired”

Event Viewer – Error – “MMC cannot open the file C:\Windows\system32\eventvwr.msc”

Background On one of our MS Windows Systems, I  have been Unable to use Event Viewer. Error Error Image Error Text MMC cannot open the file C:\Windows\system32\eventvwr.msc. Remediation Outline Launch Microsoft Management Console ( MMC.exe) shell mmc.exe In new empty shell Add Event Viewer SnapIn From the "Available snap-ins" Select "Event Viewer" Click Add Button … Continue reading Event Viewer – Error – “MMC cannot open the file C:\Windows\system32\eventvwr.msc”

BFGuard – Day 2

Background In this post we actually start BFGuard and try to connect to the host from other workstations.   Target OS Here are the Windows OS that we will use for this exercise: Server Windows Server 2012 R2 Client Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows 7 What we saw BF Guard BF Guard - Application Scenario … Continue reading BFGuard – Day 2

BFGuard – Day 1

Background Googled online to identify steps to take for securing MS Windows Terminal Services. One of the tools mentioned is BFGuard. BFGuard What is BFGuard? BFGuard stands for “Brute Force Guard”. How does it work? It principally monitors the local machine’s event log.  The relevant log file in this case is the "Security Log". Upon … Continue reading BFGuard – Day 1

Technical : Microsoft – Event Log / Event Viewer – Query via PowerShell

Technical : Microsoft - Event Log / Event Viewer - Query via PowerShell Introduction After my fiasco of not paying attention to my Event Log, I need a quick way to aggregate Event Log entries and here is what I came up with through curating Google web postings. Code # PowerShell example which groups event … Continue reading Technical : Microsoft – Event Log / Event Viewer – Query via PowerShell

Mac OS/X – Reading Microsoft Windows Event Log file (*.evtx) files

Prelude As always, it is one inter-operability problem or another. I need to send Windows Event Viewer Log files (*.evtx) to a colleague whose primary work computer is a Mac OSX. Options So what to do, tried using the App Store. But, got no help. Next goggled for help. Found a gem in: Cross-platform Windows … Continue reading Mac OS/X – Reading Microsoft Windows Event Log file (*.evtx) files