How to Install Universal Media Server UMS on Ubuntu in Headless mode for 14.04 or 16.04

Updated for Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04 03-15-18 Universal Media Server is a fork off the very useful PS3 and PS4 Media Server. And although the PS3MediaServer was a great solution, it did have some shortcomings, especially with certain file formats or file containers. I tried UMS and loved it. It… Continue reading

Block the Win 10 style Data Gathering from Windows 7/8/Server2008

Microsoft Windows 10 has some pretty intrusive data gathering built into the operating system.   It collects anonymous and not-so-anonymous data from users of the Operating System.   Today, MS released 4 Optional Updates to bring the Win 10 Style Telemetry and Data Gathering to previous versions of Windows. The 4 updates… Continue reading

StrongSwan Ipsec VPN for Remote Users with Certificate Based Authentication

This is a working strongswan ipsec config that can be used for a roadwarrior setup for remote users utilizing certificate based authentication instead of id/pw. This is a pure IPSEC with ESP setup, not L2tp. This is not 2 factor, it is cert only. To get started: sudo apt-get install… Continue reading

Exchange 2007 Outlook Web Access Error The Password does not meet the minimum security requirements

In Microsoft Exchange OWA (outlook web access) a user will attempt to change the account password and encounter an error “The password supplied does not meet the minimum security requirements”. This error happens even though the GPO Policy has password complexity disabled. The cause of the error is the minimum… Continue reading

Installing SCEP using Microsoft NDES

SCEP (Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol) is a standard solution for admins wishing to deploy certificates to devices with little interaction and no manual uploading/downloading of cert files between systems. NDES (Network Device Enrollment Service) is Microsoft’s implementation of SCEP. NDES and SCEP are essentially 2 labels for the same service.… Continue reading

Replace Outlook Mail, Contacts, and Calendar with Thunderbird

My company uses MS Exchange 2013 for mail, contacts, calendars, and tasks. However, we have a lot of users on LInux desktops that can’t run Outlook. For others, the new Outlook 2013 is a horrible monstrosity of Flat icons on all all white background that burns your eyes after a… Continue reading