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Podcast Episode 119 – Why Erasing Data is Not Enough and Lessons in Careers in Tech with Nathan Jones of WhiteCanyon Software

Nathan Jones is the co-founder of WhiteCanyon Software.  What begins as a story about what to do with all the old systems in your company before you let them go traverses the spectrum as we discussion data protection, personal and corporate practices around data security, and much more.  Nathan and I have a fantastic conversation that also covers tons of great …

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Using Touch ID on Macbook Pro for sudo Authentication

Full credit goes to Cabel Sasser (@cabel) on this one for sharing the original tip. I’m simply sharing it here and showing the process to prove the awesomeness of this capability. Pro MacBook Pro Tip: have a Touch Bar with Touch ID? If you edit /etc/pam.d/sudo and add the following line to the top… auth sufficient pam_tid.so …you can now …

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Resetting vSphere 6.x ESXi Account Lockouts via SSH

VMware vSphere has had a good security feature added since vSphere ESXi 6.0 to add a root account lockout for safety. After a number of failed login attempts, the server will trigger a lockout. This is a good safety measure for when you have public facing servers and is even important for internally exposed servers on your corporate network. We …

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Got Logs? Get a PaperTrail: First thoughts

I stumbled upon Papertrail through a Twitter Ad (hey, those things work sometimes!) and figured that I should take a quick look. Given the amount of work I’ve been doing around compliance management and deployment of distributed systems, this seems like it may be an interesting fit. Luckily, they have a free tier as well which means it’s easy to …