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Month: July 2022

azure, cybersecurity, IT

What’s in Windows Registry?

The registry is a system-defined database in which applications and system components store and retrieve configuration data. The data stored in the registry varies according to the version of Microsoft Windows. The kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third-party applications can all make use of the registry. There are five predefined root keys in Windows…
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Microsoft’s Zero Trust Model: Summarised

Zero Trust Principles Verify explicitly Protect assets against attacker control by explicitly validating that all trust and security decisions use all relevant available information and telemetry. Use least privilege access Limit access to a potentially compromised asset with just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), and risk-based policies like adaptive access control. Assume breach Assume attackers can and…
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Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect: Exam Review

SC-100 was released around the 1st week of July 2022 – candidates for this exam should have advanced experience and knowledge in a wide range of security engineering areas, including identity and access, platform protection, security operations, securing data, and securing applications.  Skills measured Design a Zero Trust strategy and architecture (30–35%) Evaluate Governance Risk…
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Configuring Licenses Using SLMGR

Microsoft’s command-line licensing tool is slmgr.vbs. The name actually stands for Windows Software Licensing Management Tool. SLMgr script allows users to query the current installation and see details about Windows 7/8 installation and its activation and licensing status. Most of the licensing operating in Windows 8 can be done via a graphical user interface. If you’re…
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Authoring Azure DevOps Pipelines

A short blog on the key concepts and components that make up a pipeline. And understanding how to get started, what tools to use and what links to follow. Pre-requisites: A DevOps project and a blank YAML file in the repo. VS Code installed. Azure Pipelines extension installed (Ref. https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-azure-devops.azure-pipelines) Some patience with code 🤣…
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Azure Support Engineer for Connectivity Specialty: Exam review

AZ-720 was released around the last week of June 2022. This exam focuses troubleshoot hybrid environments, including issues with Azure Virtual Machines, virtual networks, and connectivity between on-premises and Azure services. As per Microsoft: Candidates for this exam should have experience with networking and with hybridenvironments, including knowledge of routing, permissions, and account limits. They…
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Windows Boot Process

I’m graphically representing Windows Boot Process. The process may slightly vary depending upon the type and version of the Windows Operating System. 

Packer – Creating OS Images in Azure

Packer is an open-source tool that enables you to create identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source template. A common use case is creating “golden images” that teams across an organization can use in cloud infrastructure. Ref. : Packer by HashiCorp For customization of Azure, refer: Azure arm – Builders | Packer…
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