Exchange Online Auto-login Script

After I migrated my company’s email off of Communigate (seriously, who names their company Stalker?) onto Exchange Online I needed to do a lot of cleanup using Powershell. We’ve also got compatibility with Outlook 2010 to worry about which has created some issues. Below is a link to my auto-login script.

Note: Credentials are saved using DPAPI, so are secure but likely break compliance with other company security policies

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Delta 3D Printer Build

I spent the summer building a 3D printer. I bought the kit off of Folgertech, although at the time their documentation incomplete for building. Also, I bought this kit with 2 other people here at work all within 6 months of each other and all had a different bill of materials. Challenge accepted!

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PC Build – The Hooligan

New PC Build with aesthetics as priority.

Inwin 904 case
Asus Sabertooth Mark S
Intel i7-4790k
Corsair H90 AIO Cooler
32GB DDR3-1866
Corsair 760
Galax HOF 980ti
140mm BitFenix Spectre Pro Fans

Hit more for build details.

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RPi SSH Authentication Server for 2FA RDP

My previous post showed that my home PC gets hit by about 35 remote login attempts a day by just having port 3389 forwarded to my home PC. More concerning is the MS Security Bulletin released last week showing serious vulnerabilities to RDP. To add another layer of security, I set up an SSH server on an old Raspberry Pi with only RSA authentication. Now to remote to my PC requires two-factor authentication, as you need not only the password to access the PC but the private key I keep on me at all times. Something you know and something you have.

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RDP Port Forwarding Drama

For the past year I have done everything on my home PC through a remote desktop connection that wasn’t gaming. It saved me hours of work when the school’s power went out. It keeps my free 15GB on Google Drive far below the limit. It prevents me from logging into sites on public computers.

On July 16th I enabled login auditing, just to see how much of a risk it is having port 3389 forwarded to my home PC. On the 20th I set up a custom view to show login failures.

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4 days, 135 attempted logins. Long story short don’t do that. Thankfully I use complex passwords. My next post will address a more secure method for remote desktop connections.

 

Debian 8 Google Play Music Manager

I thought it would be perfect to have the “Minion” NAS always watching the shared Music folder to keep my music up to date. The following instructions assume you have a current Debian 8 “Jessie” and the LXDE desktop environment, although the latter condition may not be required to find this post useful.

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Debian based RAIDZ NAS

I have been using a 2TB external hard drive attached to a USB port on my RT-N66U router for my NAS solution. The router only supports USB2.0 and the R/W speeds are under 10MB/s. This works fine for streaming video, even with HD video playing on 2 of my HTHDTVPI‘s, but there is no redundancy. I cannibalized a few parts from other builds and bought some Western Digital Reds and built a NAS using ZFS.

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Debian 8 Minecraft Forge

I had a few hang ups with installing Minecraft Forge Server on Debian 8 a few months back and wrote down the process. I just got around today to cleaning up old Drive docs and found it. Hopefully this can help someone having issues. I am still exploring Linux, so if anyone has any corrections or simplifications I am always eager to learn. I desire to contribute to the collaborative knowledge for anything Linux.

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Zalman CNPS8900 Frustrations

If you have done your research, you know fans are not created equally. This Zalman CNPS8900 performed admirably in benchmark tests at Tom’s Hardware (my absolute favorite website for practical consumer hardware reviews).

I won’t get long winded on this. Long story short the heat exchange pipes do not fit with ram that has any profile to it. I feel like this stuff needs to be pointed out. Hopefully someone will see this and be warned. This fan only takes low profile ram. It should be right on the dang cover.

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Tempiberry

Terrible name for the new project. Took a spare Raspberry Pi I had laying around and a little how-to guide, hooked up a DHT22 AM2302 Temperature and Humidity sensor, and am now getting temperature updates on an internal webpage of the brand new server closet.

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