Multi-Factor Authentication: Switching Google Authenticator to Authy

VertigoRay/ June 21, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

I’ve been a long time fan of Google Authenticator because Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a must in today’s easily compromised society. Unfortunately, Google Authenticator has been a struggle for many people, and I’m glad that I recently discovered Authy. FYI: 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) is Multi-Factor Authentication. However, not all MFA is 2FA. Google Authenticator Woes Google Authenticator provides a neat

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STEEMIT: Follow me and get paid to be social.

VertigoRay/ June 15, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

I’m going to start linking my blog articles in STEEMIT. Follow me and get paid to be social. What is it and how does it work? Steemit, a new social media platform where everyone gets paid to post online, has been released in beta. Background of Steemit Steemit is a relatively new company, founded in early 2016 by Ned Scott and

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PowerShell: Get-FileEncoding

VertigoRay/ February 4, 2015/ Uncategorized/ 1 comments

I often work in PowerShell, and one day I needed to create a script that would pull the file encoding out a file. Encodings However, this proved to be difficult since most encodings don’t require a BOM (Byte Order Mark). Here’s some good information that I found on the subject: Automatically determining the correct encoding for a given byte array

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PowerShell: Write-Json

VertigoRay/ August 11, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I needed to write a Json object in human readable format. This is my solution to this problem. The `$json` parameter expects a Json object, returned from `ConvertFrom-Json`.

ConfigMgr: Woes of Supersedence

VertigoRay/ May 23, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I was tasked with getting an Office 2013 upgrade set-up for early adopters and forced on our deadline. After I built and tested the application, I marked O2013 as superseding O2010 and made O2013 available. The plan was to make another Required deployment for our deadline.  O2013 unexpectedly installed on several machines that night. The next morning, I got word

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Synergy – Send CTRL+ALT+DEL to Client

VertigoRay/ January 2, 2014/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I’m mostly posting this here for ease of finding it in the future.  It seems like most people prefer to disable CTRL+ALT+DEL instead of actually allowing the Synergy service to initiate the Secure Attention Sequence (aka: CTRL+ALT+DEL). Since the location of the Policy setting changes from Win7 to Win8, I’m going to tell you how to search/filter for it.  From

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Salt Stack – salt-key-accepter

VertigoRay/ September 21, 2013/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

During my adventures with Salt Stack, I wanted to accept keys automatically on the master. However, I wanted to do this more intelligently than just accepting all of them. To solve this, I threw together a quick script that would accept keys of salt-minions that were in an approved subnet. I use incrontab to watch the minions_pre directory for new

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