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Simple Guide on Installing & Configuring a Windows 2016 Certification Authority Server

Posted in Windows Server 2016

windows ca serverA Windows Active Directory Certification Authority server (AD CA), also known as a Certificate Authority, is an essential service to every organization’s Active Directory as it can manage, issue, revoke and renew digital certificates used to verify the identity of users, computers and other network services.

This guide will show you how to quickly install and setup a Certification Authority server on Windows 2016 server. The guide includes the installation of the Certification Authority Web Enrollment service to allow your organization to request, renew and download certificates via a simple web interface.

Execution Time: 10 - 15 minutes

Step 1 – Installation of Windows Active Directory Certificate Services

Launch Server Manager and go to Manage > Add Roles and Features:

windows ca server installation server manager


At the next screen select simply click on the Next button:

windows ca server installation add roles features


Ensure Role-based or feature-based installation is selected and click on Next:

windows ca server installation select destination server


At the next screen select the destination server from the available Server Pool and click on the Next button:

windows ca server installation select server


Next, tick the Active Directory Certificate Services from the available roles:

Preparing and Managing your Network for the Remote VPN Workforce

Posted in OpManager - Network Monitoring & Management

Times have changed now and HOME is the new office. Now, everyone works at their comfort and in fact online all throught the day and night. This mandates the IT infrastructure to be up and running 24/7. As an IT Manager, administrator or systems/network engineer you would have done a lot of changes on your network to ensure all your employees could work from home like they used to do from office. You would have opened up your VPN access to larger amount of users, modified network configs frequently, scaled up and down services based on their criticality, and so on. All these could have potentially expose your network to a lot of threats and performance issues. Attend this FREE webinar to learn how you can incorporate such changes efficiently and run your IT better and safer. Click Here to Register.

In this webinar, we will discuss how to:

  • Monitor, measure and plan your VPN capacity ensuring productivity
  • Secure your IT operations for a remote workforce and thereby protect your network form attacks
  • Securely deploy BYOD for your remote employees
  • Manage configuration changes in your network from a remote location.
  • Adhere to compliance mandates and address the latest changes in these mandates.

Preparing the Network for Remote Workforce

World Backup Day with Free Amazon Voucher and Prizes for Everyone!

Posted in Virtualization & VM Backup

Celebrate World Backup Day and WIN with Altaro!

We all remember how grateful we were to have backup software when facing so many data loss mishaps and near-catastrophes.

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If you manage your company's Office 365 data, celebrate this World Backup Day with Altaro. All you have to do is sign up for a 30-day free trial of Altaro Office 365 Backup. There’s a guaranteed Amazon voucher in it for you, and if you share your biggest backup mishap with them, you get a chance to WIN one of the grand prizes

  • DJI Mavic Mini Drone FlyCamQuadcopter,  
  • Google Stadia Premiere Edition, 
  • Ubiquity UniFiDream Machine  
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What are you waiting for? Offer expires on the 22nd of April 2020 so  Sign up now!

Good luck & happy World Backup Day! 

Understanding Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) and how it integrates with SD-WAN

Posted in SASE & SD-WAN Networks

sase and sd-wan introSoftware Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is changing the way that businesses connect to the cloud. With SD-WAN, organizations can move away from closed, proprietary hardware solutions, bringing flexibility and potential cost savings to their operations. 

And yet, while SD-WAN technology seems like a solution to many of the problems that businesses are having connecting to the cloud, there are still some concerns around security and that is where Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) comes into the picture.

Before we dive any deeper, let's take a quick look at what we've got covered:

What is SD-WAN?

Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) is a seismic shift from traditional WAN technology, where proprietary hardware and software are replaced with virtualization technology that can abstract networking from hardware. The “Software Defined” part of an SD-WAN uses virtualization to create a WAN architecture that allows enterprises to leverage any combination of transport services, including MPLS, LTE and broadband internet services, and create a fabric of connectivity that connects users to applications. SD-WANs use a centralized control plane to intelligently direct traffic across the WAN, increasing application performance, resulting in enhanced user experience, increased business productivity and reduced costs for IT.

Access popular articles covering SD-WAN topics by visiting our SD-WAN Network section

How is SASE Different from SD-WAN?

The Secure Access Service Edge, better known as SASE, is a technology proposed by Research Giant Gartner. The research house defines SASE as a cloud architecture that converges various network and security functions into a single, cloud security and networking platform. SASE goes beyond what an SD-WAN can offer by incorporating security protocols and increases the reach of the network with support for mobile devices, IoT devices, and other devices that may not have a persistent connection to the network. What’s more, SASE can securely bridge cloud services into the SD-WAN, allowing branch offices and remote users to access services from most any locations. SASE is delivered as a service, minimizing or eliminating the need for specialized hardware or security appliances.

Understanding SASE and SD-WAN

The SASE model allows IT teams to easily connect and secure all of their organization’s networks and users in an agile, cost-effective and scalable way.

What’s more,

SASE in the Real World:

Acunetix v13 Release Introduces Groundbreaking Innovations

Posted in Web Application Vulnerability Scanners

Acunetix v13 Web Application Vulnerability and Network ScannerThe newest release of the Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner further improves performance and premieres best-of-breed technologies.

Acunetix, the pioneer in automated web application security software, has announced the release of Acunetix Version 13. The new release comes with an improved user interface and introduces innovations such as the SmartScan engine, malware detection functionality, comprehensive network scanning, proof-of-exploit, incremental scanning, and more. This release further strengthens the leading position of Acunetix on the web security market.

“Acunetix has always focused on performance and accuracy and the newest release is yet another proof of this,” said Nicolas Sciberras, CTO. “You cannot find these unique features in any other product.”

Readers can access technical how-to documents using the Acunetix Web Vulnerability and Network Scanner by visiting our Web Application Vulnerability Scanners section.

Unparalleled Performance

Scanning complex web applications using traditional web vulnerability scanners may take hours, having a serious impact on production site performance and internal processes. Acunetix addresses this problem by introducing even more innovations that improve scanning performance.

acunetix v13 web application and network vulnerability scanner interface

The SmartScan engine included with Acunetix v13 prioritizes unique pages to discover more vulnerabilities early on. In most cases, Acunetix SmartScan can find approximately 80 percent of vulnerabilities in the first 20 percent of the scan. The newest Acunetix engine also reduces the number of requests required to find vulnerabilities, which lessens the site load during the scan.

In addition to the SmartScan engine, the newest Acunetix release also introduces incremental scanning. You can choose to scan only the elements of your web application that have changed since the last full scan. On average, it shortens the process by 90 percent or more.

Free Download - Web Application Vulnerability and Network Scanner

Comprehensive Security Coverage

With the release of Acunetix v13, network scanning functionality is now available on all platforms. Web vulnerabilities and network vulnerabilities are part of the same assessment and management processes.

In addition to the previously available malicious link discovery function, the newest Acunetix release also introduces web malware scanning. Acunetix discovers scripts on websites and web applications, downloads them, and scans them locally using Windows Defender on Windows or ClamAV on Linux.

Further Advances in Automation


Cisco Routers

  • SSL WebVPN
  • Securing Routers
  • Policy Based Routing
  • Router on-a-Stick

VPN Security

  • Understand DMVPN
  • GRE/IPSec Configuration
  • Site-to-Site IPSec VPN
  • IPSec Modes

Cisco Help

  • VPN Client Windows 8
  • VPN Client Windows 7
  • CCP Display Problem
  • Cisco Support App.

Windows 2012

  • New Features
  • Licensing
  • Hyper-V / VDI
  • Install Hyper-V


  • File Permissions
  • Webmin
  • Groups - Users
  • Samba Setup