Saturday, November 21, 2015

NetSec 2015 visit

Went to a NetSec 2015, an industry - customer meetup organized by Exclusive Networks in Antwerp (Belgium) and talked to some interesting guys from Palo Alto, Sophos and Fortinet.  The buzzword remains APT (Advanced Persistent Threat). You have to admit it's something every IT manager should be scared of and it demonstrates the necessity of security products.  The industry's response at this moment is to fortify the endpoint security. Every vendor now has some kind of endpoint agent and comes in competition with traditional antivirus/anti malware products.  The session of Palo Alto was a bit of a surprise.  According to analysis every exploits can be categorized into a (combination of) 20-30 like different attack vectors. By analyzing malicious activity in that way, they are able to detect new threats. I was just wondering why the specialized AV companies never came up with this idea.  That's something I'm trying to  find out right now.
Another approach is to analyse log files (Balabit) or network data to recognize patterns to detect anomalies. The vendors are also rolling out support or releasing products for software defined networking.  As everyone keeps an eye on everyone, we can expect this features to make an entry in other vendor's products.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Veeam Endpoint backup

I tried Veeam Endpoint backup for the first time. It really is a nice product (no, I'm not paid by them).

By default it looks for connected devices.  But naturally, I wanted to store the backup immediately in one of our Veeam repositories.

After creating the right access rights for a user in the repo with Veeam backup and recovery,  connecting to Veeam backup server and a repository on a Windows storage server was as easy as supplying a user name and a password and click two times.

Veeam remains by far the easiest backup product I've worked with.  And the unlimited free (as in beer) Endpoint licenses makes it only better value.

The backupped drives can be exported as virtual disks for VMware or Hyper-V.  Ideal to experiment.  Going to try this in a few days.

Can't wait for the new free backup agent for Linux.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SureBackup and CentOS6/Windows 2008R2 virtual machines

I really like SureBackup.  It's a nice feature of Veeam to test your backups in a sandboxed environment.

I ran in some problems though and it took quite some time to make it work...

We still run quite a lot CentOS6 and Windows 2008 R2 virtual machines.
Both OS'es have networking issues after cloning.  This meant I had to change the configuration in a lot of VM's.

If you revert to E1000, look out for this issue if you're not running the latest VMware patches.

Virtualization is so simple, eh?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Brewery Het Anker (Mechelen)

Here are some pictures from two recent visits to brewery het Anker in Mechelen.
Certainly worth a visit!

One entrance of the brewery is in the historic beguinage of Mechelen (an UNESCO world heritage site, worth a vistit too) 

Here we got a talk about the roots of the brewery and the place of beer in the history of Mechelen.  "Gouden Carolus" refers to Charles V (aka Charles Quint).  He was considered the mightiest man of that age. The emperor grew up in Mechelen, visited it often and liked the beer so much he let it transport to Spain.

The rest of the tour focuses more on the brewing process itself.  There's a moment where you can taste the raw ingredients.

The guided tour also leads you to the roof,  where you can see these amazing sights of Mechelen

Old beer crates

Container deposit was 11 Belgian franks at that time, ~20 eurocents

The brewing process explained...

From 2009 on, het Anker also produces Whisky (Molenberg, Blaasveld).  The first attempt immediately had succes:  they got a silver medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. In

The big lock is from the Belgian government, to ensure excise duties ...

At the end, a selection of some of their delicious beers awaits you!

A few days before I went to a concert over there