Reading the Bible

November 23, 2016 – Genesis 18

Read Genesis 18 Genesis is full of mysterious appearances of God and His work. This chapter includes some new things. Just to help jump-start our understanding, the three men are often considered to be the Lord and two angels. There are two major sections – vv 1-15, and vv 16-33. While looking like distinct sections, […]

Nov 22, 2016 – Proverbs 18

Read Proverbs 18 This chapter is packed full of thoughts about relationships and things that affect relationships – friends, wife, effect of speech, pride. As you read, think about these questions… What relationships do you see mentioned? How can types of speech affect these relationships? Why is wisdom important in relationships? Friends are mentioned several […]

Nov 21, 2016 – Psalm 9

Read Psalm 9 Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) is being celebrated this week. This Psalm is very appropriate. Note that in the first verse, the writer says, “I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.” He is remembering the goodness of the Lord, and then lists several of these things. Consider what you […]

Oct 21, 2016 – 2 Timothy 2

Read 2 Timothy 2 Today’s reading is a continuation of Paul’s second letter to Timothy. Remember that Timothy was a young pastor who obviously had a close relationship with his mentor, Paul. As you read this chapter, think about these things… How would you describe the closeness between Paul and Timothy? What illustrations did Paul […]

Learning Technical Stuff

Learning WMIC: part 3 – Software inventory per Critical Security Controls

The last time we saw how to use WMIC to find membership of an Active Directory group. That is useful, and should be done periodically as a part of the audit of the Windows environment. Here’s another problem for WMIC to help with… Problem: The Critical Security Controls identifies Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software […]

Learning WMIC: part 2 – Finding Group Members

Let’s dig around a little deeper into the capabilities of WMIC and use WMIC to find information needed to solve a problem Problem: list the active users with access to a system, and the groups they belong to… Solution: 1. All user accounts that have access to a windows host can be listed using wmic […]

Learning WMIC: part 1 – Basic Syntax

WMIC is a powerful means to access the Windows Management Interface from the command line. More information about WMI can be found at the Wikipedia page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Management_Instrumentation There are a couple of scenarios for using WIMIC – against the local computer and against a remote computer. With either of the situations, WMIC will run by […]