Fixing Plex on the QNAP NAS

I recently upgraded the firmware on my QNAP NAS from QTS 4.2.x to 4.3.x, and in doing so Plex stopped working. It was difficult to find information online to fix the problem, so I figured I’d write this short post on how to fix the issue.

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Determine SMB 3.1.1 Protocol Security Scenarios and Implementations

Determine SMB 3.1.1 Protocol Security Scenarios and Implementations

SMB 3.1.1 was added with Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 operating systems. This post will cover the SMB 3.1.1 protocol security features that have been introduced, outlining why you would want to use them.

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How To Install An RPM File In Linux

How To Install RPM Package File

RPM files exist to make the software installation and upgrading process easier. They allow us to simply use an RPM file to install a software package, and when combined with package managers such as Yum or DNF we will also get all required dependencies downloaded and installed easily.

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Implement NTLM Blocking in Windows Server 2016

Implement NTLM Blocking

NT Lan Manager (NTLM) is a proprietary Microsoft security protocol for providing authentication in the Windows operating system. It’s quite old, and we can implement NTLM blocking to disable it, allowing us to increase overall security by instead moving to another protocol such as Kerberos. We’ll see how to do this in Windows Server 2016 using group policy in the examples here.

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Enable Bitlocker to use Secure Boot for platform and BCD integrity validation

Enable Bitlocker to use secure boot for platform and BCD integrity validation

BitLocker and Secure Boot are important features for a secured Windows operating system to defend against boot and offline attacks. This post will show you how to enable BitLocker to use secure boot for platform and BCD integrity validation.

During the boot process BitLocker will check that the security sensitive boot configuration data (BCD) settings have not been changed since BitLocker was enabled, recovered, or resumed.


This post is part of our Microsoft 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 exam study guide series. For more related posts and information check out our full 70-744 study guide.


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How To Mount A Windows NTFS Disk In Linux

How To Mount NTFS Disk Partition In Linux

The New Technology File System (NTFS) is a proprietary file system created by Microsoft and is used extensively in Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.

By default most Linux distributions are not able to mount NTFS, however it is possible to install a driver that allows us to do this so that we can read and write data to an NTFS disk.

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Import and Export Windows Firewall Settings in Windows Server 2016

Import and Export Windows Firewall Settings

Instead of manually configuring the same Windows Firewall rules on many different servers, we can import and export Windows firewall settings to transfer them between different servers.

We can also import the firewall rule policy file into a Group Policy Object (GPO) to apply it automatically throughout a whole domain.

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Cloudflare Argo Benchmark and Speed Test

Cloudflare Argo Benchmark

A few days ago, Cloudflare announced Argo, their new solution for a faster, more reliable, more secure Internet. My first thought was of course to perform an Argo benchmark to see how well it works.

I’ve previously taken a look at the Cloudflare Pro plan, and I’ve been paying for it ever since despite it not actually being of that much use to me.

Argo however appears to be exactly what I’m interested in, a new way of squeezing out yet more performance, so let’s find out how Cloudflare’s new Argo service performs with some benchmarks!

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How To Enable SSH in Linux Mint

How To Enable SSH In Linux Mint

By default OpenSSH server is not installed in Linux Mint. This quick guide will show you how to install and enable SSH in Linux Mint, allowing you to remotely access the operating system over the network through SSH.

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How To Install Linux Mint 18

Install Linux Mint

This guide will show you how to install Linux Mint step by step. Mint is a distribution of Linux which is based on Debian and Ubuntu and aims to be both powerful and easy to use. As the most popular Linux distribution according to distrowatch, it seems to be achieving these goals.

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