Get to Network Connections UI by using “ncpa.cpl”

Looking for a quick way to get to your network connections: Control PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork Connections

From the run prompt (shortcut keys: WinKey+R) enter ncpa.cpl. You will immediately open a window that takes you to the network connections UI without traveling thought the network sharing center.

If you want to create a quick shortcut you can file this in the following location: “C:WindowsSystem32ncpa.cpl

This works in Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 (and R2) along with Server 2012

More info: Description of Control Panel (.cpl) Files

So go; Run, you silly boy. And remember

Some Basic Use of Nmap

Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. I along with many other systems and network administrators also find it to be a useful tool for the right job. Nmap can be installed and used in Windows, and mostly common in Linux distributions such as Debian and the well known Ubuntu.

You can get the Windows install form along with the Linux versions.  In Linux (Debian) I simple sudo apt-get install nmap -y and the rest is done in a few seconds.

Now that you have Nmap, what can you do? Here are some examples I use every so often:

~# nmap – gives me info about (Hostname resolves to 11 IPs..)

~# nmap – scans my network and return info on machines and service ports listening

~# nmap -sP – attempts to detect if a host is up or down

~# nmap -PN – attempts to detect if a host is up or down (no pings sent)

~# nmap -sT – port scan using TCP

~# nmap -sU – port scan using UDP

~# nmap -O – attempts to identify the remote OS, returns TCP/IP fingerprint

And I could go on, but lets just end these example here and I’m sure you’ll find others.

Run … run, you clever boy … and remember. – Clara Oswald

Extending Windows 8 Trial

I have been using the Windows 8 Enterprise for several months this way for testing rather than backup my data and reinstall the OS just to reinstall my applications, followed by configuration tweaks, which can be time consuming. I have started extending the trail to give me more time.

The process of extending a trial is called ‘rearming’.
Here is how I have done so:

  1. Open the command prompt as (Admin) | Answer Yes to the User Account Control
  2. You can then check your license information by typing slmgr /dli – this provides information on your version and license status.
  3. You could also use the command slmgr /dlv for more detailed information – good to give you status of how long you have before complete expiration of your trial 

If you just want the expiration date info type: slmgr /xpr

And finally what you have been waiting for: The rearm command.
Like the ones I mentioned above all you need to do is type: slmgr /rearm then reboot the computer.

This can be done no more than 3 times of the life of the install of the Windows 8 system. If you time it correctly you could have Windows 8 for free for 270 days. How cool is that.

Info on my test machines:
1 Physical Machine and 2 Virtual Machines (VMware)

Filter netstat results with the Find Command

Here is a simple way to find results you might be looking for when running a command such as netstat on your computer or server. The following example should help you get an idea of how to use this in information gathering

Command Prompt Example - Issuing the following command: “netstat -an | find /I “established” gave me the results above. So play around and discover what you can do. It’s fun, you learn things and who knows. You may find this to be of good use to you.  For example: You want to know how many connections are established to your web server.

Play Minecraft through TOR

This little how-to is more of a way to pass socks proxy parameters to a java app, however my focus here is on doing this with the Java game Minecraft over the TOR Network.

Why you ask? Because I wanted to know if it was possible and if I could do it.

Items Needed:

  1. Minecraft Account
  2. Java Installed (Latest Version)
  3. Minecraft installed and up to the current date.
  4. Windows OS – I’m using Windows 8 at this time

Open notepad and add the following values into it:
cd C:Program Files (x86)Javajre7bin
java -DsocksProxyHost= -DsocksProxyPort=9050 –Xmx1024m -jar Minecraft.exe

The above will work with any SOCKS proxy and not limited to TOR. I am using the above as these are the defaults to TOR

Save the file at TOR-Minecraft.bat and run it. If all work as planned you will see the console open followed by the Minecraft UI. You can now connect to any remote server and you should be passing all your data through the TOR network.

Info on Minecraft:

Info on TOR:



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