Blog Summary for Week of October 31

1. Monitor Everything with Monitis – And do it easily with PowerShell – Part 8
If you’ve read the last couple of articles in this series, you’ve seen some of the fun things you can monitor with WMI and Monitis. This article shows you how to see which users are logged on using WMI and monitor that with a Monitis Custom Monitor. A couple scripts with WMI calls are provided that you can run with Powershell. This is a pretty simple scenario to execute. The next piece in this series will look at monitoring access to shared folders.



2. 18 LAMP Security Tips for MySQL
LAMP stacks (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) are an industry standard for comprehensive and robust servers. This is a checklist of 101 actions you can take to maximize security around LAMP. Hopefully this simplifies administering your system so that you can focus on other tasks. Some of the recommendations are to Grant minimal permissions, Separate read/write users, Use TLS, and Use syslog. Each tip has a 1 paragraph description. So if you are running a LAMP stack, this is a must read.

3. Monitor Everything with Monitis – And do it easily with PowerShell – Part 9
You’ve read how WMI and Monitis can be used to extract information, but what about waiting for events? This piece shows how to use PowerShell and WMI to make custom monitors that update whenever something happens on the system. There is a very important command: Register-WmiEvent. WmiEvents are a powerful feature of WMI: They can be used to tell you when something is happening in the operating system. This lets you listen for specific information in WMI and respond with an event. An example script shows how to find out who is connected to a shared folder on a server, and follow that information with an action.