Sunday, June 1, 2014

Checking the status of the Trusted Platform Module

To check the status of the Trusted Platform Module, launch an elevated command prompt.  Use the command below to see if TPM is enabled.

wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2\security\microsofttpm path win32_tpm get IsEnabled_InitialValue

Use the command below to determine if TPM is activated.

wmic /namespace:\\root\cimv2\security\microsofttpm path win32_tpm get IsActivated_InitialValue


SoftEther VPN Project

The SoftEther VPN Project is based from an university in Japan.  It is a open-source cross-platform multi-protocol VPN application.


PowerSploit is a PowerShell Post-Exploitation Framework.


ZenMate is a plug-in for the Google Chrome browser that encrypts browser traffic through the company’s servers.  It is currently free but appears will shift to a payment model in the future.






WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program which prepares multi-boot USB flash or fixed disk to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux and BSD flavors.


Contagi is a web site that hosts packet captures of malware traffic.

How to quickly view the contents of a .CSV file using PowerShell

To quickly view a .CSV file using PowerShell, pipe the file in question to the Out-GridView cmdlet.

Import-CSV .\test.csv | Out-GridView -Title "CSV File"

How to use a EPUB file with an Amazon Kindle

By default, an Amazon Kindle does not support the .EPUB format.  One option is to convert the .EPUB file to a .MOBI format, which a Kindle supports.  One application that can perform this conversion is called Calibre.  A portable version for Windows can be found at:

After extracting the program to a folder, launch the application.   An initial setup wizard should appear asking for parameters such as language and the device.  You can leave the device to generic.


Use the Add Books button to select the .EPUB file in question.  Select it in the list and then use the Convert Books button from the menu.


Select the output format of MOBI in the dialog box near the top right hand corner of the new dialog box, and click on the OK button at the bottom of the screen.


The job status progress should be displayed near the lower right-hand corner of the main dialog box.


Once completed, look under the Calibre Library subfolder to find the .MOBI version of the file.


How to enable the Disk Cleanup utility with Windows Server 2012 R2

The Disk Cleanup utility is not available by default with Windows Server 2012 R2.  To enable it, the Desktop Experience component must be installed either via the Server Manager or PowerShell.  The PowerShell command to use would be:

Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience


A reboot is required before the Disk Cleanup utility is functional.