ScanMyServer Security Tests

19/11/2014 10:58:17
Luke McGrane

I've been looking at server security, testing things on my own web server, and recently found a company called Beyond Security who do free site testing. It looks like they go pretty in-depth with their automated checks and they give you this seal (which doesn't always seem to load so it might look like a blank space):

Vulnerability Scanner

Their site is a bit flakey and the report you see when you click the seal as a website visitor doesn't really reflect anything but as the site owner you get a detailed list of potential vulnerabilities.

Find Out IP Using Telnet

14/11/2014 20:20:43
Luke McGrane

I found a useful service on and thought I'd like to have a go at making something myself. So, now you can telnet to and it'll tell you what your IP is.






Your IP is


This can be useful in conditions where I want to know which ISP a server is using but cannot use a web browser to go to I've added a rate limit so repeated connections within 10 seconds of the last will cause the IP to be temporarily banned.

Windows Server Backup

25/09/2014 18:05:52
Luke McGrane

Windows Server Backup doesn't work on 2012 R2. In various setups, which you can read by seaching Google, it fails over and over again with vague error messages. Essentially, the backup software is buggy and should never have been released in it's current state so if you're trying to take full images of your servers you'll need to use something better.

I have used StorageCraft's ShadowProtect on my VMs successfully for over a year now and while the licensing is going to cost you upwards of £1000 for a sizeable server room it is well worth the cost.

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