(ISC)² Southern Arizona / UA CyberCats Meeting Links

I recently talked about ransomware at a joint (ISC)² Southern Arizona / UA CyberCats meeting. There were a few items in the presentation and discussed after and I wanted to make sure I provided the links here:

Thanks again to everyone who attended!

(ISC)² Southern Arizona / UA CyberCats Meeting Links

Converting a VHDX to VHD with PowerShell

I was recently asked about converting Hyper-V VHDX volumes to VHD. Here’s a quick and dirty post about the conversion process.

Start an Administrator PowerShell session and do the following:

Install Hyper-V and the Hyper-V Management Tools

Note: This will require a system reboot.

Windows 10

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All

Use Convert-VHD

Installing the Hyper-V Management tools added the Convert-VHD cmdlet to the system. Below are examples of how to use Convert-VHD for volume conversion.

Example 1: Convert example.vhdx to example-converted.vhd

Convert-VHD example.vhdx -VHDFormat VHD -DestinationPath C:\mpwd\example.vhd

Example 2: Convert example.vhd to example-converted.vhdx

Convert-VHD example.vhd -VHDFormat VHDX -DestinationPath C:\mpwd\example.vhdx
Converting a VHDX to VHD with PowerShell

Seeing the Light

There is light at the end of the tunnel.

So much has happened over the past few years that it’s odd to think about closure paired with continued success. With any luck I’ll be wrapping up my masters program at the end of the year and entering my second year of employment at Kroll. I’ve also been remodeling my home. This isn’t a humblebrag post. If you enjoy doing something it doesn’t automatically become easy. This year has been difficult and not unilaterally successful. Learning experiences? Yes. Fuck-ups? Also yes. Running water? Occasionally. At least no one died as a result.*

I’m excited to get back to punk-rock computing: Using my free time to research/test what I want, how I want, and blog about. That’s why this post exists. I’m kicking the rust off the ol’ WordPress install to make sure it works (I’ve been paying someone to maintain it… did they?) and that I know how to hit the “Publish” button with just the right amount of intensity. (About 4.63 intensities or more.)

There are many new tools I use since I’ve last posted that I’d love to post about. Python 3 + pandas, KAPE, and DeepBlueCLI, etc. I look forward to posting how I use them, what I use them for, and what I think the future of DFIR could look like. Also just about my life, what’s on my mind, and a few links to weird websites that remind me of how the Internet was in 1996. Webrings, anyone? More posts soon!

* That I am aware of.


Seeing the Light