Friday, June 18, 2010

Hello World!

Hello World,

I'm Armen and this is my little corner on the web, where I am planning to share my little 2 Dirhams with you on things that I work on and things that I enjoy. 
For starters, here is a beautiful shot of the magnificent Burj Al Arab from our lovely Jumeirah Beach -

If you are wondering as to what on earth Port 389 is (the name of my blog), it is simply a networking port that is used by one of my favorite technologies, called the Active Directory.

As a Windows administrator, I spend a lot of my time working with this technology, and so I thought of using Port 389 as the name of my blog. It also coincidentally happens to be the number of my apartment, and since that seemed a little more than a coincidence, I am now blogging on Port 389!

Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon again!



  1. Hello Abdul,

    What are your thoughts about the security implications of outsourcing the management of critical IT services like DNS, DHCP, Active Directory, email (Exhange) etc. to outsourced providers. I think outsourcing of Microsoft's Active Directory technology impacts global security but I would like to hear your thoughts on the same.


  2. Hello Abdul,

    In my experience as an IT analyst, I have found that while many organizations use Active Directory so extensively, most of them don't seem to be aware of the various Active Directory Risks that exist today, and how these risks impact Active Directory Security. This is concerning because Active Directory is so widely deployed today and I worry that it may be vulnerable, whether to Kerberos-to-NTLM downgrade attacks, or other kinds of attacks such as Active Directory Privilege Escalation which it seems could be launched by insiders as well.

    Best wishes,

  3. Hi Armen,

    I happened to come across your blog, so thought I'd leave a note.

    I've been wanting to blog for a while now, and have a little blog of my own as well over as Active Directory Forestry, but I just can't seem to find the time.

    We've been very busy helping clients understand how to analyze and audit security permissions in Active Directory because it is so important to Active Directory security.

    We came across a valuable Active Directory Audit Tool and its been very helpful as we perform many an Active Directory Audit for our clients. Thought I mention it.

    If you have some time, do stop by. I would love to hear from you.


  4. Hi Hafez,

    I think of Active Directory Security as being critical to business these days and Active Directory Auditing is very important.

    Personally, I've found that the need to audit what is being audited in Active Directory is equally important as well.

    I recently came across a cool Active Directory ACL Export/Dump Tool and have been using it for these audits.

    I thought you might find my experience with How to audit / find out what is being audited in Active Directory helpful so thought of sharing it with you.