Automating CIS-CAT Pro with PowerShell

CIS-CAT stands for Center for internet Security Configuration Assessment Tool. The CIS-CAT tool is used to perform configuration and vulnerability assessments. The Pro version is only available to CIS members, however if you want to try out the software, you can download the CIS-CAT Lite version from here: https://www.cisecurity.org/introducing-cis-cat-lite/ Note that the Lite version does not include the command line interface, so you won’t be able to use the automation described in this blog post. Read More …

How to register a custom Assessment Job within the Windows Assessment Console

In the Scaling And Extending Windows Assessments To Improve System Quality (Part I & II) presentation shown at the //BUILD conference in September Jason Cohen a Senior Software Development Engineer at Microsoft demonstrated how to create a custom Assessment job using a Ping test as example. Excited about the idea of extending the Windows Assessment Console with self-defined tests, I have since spend quite some time reading the related documentation on MSDN. I can imagine Read More …

Windows 8 ADK Assessments OS and Architecture Support Overview

Along with Windows 8 Microsoft also provides a new tool for System Builders and IT Professionals called the Windows Assessment Toolkit. The Windows Assessment Toolkit allows to determine the quality of a running operating system or a set of components with regard to performance, reliability, and functionality. Now since I’m sure Windows 7 will be around for a while, I wondered whether some of these Assessments would also run Windows 7 so I started reviewing Read More …

Performing a Windows Performance Assessment with the Windows ADK

By now most of you have probably looked at the Windows 8 client or server preview build and unfortunately the most attention is given to the new Metro look, but hey there’s more than that coming, in fact there’s some awesome stuff coming I’d like you to know about. With Windows Vista and Windows 7 Microsoft also released the Windows Automated Installation Kit known as WAIK. For Windows 8 this is now being rebranded into Read More …