Simplifying spell component management

I have started a new campaign and am considering making life a little easier for my spell casters by not expecting them to source and find all there components ahead of time. Especially where components are destroyed. Instead being willing to allow them to operate a tax system. If a spell requires a 1000GP gem bowl just have them remove 1000GP from the inventory instead of making them find and buy the bowl. One of the main reasons for this is that the new party has a druid, cleric and paladin so a lot of spells potentially for them to go and source components for and as new players I want to try and streamline things a bit.

Is this an accepted standard mechanic for managing spell caster components or are there other ways of simplifying this aspect of spell management.

Looking for a secure project management platform for our group to use [closed]

Our group is a non-profit (most of us are volunteers) with a limited budget doing community awareness on the topic of safe technology use to support health and safety.

We are looking for a project management platform that is safe, secure (data encrypted?), and has a good track record of not having any past security breaches. We need the platform to organize our meetings and activities, as well as facilitate our information and document sharing.

We are looking for project management platform options that have measures in place that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for others to steal information/documents and/or take note of what we are doing/sharing.

Any suggestions on where to look?

Remote command using Sophos Management

in a recent analysis of a ransomware attack, where BitLocker was used to encrypt the disk, I found that the company was using Sophos.

In the folder C:577-Sophos\AutoUpdate\data\warehouse I found some files that contain executable code and activate BitLocker, using command like the following from disk F: to Z:

manage-bde -on F: -rp 599368-358941-467368-368093-397672-261921-132506-522577 -sk C:\ -s

I’m not really into Sophos management and administration, but I read that the folder warehous can be use as cache for the update installations.

Are these files false positive? Or the malicious actors could use Sophos to spread malicious commands?

How to add a server list into Registered Servers on Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

I have a list of sqlserver on on table on tbl_servers which have 500 server. example:

Select IP_instance, DBname, username, password from tbl_servers which will return the all sql server and their sa credential.

–> 10.10.1.30, myDatabase, sa, password

I would like to add all of this into the Registered server, can this done by SQL scripting? or any faster way to add?

Tool for combat management

I’m working on my own homebrew rpg system which I want to keep light on rules. Therefore I add only rules when they are needed. One rule which I did not use was an implementation of "initiative".

In combat, everyone’s actions happen at the same time. There is no order imposed by stats, dice rolls, or activity chosen, i.e. no initiative scores or initiative rolls such as in DnD 5e. It is more like melee from Warhammer Fantasy (the strategy game, not the rpg).

I did like the feeling in general during playtest, however management of combat turns was very chaotic, since I could obviously not do all the adjudication at the same time.

My question therefore is: What mechanics, tools, and techniques can I use to facilitate combat adjudication without imposing an order of action? I prefer answers referencing published RPG systems. Nonmechanical concepts should work without the use of online tools / software.

Alternative to SQL Server Management Studio and Azure Data Studio to initially change my password

Background

I’m having to connect to a customer’s Microsoft SQL Server. I generally don’t need to do much in databases besides your average SQL, so using the database features in IntelliJ IDEA have so far been more than sufficient for various PostgreSQL and Orcacle databases. In this case though I was given a heads-up that I will have to change my password first, and when I use IDEA to connect with the credentials I received it does indeed reject them and gives me an error message saying I need to change my password. I was also told to use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to do so.

Problem

SSMS is only for Windows, I’m running a Mac. The SSMS download page refers to Azure Data Studio for use on a different OS. An initial try of the latter did not let me change the password though. Even if I eventually find a way to do it, is there really no other easier way to do this that doesn’t involve installing another full-blown db tool that I have no intention of using in the long run? Or worst case: buy a windows computer for the sole purpose of installing SSMS so I can change a password? Surely there must be a bunch of Mac- or Linux-using DBA’s that know of a simple command-line tool or alike that allows them to change their password initially on a Microsoft SQL Server, after which they just use their favorite db management tool to access it?