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  • Blog Post: Deskbar Shortcuts... an eventual convert.

    I've been a full-URL typist for a long, long time. As yesterday was Patch Tuesday, I've gotten a little annoyed at the number of times that I've had to type http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms05-xxx.mspx into the browser to check up on security bulletin related facts. I remembered...
  • Blog Post: Delegation, Delegation, Delegation, Delegation

    If I had a buck for every time someone came to me with a problem accessing their SQL Server from a website (in Windows authentication mode, not SQL authentication, naturally), I'd have about four bucks. That's good , because I'm not meant to be the go-to guy for SQL Server access from IIS instances....
  • Blog Post: KB Highlight: WMICore update for Windows 2000 SP4

    If you like to live on the cutting edge of the previous version of Windows, there's a problem that seems to creep up that I've seen in a couple of environments before. VBScript not working in a hanging-kind-of-way (possibly including ASP, definitely logon scripts, and typically just about any general...
  • Blog Post: Teched Final Day

    OK, so I've been a tad remiss in blogging about the Tech Ed experience, but I've been so busy talking to people! I'll blog more later. People await!
  • Blog Post: Two easy ways to pick Kerberos from NTLM in an HTTP capture

    When tracing authenticated HTTP traffic, you'll often see a Windows client use the Negotiate protocol to authenticate itself to a Windows web server. In the past, I've surprised my friends and amazed casual onlookers by being able to instantly surmise which authentication protocol was actually in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Automatic Updates Blocker

    Like XPSP2 before it, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 is going to be distributed via Automatic Updates. The start date for automatic updates is July 26, 2005 . If you'd rather move at your own pace over the next year, you'll want to look at the Blocking Toolkit , and the following information...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 Ultimate, $AUD75!? Yes, That's Cheaper Than I Can Get It!

    Back in the day, software used to be quite cheap around here for employees. Then, due to a confluence of unfortunate factors, all involving complicated acronyms (like FBT), Aussie 'softies started paying what could be politely described as unspectacular rates for personal copies of Microsoft software...
  • Blog Post: New Feature: RDP over SSL with Windows Server 2003 SP1

    Release Candidate 2 for Windows Server 2003 SP1 is available to test from microsoft.com, which means RTM can't be that far away! A new feature in SP1 (at least, present in the RC2 build of SP1) that's been causing some confusion is RDP over SSL - a new option for Terminal Services that should provide...
  • Blog Post: More on Sasser, IPSec Firewalls, and SMB

    I've had a couple of internal and external questions on the last post; rather than keep on flogging the earlier article , here's some more background information on how this all works. I've been known to be wrong before, so please yell if you spot any mistakes or overgeneralizations. Don't Be Scared...
  • Blog Post: Quickly* pinging everything on a subnet

    For when you don't remember that you set your wireless gateway's static IP to .253, and it's not showing up in the list of leases on the DHCP server (predictably, but it's not helping your memory, and it's not in the arp cache either...), and you need to reboot it using the web interface, all through...
  • Blog Post: Generating a memory dump when a particular event log occurs

    Building from Paul Long's post on stopping a Netmon3 capture on a particular event , we're going to re-jig it so that we can run ADPLUS soon after a particular event is logged. This won't produce a dump at the exact moment of the event log (which more often is what would be most useful for debugging...
  • Blog Post: IE8 and IE9 Taskbar Icons

    I’ve been working on my tablet for the last week, and found myself really really missing IE9, even though I swore I wouldn’t install it on this, in the interests of production-readiness. So, with the work done, I’m installing it. Gimme my tearoff tabs back. It’s enough to make me consider reverting the...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server and RADIUS: Two Domains And No Trust

    A question from Ashok: I've been trying to find out if one can use RADIUS to authenticate web proxy clients on another domain that is not a member of ISA domain. So I have an ISA 2004 Std with SP1 on domain A, say, and then have another internal network which connects to domain B. The question...
  • Blog Post: TmgAdConfig (aka ADConfig, ADConfigPack)

    To avoid you tearing your hair out trying to find it: The tool TMGADCONFIG .exe is included in the ADCONFIGPACK .exe download, available from this location , which extracts to the Program Files(x86)\Forefront TMG Tools\ADCONFIG folder by default. I was chasing it down with great vengeance and furious...
  • Blog Post: WshShell.Run and Long File Names

    I hit this the other day - when using the Wsh Shell object's Run method in VBScript, passing a long filename (LFN) tends to truncate, so: set oShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell") oShell.Run "C:\Documents and Settings\Tester\Desktop\TestFile.Doc" will fail with a message similar to "Cannot find...
  • Blog Post: Working Late with Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

    It's probably been noted in a hundred other places by now, but the new corporate IM client (link to Trial Version, the Office website hasn't caught up yet) was just released. I'm using it against the Microsoft LCS2005 implementation while signed in from home for some late, late case work. I really...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Beta 2 and Flickering Redrawing Desktop Stuff

    Beta 2's been absolutely stunning for me, but suddenly today my desktop icons were going nuts (er, flickering) whenever I changed tabs, or switched between an IE and a non-IE window. I couldn't work out what was different at first, so figured it was probably an addin... after disabling all the add...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 Perf Tweak for Intranets

    Kerb authentication is performed at each request, rather than each connection. This can end up being a little top-heavy. 917557 FIX: You may experience slow performance when you use Integrated Windows authentication together with the Kerberos authentication protocol in IIS 6.0 http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 SP2 Just Installed Itself!

    Along with Visio 2003 SP2, OneNote 2003 SP2 and an Outlook Junk Email filter update. I remember signing up for Microsoft Update, and I intellectually knew that programs other than Windows could be patched on my computer, but hadn't yet seen it happen via Automatic Updates. That's just cool. My parents...
  • Blog Post: Home Hyper-V Networking Gotchas

    Before the holidays, I bought myself an early present: a new quad-core box with 4GB RAM, which I was going to use for a home Hyper-V lab, so that I could run a bunch of 64-bit VMs as well as the 32-bit staples I’ve been using for years (SBS 2003, and a separate ISA Server box). I’d had Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: My Tech.Ed AU 2005 In Blurry Slightly Truncated Pictures

    Just running through my newly-broken phone (dropped from booth height to the hard, unforgiving floor below) to pull the interesting bits off it. It wasn't a good week for the phone, which now can send voice and play any type of noise you can imagine via the speaker, other than what the person at the...
  • Blog Post: Custom Password Filters

    Back from holiday now, and almost over the jetlag. Almost. A question came up today about Password Filter DLLs , and the documentation always seems to be hard to find, so I've popped up a quick summary of everything I know here. Back In The Day of NT4, there was an optional component that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server 2006 TCP Retransmits

    Health Checks I perform ISA Server Health Checks for Premier Support (via Premier Field Engineering) as part of my role. I’ve seen something a few times recently that I thought it might be helpful to call out, while poking around in the Performance Monitor TCPv4 counter area. The Problem ...
  • Blog Post: XPSP2 Resources for IT Pros

    A friend of mine that works in the IT industry just stunned me by asking whether there was anything new in SP2 for Windows XP - seems we haven't quite got the message out there enough yet - be prepared for this one, it is not just another Service Pack . So, for him and you, I've linked the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server and RADIUS: Two Domains And No Trust, But This Time ISA's A Member Of One

    Following on from yesterday's post where the ISA Server wasn't a member of either domain , this time we're looking at how you'd configure a more seamless (eg, not prompted for credentials left and right) experience for the users in Domain A, while making the poor users in DomainB provide their credentials...