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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...
16 Jun 2005
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....
28 Nov 2005
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...
19 Sep 2006
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!
6 Aug 2004
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...
2 Aug 2006
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...
22 Jun 2005
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...
19 Dec 2007
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...
24 Feb 2005
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...
7 May 2004
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...
24 May 2007
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...
18 Jul 2007
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...
23 Sep 2010
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...
14 Dec 2005
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...
11 May 2010
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...
18 Mar 2004
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...
18 May 2005
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...
25 May 2006
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...
25 Jan 2007
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...
28 Sep 2005
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...
13 Jan 2009
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...
5 Sep 2005
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...
18 Jul 2005
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 ...
14 Oct 2009
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...
7 Apr 2004
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...
15 Dec 2005
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