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  • MSDEToText for TMG sometimes produces negative IP addresses

    ... which can be annoying when you're trying to work out where your traffic's headed, with something like LogParser. I fixed my MSDEToTSV (note, I renamed it so that it reminded me what format it produces - I only need to use it once in a blue...
  • Installing .Net 3.51 on Windows 8.1

    (Can you sense flatten-and-reinstall time approaches?) Or Windows 8. Applies to .Net 3.51, 3.0, and 2.0. Works with or without Internet. Link: How To Activate the .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 Without Internet Access
  • Installing Windows from a USB Stick (and copying it to that stick from an ISO)

    (Quick public dump so I can find the tool link again easily)   Download the Windows 7 USB/DVD tool from here . (NB links to the page, not the EXE) Download ISO image from store or MSDN Run Win7 USB DVD Tool and point it to ISO and USB Stick Label...
  • Office Web Viewer

    While Skydrive’s been able to display Office documents in your web browser for what seems like ages now, check this out: Do you have Office documents on your website or blog that you want your readers to view even if they don't have Office installed? ...
  • App Pool Recycling Defaults: Why 1740 minutes?

    Without doubt, one of the most FAQ when discussing Application Pools in IIS Admin and Troubleshooting workshops! Scott Forsyth shares Wade’s answer In Wade’s words: “you don’t get a resonate pattern”. then follows up with useful advice on establishing...
  • IIS 7: But why do I get a 500.19–Cannot add duplicate collection entry- with 0x800700b7 !?

    (Because I'm sure that was your exact exclamation when you hit it!) The Background This week, I was out at a customer site performing an IIS Health Check, and got pulled into a side meeting to look at an app problem on a different box. The customer...
  • TMG Rollup 3 out now; so’s Mod_Security for IIS

    TMG SP2 Update Rollup 3 As the ISA Blog mentions, Rollup 3 for TMG Service Pack 2 is now available : We are happy to announce the availability of Rollup 3 for Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2). TMG SP2 Rollup 3 is available...
  • Windows 8 Launch Week!

    My Surface RT is preordered (as is my Mum’s), all my home computers are upgraded… it’s finally *almost* here! And then! The real madness begins! That’s pretty much all I had. I’m excited!
  • Fun Verbiage Corner: Tenants on premise

    “We want to talk about our tenants” Sure, it might be cloud computing, but tenants inhabit a space; tenets are articles of faith, or principles. “On- premise ” Sounds like they’re saying “on message”, but probably really mean “on- premises ”.
  • On that replacement Exec Laptop scenario with DJOIN

    The Volume Licensing website allows Win8 Enterprise to be downloaded to the new laptop, which should go some way to fixing the Enterprise Edition client requirement. It’s not quite slap-black-amex-down-and-join-domain, but then again that’s...
  • DJOIN with a client TXT file failing with error 0x57

    Incorrect function or parameter is incorrect. Long story short: DJOIN.EXE is finicky about its text formats. Understandable, really. Don’t re-save a text file with Notepad – if you can download the file as a file, you’ll be happier. Experimenting with...
  • Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V hanging on boot

    Breaking it During the week, I tried a straight upgrade for my Hyper-V box from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012, and wandered off. Noticing the Internet hadn’t come back a half hour later (TMG VM), I found my server hung at the new Windows...
  • Come to the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Premier Roadshow

    Australian Premier Support customers: Join us for an overview of the new stuff in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8! This series of events will run for the entire day in each city and showcase 4 sessions of about 90 minutes, on a range of Windows Server...
  • Is it time for you to reset your online identity?

    Lots of account hacking activity in the news recently. The Blizzard hack (via RPS) caught my eye because of some of the wording used to describe it: “Some data was illegally accessed, including a list of email addresses for global Battle.net...
  • Jump to closing Curly Brace!

    I maintain a few projects with a few spaghetti functions. It’s really common to see something like: try{ //And then sixteen pages of text before the closing brace } If you click either brace, it highlights its counterpart, which is great when they’re...
  • Windows 8 UX Fundamentals–free virtual training

    I’ve been working on the Windows 8 Application Excellence Lab circuit recently, helping push Metro-style apps from good to great! Metro apps look visually simple, but conveying your app’s information in a simple and visually appealing manner isn’t just...
  • TMG SP2 Update Rollup 2 out now

    Several reliability fixes included: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2689195   To install UR2, you need to be running SP2 (with or without UR1) already.
  • A weekend’s worth of tips in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    Just some notes recording what I’ve picked up from a couple of days using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my main desktops:   The hit target for the Start button is the very bottom left corner – like, the four pixels in that region. Just slam the...
  • RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

    The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host...
  • Important Kerberos-related hotfix for IIS 7.5

    Users cannot access an IIS-hosted website after the computer password for the server is changed in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2545850 Essentially, if the computer acount password changes...
  • IE10 Compat Inspector

    There's an very handy-looking new tool that can be used to quickly determine a site's compatibility with IE10. I set it up with Fiddler on one of my machines, and can now enable a pop-up item in Fiddler under the Rules menu. I wasn't familiar with...
  • IUSR vs Application Pool Identity – Why use either?

    (pasted from my email clippings. I’m on holiday right now, catching up on paperwork!) The TLDR version is : using AppPoolIdentity as both the App Pool Account and Anonymous user account lets you have multiple isolated anonymous websites on one...
  • OT: Anyone know how to remove or disable the Facebook Timeline feature?

    All the references I can find refer to the developer preview, not the released version - I have a friend that can't possibly edit their history in 7 days, and feels like the Timeline is a countdown to armageddon.
  • Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint farms - a generic gotchas list

    Recently, I worked on a Kerberos configuration issue with a customer; these are my notes from the visit. You’ll see some common themes with Kerbie Goes Bananas , and it puts much of that into practice. Speaking of, I must redo Kerbie with SetSPN...
  • TMG SP2 now out there

    There I was, blathering away about Kerberos and SetSPN and sleeping - sleeping! - while the long-awaited-but-unnanounced TMG SP2 was released. And announced, I guess. The documentation's still being updated (the release notes haven't made it up yet...