Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Stupid Drivers, move over

Yet another rank to idiots who get a license but shouldn't have. http://www.mit.edu/~jfc/right.html

Move the heck over. On interstates you should never be in the left lane except to pass.

And for the love of the road, don't frigging speed-up when I try to pass you on the right. Cause your idiocy or ego seemingly won't survive me passing you.

oh and my wife says, arf arf arf. That's censored for your protection.

La Quinta Inn

This hotel was near Duke university. The card key didn't work. Then when that was fixed, It was nice to walk into someone else's room at 11 PM. Thankfully the lights were off, the tv on, and habitants in bed covered. Funny, that happened to someone else at this very same hotel based on the reviews. All in all it was a good stay they bumped us up to a suite to make it right. I wish it was for a couple days though.

Aloft Hotels

Well, this hotel near baltimore, actually next to Arundel Mills Mall, sucks. Our room stank of mold, the pump room caught fire, and no housekeeping. The staff was pleasant with us but not with each other. Will not go back there.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Auditpol in all it's glory


you can retrieve lists of categories and subcategories with these commands, respectively:
auditpol /list /category
auditpol /list /subcategory:*

Also be aware read the bottom note of this tip.

Fine Tune Your Security Audit Policies

How to use Group Policy to configure detailed security auditing settings for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers in a Windows Server 2008 domain, in a Windows Server 2003 domain, or in a Windows 2000 domain.

How to use Group Policy to configure detailed security auditing settings for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers in a Windows Server 2008 domain, in a Windows Server 2003 domain, or in a Windows 2000 domain.: "How to use Group Policy to configure detailed security auditing settings for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers in a Windows Server 2008 domain, in a Windows Server 2003 domain, or in a Windows 2000 domain."

Exchange 2007 SP3 - Not your average service pack

Microsoft Releases Exchange 2007 SP3
· By Kurt Mackie

· 06/22/2010

Microsoft this week released Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3, which lets IT pros run the mail server on Windows Server 2008 R2.

The new service pack was released on Sunday, but was announced yesterday, and can be downloadedhere. Microsoft took time to deliver this service pack because it entailed making a lot of coding changes to Exchange 2007, the company explained late last year. Microsoft promised back then that it would deliver SP3 in the second half of this year, so this release came early.

The arrival of the service pack means that organizations don't have to move off Exchange Server 2007 if they have migrated to Windows Server 2008 R2 already. Exchange 2010 is currently available, having been released as a final product in November, but some organizations may not be ready to make that move. For example, Exchange 2010 uses a different method of archiving and storing e-mails from its predecessors that may require infrastructure changes.

However, the release notes for SP3 suggest that IT pros won't have a simple upgrade process. SP3 will cause Active Directory schema changes, so Microsoft's release notes suggest preparing Active Directory and domains prior to installing this service pack.

SP3 is cumulative, meaning that it contains update rollups through the fourth release. Consequently, it allows users to upgrade from earlier service packs (such as SP1). However, Microsoft says that users must first "uninstall all Interim Updates before you install Exchange 2007 SP3."

Removing SP3 appears to be less simple than installing it. The only way to uninstall SP3 is to remove Exchange Server 2007 entirely and reinstall an earlier version, according to Microsoft's release notes.

SP3 will work on Windows Server 2008, but not if the OS was previously upgraded. Microsoft offers just one approach: "To deploy Exchange 2007 SP3 on an Windows Server 2008-based computer, you must first install Windows Server 2008 on a computer that does not have Exchange installed, and then install Exchange 2007 SP3."

Exchange Server 2007 SP3 supports both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. However, a Microsoft blog notes that "only the 64 bit is supported in Production environment[s]."

A few new features are available with SP3. Highlights include the ability to install Exchange Management Tools on Windows 7 computers, as well as an improved search and password reset capabilities.

Aggregated Link List

This is a compiled link list for those folks who desire it. I did this for the awesome folks in a class I took. Thanks to Noah, Alan and Jarrod for their contributions

CACE Technologies - AirPcap
Create a passive network tap for your home network « :wq
w32tm info
configuring windows time service
HOWTO: Leverage Group Policies with WMI Filters
Windows Time Service and Resulting Internet Communication in Windows Server 2008
Command-line reference A-Z: Scripting; Management Services
Windows Server 2008 Tips
TechNet Virtual Labs: Windows Server 2008
KBAlertz.com: Knowledge Base Alerts
Step-by-Step Guide to Bulk Import and Export to Active Directory
Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Memory Management - Understanding Pool Resources
Microsoft Enterprise Networking Team
Ask the Directory Services Team
SANS: Computer Security Training, Network Security Research, InfoSec Resources
Free Windows Management Software Tools by Quest Software
Active Directory Topology Diagrammer ADTD
Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding the Group Policy Feature Set
Technical Reference for Windows Server 2008
Free Ebook: Mastering SQL Server 2005 Profiler
Customizing Windows Security Templates
Troubleshooting Group Policy Client-Side Extension Behavior
Information about new Group Policy preferences in Windows Server 2008
Splunk | IT Search for Log Management, Operations, Security and Compliance: "Business Needs Real-time IT"
Nagios - The Industry Standard in IT Infrastructure Monitoring
Groundwork Monitor Community Edition | Download Groundwork Monitor Community Edition software for free at SourceForge.net
Creating a DNS Infrastructure Design
Error message when you try to access a server locally by using its FQDN or its CNAME alias after you install Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1: Access denied" or No network provider accepted the given network path
Connecting to SMB share on a Windows 2000-based computer or a Windows Server 2003-based computer may not work with an alias name
DNS Stub Zones in Windows Server 2003
Troubleshooting File Replication Service
Understanding SRV Records
Understanding DNS SRV records and SIP
How to verify that SRV DNS records have been created for a domain controller
Service Connection Points (SCPs) and ADAM/AD LDS
Understanding aging and scavenging: Domain Name System(DNS)

CACE Technologies - AirPcap

CACE Technologies - AirPcap

Create a passive network tap for your home network « :wq

Create a passive network tap for your home network « :wq

Monday, June 21, 2010

SuperSocket Info: Bind failed on TCP port 1433

I didnt' try the below but I went through the network connection utility and just re-applied the settings (also removed named pipes but test this first). I'm guessing that this rebuild the stack for sql as well

snip ------
reference here

I recently began getting this error when SQL Server 2000 starts up. I
tried all the suggestions I could find (e.g., Q293107) but none worked.
I did finally figure this out and wanted to share the solution.

It turns out my winsock2 had been corrupted (by Juniper VPN software, I
believe), resulting in SQL Server attempting to bind twice to the same
socket. From the command line (on my windows XP SP2 machine), I ran
the following:

netsh winsock reset

This fixed the problem! See this article on Microsoft for more info:
Q811259. Hope this saves other people time. ----

Thursday, June 17, 2010


UA Buglight identifies admin-permissions issues ("LUA bugs") in desktop applications


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Programmically delete profiles on windows

Windows 2008 Profile Service Issues

"The User Profile Service (ProfSvc) crashes in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista SP1 systems when the service loads or unloads user profiles that contain compressed files or folders"


Monday, June 7, 2010

Another VSS patch

A parallel backup operation may fail when the operation is performed by Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)

Friday, June 4, 2010

GAHHHHH , DELL is driving me insane....

How hard is it to give me the right quote? I ask for a 15.4 wuxga screen (1920X1200) for a latitude e6500. Why are you sending me a quote for a xga (1400x800). How freaking difficult is that???

A little history, these below the bar folks can't seem to do anything right. It took 4 returns and photos to get them to send the right part for a DRAC. I also ordered drives for a server, (okay this one is partially my fault) they didn't come with sleds. Even though they knew in the email we were adding them to an existing array config...

even the other engineers are getting fed up with them. Give them a dell part number and they send the wrong memory. give the the memory specs and ask them to correct the order, they ship the same memory...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

VSS tracing

This has VSSTRACE in it for debugging vss issues.

Windows 7 SDK .net 3.51

All you didn't know about vsstrace :)