Monday, July 31, 2006

My FireFox Extensions

Some of you have asked me what extensions I use in my toolbox well here they are...


Notice that I do not yet have a RSS reader within Firefox. But I have my eye on Wizz RSS.
Also, I used to use the Yahoo! Mail Notifier extension, however that kept crashing my browser on startup, so out it went.

eConsultant : Ultimate Web Developer Lists, Web 2.0 Directory, Technical Tips and Lists

Wow. An impressive index of useful information (to me anyway), in a craigslist style format.

See Link

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Thats too funny, check out the new IE 7

Screen shot just in case MS sues (probably will) and take over the site.

oy, Verizon...What happened to Customer Service.

I am not even a customer yet, and Verizon has managed to piss me off!
Here is what happened.
I call the number (877) 483-5898 posted on their web site to order new DSL service. ( I am ordering a dry loop so I must call, can't do that online)
They very nice lady that picks up right away says that she handles New York customers only.
hmm, OK I can handle that; she gives me a new number for Pennsylvania (800)660-2215.
I call that number and am directed to the residential new customer queue.
Then a message comes on and says sorry we have too many callers. Please call later, and HANGS UP.

The two things that bug me....
  1. Why don't they post a PA number as well as the other NY number, is it some kind of secret?
  2. WHY DID YOU HANG UP ON A POTENTIAL NEW CUSTOMER?
The kicker is that if I go to Comcast the service is worse........

oy, what to do?




UPDATE:
I found the PA number under
"Residential Local & Long Distance" here, which you would think is not for DSL, but it is!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Using Outlook via the Internet (not OWA)

From the help file of Server 2003 (yes an ugly copy/paste)

Using Outlook via the Internet


Users Guide (not admins)

If you are using Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2003, you can connect to the computer running Windows® Small Business Server through the Internet using the feature called RPC over HTTP. This means you can remotely access your server e-mail account from the Internet when you are working outside your organization's firewall. You do not need security-related hardware or software (such as smart cards or security tokens), and you do not have to establish a virtual private network (VPN) connection to the server.

Comparing RPC over HTTP and Outlook Web Access

When using RPC over HTTP to access your mailbox, you get the full functionality of Outlook 2003. For example, you can work offline, use Microsoft Office Word 2003 as your e-mail editor, and easily organize your mailbox.

To use Outlook via the Internet

Ensure that the following requirements have been met on the client computer:

Verify that the computer is running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 or later

  • Click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    The version of the operating system and service pack is displayed under System. If you do not see a service pack version, there is no service pack installed.

Verify that Windows update Q331320 is installed on the computer (not required if you are running Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later)

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then open Add or Remove Programs.
  2. Under Currently installed programs, search for the item Windows XP Hotfix (SP2) Q331320.
  3. If the item is not present, go to the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=18651) and follow the instructions to download and install it.

Verify that the computer is running Outlook 2003 or later

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Click the Help menu, and then click About Microsoft Office Outlook. The version number appears at the top of the box.

Verify that the computer trusts the certificate used by the server

  1. Open Internet Explorer, and then in the address bar type:

    https://Your.emailserver.com/remote

    • If the certificate is trusted, a certificate warning does not appear. In this case, continue with step 1 under Ensure that you have an Outlook profile configured for the server.
    • If the certificate is not trusted, a warning appears. Click View Certificate, click Install Certificate, and then follow the instructions.

Ensure that you have an Outlook profile configured for the server

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    • If you are viewing Control Panel in the default Category view, switch to Classic view, and then double-click Mail.
    • If you are viewing Control Panel in Classic view, double-click Mail.
  2. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click Show Profiles. If your profile appears in the list, select your profile, click Properties, click E-mail Accounts, select View or change existing e-mail accounts, and then click Next. If your profile does not appear, open Outlook and follow the instructions to create a profile before proceeding.
    • If Microsoft Exchange Server does not appear in the list, the existing profile is not associated with a Microsoft Exchange Server e-mail account. Click Cancel, and then click Close. Continue with step 3 to add a profile.
    • If there is an existing Microsoft Exchange Server profile, continue with step 3 under Configure the computer for RPC over HTTP.
  3. Click Add. The New Profile dialog box appears.
  4. In the Profile Name box, type a name for the new profile, and then click OK. The E-mail Accounts dialog box appears.
  5. Under E-mail, select Add a new e-mail account, and then click Next. The Server Type dialog box appears.
  6. Click Microsoft Exchange Server, and then click Next.
  7. Continue with step 4 under Configure the computer for RPC over HTTP.

Configure the computer for RPC over HTTP

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    • If you are viewing Control Panel in the default Category view, switch to Classic view, and then double-click Mail.
    • If you are viewing Control Panel in Classic view, double-click Mail.
  2. In the Mail Setup dialog box, click E-mail accounts, click View or change existing e-mail accounts, and then click Next.
  3. In the E-mail accounts dialog box, click Microsoft Exchange Server, and then click Change.
  4. In the Microsoft Exchange Server box, type the local name of the Exchange server:

    Internal.mailserver.com

  5. In the User Name box, type the user name that you use to log on to the Remote Web Workplace. Do not click Check Name.
  6. In the Exchange Server settings page, click More Settings.
  7. On the Connection tab, under Exchange over the Internet, select Connect to my Exchange mailbox using HTTP, and then click Exchange Proxy Settings. The Exchange Proxy Settings dialog box appears.
  8. Under Use this URL to connect to my proxy server for Exchange, type the following URL:

    your.emailserver.com

  9. Select Connect using SSL only, and then select Mutually authenticate the session when connecting with SSL.
  10. In the Principal name for proxy server box, type the following text:

    msstd:your.emailserver.com

  11. Select On slow networks, connect using HTTP first, then connect using TCP/IP.
  12. Under Proxy authentication settings, select Basic Authentication.
  13. Click OK, and then click OK again. Click Next, and then click Finish. Click Close.
  14. In the Mail dialog box, if Always use this profile is selected, choose the newly configured profile.
  15. Open Outlook and type your Windows Small Business Server user name (in the format ADdomain\user name) and password. You can now work with your Outlook mailbox.

My not-in-warranty UPS

(Pictures Below)

A friend of mine gave me a old UPS of his. The batteries had run out and he just went out and bought a new one. It sat in my closet till my brother built his own. Then the gears started turning and I decided build my very own.
Now keep in mind that this will void your warranty and is not for the meek.

Parts
  1. UPS (free)
  2. Eight feet of No.10 Gage wire ($4)
  3. Terminal Clamps ($1.99)
  4. 'Big Fat Wire' between batteries (optional) ($3)
  5. Marine deep Cycle batteries (approx $50) (you may need two, wired in series)
  6. Two wire nuts
Steps
  • Take the old battery from the UPS and return it to a Battery recycling center
  • No. really, you should! It will not cost you anything!
  • Cut the eight foot wire in half.
  • Attach them to the terminal clamps (not to the battery yet!)
  • Clip the ends of the wire that are in the UPS (strip about an inch)
  • Twist the eight foot wires (now four feet) to the ends in the UPS
  • Screw the wire nuts on TIGHT (there will be many AMPS flowing here)
  • Attach the red (positive) to the plus on the battery
  • Attach the black (negative) to the minus on the battery
  • (if you need 24v, like me, use the plus on one battery and the minus on the other, on two different 12v batteries, then attach the 'big fat one' between the other plus and other minus, don't short it!)
  • Charge overnight
YAY, your done.
If you did everything right you should have many many hours of runtime (depending on your load)















Marine Deep Cycle Battery
















The Red (Positive) Terminal





















In the cabinet (sorry about the power wire in the picture, it is live, cant move it that well)
















The Big Fat Wire

Friday, July 14, 2006

Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger » Cool IT search engine

Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger » Cool IT search engine:
"IT.com is an interesting IT-focused search engine I just found. It brings up results crawled from major IT publications and other sources."

Penetration Test

This is a real neat visual representation of all methods of attack on any particular device.
Check it out here

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Microsoft Exchange Server Public Folder DAV-based Administration Tool

I came across this issue today on an Exchange 2003 Server

"The mail proxy for this folder can not be found. This may be due to replication delays. The mail enabled pages will not be shown.


ID: c1038a21
Exchange system Manager"

Apparently this happens when the store originates in an exchange 5.5 Environment. This one did (via exchange 2000!)







Download here













  • Connect to the DB
  • Navigate to the offending folder (or the top level and check the first check box, not checked above)
  • right click
  • Property Editor
(you will see the above window)
  • in the drop down box find the above property
  • change the radio button to clear and hit execute
  • Close
  • you may need to restart the information store
  • go back to your folder
  • right click
  • mail enable (Thats what you wanted right?)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Microsoft Exchange Server: Tools for Exchange Server 2003

Microsoft Exchange Server: Tools for Exchange Server 2003

Main Page - TheInfoBox.com

Main Page - TheInfoBox.com: "Software

* Portable USB Apps
* Essential Software Collection
* Free Apps"

Excel password remover

Excel password remover:

"Have you ever forgotten your Excel workbook or sheet password?
Here you can download a FREE Excel add-in that removes/cracks sheet and workbook password protection in Excel®.

NB! This program can't remove file protection, i.e. if you are unable to open the file, this program won't help you. You could try Excel Key to remove file protection. If you need to crack the VBA-password try this one.

This Excel add-in (password.xla) works fine in Excel 5.0 and above (including Excel 2000, XP and 2003).
This program will remove passwords of any length, also passwords containing special characters."

Monday, July 10, 2006

Video Gallery: Securely publishing Exchange 2003 OWA using ISA Server 2004

Video Gallery: Securely publishing Exchange 2003 OWA using ISA Server 2004

Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack

Download details: Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack

Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit Tools

Download details: Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Resource Kit Tools

Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

Download details: Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools

Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store Viewer (MDBVU32)

Download details: Microsoft Exchange Server Information Store Viewer (MDBVU32)

Creating A Certificate For Outlook Web Access 2003 Using SelfSSL

Creating A Certificate For Outlook Web Access 2003 Using SelfSSL

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Quick overview of TS and RDP

Quote from Help file (Copyrighted by Microsoft)

Remote Administration using Terminal Services

In Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 family operating systems, Terminal Services technology is the basis for several features that enable you to connect to remote computers and perform administrative tasks.

  • Remote Desktop for Administration (formerly known as Terminal Services in Remote Administration mode) provides remote server management capabilities for Windows Server 2003 family operating systems. Using this feature, you can administer a server from virtually any computer on your network. No license is required for up to two simultaneous remote connections in addition to the server console session. A corresponding desktop version of Remote Desktop for Administration is available on Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, and is called Remote Desktop.

  • The Remote Desktops MMC snap-in allows you to create remote connections to the console session of multiple terminal servers, as well as computers running Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 family operating systems.

  • Remote Desktop Connection, available on Windows Server 2003 family operating systems as well as on Microsoft® Windows® XP operating systems, enables you to log on to a remote computer and perform administrative tasks, even from a client computer that is running an earlier version of Windows.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

There are two rules for success in life:

There are two rules for success in life:

Rule 1: Don't tell people everything you know.

Internet Explorer error "connection timed out" when server does not respond within five minutes

Internet Explorer error "connection timed out" when server does not respond within five minutes:

"1. Add a ReceiveTimeout DWORD value with a data value of ()*1000 in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
For example, if you want the timeout duration to be 8 minutes, set the ReceiveTimeout data value to 480000 (<480>*1000).
2. Restart your computer.
Note This setting does not work on versions of Internet Explorer that are before Internet Explorer 4.0 SP1."

Business card best practices

Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger » Business card best practices

How to safely connect from anywhere to your closed Linux firewall | MDLog:/sysadmin

How to safely connect from anywhere to your closed Linux firewall | MDLog:/sysadmin

Unfortunally Microsoft will never have such a product. Mostly beacuse we MS'er will never change the defaults!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Terminal Server and Citrix troubleshooting

Terminal Server and Citrix troubleshooting

About Vera Noest:
My name is Vera Noest, I am a Dutch women of 50 years old, who lives in Sweden.
I am a physical geographer, nearly turned into an ecologist, turned into a computer system manager.

WOW, I am stunned and very impressed. I will be frank, you have broken the stereotypical mold and proven that computers are not scary or too confusing. Too often when I try to explain computer concepts to people in your age group I see the eyes glazed over look.

Its all FUD I tell ya!

RDP / MSTSC usage switches

Remote Desktop Connection

MSTSC [] [/v: ] [/console] [/f[ullscreen]]
[/w: /h: ] | /Edit"ConnectionFile" | /Migrate | /?

-- specifies the name of an .rdp file for the connection.

/v: -- Specifies the terminal server to which you want to connect.

/console -- connects to the console session of a server.

/f -- Starts the client on full-screen mode

/w: -- specifies the width of the Remote Desktop Screen.

/h: -- specifies the height of the Remote Desktop Screen.

/edit -- Opens the specified .rdp file for editing.

/migrate -- migrates legacy connection files that where created with Client Connection manager to new .rdp connection file.

/? -- generates this Usage message.






















Monday, July 03, 2006

IntelliAdmin.com: Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

IntelliAdmin.com: Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

XCCC: White Paper - Outlook Web Access in Exchange 2000

XCCC: White Paper - Outlook Web Access in Exchange 2000:

"Microsoft Outlook Web Access (OWA) is a tightly integrated
component of Exchange 2000. The architecture of OWA has been completely overhauled since it was introduced in Microsoft Exchange Server version 5.0. Additionally, enhancements to the Exchange 2000 architecture dramatically affect the way OWA works. With these enhancements, OWA offers significantly increased scalability and functionality. This white paper describes OWA in Exchange 2000 and focuses especially on the architecture and deployment of OWA."

MS Exchange Blog : OWA and multiple SMTP domains

MS Exchange Blog : OWA and multiple SMTP domains:

OWA and multiple SMTP domains

If you configure your Exchange 2000 server to receive mail for an additional SMTP domain, you may notice that users with this additional domain as their SMTP address may not be able to access Outlook Web Access. You need to make some configuration changes for this to work.

Let's assume you install your Exchange 2000 server such that all users have an SMTP address in the format of user@abc.com, but later require some users to have the user@def.com address.

By default, the /exchange virtual directory will point to the abc.com domain. Users with the def.com domain will not be able to access OWA using the /exchange virtual directory.

To resolve this issue, you need to create a new HTTP virtual directory, and point this to the def.com recipient policy that you will have created in Exchange System Manager. Here's how to do this:

1. Run Exchange System Manager, and navigate to your Server / Protocols / HTTP / Exchange Virtual Server.

2. Right-click Exchange Virtual Server, and choose New / Virtual Directory.

3. Give this new virtual directory a meaningful name, and ensure that the 'Mailboxes for' radio button is selected.

4. Click the Modify button, and choose the def.com domain.

5. Click the Access tab, and set the authentication options as required.

6. Close the property windows by clicking OK, and you will now see the new virtual directory in Exchange System Manager. It is now important to wait a short while, to allow the DS2MB process to create the virtual directory in the IIS metabase.

You can then use a URL of http://servername/def to access OWA for users with a user@def.com SMTP address, whereas a URL of http://servername/exchange is used for users with a user@abc.com SMTP address.

Neil Hobson