Windows Info

DMARC/DKIM is coming. You're all gonna have to learn about encryption.

by on Apr.15, 2012, under Computer Stuff, Linux, Mac OSX, Networking, OpenBSD, Windows Info

Told ya.
Here it comes, check this out. If you work in the technology field, you need to read this:

Leave a Comment : more...

Come to Twin Cities TechPulse!

by on Mar.21, 2012, under Computer Stuff, Networking, Windows Info

Registration just opened for the annual Twin Cities TechPulse event Please register as soon as possible as it will fill quickly and there are limited spots available. I know you would enjoy this free event and would come away with some great information. This year if you bring a guest(s) who has never been before, we will give you an extra raffle ticket for each attendee to win one of the great prizes we will be giving away (iPads, Xbox, Laptops, LCD TVs, etc.) Just remember to have them register as a guest of SCC (Brian Hershey).

The event is April 17th in St Paul. It’s an educational event with break-out sessions covering different technology & business subjects along with a great keynote speaker, free breakfast & lunch and over $25,000 in prize giveaways.

1 Comment : more...

Using msdeploy to move websites from IIS6 to IIS7

by on Feb.29, 2012, under Computer Stuff, Windows Info

I recently needed to migrate 7 different websites, with content, from IIS6 to IIS7.
Rather than copy everything by hand, and re-setup all the site bindings, and data sources, I decided to try using msdeploy, from

From the old server running IIS6, I ran this command first:
msdeploy -verb:getDependencies -source:webserver60
This displays all site dependencies for the IIS6 server. You need to make sure that all dependencies are installed on the new destination server. **

After insuring that all dependencies were installed, I issued this command from the new IIS7 server, to see what would happen without *actually* changing anything:
msdeploy -verb:sync -source:webserver60,computerName='MACHINENAME',authType='NTLM',userName='MACHINENAMEadministrator'
,password='password' -dest:auto <strong>-whatif</strong> > msdeploysync.log

Then, to actually fire the command, and migrate the websites, I ran this:
msdeploy -verb:sync -source:webserver60,computerName='MACHINENAME',authType='NTLM',userName='MACHINENAMEadministrator'
,password='password' -dest:auto > msdeploysync.log

YMMV, I’ll try to help if you get stuck. Let me know how it goes.

** Also, here’s the link I used to install ASP.Net 1.1 on Windows Server 2008. Thanks, Bill. You rock.

2 Comments :, more...

Migrating Windows 2003 DHCP database to Windows 2008 DHCP server

by on Aug.11, 2011, under Computer Stuff, Windows Info

Export the DHCP database from Windows 2003:
1. On the Windows 2003 DHCP server, navigate to a command prompt
2. Type the following Command: netsh
3. Type the following Command: DHCP
4. Type the following Command: server <\Name or IP Address>
5. Type the following Command: export c:\dhcpexportfile all

Note You must have local administrator permissions to export the data.

Import the DHCP database to the Windows 2008 DHCP server:
1. Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008-based computer.
2. Install the DHCP Role on the server.
3. Stop the DHCP server service on the server. To do this, follow these steps:
a. Log on to the target DHCP server using an account that is a local Administrator.
b. Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.
c. At the command prompt, type net stop DHCPserver, and then press ENTER.
d. Type exit, and then press ENTER.

4. Delete the DHCP.mdb file from c:windowssystem32DHCP folder.
5. Start the DHCP server service.
6. Right-click on the Command Prompt (cmd) and select “run as administrator”.

Note You must have local administrator permissions to import the data.
7. Type the following Command: netsh
8. Type the following Command: DHCP
9. Type the following Command: server <\Name or IP Address>
10. Type the following Command: import c:\dhcpexportfile
11. Restart DHCP and verify the database has moved over properly.

Leave a Comment :, more...

Replacing Exchange 2003 OWA Virtual Directories

by on Aug.08, 2011, under Computer Stuff, Windows Info

Back up your IIS Metabase.
To do this, follow these steps:
Start IIS Manager.
Right-click Default Web Site, point to All Tasks, and then click Save Configuration to a File.

Delete the virtual directories for Outlook Web Access.
To do this, right-click Exadmin in the left pane of IIS Manager, and then click Delete. Click Yes when you are prompted with the question of whether you want to delete this item.

Repeat this step for the following virtual directories:
Quit IIS Manager.
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then press ENTER.

Change to the following folder. In this example, Drive is the hard disk drive where Windows is installed:
Type adsutil, and then press ENTER.

Important By default, CScript is not the default scripting host for Windows Server 2003. To run the adsutil command, CScript must be configured as the default scripting host. To do this, click Yes if you are prompted to register CScript as you default host for VBscript, and then click OK.

Note: If you receive a list of adsutil command options, CScript is already configured as the default scripting host for VBscript.

Type adsutil delete ds2mb, and then press ENTER.

Note: To set the default scripting host to WScript, type WScript //H:WScript at the command prompt, press ENTER, and then click OK.

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
To restart the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type services.msc, and then click OK.
Right-click Microsoft Exchange System Attendant, and then click Restart.
When you are prompted to restart the dependant Exchange Server services, click Yes.

Note: When you restart the Microsoft Exchange System Attendant service, the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service is also restarted. In this scenario, your Exchange Server users lose connectivity to their Exchange Server mailboxes.

The virtual directories are re-created. To verify that the virtual directories are re-created, start IIS Manager, and then view the Default Web site folder.

Important If the virtual directories are not re-created after 15 minutes, restart the computer.
Reset the access permissions to Anonymous. To do this, follow these steps:
Start IIS Manager, right-click ExchWeb, click Properties, and then click the Directory Security tab.
Under Authentication and access control click Edit, and then verify that the Enable anonymous access check box is turned on.
Click to select the Integrated Windows authentication check box, click OK, and then click Apply.
If an Inheritance Overrides dialog box appears, click Select All, and then click OK.
Under Authentication and access control, click Edit, and then click to clear the Integrated Windows authentication check box.
Click OK two times, and then quit IIS Manager.

Use a Web browser to verify that you can connect to your Outlook Web Access server. If you are also running other mobility services, verify that you can connect to these services by using an appropriate client.

Leave a Comment : more...

USB pass-thru in Virtualbox on a windows host

by on Jun.22, 2011, under Windows Info

In order to make a USB device available to a Virtualbox guest, you need to have the device physically plugged into the VMhost, (the machine running Virtualbox Server) but it CANNOT BE MOUNTED. (I screamed that last part because it’s important.)
To do this, you’ll need to use the Windows diskpart command to disable automatic drive enumeration on a Windows server installation with the following commands:

automount disable
automount scrub

Now, reboot your VMHost, and Virtualbox will allow you to capture and use the USB device in the guest OS. And Robert remains your mother’s sister’s brother. ;)

Leave a Comment : more...

Exchange server's internal name exposed in mail headers

by on Jun.09, 2011, under Computer Stuff, Windows Info

For some reason, Microsoft’s default configuration for Exchange 2007 and 2010 exposes the internal server name in the mail headers, which causes most reverse-record-checking sites to bounce your email.

##EXCHANGE 2007##
To address this issue, you must remove the “NT AUTHORITYAnonymous Logon”? permissions from the send connector. Open the Exchange Management Shell, and do this:
>get-sendconnector (this will show the name of the send connector.)

>get-sendconnector <send CONNECTOR NAME>? | Remove-ADPermission -AccessRight ExtendedRight -ExtendedRights ms-Exch-Send-Headers-Routing? -user "NT AUTHORITYAnonymous Logon"

## EXCHANGE 2010##
1. Go to Exchange Management Console
2. Under Organization Configuration, select Hub Transport
3. Select Transport Rules, then “New Transport Rule”
Give the Rule a name, then set the following:

Conditions: Sent to Users Outside the organization
Remove Header: Received
Exceptions: None

Leave a Comment : more...

Renew self-signed SSL certificate in SBS 2008

by on May.10, 2011, under Windows Info

1. Go to the Windows SBS Console, click on Network Tab, then click the Connectivity Tab
2. Click on the certificate icon, then click the “view certificate properties” in the right pane. In the “General” tab of the new window, it will show the dates that the self-signed certificate is valid for.
3. In the “Connectivity Tasks” area, click “Set up your Internet address”, go through the wizard to renew your self-signed SSL certificate.
4. When you now check the certificate properties, you will see that it is now valid for another two more years.

Leave a Comment :, , more...

Reset Blackberry BAS admin password

by on Mar.02, 2011, under Networking, Windows Info

Fire up SQL management studio express, and run this query:

@DisplayName VARCHAR(256),
@Authentication VARCHAR(256),
@AuthenticatorTypeId INT,
@AuthenticatorInstanceId INT,
@ExternalAuthenticatorId VARCHAR(255),
@EncryptedPassword VARCHAR(256)

Start of editing required section

SET @DisplayName = ‘System Administrator’ — Display name (Not always used)
SET @Authentication = ‘BAS’ — ‘BAS’ for BAS authentication
SET @EncryptedPassword = ‘7B7ECF0DAF70D040345D8DD92607E274969F4BA5DFDFAEAC5DE775E5340CDF605D5762EC5D326498ADBE72E7434897025A8702D0237046F554DBCA5769B90154:7637B189’ — Encrypted string of password ‘blackberry’

End of editing required section

IF @Authentication LIKE ‘BAS’
SET @AuthenticatorTypeId = 0 — Set to 0 for BAS
SET @AuthenticatorInstanceId = 0 — Set to 0 for BAS
SET @ExternalAuthenticatorId = NULL

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM BASUsers WHERE LoginName = ‘admin’)
EXEC SetUpBASorADAuthentication @DisplayName, @AuthenticatorTypeId, @AuthenticatorInstanceId, @ExternalAuthenticatorId, @EncryptedPassword
SET LoginPassword = @EncryptedPassword
WHERE (LoginName = ‘admin’)


Leave a Comment :, , more...

Just installed Virtualbox 4.0 on Ubuntu 10.10

by on Feb.19, 2011, under Linux, Mac OSX, Networking, OpenBSD, Windows Info

Now, with a preview of the running VM!! ;)

1 Comment more...

Looking for something?

Use the form below to search the site:

Still not finding what you're looking for? Drop a comment on a post or contact us so we can take care of it! is proudly powered by

Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS)
Register - Login

Visit our friends!

A few highly recommended friends...