FILExt – The File Extension Source

Want to know about a particular File Extension which is new to you.?


FILExt is a detailed database of file extensions and programs that use them. FILExt is not a general support site. A search on the database here might very well result in multiple possibilities; it will be up to you to determine which, if any, of these are the program/format you require information about.


FILExt has a discussion forum where you can ask questions and perhaps provide answers.


Check out all the file extensions on your machine and help FILExt by sending the same thru the .BAT file which you will find here.


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”


 

Email etiquette rules for effective email replies

This site explains how to send effective email replies. It discusses why email etiquette is necessary, lists email etiquette rules, and explains how to enforce these rules by creating a company email policy.


Below is a list of 31 most important email etiquette rules that apply to nearly all companies.


32 most important email etiquette tips: http://www.emailreplies.com/index.html


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”

Procedure to manually Re-install Automatic Update Client

OVERVIEW


As a troublesooting procedure, it may be necessary to re-install the Automatic Client software on a WSUS client system (i.e. Windows XP systems).

PROCEDURE


You can do this as follows:



1. Go to the Windows Command prompt (CMD.EXE).


2. From the CMD.EXE prompt. run the following command:


For Windows XP SP2


rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection DefaultInstall 132 %systemroot%\inf\au.inf


For Windows XP RTM and SP1


rundll32.exe setupapi,InstallHinfSection AutoUpdate 132 %systemroot%\inf\au.inf


Running this command prompts you for the XP installation CD. Alternately, use Browse button and navigate to C:\Winnt\Servicepackfiles\I386 where wuapi.dll and other files related to Automatic Update Client can be found. Afterruning this command, you must restart your computer.


Once restarted, you can open the Services control panel applet and check to ensure the Automatic Update Service is installed.

WSUS: How to elude repeated patch installations using Automatic Update Client (WUA) with WSUS / SUS

OVERVIEW


If you are using Software Update Services, SUS for Patch-Management, some times you notice, some of the patches are getting downloaded & installed repeatedly. This is really weird for the end users.


CAUSE


The is because of superseding patches and hence, they keep on downloading & installing repeatedly..


WORKAROUND


To elude this behavior, you need to identify the patch which is getting installed repeatedly.The respective security bulletins will list the superseded Patches. You have to check for Security Update Replacement in the bulletin, (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/Security/default.mspx).


You can choose whether to automatically approve revisions. If you do not choose to automatically approve the revised version, the older version will continue to be approved. When an update supersedes the previous update then you have to approve Superseding update first and then decline the superseded (outdated) update. Before declining superseded updates, it is recommended that you approve the superseding update first and verify that the superseded updates are no longer needed by any computers.


To summarize, the workaround is:
1. Identify the patch which is installed repeatedly.
2. If that patch is superseding then Approve the latest one &
3. Un-Approve the old patch.

Shavlik’s Eric Schultze sounds off on WSUS, hackers and more

Eric Schultze is to patching what J.K. Rowling is to fantasy fiction: the Big Kahuna. Shavlik’s Eric Schultze sounds off on WSUS, hackers and more.


Full story on http://www.redmondmag.com/reports/article.asp?editorialsID=149#comment


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”

The value of security advisories

Hello Folks,


 


I want to pass this information; Actually, I have been interviewed by searchwindowssecurity on “The value of security advisories” and a BUG which we added on WSUS WIKI, WSUS print status problem.


 


Check it out here; http://searchwindowssecurity.techtarget.com/originalContent/0,289142,sid45_gci1092196,00.html?track=NL-118&ad=514406


 


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”

Outlook Attachment Reminder Or, How to Get Outlook To Remind You to Insert a Forgotten Attachment

Many times folks forget to attach a file and send the mail and suddenly you realize you missed an attachment and then, you fire a second email says something like, “Oops! Here’s the attachment” Isn’t that embarrasing?


So, here you will find couple of articles explaining outlook VBA programming in a simple way;


First off, how to add VB code to outlook? Check out the easy steps as explained By KC Lemson [MS]


How to add VBA macro code to Outlook and run it once;


http://blogs.technet.com/kclemson/articles/87356.aspx


 


So, now we know How to add VBA macro code to Outlook and run it once. Ok, let’s add the code which is available from “You forgot to attach the file!” for ease, allow me to paste the code here;





Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim lngres As Long
    If InStr(1, Item.Body, “attach”) <> 0 Then
        If Item.Attachments.Count = 0 Then
            lngres = MsgBox(“‘Attach’ in body, but no attachment – send anyway?”, _
                            vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2 + vbQuestion, “You asked me to warn you…”)
            If lngres = vbNo Then Cancel = True
        End If
    End If
End Sub




kclemson says, “This works best if Outlook is your editor. If Word is your editor, the dialog will pop up behind Word, I believe this is a limitation that cannot be worked around when using VBA.


Ricardo Silva [Outlook MVP] codes the simple way to work if Word is the editor; For – WinWord as editor:
vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2 + vbQuestion + vbSystemModal


So the code should be like;



Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim lngres As Long
    If InStr(1, Item.Body, “attach”) <> 0 Then
        If Item.Attachments.Count = 0 Then
            lngres = MsgBox(“‘Attach’ in body, but no attachment – send anyway?”, _
                            vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2 + vbQuestion + vbSystemModal, “You Forgot to Attach File…”)
            If lngres = vbNo Then Cancel = True
        End If

    End If
End Sub


Adding_VBA_Code




Allister expanded the code a bit to include ‘enclose’ as well as ‘attach’. wow that’s cool. You can find his Useful Technology Blog for all the tips.





Private Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    Dim lngres As Long
    If InStr(1, Item.Body, “attach”) <> 0 Then
        If Item.Attachments.Count = 0 Then
            lngres = MsgBox(“‘Attach’ in body, but no attachment – send anyway?”, _
                            vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2 + vbQuestion + vbSystemModal, “You asked me to warn you…”)
            If lngres = vbNo Then Cancel = True
        End If
    End If
    If InStr(1, Item.Body, “enclose”) <> 0 Then
        If Item.Attachments.Count = 0 Then
            lngres = MsgBox(“‘Enclose’ in body, but no file enclosed – send anyway?”, _
                            vbYesNo + vbDefaultButton2 + vbQuestion + vbSystemModal, “You asked me to warn you…”)
            If lngres = vbNo Then Cancel = True
        End If
    End If
End Sub




And, finally, these 2 excellent articles by David Horowitz explain that in detail;


Did You Forget Something?


Did You Forget Something, Again?


Hope this helps.


Happy Coding,
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – Windows Server
I Blog on http://msmvps.com/athif/

Offically Confirmed: WSUS OEP news group is not working!(II)

In continuation to my Post on WSUS OEP news group is not working!, I got a confirmation from WSUS Team as follows;


“They did a newsgroup migration to a new server and require all external users to do the following:


If you are using the betanews internal server MSBETANEWS; you have to delete and re-create your account on Outlook Express to use “betanews.microsoft.com”.  External testers will also have to delete and re-create their accounts on Outlook Express.  Use the following steps:


·         Launch Outlook Express.


·         From top navigation bar, select Tools, then Accounts.


·         Select the Add button. Click News, and then follow the instructions in the Internet Connection Wizard.


·         Enter your name and e-mail address when prompted and choose Next after each entry.


·         On the Internet News Server Name Page, enter betanews.microsoft.com and check the box My news server requires me to log on. Click Next.


·         For account name, enter either your BetaID (external users) or internal account name (product group team account). Do NOT use “\betanews” in front of account name.


·         Enter your password, then click Next.


·         Click Finish.


·         Select Close and begin downloading your newsgroup(s)”


NOTE: Instead of the old user name “betanews\wusoepnews”, use “wusoepnews” (password is still “Update”).


Happy Reading!
Mohammed Athif Khaleel
MVP – SUS / WSUS
Windows Server Update Services Wiki
http://www.wsuswiki.com/Athifs
“Save the Internet. Keep all Systems Patched”