October is cyber security month

And in the ransomware front we’re losing the battle. CryptoWall gets on a machine, not via wiggling in via the temp install locations but from an unpatched cocktail of Java, Silverlight, and Flash that we should have patched or ripped out of the machine years ago.


So on Day one of this 31 days of Cyber Security awareness month I challenge you to find a Silverlight installation and uninstall it.

Windows 10 betas now out

Announcing availability of Windows Server Technical Preview and System
Center Technical Preview – Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog –
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Windows 10 beta releases are now out so you can take it for a spin.

Right now the Windows update section is grayed out and you must install all updates.

But in a cryptic section in the blog post….



Windows 10 helps keep customers secure and up to date

Windows 10 will be delivered in a way that gives more choice and flexibility to businesses. As a result, a business can pick the speed of innovation that is right for each group of its users, rather than apply a one size fits all solution.

Businesses will be able to opt-in to the fast-moving consumer pace, or lock-down mission critical environments to receive only security and critical updates to their systems. And businesses will have an in-between option for systems that aren’t mission critical, but need to keep pace with the latest innovations without disrupting the flow of business. And the choice isn’t one or the other for businesses; we expect that most will require a mixed approach where a number of scenarios can be accommodated.

Consumers, and opt-in businesses, will be able to take advantage of the latest updates as soon as they are available, delivered via Windows Update. Business customers can segment their own user groups, and choose the model and pace that works for them. They will have more choice in how they consume updates, whether through Windows Update or in a managed environment. And for all scenarios, security and critical updates will be delivered on a monthly basis.


What exactly does THAT mean?

Looking for resources to check urls

I was wanting to check a url for nasty stuff… thanks to several folks … here’s a list of places to send a link to see what phishing/issues
Virustotal (Submit a URL)
URL Query
Anubis – Malware Analysis
Dr.Web Check URL Scan
AVG Threat Labs
Norton Safe Web[/color]
Trend Micro Site Safety URL Query
Online Link Scan
Websense CSI: ACE Insight
Website Security Check – Unmask Parasites
http://wepawet.iseclab.org/  << currently under maintenance
LongURL to de-obfuscate shortened URLS





PowerShelling on a OU structure

From Robert – I bet he orders Scotch using a PowerShell Script – Pearman comes this reminder of a script to put back in the SBS OU structure into a raw domain where there is no OU structure.

  1. on the AD server, Open PowerShell ISE.  Paste this into the box, hit enter.


$domain = (Get-ADDomain)

$DN = $domain.DistinguishedName

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “MyBusiness” -path $DN

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Computers” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Distribution Groups” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Security Groups” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “Users” -path “OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSComputers” -path “OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSServers” -path “OU=Computers,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

New-ADOrganizationalUnit -name “SBSUsers” -path “OU=Users,OU=MyBusiness,$DN”

  1. Also on the AD server, at an elevated cmd prompt run this so that new users and computers are inserted on creation into the correct OU (instead of default users/computers).


(edit the XXXX to match your domain name for your environment)


2.1 For redirecting users;

c:\Windows\System32\redirusr.exe ou=SBSusers,ou=users,ou=mybusiness,dc=xxxx,dc=local


2.2 For redirecting computers;

c:\Windows\System32\redircmp.exe ou=SBScomputers,ou=computers,ou=mybusiness,dc=xxxx,dc=local



Firefox is evil


Seen on a random computer…helping to clean it up.  The number of times I’ve found funky extensions in Firefox…. are too numerous.

I am not a fan of Firefox’s security model.

Dear Scotland

It’s 10:55 pm where I live, and it’s 6:55 in the morning in Glasgow on a pretty special day for you guys.  It’s kinda amazing to me to be alive on a day that will end up on a Wikipedia entry page.  (When I was a little girl historical things ended up in the World Book Encyclopedia that I used to read, now they end up on Wikipedia).

Tracing back in my family tree is the name of Clan Wallace.  So there is a sliver of me that is Scottish.  And it’s pretty cool that you are able to decide your future and make such a change not with swords (as used to be done) or guns, or bloodshed but words and people going to a ballot box and making a decision.  If only more of the world did what you guys are doing.  Fighting with words or an issue, not with blood.

A long time ago a group of folks in the country I live in also wanted to decide their own fate.  They wanted to have government of their own, representation of their own, a voice of their own.  Several hundred years have gone by and one could argue that our Government leaders aren’t leading at all these days, but regardless, based on the history of my own country, I can only imagine what it feels like to vote on such an important issue like this.  To get our independence, we ran off the British Army (who was kinda an easy target with all those Red Uniforms).

I remember the very first time I went to the ballot box and cast my vote.  It was an empowering day.  To read that you’ve given the voting rights all the way down to 16 year olds, that’s very very cool.  You’ve just empowered young folks that will probably always feel that they have to responsibility to be engaged in their country’s future.

So to the folks in Scotland, as someone who has a sliver of Scottish ancestry in my family tree, I’m pretty blown away with the energy I see from this side of the ocean.  I hope that we in the United States get inspired by what you guys are doing and turn out to vote more in our own elections (hey I can hope, can’t I?).  I hope that others around the world can see what a profound change you are making with the voting box and not with war and do likewise.

I for one will be excited to see how this turns out.  Me, I’m hoping the Yes vote takes the day.


Do you want to virtualize ONE desktop in HyperV?

And you want to know how to license it?  As I read it, you need to either purchase a VDA subscription (don’t ask me how this is done) or purchase VL with SA in order to be able to host one desktop in HyperV if you plan to have other servers being hosted as well.

If you wanted to only host ONE desktop and only that ONE desktop you could use a retail license – not OEM.  But that’s kinda silly.

But bottom line, want to host one virtualized desktop operating system?  Get VL and SA to be legal.

See discussion with Cliff on the sbs2k@yahoogroups.com listserve for more nuances and details.

How to hide a shared folder in RWA

Want to know how to hide a shared folder in RWA in SBS 2011?  (this should also work in Essentials as well)


Share name is null or empty

Share type is not of type disk drive (0)

Share name ends with a $

Share is special:









Share directory does not exist

Share is not created on an NTFS volume

Access to share volume is denied

No IISRESET required when share list changes

Bottom line put a $ at the end of a folder name and it will be hidden.


And if Microsoft had done this?


And if Microsoft had done this… wonder how much folks would have been up in arms over this?

So what’s this Storage server thing?


Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Essentials.

Okay so what is this?

To be clear it’s not Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard.  It has no feature set from the Storage server line.

It’s a new OEM only sku… or rather a price point.  It’s the Standard server os with the Essentials role, so it needs to BE a domain controller or SEE a domain controller.  It can’t be merely a workgroup computer (unfortunately).

So think of it as a low cost/OEM only/has to be or see a domain controller but still provide the Essentials role/feature set.

So?  What do you think of it now?

Will you consider it for your client base?