Monthly Archives: August 2007

Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map Pack Free

Starting Monday the Gears of War Hidden Fronts Map pack will be free…


“With nearly 500,000 downloads to date, the ‚ÄúGears of War¬ģ‚ÄĚ Hidden Fronts Map Pack has become the No. 1 piece of premium downloadable content on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Beginning Monday, September 3 at 2:00 a.m. PDT, the Hidden Fronts Map Pack will join the Annex gametype and Multiplayer Map Pack 1 as another piece of free downloadable content for ‚ÄúGears of War.‚ÄĚ”, Team Xbox


Here is a Direct Link to the Article.


Cross Post from www.virtualrealm.com.au

Another Vb’er gets bit by Option Strict

Was just reading Julie Lerman’s blog and noticed the issue she had wouldn’t have happened if Option Strict was on.  This really highlights the problem of having implicit conversions occur at runtime.

Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer verfuegbar

Seit ein paar Tagen gibt es ein weiteres Tool aus der “Best Practices”-Serie: den Microsoft Group Policy Diagnostic Best Practice Analyzer.


Damit lassen sich die vorhandenen Gruppenrichtlinien auf Fehlkonfigurationen und Probleme analysieren sowie die Ergebinisse als Dokumentation verwenden. Leider ist das Tool (derzeit) nur in Englisch verfuegbar und dadurch auch nur auf einem englischen Windows Server 2003 aufrufbar. Es existieren im Internet zwar Tipps, wie man auch das umgehen kann – davon rate ich aber eher ab.


Weitere Infos und Downloadm√∂glichkeit sind im KB 910422 zu finden.


Viele Gr√ľ√üe
Dieter


Dieter Rauscher
MVP ISA Server

The 7 Foot Tallk Wonder of the Future World: A Wax Masterchief

A buddy of mine sent me a little link today.  Kinda brightened up my day from my issues with Xbox 360 support (which I am in the process of getting ironed out).  Take a gander

Master Chief Statue

You may ask what that is?  Yes, it is a (about) a 7′ tall Master Chief.  It is joining the like of Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Brad Pitt and many more entertainment superstars in being waxed for Madam Tussaud.  That shows you the impact the Master Chief has on entertainment.

Disappearing Visual Studio 2005 Menu Items

If you're like me and installed SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Development Studio after installing Visual Studio 2005, you might notice some menu items like Debug > Attach to Process are mising. I found the fix to this issue in this KB article.


Robblehead

I'm now the proud owner of Robblehead, the Rob Howard bobblehead doll. Together we will take over and rule the world. BWA HA HA!



Site multi-lingual

Depois de perder mais de meia-hora procurando pelos ids de idiomas para fazer um site expor seus textos de acordo com o idioma selecionado pelo usu√°rio e identificar qual ele estava usando, finalmente encontrei uma tabela com todos eles e para facilitar a vida de outras pessoas que precisem disto, resolvi postar aqui:


Culture Name Culture Identifier Language-Country/Region
“” (empty string) 0x007F invariant culture
af 0x0036 Afrikaans
af-ZA 0x0436 Afrikaans – South Africa
sq 0x001C Albanian
sq-AL 0x041C Albanian – Albania
ar 0x0001 Arabic
ar-DZ 0x1401 Arabic – Algeria
ar-BH 0x3C01 Arabic – Bahrain
ar-EG 0x0C01 Arabic – Egypt
ar-IQ 0x0801 Arabic – Iraq
ar-JO 0x2C01 Arabic – Jordan
ar-KW 0x3401 Arabic – Kuwait
ar-LB 0x3001 Arabic – Lebanon
ar-LY 0x1001 Arabic – Libya
ar-MA 0x1801 Arabic – Morocco
ar-OM 0x2001 Arabic – Oman
ar-QA 0x4001 Arabic – Qatar
ar-SA 0x0401 Arabic – Saudi Arabia
ar-SY 0x2801 Arabic – Syria
ar-TN 0x1C01 Arabic – Tunisia
ar-AE 0x3801 Arabic – United Arab Emirates
ar-YE 0x2401 Arabic – Yemen
hy 0x002B Armenian
hy-AM 0x042B Armenian – Armenia
az 0x002C Azeri
az-AZ-Cyrl 0x082C Azeri (Cyrillic) – Azerbaijan
az-AZ-Latn 0x042C Azeri (Latin) – Azerbaijan
eu 0x002D Basque
eu-ES 0x042D Basque – Basque
be 0x0023 Belarusian
be-BY 0x0423 Belarusian – Belarus
bg 0x0002 Bulgarian
bg-BG 0x0402 Bulgarian – Bulgaria
ca 0x0003 Catalan
ca-ES 0x0403 Catalan – Catalan
zh-HK 0x0C04 Chinese – Hong Kong SAR
zh-MO 0x1404 Chinese – Macau SAR
zh-CN 0x0804 Chinese – China
zh-CHS 0x0004 Chinese (Simplified)
zh-SG 0x1004 Chinese – Singapore
zh-TW 0x0404 Chinese – Taiwan
zh-CHT 0x7C04 Chinese (Traditional)
hr 0x001A Croatian
hr-HR 0x041A Croatian – Croatia
cs 0x0005 Czech
cs-CZ 0x0405 Czech – Czech Republic
da 0x0006 Danish
da-DK 0x0406 Danish – Denmark
div 0x0065 Dhivehi
div-MV 0x0465 Dhivehi – Maldives
nl 0x0013 Dutch
nl-BE 0x0813 Dutch – Belgium
nl-NL 0x0413 Dutch – The Netherlands
en 0x0009 English
en-AU 0x0C09 English – Australia
en-BZ 0x2809 English – Belize
en-CA 0x1009 English – Canada
en-CB 0x2409 English – Caribbean
en-IE 0x1809 English – Ireland
en-JM 0x2009 English – Jamaica
en-NZ 0x1409 English – New Zealand
en-PH 0x3409 English – Philippines
en-ZA 0x1C09 English – South Africa
en-TT 0x2C09 English – Trinidad and Tobago
en-GB 0x0809 English – United Kingdom
en-US 0x0409 English – United States
en-ZW 0x3009 English – Zimbabwe
et 0x0025 Estonian
et-EE 0x0425 Estonian – Estonia
fo 0x0038 Faroese
fo-FO 0x0438 Faroese – Faroe Islands
fa 0x0029 Farsi
fa-IR 0x0429 Farsi – Iran
fi 0x000B Finnish
fi-FI 0x040B Finnish – Finland
fr 0x000C French
fr-BE 0x080C French – Belgium
fr-CA 0x0C0C French – Canada
fr-FR 0x040C French – France
fr-LU 0x140C French – Luxembourg
fr-MC 0x180C French – Monaco
fr-CH 0x100C French – Switzerland
gl 0x0056 Galician
gl-ES 0x0456 Galician – Galician
ka 0x0037 Georgian
ka-GE 0x0437 Georgian – Georgia
de 0x0007 German
de-AT 0x0C07 German – Austria
de-DE 0x0407 German – Germany
de-LI 0x1407 German – Liechtenstein
de-LU 0x1007 German – Luxembourg
de-CH 0x0807 German – Switzerland
el 0x0008 Greek
el-GR 0x0408 Greek – Greece
gu 0x0047 Gujarati
gu-IN 0x0447 Gujarati – India
he 0x000D Hebrew
he-IL 0x040D Hebrew – Israel
hi 0x0039 Hindi
hi-IN 0x0439 Hindi – India
hu 0x000E Hungarian
hu-HU 0x040E Hungarian – Hungary
is 0x000F Icelandic
is-IS 0x040F Icelandic – Iceland
id 0x0021 Indonesian
id-ID 0x0421 Indonesian – Indonesia
it 0x0010 Italian
it-IT 0x0410 Italian – Italy
it-CH 0x0810 Italian – Switzerland
ja 0x0011 Japanese
ja-JP 0x0411 Japanese – Japan
kn 0x004B Kannada
kn-IN 0x044B Kannada – India
kk 0x003F Kazakh
kk-KZ 0x043F Kazakh – Kazakhstan
kok 0x0057 Konkani
kok-IN 0x0457 Konkani – India
ko 0x0012 Korean
ko-KR 0x0412 Korean – Korea
ky 0x0040 Kyrgyz
ky-KZ 0x0440 Kyrgyz – Kazakhstan
lv 0x0026 Latvian
lv-LV 0x0426 Latvian – Latvia
lt 0x0027 Lithuanian
lt-LT 0x0427 Lithuanian – Lithuania
mk 0x002F Macedonian
mk-MK 0x042F Macedonian – FYROM
ms 0x003E Malay
ms-BN 0x083E Malay – Brunei
ms-MY 0x043E Malay – Malaysia
mr 0x004E Marathi
mr-IN 0x044E Marathi – India
mn 0x0050 Mongolian
mn-MN 0x0450 Mongolian – Mongolia
no 0x0014 Norwegian
nb-NO 0x0414 Norwegian (Bokml) – Norway
nn-NO 0x0814 Norwegian (Nynorsk) – Norway
pl 0x0015 Polish
pl-PL 0x0415 Polish – Poland
pt 0x0016 Portuguese
pt-BR 0x0416 Portuguese – Brazil
pt-PT 0x0816 Portuguese – Portugal
pa 0x0046 Punjabi
pa-IN 0x0446 Punjabi – India
ro 0x0018 Romanian
ro-RO 0x0418 Romanian – Romania
ru 0x0019 Russian
ru-RU 0x0419 Russian – Russia
sa 0x004F Sanskrit
sa-IN 0x044F Sanskrit – India
sr-SP-Cyrl 0x0C1A Serbian (Cyrillic) – Serbia
sr-SP-Latn 0x081A Serbian (Latin) – Serbia
sk 0x001B Slovak
sk-SK 0x041B Slovak – Slovakia
sl 0x0024 Slovenian
sl-SI 0x0424 Slovenian – Slovenia
es 0x000A Spanish
es-AR 0x2C0A Spanish – Argentina
es-BO 0x400A Spanish – Bolivia
es-CL 0x340A Spanish – Chile
es-CO 0x240A Spanish – Colombia
es-CR 0x140A Spanish – Costa Rica
es-DO 0x1C0A Spanish – Dominican Republic
es-EC 0x300A Spanish – Ecuador
es-SV 0x440A Spanish – El Salvador
es-GT 0x100A Spanish – Guatemala
es-HN 0x480A Spanish – Honduras
es-MX 0x080A Spanish – Mexico
es-NI 0x4C0A Spanish – Nicaragua
es-PA 0x180A Spanish – Panama
es-PY 0x3C0A Spanish – Paraguay
es-PE 0x280A Spanish – Peru
es-PR 0x500A Spanish – Puerto Rico
es-ES 0x0C0A Spanish – Spain
es-UY 0x380A Spanish – Uruguay
es-VE 0x200A Spanish – Venezuela
sw 0x0041 Swahili
sw-KE 0x0441 Swahili – Kenya
sv 0x001D Swedish
sv-FI 0x081D Swedish – Finland
sv-SE 0x041D Swedish – Sweden
syr 0x005A Syriac
syr-SY 0x045A Syriac – Syria
ta 0x0049 Tamil
ta-IN 0x0449 Tamil – India
tt 0x0044 Tatar
tt-RU 0x0444 Tatar – Russia
te 0x004A Telugu
te-IN 0x044A Telugu – India
th 0x001E Thai
th-TH 0x041E Thai – Thailand
tr 0x001F Turkish
tr-TR 0x041F Turkish – Turkey
uk 0x0022 Ukrainian
uk-UA 0x0422 Ukrainian – Ukraine
ur 0x0020 Urdu
ur-PK 0x0420 Urdu – Pakistan
uz 0x0043 Uzbek
uz-UZ-Cyrl 0x0843 Uzbek (Cyrillic) – Uzbekistan
uz-UZ-Latn 0x0443 Uzbek (Latin) – Uzbekistan
vi 0x002A Vietnamese
vi-VN 0x042A Vietnamese – Vietnam

InvalidOperationException in loop

This issue seems to be raised a lot in the newsgroups. When you iterate a container, ArrayList for instance, you cannot remove items in the contain inside the body of the loop. You get a nasty exception if you have no regard for the rules.


Apparently, the run-time imposes a read-only restriction on the iterating container. The read-only restriction forces all assumptions about the container to be valid during the loop iteration process. There’s an article here that discusses this in more detail.


Basically, this code produces an exception:


//arr is an arraylist with some random items
foreach (string s in arr)
 {
        arr.Remove(s);
}


whereas this code does not:


//notice the inline declaration of the ArrayList in the loop
foreach (string s in new System.Collections.ArrayList(arr))
{
       arr.Remove(s);
}


However, I did get yelled at for providing a solution that was not efficient :-).


To be fair, the solution discussed in this article is mildly inefficient; it takes well under a second to remove 10000 items from a collection. If efficiency is your main issue, you may want to make use of the generics approach. The generics approach will follow this approach:


List<string> list = new List<string>();
//add list items

list.RemoveAt(find);
//define find here
public bool find(string s)
{
      //add some condition here, for now return true
      return true
}


To be clear, the generic approach is much faster at the expense of more code. There is no free cheese. However, because both of these approaches execute in well under a second, you earn your daily wage by focusing on other inefficient points in your application such as indexing your database records. It’s not worth it to optimize away 0.5 seconds for this routine while your database records run on stale indices for instance. That’s pretty pointless in my humble opinion.


Something of interest to note is that while the underlying implementation of remove is implemented with a linear search followed by a delete, the generic approach also uses a linear search using the find method. But it is important to note that this linear search is a one-time expense. This sweep marks all items for deletion and then removes them in one pass. My approach essentially incurs this expense every time remove is called. This explains the jump in performance by the generics approach.


 In the real world, you won’t get any brownie points for that optimization. Period. Go find somewhere else in your application to spend time and energy on.

Security issues with OpenOffice

OpenOffice Worm infects desktops: http://news.zdnet.com/2100-1009_22-6189961.html


¬∑        6 Security issues in OpenOffice: http://news.com.com/OpenOffice+security+is+questioned/2100-1002_3-6105176.html


¬∑        OpenOffice security insufficient: http://www.infoworld.com/article/06/08/11/HNopenofficesecurity_1.html


¬∑        French Ministry of Defence questions OpenOffice security: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/07/20/openoffice_france_mod_report


¬∑        Russian company hacks OpenOffice password-protected documents: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/20/openoffice_password_crack


¬∑        OpenOffice security falls short: http://www.geek.com/openoffice-security-falls-short (Mentions OO is less secure than MS Office)


¬∑        Password-cracker defeats OO document security: http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/expert/KnowledgebaseAnswer/0,289625,sid39_gci1254328,00.html


¬∑        Disabling Hyperlinks feature broken: http://www.xatrix.org/advisory.php?s=7658


¬∑        Crossplatform worm hijacks OpenOffice: http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,132235/article.html


¬∑        OpenOffice.org identifies multiple security issues: https://issues.foresightlinux.org/browse/FL-211


¬∑        In-depth study finds OpenOffice Security lacking: http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/openoffice_security.pdf (This is a great, detailed PDF, by a security firm.)

Servidor lento?

Você tenta navegar e parece estar indo buscar o arquivo a pé? Seus downloads parecem intermináveis? Culpa do ISA?


Muitas vezes o problema √© bem outro. √Č o provedor de acesso.


Teste a velocidade de seu acesso aqui:


http://www.rjnet.com.br/2velocimetro.php


ou aqui


http://megaflash.virtua.com.br/.


 


Agora aproveitando que está fazendo estas pesquisas online, aproveite para testar quais portas aparecem abertas ao mundo externos usando o ShieldsUp através do link:


https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2

PowerPoint Game – Ambient Clicks

New PowerPoint Game by Fikree. Ambient Clicks is a short puzzle-clicking game. Your task is to click all the stars and targets to complete this game.

WCF Developers,What’s new on .Net 3.5 March CTP

Hi Folks,

One of the most important questions for all .net developers,since most of the developers are new on .net 3.0 and its technologies,and meanwhile they heard on .Net 3.5 Beta releases and CTP (now March CTP is availble),to know main changes and difference/fixes and new features on .Net 3.5,i will advice all of you to read Thom Robbins Blog Post for the details of the changes on .Net 3.5 :

http://blogs.msdn.com/trobbins/archive/2007/02/28/microsoft-pre-release-software-visual-studio-code-name-orcas-march-2007-community-technology-preview-ctp.aspx

Hope this helps… :)

Regards,
Moustafa arafa

Risco

Caros leitores,


vocês correm riscos?


Claro que sim, pois simplesmente hoje em dia não há quem não corra riscos. Hoje recebi um e-mail onde uma empresa oferecia serviços de segurança dizendo: Pare de correr riscos. Nosso serviço garante isso!


Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, que piada! Depois daquela afirmação eu jamais contrataria qualquer serviço deles. Já deixaram bem claro que não falam sério, talvez nem o sejam, ou não entendem nada de risco.


Afinal de contas o que √© risco? Sempre gosto de usar a analogia das moedas neste caso…



Se fizermos uma aposta baseada no resultado de um lan√ßamento de moedas, onde saindo “cara” ganhamos e saindo “coroa” perdemos, qual a nossa chance de vencer? 50%. De perder? 50%. Pois a√≠ est√° o risco.


Risco nada mais √© do que a probabilidade de nossas expectativas serem frustradas. No exemplo anterior, a probabilidade de sair “coroa” quando desej√°vamos “cara”.


No caso da seguran√ßa ele se refere √† probabilidade das nossas configura√ß√Ķes serem burladas por algu√©m. Existe forma de reduzir este risco a zero? N√£o, nem nunca haver√°, em equipamentos em produ√ß√£o.


Se você deseja um computador 100% seguro, deixe ele dentro da caixa e sequer abra o lacre, pois ao retirá-lo de lá os 100% vão para o espaço.


O que se discute na verdade e se busca é um nível de conforto, onde se julgue o risco ao qual estamos expostos como sendo aceitável. Já este conceito do aceitável varia de pessoa para pessoa e quanto estamos em um ambiente corporativo temos que adrir ao perfil de risco da administração da empresa.


Muita gente ainda tem medo de acessar o Home Banking, outros ficam preocupados com os riscos do acesso discado, imagem só o que seria deles se tivessem uma real noção dos riscos que correm.


N√£o querer acessar a internet hoje em dia √© pura tolice, pois voc√™ acesse ou n√£o, seus dados j√° est√£o nela. Basta ter prestado algum concurso que se encontra com facilidade seu RG e CPF. O endere√ßo e telefone, muitas vezes podem ser obtidos atrav√©s da pr√≥pria companhia telef√īnica e com estes dados j√° podemos fazer uma avalia√ß√£o do cadastro da pessoa. Em resumo, mesmo quem nunca acessou a Web pode ter seus dados pessoais obtidos com grande facilidade.


Colocando o nome da pessoa numa ferramenta de busca então nos fornece mais detalhes ainda. Qual o risco embutido nisto? Vários, desde a abertura não autorizada de contas bancárias até coisas bem piores.


Agora a grande pergunta √©: Estar√£o os administradores das grandes corpora√ß√Ķes preparados para entender estes desafios, ou eles ainda acreditam na “Alice” e no “Pa√≠s das Maravilhas”?


Muitos que se dizem esclarecidos não tem a menor idéia sobre os riscos que correm e quando um profissional sério tenta lhes explicar ficam tão espantados que correm para os braços do primeiro picareta que lhes oferece algo que não existe, como esta empresa que me enviou o e-mail.


Os riscos estão aí e não há como evitá-los, mas o maior desafio hoje está sendo além de identificar o grau de exposição adequado a eles, determinar o quanto deles deve ser explicado à alta administração.


Em resumo, trabalhar com segurança hoje envolve muito de gerenciamento de riscos e crises.

Começando vendas do Windows HomeServer

Estão para começar as vendas do Windows Home Server, já no próximo mês, conforme divulgado pela PC World:


http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,136246-c,servers/article.html


Notem que ser√£o servidores bem pequenos



Com upgrades muito f√°ceis



Para serem usados por usuários residenciais, onde poderão ser facilmente confundidos com aquelas gavetas de organizadores de mesa, em função de seu reduzido tamanho



Ent√£o, quem vai querer um?


O modelo das fotos é o HP EX470 MediaSmart Home Server (AMD Live/ 64 Bit Sempron Processor, 500 GB Hard Drive), sendo que ele possui a configuração abaixo.


Product Features and Technical Details


Product Features


  • Conveniently centralize your files and access them from an internet-connected computer
  • 500 GB hard drive, expands via 4 hard drive bays
  • Automatically backup and protect the digital memories on your home PCs running Windows XP and later operating systems
  • Stream photos, music and videos to PCs on your network or to your TV or stereo system
  • Powered by Microsoft Windows Home Server and 1.8 GHz, 64-bit AMD Sempron processor

Cases and Expandability


  • Size (LWH): 9.7 inches, 9.2 inches, 5.5 inches

 


Preço? US$ 599. O preço de um notebook básico.


E para acabar com aquela mania de algumas pessoas de querer operar um servidor como esta√ß√£o de trabalho, neste n√£o tem como conectar monitor. Ao menos n√£o ser√° f√°cil…



Onde comprar? Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/EX470-MediaSmart-Server-Sempron-Processor/dp/B000UY1WSK/ref=sr_1_1/104-5376807-0469558?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1187796286&sr=8-1


Ainda n√£o sei quem vender√° no Brasil, mas logo surgir√£o empresas fazendo isto.

Where’s George?

So I go to Burger King today and on a dollar bill I receive as change I spot a peculiar marking…


…it’s a round red stamp that says:

Track this Bill
Registered Bill
DMM
www.wheresgeorge.com

The website makes me chuckle… so I check it out.


As you can imagine, it’s a website that tracks your bill and it’s movements.


For now my dollar hasn’t moved very far, but I’m planning on spending it to see how far it will go [:D]


You can check out it’s movements here: CLICKITY 


The Weakest Link

Andy Greenberg wrote an article for Forbes.com titled Accounting For Human Error, which illustrates how human beings, the users themselves, are the weakest link in the security chain. Enterprises spend millions, or even tens of millions of dollars on security technology and security expertise to ensure their networks and data are protected, but it only [...]

Changing local admin password?

Changing local admin password?


I just find a good method to change the local admin password of client PC remotely from MCPMAG. By using this method, you don’t need to put the new password in script in order to make it work. You may reference this:
SysInternals offers a free too called PsPasswd
http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/PsPasswd.html , which
allows you to remotely reset passwords on a range of computers
on your network. The tool will also report successes and
failures of changed passwords, and allows you to run a single
command against a list of computers. Since the password is just
included within the syntax of a command that you run, it will
never be stored as plain text in a batch or script file.

To use PsPasswd, you’ll first need a list of all computers in
your domain. To enumerate all computer objects in a domain,
you could run this script:

LogFile = “C:computers.txt”
Const ForWriting = 2
Const ADS_SCOPE_SUBTREE = 2

Set objConnection = CreateObject(“ADODB.Connection”)
Set objCommand = CreateObject(“ADODB.Command”)
objConnection.Provider = “ADsDSOObject”
objConnection.Open “Active Directory Provider”

Set objCOmmand.ActiveConnection = objConnection
objCommand.CommandText = _
   “Select Name, Location from ‘LDAP://DC=mcpmag,DC=com’ ” _
   & “Where objectClass=’computer'”
objCommand.Properties(“Page Size”) = 1000
objCommand.Properties(“Searchscope”) = ADS_SCOPE_SUBTREE
Set objRecordSet = objCommand.Execute
objRecordSet.MoveFirst

Set objFSO =
CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set objFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile(LogFile, ForWriting)

Do Until objRecordSet.EOF
   objFile.WriteLine objRecordSet.Fields(“Name”).Value
   objRecordSet.MoveNext
Loop

Note that the script will output to a file named “computers.txt”
on the C drive. This could be changed by editing the LogFile
variable assignment in the first line of the script. Note that
in your environment, you will also need to change the domain
referenced in line 12. In my example, I use mcpmag.com
(DC=mcpmag,DC=com).

Once you have a list of all computers, you can then run
pspasswd.exe to change the local administrator password on
all systems in the list. Here’s the syntax that I used on my
test network:

pspasswd.exe @c:computers.txt administrator P@ssword!

Following the @ symbol in the command syntax is the path to
the file containing all computer names. The next part of the
syntax is the name of the account whose password will be
changed, followed by the new password (P@ssword!).

Now here is the output that was generated from the command:

PsPasswd v1.21 – Local and remote password changer
Copyright (C) 2003-2004 Mark Russinovich
Sysinternals – www.sysinternals.com

\PC1:
Error changing password:
The network path was not found.

\BSODME:
Password for BSODMEadministrator successfully changed.

Since the output will list both success and failures, you will
be able to note the systems in which the password was not
successfully changed. In my case, the system named PC1 was not
located. So I would have to ensure that PC1 was online and then
run the command a second time. (Note that PsPasswd can also be
run against a single computer.) Since the command relies on UNC
paths to connect to systems, you will need to ensure that the
target systems have File and Print Sharing enabled and that File
and Print Sharing is not being blocked by the system’s firewall.
By default, the Windows XP Pro SP2 firewall does not allow File
and Print sharing. However, this can be quickly changed via
Group Policy.

As you can see, with a simple list of computers on your network,
remotely changing the local administrator password using PsPasswd
is a relatively painless process.

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Mit der Serie “N√ľtzliche Admin-Tools” m√∂chte ich f√ľr mich n√ľtzliche Tools aus dem Alltag eines IT-Administrators vorstellen und besprechen. Vielleicht kann der ein oder andere davon profitieren.


Zu meiner t√§glichen Arbeit geh√∂rt es, verschiedene Logfiles auszuwerten. Das sind zum Beispiel ISA Server-Logs oder auch Logfiles von unserem Mailserver oder der IP-Telefonanlage. Wenn man mal schnell etwas nachsehen oder nachvollziehen muss oder aber um in Echtzeit zu sehen, was denn gerade passiert muss man die Logfiles √∂ffnen. Die meisten Anwendungen bei uns protokollieren in Text-Files, was im Vergleich zu einer SQL-Datenbank Vor- und Nachteile hat. Die hier zu er√∂rtern ist nicht Sinn des Artikels. Zur√ľck zu den textbasierten Logfiles am Beispiel eines ISA Servers. Man kann das Lofgile nat√ľrlich in Notepad  √∂ffnen, um es sich anzusehen. Das hat aber den einen entscheidenen Nachteil, dass es dann immer den Stand zum Zeitpunkt des √Ėffnens hat und Aktualisierungen nicht angezeigt werden. Notepad kann nur einmal auf die Datei zugreifen. Und alle paar Sekunden das File zu und wieder aufmachen ist sicherlich zeitaufw√§ndig und unkomfortabel. Deshalb habe ich mich auf die Suche nach einem Tool gemacht, das mich dabei unterst√ľtzen kann. Ich habe mehrere L√∂sungen gefunden, bin aber bei einem Tool h√§ngen geblieben.


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Viele Gr√ľ√üe
Dieter


Dieter Rauscher
MVP ISA Server

Calling all network manager type people

Put this onto your radar:


http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/essentials/default.mspx


Had a meeting with some bodies here at the MS Australian partner conference just a while ago, in particular the lovely Frederique Dennison (Product Marketing Manager, Secfurity and Management) where we were discussing network management tools and processes.


Microsoft is certainly ramping things up for the SME end of town and if you work in this space then you need to start getting familiar with System Center Essentials (SCE) before the guy up the road does. It’s going to change the way networks are maintained moving forward – making things easier, more visible, more pro-active rather than reactive (aka waiting for the phone to ring).


You can download a VHD of SCE to play with so you’re not installing it into your production environment to begin with, and being a virtual machine you could even play with it whilst flying home from the conference [8-|]


Hint: SCE is part of the wave hitting a network near you next year (http://msmvps.com/blogs/calvert/archive/2007/08/31/aussies-add-this-to-your-rss-feed.aspx), so get your board waxed and ready ahead of time.


 

New Partner Locator tool for Australian MS Partners

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Microsoft have also recently launched a cool Find a Partner tool which ties in Microsoft Virtual Earth with the usual MS Partner Directory. Now you can quickly find and visualise not only the local Pizza place, but your local MS SBSC, Certified Partner or Gold Certified Partner. I’ve noted that it also shows those people with business that operate from home as their home address too ‚Äď so something to keep an eye on for sure! The picture shows up your top level competency and if you click next, it shows you that you may also be a Small Business Specialist as well.

You can find the new Partner Locator at http://www.microsoft.com/australia/findapartner/find.html


Published: 31/08/2007 5:08 PM

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