Wrap-upper and wrap up for August 2010

Simon May from MS UK created cool app: Live Writer Wrapup Tool. The tool allows you to create the following from your RSS feed: MS Security advisory: Insecure Library Loading Could Allow Remote Code Execution Cloudapp.net: cool apps–useful and not Remote Desktop Connection Manager Freebies #2: Diagrams for SharePoint 2010 Microsoft Professional Advisory Services Freebies: Free Visio stencils Group Policy Search App Now! I mean NOW!!! Bingo: one click and all my messages for the month are published. To install the tool visit http://bit.ly/wlwwrapupdl. Then start it, enter your feed address, blog post title, and select the range for you … Continue reading Wrap-upper and wrap up for August 2010

MS Security advisory: Insecure Library Loading Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Recently issued advisory has kind of shaken the around-security-society: “we all gonna die will be hacked”. Really, this is that nasty sort of a bug which is not a bug, actually. It is more like FireWire: just vulnerable by design, so it is to be fixed more on software vendors side, rather than on Windows one. Correspondingly it is a long, long process and until it is finished it will be considered as a 0day vulnerability. But will it really have such an impact on your security? I doubt it. Really. On the one hand, an attacker, who successfully utilized … Continue reading MS Security advisory: Insecure Library Loading Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Cloudapp.net: cool apps–useful and not

Some time ago I posted about group policy search service, published in Azure at the gps.cloudapp.net. Then I thought: “it cannot be the only application on the whole domain!”. And I was right, of course. There is, actually at least several dozens of apps there. There is mostly test stuff at the moment on the site: WordPress on Azure (how-to) Several apps related to environment which don’t seem to be a completed apps, but are interesting, nevertheless A 70 gigapixel (!!!!!) shot of Budapest with zoom and browsing ability. Man, it’s useless, but what a beautiful city. Thanks, guys! Real-word … Continue reading Cloudapp.net: cool apps–useful and not

Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Having many servers one wants to improve and optimize work with them. MSTSC is excellent instrument, but with many drawbacks: windows either close each another or there is to much to switch between them, it takes comparatively long time to launch it and so forth. Of course we have built-in Remote Desktop console, but it cannot even alphabetically sort our connections let alone inability to create hierarchical structure of any kind: Other settings don’t impress either. I have been using visionapp Remote Desktop for a long time (and will continue, because I have a license and it is somewhat more … Continue reading Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Microsoft Professional Advisory Services

Are you small enough to think of the Premier Support as of a crazy thing and, nevertheless, big enough to be not happy with reactive only support from MS? Do you want some proactive features without paying fortune for Premier or several fortunes for Alliance? The news is right for you, then. Let me quote what the services they will provide to you: Microsoft Advisory Services provides short-term advice and guidance for problems not covered by Problem Resolution Services as well as requests for consultative assistance for design, development, and deployment issues. Advisory Services are charged at an hourly rate … Continue reading Microsoft Professional Advisory Services

Freebies: Free Visio stencils

Those who don’t love free stuff – get out of the class. Stay here, though – you are to buy Visio in order to use this freebies. One of the MS employees has shared links to several sets of Visio stencils. Here we are: Visio stencils for IT Pro posters Microsoft Office Visio Stencil Containing Shapes for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Office Communications Server 2007 and 2007 R2 Visio Stencils Software and Database Shapes for Microsoft Visio Geographic Map Shapes for Microsoft Visio Some of them works for those who like Exchange-related drawings: Others – do the same for the … Continue reading Freebies: Free Visio stencils

Group Policy Search App

“Where is this @#$% policy? I know it is somewhere in this hive” – that is the question to bother each systems administrator. It was a nightmare trying to find a setting, especially for not very experienced one. It seems like we are one step closer to the solution: while sorting out a mess which always is created in my OneNote notebooks after my vacations I ran into a post from Ask DS blog, which told me: “Alex, you can do full-text search through every GPO MS has been created”. Great news, so I wanted to try. Step 1: go … Continue reading Group Policy Search App

Now! I mean NOW!!!

People are sometimes impatient… Ok, ok, sometimes they are patient. When we press a key we want it to result in an immediate action. Usually it is possible, but ISA server in Enterprise Edition never was a case: once we pressed Apply button we were to wait till every server in array received and applied its portion of configuration data from a configuration storage server. Isn’t it boring? Yes, looking at a monitoring tab and refreshing it while green ticks appears again – that can drive crazy. Moreover, it is not very difficult to make up a scenario, when we … Continue reading Now! I mean NOW!!!