Curious how to disable IPv6?

This will work on Vista & Windows 2008 boxes and disable IPv6 if you need to (as in System Center Essentials!).  Change the registry entry and restart the machine to apply to the local machine. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip6\Parameters\DisabledComponents = 255

Lost TS/RDP after running updates?

After experiencing Terminal Services intermittently hanging after applying Microsoft Updates I’ve come across one way that gets the server back up and responsive most of the time and a backup plan for when it still doesn’t. First, to cover yourself, it is a good idea to run a system state backup at minimum of the server before applying updates in case you need to get yourself out of a challenge resulting from the update.  Then what I’ve started doing (wasn’t an original idea, got it from others in the community) is creating a restart.bat file that consists of shutdown -r … Continue reading Lost TS/RDP after running updates?

Microsoft releases the Malware Removal Starter Kit

This is from an email I received this week from Mark Clagett over at Microsoft.  Running into an issue today where I sent it to an end user so figured I would post it here as well.  Thanks Mark for sending out the notice! – Steve ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I thought you’d be interested in this new Solution Accelerator from Microsoft – it’s called the Malware Removal Starter Kit.  It’s a free download from TechNet, and provides you with excellent guidance and tools to help you restore PCs infected with malware.  Here’s a quick overview of what the kit can do for your organization.  … Continue reading Microsoft releases the Malware Removal Starter Kit

Verizon XV6600WOC Firmware update does not work with Windows Vista – use XP

At least for now, for those who may be thinking of trying it, do not use Vista to do firmware revs to your Audiovox / UTStarcom devices.  The update from Verizon and UTStarcom for the XV6600WOC ( will run in XP SP2 compatibility mode as administrator but in my experience with it today I only got as far as wiping the old firmware off the device.  At that point the Windows Mobile Device Center did not complete the process.  In my case I ran the cradle over to my XP Pro desktop, installed ActiveSync 4.2 and was good to go on … Continue reading Verizon XV6600WOC Firmware update does not work with Windows Vista – use XP

When updating to Vista, here’s a time saving tip.

Okay, hopefully you will learn from my mistake.  Thought I would install Windows Vista Ultimate on my HP TC4400 again now that I have RTM bits.  My RC1 upgrade was less than desirable back in September but I have been hearing of great results of running the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard from and then doing a clean build of Vista so I thought why not?  Besides I am presenting on this in Vancouver at the VanSBS User Group so I figured I better get up to speed on it!  😉 Well please learn from my mistake.  I’m not going to … Continue reading When updating to Vista, here’s a time saving tip.