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Connecting Macs to a Windows 2003 Server

We have a client with two offices, one is a PC shop and the other is a Mac shop. The enjoy a friendly rivalry and it's up to me to make sure that they play nicely together.

We recently upgraded the servers in Microsoft shop to Windows 2003 and found that the Mac clients could no longer access the shares over the VPN.

Some googling and experimenting later, and we stumbled upon the issue.

Installing Windows 7 for Testing

A client asked me how to best install Windows 7 for testing. His son is interested in it, and he thought his son's machine could afford being wiped to install the new OS.

I instead told him to use VirtualPC to do the job.

A quick Google later, and I pointed him to these directions as they were as full featured and complete a set as I've seen.

Don’t Overlook Scheduled Tasks / AT when cleaning malware…

One of our clients picked up some sort of infection over the weekend. The sucker was persistent, and after running the usual battery of utilities -- RootkitRevealer, SDFix, ComboFix, Stinger running inside a WinXP PE shell -- we got rid of the thing.

When I checked the post-infection System Event Viewer log, however, I got an interesting message:

Event Type:Error
Event Source:Schedule
Event Category:None
Event ID:7901
Date:1/31/2009
Time:9:00:00 PM
User:N/A
Computer:XXX03
Description:
The At46.job command failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the file specified.

Beware of New Linksys Layout and Port (Range) Forwarding

Got an email from a client this morning complaining that he could not access his SBS 2003 Remote Web Workplace.

He was getting a 403.6 error -- IP Address rejected.

This didn't make any sense, since we want every IP address to be able to access the site and access to the site was fine earlier in the week.

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Installing VMWare Server on Windows 2003 R2

Ran into a couple snags trying to install VMWare Server 2.0 onto Windows Server 2003 R2 today, and figured I'd share in the workarounds:

First issue was an error when trying to launch the setup program: "The System Administrator has set policies to prevent this installation.

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Programs We Like: Artweaver

I'm a HUGE fan of Photoshop, but when I have lot of programs open and am running low on memory, it's sometimes tough to justify the long startup time to do a quick edit or convert something to JPG.

I stumbled upon Artweaver as a freeware equivalent of Photoshop.

Importing and Exporting Mail and User Accounts in Outlook 2007

Outlook 2007 did away with the export account information that was present in earlier editions. So, if a user with one account moves machines, it's often faster to just recreate the account on the new machine. However, if a user has 8 accounts (like one did today) it's time to find a better way.

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Fixing Logon Failure errors in XP Home

A client running XP Home today had an issue with a machine running slowly, and in the (ab)normal course of troubleshooting, we came across some errors in the event viewer that caused us to reset the security descriptors back to their defaults... and in doing so, we broke his printer sharing.

Brothers In Arms – ExchangeRecovery.org

I was working for a client late last night, applying the usual slew of patches Microsoft had given us on Tuesday. I rebooted the server, and when it came back up, it didn't bring Exchange with it.

Much gnashing of ensued. I€™ve recovered my fair share of Exchange stores, but this one just wasn€™t coming back.