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DNSChanger – Will The Internet Break Tomorrow?

I've been asked by folks and have seen on FB about the "Internet shutting off" tomorrow -- here's my stock reply:

The malware which infected some machines is old, actually. These aren't new infections. The malware changed your computer's DNS servers to ones that the bad guys controlled, which is the equivalent of someone switching your 411 operator with their own nefarious operator, so when you tried to get the number for Domino's, they'd give you the number for Pizza Hut.

Remote Servers in Filemaker Pro 9 on Windows 7 Clients

With Windows XP now pretty much impossible to get preloaded on new machines, our clients are finally moving to Windows 7 as their hardware refreshes.

A segment of our clients uses an application built upon Filemaker Pro, and they're running  v9.03 which isn't the most Windows 7 friendly version of Filemaker (that honor is reserved for any of the versions released in the last 3 years).  As we roll out Windows 7, we have found that databases hosted on remote servers don't show up in their Open Remote.

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ADO Problems (Error 430) with VB6 on Windows 7

Lot of numbers in that heading. 🙂

We've made the move to Windows 7 and we love it.  However, we haven't really made the move to VB.NET.  I still like developing in VB6; I know that makes me a little bit of a relic, but I don't do that much development these days to justify the investment in fully ramping up on VB.NET.

So, I had to tweak a legacy application I wrote which reads an email from a POP3 mailbox and writes the contents into a database.

Installing Chrome on a Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server

Chrome is a pretty fantastic browser; in fact, I'm using it right now!  However, it wants to live in your AppData directory, and that's a drag for users on Terminal Servers since administrators can't easily install the application into that location, and users can't install it themselves if they're not administrators.

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Backing Up To Multiple Removable Drives in Windows 2008 R2

These days, we use a dock that accepts SATA drives as a target for backing up client systems.  It allows for the most flexibility as data resources grow, easy swapping of media, etc.

However, Windows 2008 Server Backup doesn't like this arrangement.  The wizard wants all targets present at the time of configuration.

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SBS 2003 to 2011, Post Mortem

There's been good response to my earlier post (really, July?!?) about upgrading a client's server from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 -- people want to know how the story ended.  So, forgive me for taking so long to finish up.  So, this will be short of details since I didn't take notes and am relying on memory.

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Sometimes it’s quicker to upgrade…

Visited a client today who was complaining of computer sluggishness among other issues, so I check the Microsoft Security Essentials and it says it's a few days out of date, but a manual attempt at updating failed with an error.  So, of course, I worry about infection getting in the way of doing updates, but it occurs to me he's still on MSSE 1.x and I upgrade him to 2.x and all is well, he can take updates again.

Upgrading SBS 2003 to SBS 2011

So, we're at a client's and we have to do a migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2011.

We're relying on Microsoft's instructions to get us through the night.

It's 7:31 pm on a Friday night.  The air conditioning in the office has been turned off, so it's a bit sultry.

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Upgrading SQL Server 2008 R2 from Evaluation to Licensed

As a Microsoft partner, we have access to software resources to help us do our jobs while getting ourselves familiar with the MS family of products.

We had an in-house project that needed SQL Server, so we installed SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise in Evaluation mode, since we didn't have the product key handy.

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When FIXMAPI.EXE Doesn’t Work…

Quick tip: Sometimes running FIXMAPI.EXE doesn't solve the "Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook MAPI32.DLL is corrupt or the wrong version. This could have been caused by installing other messaging software. Please reinstall Outlook" error. If it doesn't work for you, try renaming the MSMAPI32.DLL file to something like MSMAPI32.OLD and then restart Outlook.

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