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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.

Virtual Appliances’ LAMP, WordPress and mod_rewrite

I've been a big fan of VirtualAppliances' virtual machines for awhile now and have used its LAMP appliance for a variety of low-power applications, but I've wondered why it doesn't ship with mod_rewrite enabled, and why there's always a step missing from turning it on.

How To Clean Up After a SQL Injection Attack

NEW AND IMPROVED UPDATE: Cleaning Up After a SQL Injection Attack, Part 2

[UPDATE: Added code to deal with replacing text in the ntext fields of SQL Server 2000.]

One of our clients got hit with a web attack a week or so ago. We're still not quite sure how this particular attack was carried out -- we're thinking an unpatched web server at the hosting facility -- but it did cause me to look at the log file of the web site to see who might have been able to overwrite index.

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Microsoft Patch Breaks Zone Alarm

Got a call from a client today complaining that he could no longer access the Internet. He's running Zone Alarm 7.

Trek out to the site and lo and behold, we can ping IP addresses thru the firewall, but we can't resolve any names. Turns out DNS had a big hole in it, and it's been patched by the major vendors, Microsoft among them.

Get your Mac ready for the beach!

I've recently run into some space issues on my primary partition on my home Mac Mini. Not really problems, since I've got 200GB of additional storage attached to it, but you never want to have a primary partition wanting for space (on any system, as you need that "free space" for the page file/virtual memory).

On Windows machines, I recommend using a tool like SpaceMonger to profile your hard drive(s) and delete unwanted files, etc.

Stopping Shell Shortcuts from Resolving

We love Terminal Server. We think its a pretty great solution for small businesses; put a little more money into a server and you can keep your older hardware around.

In setting up our terminal server environments, we like putting shortcuts to various shares on the desktop.

Remotely Find MAC Addresses on Your Windows Network

I had to find the MAC address of a remote machine on my network this morning. Happily, WindowsXP (and above) make this easy.

They include a tool called getmac which does just that -- it gets the MAC address of any machine on the local network.

(This utility first made its appearance, it seems, as part of the Windows 2000 Resource Kit, and is available as a download from Microsoft.

Minefield. Woah.

That was the Keanu Reeves in the Matrix "Woah", in case you didn't recognize it.

Anyway - I'm Brian, and I am a Mac User.

("Hi, Brian")

It's true, I do not use a PC at home (except the occasional VMWare virtual PC session). So while I'm happy fixing PCs and offering PC advice, I'll occasionally dole out some Mac love.

Bettr Spelling Through Firefox

Firefox, the browser of choice for those of us running Windows at Jephens Tech., has built in spell checking for big text areas. That doesn't do us much good for these blog headlines and other one-line input fields... but the good folks at Mozilla HQ let us tweak Firefox to our hearts' content, so there's a very simple way to turn the spell-check on for single line input fields.

Stop the Beeping!

On my laptop, every time I connect to a wireless network, the Intel software pops up a notification window telling me that I've connected, but it is accompanied by a loud BEEP -- even though my speaker is muted and I run the "No Sounds" sound scheme.

Turns out that BEEP is a service; but a service that's hidden from almost all user interfaces.

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