Internet File Blocking on Server 2008 and Windows 7

We've got a client who recently upgraded their Windows Server 2008 Remote Desktop Services box from Office 2003 to Office 2010.  In doing so, they ran up against Internet File Blocking which Office 2010 seems to take seriously, where Office 2003 ignored it.

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.

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of computer sluggishness among other issues, so I check the Microsoft Security Essentials and it says it's a few days out of date, but a manual attempt at updating failed with an error.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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I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That, Dave: When Firewall Upgrades Go Wrong

A client called this morning saying "I clicked on a security alert and now I can't get on the internet..."  Of course, my spideysense said "Ah!  Classic Malware!"

However, when I got on-site, there was no malware on the machine. 

A quick glance over the Autoruns turned up nothing out of the ordinary, MalwareBytes turned up nothing, doing a netsh winsock reset did nothing to improve the situation.

My Droid Apps…

So, I'm not a gigantic app person -- my iPod Touch has the essentials for what I need, a few cutsey show-off things or games for the kids, so I figured I'd do the same with my Droid... yes and no. Here's a rundown of whats on my Droid right now, and what I think:

Alarmed Light - Used it because it has a feature where you're forced to answer math questions to turn the alarm off.

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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