Archive for August, 2008

Regkey to disable XP dial-up connection logon

August 22nd, 2008 No comments

Here is a registry key I run from a startup script to disable the option that allows users to invoke a "Log on using dial-up connection". Having had experience of working in a school I know how kids will use any excuse to distract them from logging onto a computer and starting the lesson!


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KiXtart script to backup MSSQL database

August 22nd, 2008 1 comment

Here is another quick KiXtart script I wrote to backup a Microsoft SQL database on a server. I personally run it locally on the server that contains the database I want to backup using a scheduled task. It connects to the MSSQL database using the OSQL command line utility which it runs through a shell.


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KiXtart script to retrieve Active Directory user info

August 21st, 2008 No comments

Here's a quick script written using KiXtart to retrieve information for a user (object) in Active Directory. Once enumerated, object information is stored in variables to be used later.


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Vista IE7 crashes when sending email through OWA

August 21st, 2008 No comments

I have installed Microsoft Exchange quite a few times as a syadmin and since the release of Vista one thing I seem to forget is to address the issue of Vista clients using Internet Explorer 7 that send email through Outlook Web Access.


Regkey to enable & disable Outlook 2003 cached mode

August 21st, 2008 2 comments

Pre Microsoft office 2003 SP3, when creating a new MAPI email account in outlook 2003 the default setting was to "Use Cached Exchange Mode". I have noticed that after installing SP3 the default seems to now be disabled when creating an email account.


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VMware ESX date bug fix

August 20th, 2008 1 comment

I use VMware ESX 3.5 and Virtual Center 2.5 since implementing it at my current workplace. Like many sysadmins I regularly keep on top of patching. I manually patch my ESX hosts when I see fit after pulling updates through Virtual Center. Subsequently, I recently applied the latest update (3.5 u2 or update 2) to all ESX hosts. As a frequent reader of The Register I was later surprised to learn of a bug where people had encountered issues when booting or VMotioning Virtual Machines on or after 12th August 2008.


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