Thursday, March 31, 2005
The IIS Diagnostics Toolkit is a combined release of popular tools used by today's IIS users. These tools include tools aimed at resolving problems related to Secure Socket Layer (SSL) issues, permission or security problems, gathering data for your SMTP server included with IIS, as well as the famous Log Parser utility used to sift through hundreds or thousands of log files very quickly. The toolkit consolidates all the tools into a convienant download and is supplemented by updates every 90-days to ensure that users have the most current diagnostics tools at their fingertips.
There is an issue with the Security Configuration Wizard when Exchange isn't installed in the default %ProgramFiles%\Exchsrvr directory which potentially could block the TCP Ports used by Exchange. The solution to the problem is simple - you should manually specify the path to the Exchange executables when SCW displays [Not found!] next to one or more of the processes in the Network Security Section.
According to my contact at Microsoft there will be posted detailed info about this issue on http://blogs.technet.com/exchange/ in the near-term future (Update - here's a link to the blog posting on You Had Me At EHLO)
Monday, March 28, 2005
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
According to a mail I received from Mickeysoft today the Release Candidate for Windows Update Services is finally publicly available. New features since Beta 2 are -
- Replica mode for WSUS server hierarchies, making them easier to manage.
- SSL connections between WSUS servers and clients, providing an even more secure end-to-end environment.
- Automatic Update policy to allow non-administrators to receive update notifications, offering greater flexibility in organizations where logged on users are commonly not administrators.
I haven't had the time to test it so no comments from me (Except that I and many of my customers are eager to get the FINAL product) - but check it out for yourself by registering for download here.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Monday, March 14, 2005
Dark.exe file.MSI file.XML /x .
The result of this conversion (file.XML) and extraction (/x) is a file.XML (which I have no use for) and the binary files contained within the MSI file.
Thanks to the people working with WiX.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Luckily, I know another product which I often uses at my own PC – Ethereal. Download it and the required library winpcap from here. You only need winpcap if you want to capture packages – to analyze, only Ethereal is needed.
Netmon pros –
- Microsoft supported and security patched
- Part of OS
Ethereal pros –
- Live view of captured packages including live filtering
- Can read files saved by Netmon
- Can decode more protocols – like Kerberos
Give it a go – it is worthwhile.
A good place to start is the www.microsoft.com/senderid site. I think this is a very good presentation, so start with it. Afterwards, you can use the Microsoft Sender ID Framework SPF Record Wizard to generate your SPF record.
If you add the stuff in Microsoft DNS, remember to select ‘Other new’ record type, Text (TXT) and leave the name field blank. This will result in a line in the GUI like –
(same as parent folder) Text (TXT) SPF data
You can check the SPF of my company with –
nslookup "-set type=txt" inceptio.dk
Go and declare your email domains!
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
This solution accelerator helps SMS administrators effectively and efficiently deploy software updates for Dell server hardware using Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Dell Updates.