Friday, 12 October 2012

The next odd decision

I changed jobs over a year ago and since then have done >…< this much exercise.
Done some stretching, and other bits but bugger all else. So to fix it for the last few weeks I've been getting bike, kit and my brain sorted to cycle to work.
One way trip, 3.6 Km
Hills to work 0.1 Km
Hills to house 3.5Km

I got a slagging from a work colleague that I knew the exact distance. Well when you coast down to need to know the pain home.

Anyway, 2 days down and all is well. I even get thinking time as opposed to listen to pointless radio rambling.
Have to drive tomorrow, as I need a suit for the far side if the city. I'm disappointed, but my butt is happy.

Next time Linux distro ( so far, Red Hat, Centos and Ubuntu), Windows 2008 and higher and really bad IP communication.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Add a "Tile" to Windows 8 Server

To add a program to the "Start" List

Hit Windows key

Right click on the background and and hit All Apps

Select the program “App” you want, in this case Command Prompt and “Pin to Start”

Now Command Prompt is available in the “Start Menu”

 And I can drag it to the location I want!

Woooooo Hoooo

Batch file open with

I broke this before a few years ago and well it appeared again as one of the lads at the forum posted about the same issue and how to fix it.

When I broke it, I was doing god knows what and had a backup, but was curious. Its simple to fix and shows us a bit more about windows and file associations.

First off, my best advice, if you did this on a production machine and do not remember how, rebuild it. If its a hurry try this.

From a command prompt type the following;
assoc .bat 
This should give the following output


If not in the command window to restore the default file type association type

assoc .bat=batfile

Easy peasy

Win8 Funny - to be explored or answered

Demo MS Machine

Ram indicates 0GB, yet

Indicates 2GB of RAM.

Hummm, time to install a guest to my own machine.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Windows 8 and bits I've learnt so far.

Stuff I've learnt so far.

Office 2010 Plus install would not install off the ISO with the built in "mount iso" option as it kept looking for the Powerpoint installer, even when I only selected install Outlook 2010.
So I mounted the ISO on another machine and installed from there - odd.

Setting an item from a "tile" to a shortcut, hit the windows key, right click on the tile and select the option you want;
Some shortcut keys and what they do;
Win + D Show Desktop.
Win + E Open Windows Explorer.
Win + I Open Settings Charm (plus Control Panel, Personalization, PC Info, and Desktop Help).
Win + X Open Desktop quick menu (it’s like a mini Start Menu!)
Win + R Open Run Dialog.
Win + T Cycle through Desktop apps on the Taskbar
Alt + Tab   Open next App (rotates through Apps, Desktop apps each have one place in rotation).
(release Tab,repeat)
Alt + 1 to 9 Open the pinned Taskbar application

Some mouse actions and what they do;

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

So I looked out the window and saw ...

And then today I get sent this!

Only in Ireland!

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Security notes

Been looking more and more at security recently and want to put out some nice links I've found.

I love this and tend to use it as a starting point for a discussion with people, especially non 
techie people.

10 Immutable Laws of Security

It was posted back in early 2000's and I think is still relevant.

Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer any more 

Law #2: If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it's not your computer any more 

Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it's not your computer any more 

Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your website, it's not your website any more 

Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security 

Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy 

Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key 

Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all 

Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn't practical, in real life or on the Web 

Law #10: Technology is not a panacea 

Another Microsoft product that I like is this
Microsoft Security Assessment Tool

Expect to spend at least 20 minutes filling it in. Then save the report off for comparison for again. 

Found this book, ISO 27001 in a Windows Environment, nice easy read by an Irish man Brian Honan Link

For passwords, Steve Gibson has a password generator on his site, very cool
Password generation
and a password checker (how long to brute force it)
Password Haystack
A port checker
Shields Up
And so much more, go check it out

Where did this all come from, ISO 27001 requirements.

Lync 2010 and Federation

We recently got Lync 2010 in-house and started looking to see what can be done to federate with some of the people we work and co-operate with.

To check if you can federate with someone, they need to have a DNS record on

While there are other requirements, the easiest to check is the DNS Service record named _sipfederationtls._tcp.domain.

This should point to a valid DNS A record to an Access Edge server formatted

access_edge_servername.domain and point to port 5061.

To see what it looks like here is Microsoft's record, open a command prompt and use the command

nslookup -q=srv

To federate with Office 365 I tried using the Control Panel but it would not accept the information, so I ended up using a powershell command to add federation will all of Office 365

New-CSHostingProvider –identity LyncOnline –ProxyFqdn –Enabled $True

I'm still looking into why this is not displayed in the Lync Control Panel!

Friday, 2 March 2012

WINs..... a large number

A good friend has been saying that WINs is dead, but the number is big and therefore will take some time to die.

Now it appears that it is yet another large number.

The number appears to be at least another 3842 days (10 years for the life of Server 8 and the extra for the RTM to appear)

WINs is dead, long live WINs.

Monday, 27 February 2012


I'd love to have this much time...

Bigger version of the picture here

Nice one.

Andrew Lipsons web site

And his disclaimer...
Because The LEGO Company get paranoid about this sort of thing let me make it clear that I have no affiliation with them, that my views are my own and do not necessarily represent theirs, and so on. So if you think any of this is official you are as deluded as they are.

Minasi forum Meeting 2012

A technical forum I've participated in for years is having another gathering in the near future. Lots of cool people with years of Microsoft knowledge backing up their claims and beliefs. So come along for an educational and fun event.

The dates and speakers for the Minasi 2012 Forum Meeting have been finalised and now published.

You can find the necessary details here

and here

You can book here

As a preview, here are the speakers

2012 Schedule
Sunday – April 29th 2012

12:00 – Conference Registration Begins

1.00 – Opening Session led by Mark Minasi + Don Jones, What has changed in the last 3 years, how to stay on TOP!

2.00 – Session 1: Mark Minasi – 10 (or more) things that you don’t know about Windows Server 8

3:15 – Break

3:30 – Don Jones

4:00 – Ed Wilson – Microsoft Scripting guy on everything but PosH 3

4:30 – Break

4:45 – Mark Minasi

6:00 – Welcome Reception

Monday – April 30th 2012

9:00 – Jimi Vigotti – how I do it and how you can to (with the right kit).

10:15 – Dave Bisson - Enterprise App Store

11:30 – Break

11:45 – Stacy Hein - SQL Server at scale. Office 365 style

1:00 – Lunch (Provided)

1:45 – Todd Lammle – The next step.

3:00 – James Summerlin – SQL Server Integration Services – More in-depth than last time!

4:15 – Break

4:30 – James Adgate – Security in The Enterprise in 2012: Managing DLP Programs and Driving Standards for Secure Coding of Home Grown Web-Facing Enterprise Applications.

5:45 – Offsite Dinner Organized with Transportation

Tuesday – May 1st 2012

9:00 – James Summerlin – Juniper, Life after TMG/ ISA

10:30 –Scott Calvet – TBC Desktop Virtualization VMware View 5

11:00 – Dennis Olidis - Free Tools to Troubleshoot and Diagnose your Windows System

12:30 – Lunch (Provided)

1:00 – Eric Rux – TBC– Using Windows in your Home!

2:15 – Break

2:30 – A N Other – Microsoft Conferencing, Skype and Lync

3:45 – Break

4:00 – Curt Spanburg – Microsoft Business Application Survival Skills for the IT Admin

5:30 – Dinner (on your own) at a local restaurant. Last chance to rub elbows.

Wednesday - May 2nd 2012

9.00 – Ultan Kinahan – Fixing the big stuff!

10:00 – Ton Siemons – Comparing Hypervisors, VMware, HyperV and Xen
11:15 – Break

11:30 – Michael Ferguson – Managing Security

12:45 – Closing and Lunch

2:00 – Unofficial Round Table


These are all done before all over the net, but they are my ones, both CPL amd MSC shortcuts.

Accessibility Controls access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools control admintools
Automatic Updates wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard fsquirt
Calculator calc
Certificate Manager certmgr.msc
Character Map charmap
Check Disk Utility chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer clipbrd
Command Prompt cmd
Component Services dcomcnfg
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Date/Time Properties timedate.cpl
DDE Share ddeshare
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility cleanmgr
Disk Defragment dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager diskpart
Display Properties control desktop
Display Properties desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility verifier
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool sigverif
Findfast findfast.cpl
Folders Properties control folders
Fonts control fonts
Fonts Folder fonts
Free Cell Card Game freecell
Game Controllers joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game mshearts
Iexpress Wizard iexpress
Indexing Service ciadv.msc
Internet Properties inetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections) ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re-Registers DNS) ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) ipconfig /setclassid
Java Control Panel (If Installed) jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed) javaws
Keyboard Properties control keyboard
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows logoff
Microsoft Chat winchat
Minesweeper Game winmine
Mouse Properties control mouse
Mouse Properties main.cpl
Network Connections control netconnections
Network Connections ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard netsetup.cpl
Notepad notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed) nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard osk
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) ac3filter.cpl
Password Properties password.cpl
Performance Monitor perfmon
Phone and Modem Options telephon.cpl
Power Configuration powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes control printers
Printers Folder printers
Private Character Editor eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) QuickTime.cpl
Regional Settings intl.cpl
Registry Editor regedit
Registry Editor regedit32
Remote Desktop mstsc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) rsop.msc
Scanners and Cameras sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks control schedtasks
Security Center wscui.cpl
Services services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows shutdown
Sounds and Audio mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game spider
SQL Client Configuration cliconfg
System Configuration Editor sysedit
System Configuration Utility msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x
System Properties sysdm.cpl
Task Manager taskmgr
Telnet Client telnet
User Account Management nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager utilman
Windows Firewall firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool syskey
Windows Update Launches wupdmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard tourstart
Wordpad wordpad
AD Domains and Trusts domain.msc
Active Directory Management admgmt.msc
AD Sites and Services dssite.msc
AD Users and Computers dsa.msc
ADSI Edit adsiedit.msc
Authorization manager azman.msc
Certification Authority Management certsrv.msc
Certificate Templates certtmpl.msc
Cluster Administrator cluadmin.exe
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Component Services comexp.msc
Configure Your Server cys.exe
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
DHCP Management dhcpmgmt.msc
Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc
Disk Manager diskmgmt.msc
Distributed File System dfsgui.msc
DNS Management dnsmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Indexing Service Management ciadv.msc
IP Address Manage ipaddrmgmt.msc
Licensing Manager llsmgr.exe
Local Certificates Management certmgr.msc
Local Group Policy Editor gpedit.msc
Local Security Settings Manager secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups Manager lusrmgr.msc
Network Load balancing nlbmgr.exe
Performance Monitor perfmon.msc
PKI Viewer pkiview.msc
Public Key Management pkmgmt.msc
QoS Control Management acssnap.msc
Remote Desktops tsmmc.msc
Remote Storage Administration rsadmin.msc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
Routing and Remote Access Manager rrasmgmt.msc
Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc
Schema management schmmgmt.msc
Services Management services.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
SID Security Migration sidwalk.msc
Telephony Management tapimgmt.msc
Terminal Server Configuration tscc.msc
Terminal Server Licensing licmgr.exe
Terminal Server Manager tsadmin.exe
UDDI Services Management uddi.msc
Windows Management Instrumentation wmimgmt.msc
WINS Server manager winsmgmt.msc