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Printing Woes

Microsoft has graced us with a new security update that patches a flaw in the printer spooler service. So far, so ordinary. This had some unforseen consequences: deploying printers in a Active Directory domain might not work as expected anymore for certain printers, logging “0x80070bcb Specified printer driver was not found and needs to be …

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SecurePlatform to Gaia

Checkpoint switched the platform for their security products from SecurePlatform to Gaia. Sooner or later, a switch to Gaia will be necessary… Well, there are plenty of documents about this topic out there. Rejoice, people, one follows right here – valid for small installations (standalone boxes, really). First of all, you want to get the …

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Dirty Port TT

New in our Tools section: Dirty Port Testing Tool, a tiny utility to open a TCP listener and connect to it from the same UI, simple and fast. Developed in about one hour after being increasingly frustrated with having to test dozens of ports and hosts in multiple firewall setups in a lab environment…

Exchange Public Folder Mount Error

Another Exchange specific issue: we had a problem after migrating to Exchange 2010 and then uninstalling Exchange 2003, eventhough replicas of public folders were moved to the new server. Errors would show in the Exchange System Manager, and the following message would occur: MapiExceptionADPropertyError: Unable to mount database. (hr=0x80004005, ec=2418) There is a excellent post …

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Exchange Joy

If you work in the IT industry, take a moment to think about all the hours you have spent following best practices, and what is commonly called hardening of a server system. One of the most common practices is to only run the bare minimum of services and thus reduce open ports facing the network. …

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Mono

With the latest round of Linux distribution releases just being completed, notably Ubuntu and Fedora, it was time to give Linux another shot, along with the latest Mono version, to be able and run our projects in a free (as in speech) environment. Seems like vbnc, the free VB compiler, has still its fair share …

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Windows Vista OEM Activation for DELL

With the recently released Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, many people obviously want to install Windows with a slipstreamed DVD. However, somehow MS messed up the Vista servicing stack, and therefore, it is not possible to slipstream the update and create your own SP1 install media. So what if you want to install Windows …

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Coding Horror

There are a lot of interesting articles on slashdot.org, at least for the nerds that read it. For those who do not, get started with it. Today, there has been a new post about coding style and general misunderstandings. One that could not possibly fit any better with reality. At least the reality over here …

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Free Software

In modern computing, you are likely to be using GPL or MIT licensed programs, especially as a developer. While huge companies are propagating digital rights management, software patents, and are inforcing copyrights, free software represents the spirit of the early days in computing: sharing information free of charge and royalties. Free Software gives everyone the …

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Service Pack Slipstream

Some time ago, Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 was released. It weighs in at about 430MB of data, and depending on the installed features, may take more than one hour to install on a decent machine. This, by itself, may be annoying, but not actually a show stopper. What is really mean is …

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