Smartcard Needing Drivers In Order To Be Smart

My company laptop dual-boots between Windows 7 x64 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This is for the simple reason that Hyper-V is an indispensible tool for a consultant, but the comfort of a desktop OS like Windows 7 means that I don’t want to do without either operating system. I keep the R2 installation fairly…

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Anti-Virus Software, That's Free!

I am probably the last Microsoft blogger to actually get round to writing something about this… but hey, I have been busy! Microsoft recently released to the public their free anti-virus solution, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).  I had been trialling the beta versions for a few months on a Windows 7 computer and I was…

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Safely setting autologon for Windows

When configuring Microsoft Windows to auto-logon, most people just modify the following keys in the registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AutoAdminLogon HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultUserName HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultPassword HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\DefaultDomain   However, the problem with doing it that way is that the password for the user account is stored in the registry as unencrypted text, which means that anyone with enough…

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Windows Server 2008 doesn’t have to ignore the MBSA if you don’t want it to

The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser (MBSA) is an excellent free tool by Microsoft that provides a simple and easy-to-use method of identifying common security misconfigurations for your Microsoft Windows computers.  The current version (MBSA 2.1) runs on Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Windows 2000 and will scan all systems,…

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Job/Life/Reputation protector 2.0

Back in January I posted some simple VBA code for adding an “are you sure?” type question to the Reply To All button in Outlook.  Since then I have received a few suggestions for improving the code, one of the most common of which was to add to the question box the list of names…

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In the immortal words of Homer, "Doh!"

I use Bitlocker on my work laptop to ensure that all my data is safe as I would not want any corporate or client documents to fall into the wrong hands.  Also, as most people do, I store some personal data on my work laptop.  Nothing exciting really, just things like payslips and the odd…

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