Connection Manager Administration Kit for Vista

Curiosity got the better of me. When I was analyzing why Hyper-V Remote Management didn’t always work over a VPN connection due to DNS the other day, I mentioned that I wasn’t familiar with the replacement technology for CMAK in Windows Server 2003. Well, I found it (but it was surprisingly well hidden) – the…

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Do I have the latest BIOS installed? (And a cheap laptop repair)

For Hyper-V to operate correctly, it is strongly advised, and in many cases, required, to install the latest BIOS onto your hardware for hardware virtualization features to operate correctly. While some OEMs provide fantastic information, my experience is that all too often, you get frustratingly minimal information about BIOS updates: A release date A version…

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Enable Remote Desktop Connection through Windows Firewall Remotely

Yesterday evening, I was at home and attempting to remotely connect to my XP desktop machine in the office to access an application which was installed there, but not installed on my laptop. This was over VPN. Now I’ve only had both machines for a few weeks since moving over here and was positive that…

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Internet Explorer Tip – Open new window

Here’s a tip I learnt a couple of months ago and meant to post up before – totally forgot. Maybe it’s force of habit, but rather than opening a new instance Internet Explorer, going to the address bar and typing in a web page, it’s quicker to do start/run (ie Windows+R) www.microsoft.com instead. No, that’s…

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ISA 2004 Web Publishing HTTP Filter stops default website page URL redirection

Quick questions: In a firewall, if you’re presented with a checkbox asking if you want to block requests with ambigious extensions, what would you do? I’m guessing the answer from 99% of you would be “of course, I want to be as secure as I can be”. Well, read on. Maybe you won’t want to check that box…

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Website Photo Album Generating Software

Hopefully this will help someone who’s not necessarily adept at creating photo web-sites using FrontPage for example. Since moving to Seattle nearly a month ago now, I’ve been meaning to find a decent way of building a flexible web-site for sharing photos taken here with friends and family. As much as I’m an advocate of…

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Register & Unregister a DLL from Windows Explorer

Back in my developer days when I was building DLLs and OCXs, I was constantly registering and unregistering DLLs using the command line (find me a dev who isn’t a command line junkie – I still have two prompts open as I type this). As time’s gone on, I submitted to using Windows Explorer more…

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The switch is on but no-one’s home

You’d think this was an easy question to answer – how do you turn the lights on? During the day, it’s easy in my new office – turn on the (upside-down) switch on the wall. I’ve worked in offices before where lights are controlled by dialling numbers on phones, even by remote control. I couldn’t sleep…

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And time time sponsored by ……urist is 01:02:03 04/05/06

(Sponsor removed to keep legal happy – brits will understand exactly what the subject means!) So it’s 29 days early for me (being a Brit who do dates the “correct” way – ie dd/mm/yy, and boy is that still confusing me being over here), but tonight at three seconds after two minutes past one o’clock in the…

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Keyboard remapping

So now I’m a little more settled into the office complete with the dual monitors, speakers and a few other creature comforts I didn’t have in Microsoft UK, I need to progress onto more practical issues – apart from figuring out why US light switches are all upside down (you lift to turn on – wierd),…

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