Slipstream Search Server 2008 installs

Hello All, It has been a while bu I’m back. Today’s topic covers how to build SharePoint using slipstream installation. Slipsteam installations allows for users to build installs with the latest services packs and cumulative update of their choosing. Please note that I will use Search Server Express and not the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS). Search Server express is […]

Disable SSL 2.0 and PCT 1.0

When a company has gone through an external security check on of the most common failure is that SSL 2.0 and PCT 1.0 are enabled. Why is this a big deal? What this means is that if a client application tries to connect to your server on one of this older protocols it will be allowed. The protocols are easily […]

SQL injection checking….

One of the most serious problems I see are SQL injections. While most SQL injections have become less of threat since SQL 2005 it doesn’t mean that they have totally gone away. While SQL injections are not the easiest attacks to pull off there are automated tools to help out and a determined hacker can present formable opponent. Since the […]

SQL copy only back and restore

If you would like to create an ad-hoc backup without disrupting your current backup jobs you will have to use the new copy only option for SQL 2005. This is command line only operation that you can’t do within the SQL gui window. We will assume the following: old database name: DataBase1 old database logical name: Database1 old database transaction […]

SQL index Fragmentation

One of the most common reason I have seen for SQL slow down is improper maintenance of the databases indexes. While I won’t get into the specifics of an index. I’ll just say that the closest analogy is a table of contents for a book. Once I have a idea of the database that is being used I will run […]

The Meaning of a Window Administrator

Many times working in the computer industry it can seem like a vast mystery to those outside of the field. You or I may easily point to programmer and say how different that field is from what an administrator might do. This is to say that you or I haven’t dealt with coding issues but it’s usually a pretty big […]

SQL truncate logs

Some time when we get into a bind because of neglect or ignorance we have to rely on alternative methods to the normal GUI methods. One of these situation included when I had a computer with SQL server melt down on me because of the size of it’s transaction logs. As you may or may not know a grossly large […]

Drive mapping in Terminal services part 2

This is one of those quirky issue that will not go away. As we noted in my steps from an earlier post Drive mapping in Terminal services this should have let your user be able to connect via an RDP session and use the clinet mapped drives. As some you have noted this doesn’t always work. I’ve done a bit […]

Identify an Isolated IIS FTP site

As I have come to notice alot of times there are too many chefs in the administration kitchen. Often there are requests that are filled but never documented. In such cases it is always best to check an environment out before you start to make changes of your own. In one particular instance manipulating FTP sites in IIS 6.0 can […]