Category Archives: WIndows

Change default font in Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) by GPO

I was asked if it was possible to rebrand our Office apps so that by default, we’d all be compliant with corporate branding when composing email, PowerPoint presentations, and Word documents. If I didn’t get to do fun things with computers, that would actually sound like the worst thing ever. But this kind of stuff is neat, so yay me! Continue reading Change default font in Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint) by GPO

Generate Certificate for TomatoUSB from Active Directory CA

I wanted to install a cert on my router so that I could stop getting shit for not trusting it when I log in. However, installing the cert on every device that I access it with. Since I’ve got all my computers on a domain, I can just install the CA role on my DC, so I don’t need to fuck around with an untrusted CA like StartCom who offer free certs, but still require you to install the CA chain, or buy a ridiculously overpriced cert from some random CA.
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NTFS Deny permissions confusion

I work with a bunch of very green entry level help desk folks, and sometimes they get requests to change permissions on files/folders. This causes lots of problems because they apparently don’t understand NTFS permissions, and subsequently break things by improperly applying Full Control or Deny permissions on objects in a directory tree.
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Migrating to OpenIndiana

I recently had a bunch of problems running ZFS on Ubuntu, and so since that is the FS I’ve decided on using for the foreseeable future, I wanted to move to something FOSS that was actually built to use it. I decided to go with OpenSolaris, and then found that that has been Oracled, and now there is OpenIndiana. There’s a few things that I really like about OI, but a lot of minor gripes.
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MigrateWinsockConfiguration could not be located in the dynamic link library MSWSock.dll

So, I was given the task of figuring out why Outlook will not connect to Exchange for an executive. The obvious quickfix of setting a new profile up kept reporting that Exchange is offline. A quick check the event logs, tonnes of  Userenv errors, event ID 1053:

Windows cannot determine the user or computer name. (The RPC protocol sequence is not supported. ). Group Policy processing aborted.

This means that we can’t properly complete the RPC call, and suggests that network communication is having issues. So, let’s see if there’s any other evidence of problems with the machine’s networking. First, let’s see if we can get the machine’s name out of it. Open cmd, hostname: Continue reading MigrateWinsockConfiguration could not be located in the dynamic link library MSWSock.dll

DRAC 5 console access on Server 2008 with IE9

Horseshit… It refuses to work in FireFox5, even with the instructions I found detailing how to extract the plugins and manually install it. So, IE it is…

It’s doable, but it’s a stupid ugly pain in the ass. I assume if you’re trying to do this, you know how to use a computer, so the instructions are basic.

1. Disable IE Protected mode
2. Launch IE in 32bit mode
3. Add the DRAC  IP to Trusted sites
4. Reopen IE as admin and go to the DRAC console and connect
5. Click install on the warning
6. When nothing happens, hit refresh, and click install on the new warning
7. Close and reopen IEx32 as admin
8. Sign back in and it should work.


Can’t open programs after cleaning virus

I recently received an email from a co-worker that said Malwarebytes was the source of a particularly vexing problem that’s been encountered recently. The problem is that once someone has been infected with one of those fake Security Centre viruses, and subsequently cleaned and rebooted, no programs will launch. This didn’t sit right with me, so I decided to investigate a bit. I’ve confirmed that Malwarebytes is not the cause of this issue. Well, at least not directly.

By confirmed I mean that the root cause of the issue is present before any anti-malware work is done on a computer that will eventually exhibit this issue. I’ve tested this on three machines that were infected, one accidentally infected physical machine and on two purposefully infected VM’s (XP and 7) I have.

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