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December, 2008

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December 29, 2008  3:21 PM

Using special characters in VBScript strings

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

I just realized I've been using Visual Basic String constants in my scripts with little to no explanation. We'll rectify that situation right now! ;-) When dealing with strings in VBScript, you occasionally need to add formatting characters to a string, so that when it is displayed on the screen...

December 26, 2008  2:42 PM

Fun with the Registry: Saving ODBC Entries from a server (and moving them to a new server)

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

On occasion you have to rebuild servers, some are worse than others to rebuild. Much like my previous post on

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December 23, 2008  3:12 AM

A useful site that contains a Microsoft SQL version information database

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

I don't get the occasion to manage SQL servers in a DBA role any longer, like MrDenny in his blog, nor have I been a true assigned DBA-- I've only worked at places where the database servers were treated like any...


December 18, 2008  12:06 AM

Fun with the registry: Saving shares and share permissions from a server (and moving them to a new server)

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

On occasion you have to rebuild servers, some are worse than others to rebuild. File Servers are not that difficult to rebuild, but one of the tedious tasks in moving a file server is setting up all the shares that have been added over time all at once. you know the drill:

Point....


December 15, 2008  5:41 PM

Essential tools: A useful tool to remove dead favorites links from your bookmarks

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

As a quick addition to my additional tools series I wanted to share with you a great utility I found in the past few weeks that helps to manage old bookmarks. If you're like me, you have tons of bookmarks in your book marks and it's There's nothing worse than trying to weed through them to find...


December 11, 2008  2:39 PM

How to fix a pesky stuck pixel in a LCD monitor

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

Recently I got a new LCD Monitor-- or at least it was new to me. And much to my dismay there were a few pixels on it that were stuck on. I was somewhat dismayed to see it, but couldn't complain because I got a really good "3am ending auction deal on eBay"-- so I started to fiddle with it and found...


December 8, 2008  10:54 PM

A great XMLDOM online reference for creating XSLT Translation documents

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

If you were interested in my previous posts relating to XML and XSL Translations. You'll know how difficult it is sometimes to get the syntax right and know what functions are available to you when writing a XSLT document to translate a XML file into HTML. Well, I recently found a great...


December 4, 2008  9:22 PM

Using WMI’s WIN32_Process class to remotely kill a process

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

Recently I had a situation where I had to kill a number of processes on a number of servers in a short period of time so we could update the executable file quickly so the processes could be safely respawned. This presented a challenge because it needed to be done quickly both before users...


December 2, 2008  12:55 AM

Very simple encryption example with VBScript

Jerry Lees Jerry Lees Profile: Jerry Lees

I previously mentioned a routine that I wrote to encrypt a string. Now, before the security folks look at the code... understand this: This is intended only to obscure a string from a casual prying eye. It is NOT intended to be a replacement for true encryption like 3DES and...


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