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December, 2008


December 29, 2008  3:21 PM

Using special characters in VBScript strings

Posted by: Jerry Lees
ASCII, Special Characters, string, String manipulation, strings, VBScipt, working with variables

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)

Posted by: Jerry Lees
fun with the registry, migrate ODBC entries, migrating a web server, ODBC, ODBC entries, rebuilding a webserver, registry, Web applications, webmaster

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
Essential sites, Microsoft SQL Server, Server Patching, SQL Server, web tools

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)

Posted by: Jerry Lees
File Server, File Shares, fun with the registry, Lanmanserver, Migrating Servers, registry, tips and tricks

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:


December 15, 2008  5:41 PM

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
am-tools, bookmark, bookmark management, essential tools, tools, web tools

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
Fix an LCD Monitor, How to, LCD Monitor Repair, repair tips, Stuck Pixels, tips and tricks

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
Online References, XML, XMLDOM, XSLT

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
kill, kill process, Kill processes, pkill, VBScript, win32_process

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

Posted by: Jerry Lees
3des, decrypt, decrytption, encrypt, encryption, mid, Reverse Strings, RSA, string, String manipulation, StrReverse, Toolkit, VBScript

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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