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May 26, 2009  2:49 PM

How to Add the Ability to Administer an IIS 6 Server From a XP Machine.



Posted by: Jerry Lees
iis, iis 6, IIS6, Microsoft Windows, System Administration, web tools, webmaster

In re-doing my laptop after a hard drive failure recently I’ve had to setup a bunch of stuff I had previously installed, one thing that several people have asked about (or didn't know about) is the IIS6 MMC snap in. It allows you to Administer IIS6 from your desktop. It will give you the...

May 15, 2009  3:12 PM

Word Tip: Keyboard shortcuts you may have never knew existed



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Microsoft Word, Microsoft Word tips, short cut keys, short cuts, shortcut keys, word, Word Tips

Recently, I've been doing more documentation than coding in VBScript (I've been coding, just in VB.Net recently) and have found some useful keyboard short cuts in Office that I thought I'd share with you all in a few blog posts, becasue while I know a lot about a lot of stuff... when it comes to...


May 11, 2009  2:58 PM

Shortcut Tip: Quickly Navigate to a commonly used folder



Posted by: Jerry Lees
short cuts, tips and tricks, windows tips

I recently found a useful tip for those of you that always have tons of windows open, like me, and minimizing them all to get to an item on your desktop is just a pain. Create a shortcut with a hot key combination to open an item on your desktop! It works with all your windows open in their current...


May 1, 2009  1:11 PM

OneNote Tip: Take better notes during meetings the easy way!



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Microsoft Office, office tips, one note, tips and tricks, windows tips

Microsoft has a product called one note that i really didn't know a lot about. They really haven't pushed it a lot and it just comes bundled with Office so I'd never really tried to use it, however, I found an article over at Microsoft's site that gives an excellent set of tips for how to use it to...


April 20, 2009  1:44 PM

Parsing the Windows Event log for specific data



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Eventlogs, System Administration, systems management, VBScript, Win32_NTLogEvent

If you've ever tried to find a specific event log entry in a system you know what a chore it can be to find them. Sure, you can filter on the event ID and get closer but, some applications (and system components) log every event that's from the same source as the same event ID. IIS is terribly...


April 16, 2009  1:23 AM

Downgrade Windows XP to Mac OS X– sort of



Posted by: Jerry Lees
interface replacements, Microsoft Windows, pranks, windows

Please forgive the title folks, I just couldn't resist the jab to get your attention! I found this Windows UI Replacement a while back, looks like a pretty cool interface replacement for windows. It looks like it is actually a pretty cool prank... or a way to use a PC if you prefer the...


April 13, 2009  3:18 PM

Finding the owner of a process remotely with VBScript via the Win32_process class



Posted by: Jerry Lees
Administration tools, Functions, System Administration, Systems Administration, VBScript, VBScript Functions, win32_process, Windows Management Interface, WMI

 Recently I had an issue where I needed to find the user running a series of processes on a large number of servers. Initially, it was a long process of logging onto each server then opening task manager and sorting by process name. After about 5 servers, I realized it was going to take hours to...


March 13, 2009  11:05 AM

Writing a BGINFO like Script: Displaying Disk Statistics with WMI via the Win32_LogicalDisk class



Posted by: Jerry Lees
bginfo, Systems Administration, Systems administrator tools, systems management, systems reporting, VBScript, VBScript Functions, Win32_logicaldisk

I recently had to provide the information displayed with BGINFO on a number of systems. Unfortunately, BGInfo only generates a bitmap, so far as I know, so I decided to write a script to generate the...


February 26, 2009  8:00 AM

Retrieving the account IIS is using as the anonymous user account with VBScript



Posted by: Jerry Lees
iis, System Administration, Systems Administration, systems management, VBScript, VBScript Functions, web sites, web tools, working with objects

I recently posted a script that retrieved the anonymous user password for a server in IIS. This script I posted, Using the IIS ADSI object to retrieve the anonymous user password for a server...

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February 20, 2009  3:53 PM

Using the IIS ADSI object to retrieve the anonymous user password for a server via VBScript



Posted by: Jerry Lees
iis, System Administration, Systems Administration, Toolkit, VBScipt, VBScript, VBScript Functions, working with objects

I recently had to change the anonymous user account for a change request for a site in IIS, but unfortunately the change did not work and we had to roll it back. However, I didn’t have and wouldn’t have known the account’s password since IIS and windows changes it periodically. So, out...


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