System/Disk Backup in Vista using command line script

Microsoft has implemented a really neat feature in Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate, allowing you to perform a full disk or even system backup, while the system is running. This new backup tool used Block Level backup and uses Volume Shadow Copy to backup open files (however, it is advised to close your applications while […]

Open a command prompt with system rights in Vista (and XP)

First of all, download psexec from the Microsoft website. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/psexec.mspx     From and elevated/admin command prompt (cmd.exe, “run as administrator”), run psexec –s cmd.exe    C:\>whoami peter C:\>psexec -s cmd.exe PsExec v1.83 – Execute processes remotely Copyright (C) 2001-2007 Mark Russinovich Sysinternals – www.sysinternals.com Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000] Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation.  All […]

Run explorer window with administrator rights in Vista

Easy, don’t you think ?  Right click explorer(.exe), choose “run as administrator” and you’re set ?    Nope – doesn’t work !  And this is why    The UAC (User Account Control) feature in Vista provides a user with two tokens when he logs on… a token that is bound to his real user rights, […]

Enable incoming icmp (ping) in Vista

By default, Vista has the Windows Firewall is turned on. This means that all incoming connections are being blocked. This may be a good thing in certain cases, but not restrictive enough in most cases, because all outgoing traffic would be allowed, so either additional rules need to be set up, or Windows Firewall should […]

Howto reset offline files in XP and Vista

Windows XP Method 1 1. In Folder Options, on the Offline Files tab, press CTRL+SHIFT, and then click Delete Files. The following message appears: The Offline Files cache on the local computer will be re-initialized. Any changes that have not been synchronized with computers on the network will be lost. Any files or folders made […]

Sharepoint WSS 3.0 Alerts don’t work

After migrating this blog from my old 2008 RC1 server to a new 2008 RTM server, I noticed that my Sharepoint alerts stopped working. I was still getting an email message when I created a new alert definition, but when an alert should have been triggered, I was not getting an email. Conclusion : the […]

Monitor file age with Operations Manager 2007 (vbscript monitor)

In this post, I will explain one of the techniques to monitor the age of a given file, using vbscript and Operations Manager 2007 This is what the script looks like : Option Explicit ‘ ‘ Script that returns the difference in number of days between now() and ‘ the last modified timestamp of a […]

Free tool – PVE SMTP Open Relay Tester

I have decided to make some of my old (and new) tools and scripts available to the community.  The first (6 years old but still useful) tool is my SMTP Open Relay Tester.  This small standalone Windows console application (no installation, no dll’s) will test if a given smtp server accepts third party relays or […]

Monitoring modems with OpsMgr 2007

In this short post, I’ll explain one of the techniques to monitor whether a modem is listening for incoming calls on a machine, using Operations Manager 2007. Assuming that you may have some modems that get turned on when someone needs to dial in (for whatever reason), and *should* be disconnected afterwards. So you would […]

Monitoring Robocopy logfiles with Operations Manager 2007 (vbscript monitor)

One of the reasons why the company I work at has taken the decision to implement Operations Manager is because the daily task to go through a pile of interfacing and backup log files became too time consuming and demotivating for the people involved. Armed with Operations Manager and a basic vbscript, I have set […]

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