Internet Explorer frustrations of the week

October 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Did you know the your ActiveX might be crashing iexplorer.exe with a BEX error, since it’s 32-bit and IE is 64-bit? Yep, that happens.

“But I tried, and it doesn’t let me start 32-bit iexplorer!” you exclaim between tears. Yep, that happens.

Also, did you know that 302 redirects inter-security zone fail, with nothing but a white page returned (remove or add the source and destination sites to Trusted Sites list)? Yep, that happens.

Satan creates Connector Tool in Visio

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

The combo of Visio’s Connector tool with the snap to and glue features are a tool of Satan.

To disable snap to and glue functionality:
1) right-click on the ribbon
2) Customize quick access toolbar
3) Choose from: All Commands
4) Add “Snap & Glue”
5) Open Snap & Glue options via the new button at the top of your Visio window
6) Uncheck Snap and Glue

IOC ingestion

September 26, 2014 Leave a comment

Check out the Collective Intelligence Framework for consolidated feed of threats and IOCs.

Quick Link: RPC Client Access in Exchange 2010

September 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Upgrade Bloomberg Professional (terminal) with a scheduled task

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

The Bloomberg app will “update itself” if a user leaves it opened overnight (or in the background thereafter) after Bloomberg releases a new version (usually after the 10th day of any given month). However, if you have users that are not local administrators, the background upgrade procedure will not able to affect the Office add-in. You can schedule the following task as a local administrator via GPO:

c:\blp\wintrv\blpupd.exe /noblp

Create a sparse file of a given size with Powershell

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Very simple to create a sparse file:

[System.IO.file]::writeallbytes('t.txt',$(New-Object Byte[] $(400MB)))

Creating a not-sparse file is more complicated and would likely use get-random to assign the contents of the byte. You might consider writing 1MB 400 times to get 400MB, or some derivation there of. This is why benchmarking is difficult, you need to mimic whatever operation you’re trying to benchmark. Does this operation write 1024KB chunks? Does it flush data to disk using an API other than .NET?

No string/variable expansion in foreach loops when using Invoke-Command? Try expansion by declaring a script block object.

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

An administrative assistant said that they saw much higher levels of color printing on some Canon printers this past month, and we were required to pay pretty high levels of overages on our lease. She asked me to take a look at several machines to check who is set to print in color. As the Default printing preferences do reflect Black/White, each user would have to manually set their printing preferences to color.
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