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This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. The opinions expressed within are my own and should not be attributed to any other Individual, Company or the one I work for. I just happen to be a classic techie who is passionate about getting things to work as they should do (and are sometimes advertised and marketed as being able to?) and when I can I drop notes here to help others falling in to the same traps that I have fallen in to. If this has helped then please pass it on - if you feel that I have commented in error or disagree then please feel free to discuss with me either publically or privately? Cheers, Dave
Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc. Security A lot of what I get involved in has a security element, for those articles that do touch on Security I'll add this category link.
Modifying RDP5 & 6 to always connect local drives as well as USB devices…
So if you have a look at the MSTSC.EXE file that starts the RDP session and use the /? to call further info from the component you get something very much like this: But if you dig a just a touch deeper you will find that the MS Terminal Services Client or RDP Client as it is more commonly known draws the config information for most of its settings from the simple DEFAULT.RDP file that will typically be saved in the Users profile. (see example below) So if you want to make changes to the way it behaves ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 11:24 PM

Will Altiris ever be more than a subsidiary?
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ......

Posted On Saturday, March 22, 2008 3:47 PM

Mixed Novell and AD Authentication issues
Recently I have been looking in to some issues relating to mixed Novell and AD Authentication at customers sites and there does not seem to be too much information that is readily available so I thought it might be useful if I post some of the details and links here as a helper to others? ;-) One of the most interesting points is that it would appear that Novell really hasn't done much to the Novell Client in quite a while, and even with the advent of Vista it has not so much revisited the classic ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:55 AM

Ask and you shall receive? ;-) Now Clarkson knows a bit more about the modern world?
Well I do find this amusing as last night we were just watching the Top Gear episode where Ranulph Clarkson and Ranulph May attempt to race Ranulph Hammond to the North Pole using a truck - as ever Jeremy Clarkson is forever the irreverent motor mouth and larrikin in a likeable way and we actually found ourselves cheering for Hammond to beat them with the Dog Sled. So it's no surprise to see Clarkson so spectacularly misjudge how easy it can be to have your Banking details abused? I guess he has ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 11:28 AM

Tweak Vista's warnings
I have been trying Vista on a corporate Laptop over the holidays in advance of getting hold of the "Approved" corporate image for my laptop and in some ways it's a clunker - so if you know what you're doing and want to "trim" some of those annoying messages and confirmations then this might be just the tool for you? Vista4Experts Current Version: Download Vista4Experts Vista4Experts is kind of a treat for computer experts who don't want security center notifications, User Account Control ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 8, 2008 10:44 AM

Production Servers now at 95% Virtualization
I found this article today at CIO via an Article at Doug Browns site and thought it too good to just post the quote. This is exactly why Virtualization is shaking up the IT market so much - it has the capacity to drastically change the way you think about "Flexibility" and "Agility". Being able to provision on the fly in 30 minutes or so doesn't hurt either - and it's this very reason that makes concepts like VDI seem so very attractive. Virtualization at Warp Speed: How One Company ......

Posted On Monday, December 17, 2007 11:10 AM

Change of location
Hi All, I have been posting both at this site as well as at my new blogging home of for a few weeks now, and although I still have some tweaking to do on the graphics side of things, it's time to open the doors for all. I will probably still drop the odd post this way, but essentially all is now going to the new site. So the home page is at and if you are after the feed then you can find it at See you there? ;-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 9, 2007 9:08 AM

Microsoft's Silent Upgrade backfires spectacularly? Here's the fix
Looks like MS have not had a good month on this subject? Still, looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel? :-) Stealth Windows update prevents XP repair By Scott Dunn A silent update that Microsoft deployed widely in July and August is preventing the "repair" feature of Windows XP from completing successfully. Ever since the Redmond company's recent download of new support files for Windows Update, users of XP's repair function have been unable to install the latest 80 patches from Microsoft. ......

Posted On Friday, September 28, 2007 5:35 PM

Security - Media players more dangerous than Windows?
So after you have survived another update Tuesday you are thinking that all's well with the on-line world? Perhaps it's worth checking all those other media snap-in's and add ons to make sure you have minimized the security implications? And don't think that you're safe just because you're running Firefox, etc? As an example this was what the scan came back with for my Laptop: Applications / Result Version Detected Status Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 Adobe Reader 7.x ......

Posted On Sunday, August 19, 2007 12:42 PM

From TheRegister: Symantec security products less than secure.... If you are using any variant of Norton AV!!
From TheRegister: Best sort this out straight away if you are using any variant of Norton AV? Symantec security products less than secure Two words: Live Update By Dan Goodin in San Francisco ? More by this author Published Thursday 9th August 2007 23:27 GMT In a world where digital gremlins seem to lurk in almost every shadow, many of us feel safer using an internet security package. But for those using many Norton security products who haven't updated recently, that feeling is a false sense of ......

Posted On Friday, August 10, 2007 11:51 AM

Vista, is this the bridge too far for Microsoft? - Business doubts grow about Vista migration
So far in speaking with Clients this certainly reinforces what I'm hearing - no one seems in any hurry to go and install Vista - so far I know of only one Compant here in Australia that has plans to install this in the next 6 months. Business doubts grow about Vista migration Gregg Keizer Users are happy with what they have or considering Linux and Macs Fewer businesses are now planning to move to Windows Vista than seven months ago, according to a survey by patch management vendor PatchLink, while ......

Posted On Thursday, August 9, 2007 9:07 AM

Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed and New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools - Is it that far fetched to think we might see a resurgent Soviet Empire emerging?
So some while back (Jan, 2006) I created a post regarding Oil becomes the newest weapon in Moscow's arsenal ?? and now we find that not only has Putin gone and tried to claim the North Pole for Russia Russians Plant Flag on the Arctic Seabed but he's also setting out to rewrite history in a more Nationalistic flavour with this being reported recently by the Washington Post - New Manuals Push A Putin's-Eye View In Russian Schools And how about this one? Sex for the motherland: Russian youths encouraged ......

Posted On Monday, August 6, 2007 9:53 PM

Windows Hactivation? MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? nice little phising expedition this to catch the unwary?
I was just reading this in PC Mag here in the US - It should never be overstated - ALWAYS question whether or not you really do need to enter something like your credit card details - OR - any other personal details for that matter, it's a Jungle out there.....!! MS Needs Your Credit Card Details? Recently we came across an interesting Trojan sample, detected by Symantec as Trojan.Kardphisher. The Trojan is not very technical - it's really just another classic social-engineering attack. What makes ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 8:45 PM

Interesting Haking/Security Magazine - Personal Firewall Comparison Test
I found a rather interesting Magazine down at the newsagents over the weekend called Hakin9 (Issue 2/2007), more can be found at , and it would appear to be the Alter Ego if you like of the Software Developers Journal? There was a very interesting Consumers Test on Personal Firewalls that indicated that the Comodo Personal Firewall was the best at keeping things secure with Jetico and Zone Alarm rounding out the other two podium positions - what was quite suprising is that Comodo ......

Posted On Sunday, April 15, 2007 7:18 AM

Trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site? Page not Found?
I spent a rather frustrating day yesterday trying to book an Exam on Prometric's Web Site yesterday, if you want to run through their Test Takers menu system you will be prompted to decide to look for IT Certifications and then coose which Vendor aligned Certification Track you are interested in - at this point it should redirect you to the appropriate page - well what you end up with is a fancy "Page not found" message. Eventually I sucumbed to ringing the 1800 number - while I was on the line I ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 12:27 AM

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