Posts Tagged ‘Programming’

Bitmask searches in LDAP, or How to exclude disabled users..

September 3, 2009 3 comments

Following on from my post on Bindings and connector settings, I thought I’d expand on how to use bit-mask searches in the connector Object filter.

Bit-masks are not complex for those who know Boolean arithmetic, and there are a million resources on the web to teach you that, but how to use them in an Active Directory search is obtuse to say the least.

To do a boolean  “AND” search, you use the tag “1.2.840.113556.1.4.803”, to do “OR” the tag is “1.2.840.113556.1.4.804”.

Easy eh? I guess I should give you a practical example. Read more…


Disaster Recovery, WinTech and WinPE

August 25, 2009 44 comments

WinTechA long while ago, probably back in 2006 I wrote an article about how to add WinTech (the diagnostic and disaster recovery toolkit for the “SafeBoot”, or McAfee Endpoint Encryption for PCs) to a BartPE CD Image. At the time WinPE was only available to system integrators, and not to the likes of you and me. The steps to create custom WinPE CDs were obtuse, thanks mainly to a lack of documentation from Microsoft as to how WinPE worked, and thus many people migrated to the simple and easy BartPE system.I wanted to provide an easy way for people to make these useful bootable recovery CDs Read more…

New S.M.A.R.T Monitor Tool for Hard Drive Health

August 21, 2009 3 comments
Simon's SmartInfo Monitor

Simon's SmartInfo Monitor

Further to my post on S.M.A.R.T, I got around to making a simple little HTA which uses my SMART class to display useful info on your drives. You can get it from CTOGoneWild. It gives you an example of how to make a useful HTA, and how to embed VBScript classes in a way where they can be used in either a normal VBScript, or a HTA itself. You can also find the SmartDump script which does much the same thing, but outputs to a file name (either set on the command line, or in the script itself).

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About Bindings in McAfee Endpoint Encryption / SafeBoot

August 7, 2009 16 comments

A few people came to me this week and independently asked how to link EEM (SafeBoot) users to directory counterparts, or how to switch them to other directories or user names. Bindings are a key part of the EEM Encryption environment, as they allow automated user management to take place by tracking changes to the user identity in some other system, most commonly Active Directory. Read more…

About Language and Keyboard Settings in SafeBoot…

July 20, 2009 Leave a comment

I just uploaded a page explaining some of the finer details of the language and keyboard routines in the McAfee Endpoint Encryption for PCs and SafeBoot Device Encryption for PC’s (v5) products. I hope it helps some people iron out some implementation questions.

About Keyboard and Language Settings in McAfee/SafeBoot Encryption

Google ChromeOS – Browser wars spill over into the OS world..

By now you’d have to be living in a cave not to have heard the press from Google re their new Chrome OS. First mentioned by Sundar Pichai on the GoogleBlog, news has been spreading like wildfire with even sites like BBC News picking up the story.

Why is this so important? Well, it’s one of those rare occasions when someone releases or announces something which could really change the way we use computers, and of course it’s also something that could really compete with Microsoft. Whether you accept Chrome OS will be a completely new OS, or whether you’re one who believes that Chrome OS is just going to be a user friendly redistribution of a *nix platform with a cool UI and application load, it’s still very interesting news. Read more…

S.M.A.R.T data and hard disk encryption..

June 30, 2009 Leave a comment

A few months ago I did some research on hard disk S.M.A.R.T data. For those not in the loop, it stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, and is basically a mechanism modern hard disks use to track their health. Read more »

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New article on VBS Classes.

June 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I just posted the followup to my introduction on VBS Classes – you can find it in the programming section. Read more ».