Download Vista for free (post RC1 build)

http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/rc1/en/download-5728.htm This page includes information to help you download a special test build of Windows Vista. This build (5728) has a number of improvements and updates from RC1, but has not been put through the same internal testing process as RC1 and therefore may be unstable in certain installations. We are making this release available…


Real men of Genius ( otherwise known as Neat Vista tools.. part 1 )

I may never find the time to get to #2 … but I think Ill start a list of all the things I find in Vista which I think are cool. Starting here. Now, with Vista – in a pinch I can get  a userdump of a process ( albeit a mini dump ) with no xtra tools…

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Why do we care about the Energy Policy Act of 2005?

From http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday of March and end the first Sunday of November. The Secretary of Energy will…


What do the PDC and Windows Updates have in common?

They both need netlogon?  I was recently approached by our security team to assist on some odd issue where a 2003 Domain Controller could not process Windows Updates.   The WU scan would simply hang there.   The WU log showed:   2006-08-22           19:00:35                4896       1288       AUClnt   FATAL: Error: 0x8007000e. wuauclt handler: failed to spawn…

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Vista HowTo’s online

Kind of a bookmarker for myself: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=311f4be8-9983-4ab0-9685-f1bfec1e7d62&DisplayLang=en keyword: “how to” vista howto

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HowTo: Determine if a user has logged on via smart card

Hi All More smartcard related stuff… A somewhat common question for those moving to smartcard logons. How does one determine if the user logged on via smartcard? The DC a user authenticates to will post an event in the Security Event Log: Event Type: Success AuditEvent Source: SecurityEvent Category: Account Logon Event ID: 672Date:  8/29/2006Time:  8:37:01 PMUser:  NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEMComputer: 2k3entspatDescription:Authentication Ticket Request:  User Name:  Administrator  Supplied…

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So, you want to use smart cards?

Smartcards, password elimination projects … etc… all good fun. Well, I got around to compiling a number of challenges which may arise should you decide to get rid of passwords and move to smartcards only. I dont claim that this list is complete, and I may do another post where I add some to this.. but…

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Delegate Kerberos Constrained Delegation..

Say “delegate” three times fast… Here is a short post on Kerberos constrained delegation. If you arent familiar with what it is, see here.  Here is the scenario. You have delegated an OU to an “OU admin” given him full control over all objects in the OU. The OU contains servers and accounts you wish to…

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Crypto Challenge..

Something I have followed for a while , but figured some of you may find it interesting as well. https://www.thawte.com/process/crypto/cryptoIndex The new challenge just started a few days ago, and Ive been looking at it  ( but so far no luck ). spatdsg


Want to check out Vista? Download it free here…

Pre RC1 download – , free for anyone with the bandwidth  – to the first 100,000   http://download.windowsvista.com/preview/prerc1/en/download.html spat  

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