Debugging LSASS … oh what fun, it is to ride..

I spend a lot of my time debugging LSASS or Winlogon due to what I specialize  in ( Active Directory \ Security \ PKI \ GPO’s ) As of XP and greater I have historically done a kernel debug to get at LSASS. If you try to debug it from usermode on the machine you…

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Account Lockouts..

Account lockouts. I wont go into the pros and cons of setting this option   So this is an entry based on a recent case I debugged but the problem wasn’t a bug. There was a case open with PSS from a large government contractor. The case had to do with a single user who…

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MS releases Base Smart Card CSP…

In case you missed it…   This update lets smart card vendors more easily enable their smart cards on Microsoft Windows by using a lightweight proprietary card module instead of a full proprietary CSP.

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Blog checkup

A little rant first… Generally when I blog about something I rely on comments to respond to folks. I dont check referrals to my blog very often. I wish  that I could somehow see direct referrals easier.. but I can’t due to a bajillion links from Google and other search engines.  If want to contact me…

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Changes to DFS on Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

In case you missed it… http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;903651 After you apply this hotfix, Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition can support more than one domain-based DFS namespace. However, this hotfix does not enable Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition to support more than one stand-alone DFS namespace.   spat

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My new media center…

So, I had an extra machine about, and thought I would try to install Media Center in order to see what the hullabaloo is all about. It went something like this. Purchase remote control and video tuner ( NVTV dual tuner ) no more than 200$ invested here. Install MCE – basically XPsp2 plus some. …

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Like to debug? Like Active Dir? We’re hiring!

Do you like to find out how things work under the covers? Do you like to debugWell, my group is hiring and we need some great people who like to take on a challenge. If you are an “expert” in Active Directory, thats a bonus! Head on over to COOL JOB and apply now.Note– despite what…

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Where is marketing when I need them?

Where, oh where is the infamous MS marketing machine when it comes to my favorite  gadget , the smartphone? I was just reading about the video iPod  here:  http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=80560  and  could just  not resist posting a comment. (snip) And although it will never replace a full-size television, it is likely to appeal to anyone who wants…

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Microsoft Acquires Identity and Access Management Solutions Provider Alacris

FYI Microsoft Acquires Identity and Access Management Solutions Provider Alacris   snip   ““Customers have told us that smart cards are becoming an increasingly important part of their authentication and authorization strategy,” said Mike Nash, corporate vice president of the Security Technology Unit at Microsoft. “Through this acquisition, we’re excited to gain technology that makes…

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Every little bit counts.

It’s been a while since I posted.. and I thought this was kinda interesting. Here was an odd one. Whenever customer did  “x” it crashed his machine.Examining his dump I see that we crash here: (154.16d0): Access violation – code c0000005 (!!! second chance !!!)eax=00000000 ebx=0007def4 ecx=00000004 edx=00000010 esi=0000022e edi=0007df0ceip=72636282 esp=0007de58 ebp=7267de68 iopl=0         nv up…

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