DNSLint – what does Lint mean?

One of the most popular tools that I have developed over the last few years is DNSLint.  This tool shipped with the Support Tools on the Windows Server 2003 CD and has been available for download from the download center on www.microsoft.com for a few years.   I frequently get asked where the idea for…

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Is Windows Automatic Update Client rebooting your system unexpectedly? Read this to “fix” it….

Recently I exchanged e-mail with several people who were complaining that the Windows Update (AU) client on their Windows system was guilty of automatically rebooting their system.  They were upset that their system was rebooted even though they had unsaved work open or were using the system when it was rebooted.   Some examples…One person’s…

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Why you still run Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS)

When Mark Minasi wrote this very flattering article about me, I felt it was only right to develop the tool that he had been waiting years for.    http://www.winnetmag.com/Article/ArticleID/39436/39436.html   Why does Mark, and many other people, think that NetBIOS name resolution is still so important?  You still run WINS on your network…right?  The vast…

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Assessing the Risk: which TCP/UDP ports does your favorite application use?

In order to determine how to implement security on your Windows system(s) you need to assess and understand the ways in which your individual systems can be compromised.  Systems can be very unique depending on the role of each system and the software that is running on each system.  Generally speaking, the more roles a…

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