TSC Member JoeLugian
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Bio: SysAdmin for mid-sized company.
Write on my Whiteboard, it will get posted and e-mailed to me.
Our system is comprised of mostly Windows NT 4.0 workstations on a Netbios over TCP/IP network.
Because our IT department uses Microsoft SMS 2.0, the workstations have Windows Management Instrumentation installed (this is not part of NT 4.0). It is built into Windows 2000 and XP. The WMI provides an object model by which nearly everything on the workstation (and other workstations on the network) can be accessed through common programming languages. On NT-based OS's, WMI runs as a service which is typically configured to start automatically.
The reason I resorted to this approach was because I found that many of these downloaded web applications ignore the security policies on the workstation and can be installed without the user being a member of the local admin group of the workstation, so there really wasn't a practical means of preventing the user from installing it. (And, she pissed me off.)
Since the user could not be stopped from installing the program, my approach to the problem was detect it's launch, stop it, remove it.
I wrote a vbs script (we also have Windows Script Host installed, although this isn't strictly necessary. IE has scripting engine and this stuff can be run there.) and then used srvany.exe and instsrv.exe to start the script engine and my script and run it as a service on my machine. (Could have just set it to run at start up, but basically I am of the school of thought that if you are going to go overboard, you might as well spare no effort or resource..) The script basically registered an Aynchronous Event Query on the WMI of the remote system, and then sat in an idle state waiting for a COM event notification from the remote system. The query basically tells the remote WMI system that every time a process is created, to check the name and fire off a COM event if it has the name you specify. The script on my machin -DarthDOS
70 !!! I wish it was 70, only 3 more months and I'll be in South FL for good. Florida techs RULE !! -LowLevelFormat
What part of FL? -objekt404
hey tony, i heard from LLF and he's up for the bbq. i'm waiting to hear from you and a few others. i live in hollywood but would have it in miami. -omegawolf
I don't know about the 5Si, but we have 8150s - just turn on the printer's web server via the control panel, then connect to the printer using it's IP address via a web browser. I'm not at work atm, but from memory you select the Device tab, then Alerts. Or you could download JetDirect from HP which lets you manage all HP printers on your network. Both ways work well - I use both. Whiteboard me if you want more info, and I'll answer from work tomorrow. -LadySharky
Where are you in Florida? I live in the Clearwater area. -TechieSidhe
Where are you in Florida? I live in the Clearwater area. -TechieSidhe
I live in St. Pete. -clockkingfl
Sure! I'd love to get together, just let me know when and where. I have 3 Star Trek conventions in the next 3 months, but I can always make time. -TechieSidhe
Not only am I from Lakeland, but even went to LGHS too boot! Only several years after you... -objekt404
Hey great star! Welcome to the celestial sphere. -BritishBunny
I am planning on showing (thought I'd already emailed you). BTW: is there a list of 'x-is-bringing-y' yet? -objekt404
Dammit it jOE I am 2 hours away from lakeland. I wish I could make it. -LowLevelFormat
Joe, you asked if there were any brands of computers we liked? Not really -- all the major chains cut corners to keep prices low. All of mine that I paid real money for are custom rigs put together by a local computer store that has been in busness for over 10 years. Of the chains, I would say Sony, IBM, and Toshiba are about the best... but Sony is not quite standard, and IBM doesn't always ship restore / system disks any more. -chazz
I've got some old issues of Maximum Linux (2000-2001) (they've since gone out of print) that I can let you have, if you're interested. That's where I first cut my teeth on Linux. The articles are pretty dated, but most of the information is still good. -LinuXtreme
Joe - I'm just installing Mandrake 9.2 for the first time as well. If you're interested in talking, send me an email :) -Mango
And the colored girls sing...
Cheers for catching the reference! -viennasausage
Anything new on the next BBQ yet? Hopefully I'll be able to stay longer this time... -objekt404
The companies I was dealing with were Service Abstracts, Superior Information Systems (about which a co-worker joked, "The code name for this project should be Superior, because nobody would ever guess it was a description of their data"), and Court Ventures (more fondly known as Cursed Ventures). Oops, I just insulted you if you worked for one of them. :-) -concept14
Joe "Lugian" eh? Fan of Turbine Entertainment, are we? :) -Galandar
Thanks for letting me know about the possible lead in St. Pete. I'll be happy to follow up on it. -clockkingfl
My name is Randy and I work in the Twin Falls office in Bronze server support. -Wolffarmer
To answer your question on my whiteboard I live in Wesley Chapel which is just outside Tampa.. -fdiskcuresall
Mate, not everyone thinks that, but after staying there, or in my case living there I can see how folks would come to that opinion. -NightRain
Hey. I normally keep silent but I am getting tired of people deciding it's ok to bash the USA.
I'm in the New Tampa area. Are we working on another TSC BBQ? I can lend my rib smoking skills. (which are pretty impressive) -KalAshlar
To quote your comment "He didn't attack just the American media, he attacked what he believes is the nature of all Americans. He doesn't have to specifically say it to infer it."
I know a lot more about America & Americans than you appear to realise - 10 visits to your country, visiting a total of 13 states (including yours on 3 occasions) & a district makes me feel I may have an idea that it is impossible to lump all Americans together, the country being as diverse as the people that live there.
You can read into my words what you like, but if I didn't actually say it, how the fuck do YOU know what I meant? Guesswork? Crystal ball? Your own pre-conceived ideas?
Did you actually read ALL of the words, or stop as soon as you thought you'd "read enough"?
I'd never be so arrogant as to read in anything more than the words in front of me.
English is a very expressive language & as such it is capable of conveying the most complex of concepts. -lineswine
FYI after the 2nd world war (which, by the way we saved ourselves from the Germans, before the attack on Pearl Harbor), there was NO 'Marshall Plan' for the UK & go ZERO aid after the war from the U.S. The U.K. endured food rationing for a total of TEN YEARS after the cease of hostilities. Please don't go on about how you send aid to all & sundry after a conflict, because it is total shite. If you don't like my comments, go & tell your analyst, or climb a belltower with a hunting rifle...whatever floats your boat. -lineswine
Well here's a deal. I'll pay the tab at Wing House, if you'll bring a couple cheesesteaks from Subs 'n Such (w/extra pepper relish). Them & Fat Jack's alone are almost nough to make me move back... -objekt404
The option for the recovery cd is included on the computer as a default, instead of the recovery partiton(to the best of my knowledge anyway) -saneagain
i'll take both old systems off your hands. contact me at email@example.com -Grembo
This white board message serves to commend JoeLugian on his recent acquisition of 50 points. I would also like to extend this laurel, and hearty handshake for your excellent movies-identification skills. -beerman
Stomp the cat box = rock the casbah ? -concept14
I would absolutely be down for a Central FL meet :) -Elfling
I think I need that Virtumonde fix - I've done two SpybotSD scans since cleaning off those three registry entries, and each scan has yet another registry entry with Virtumonde, so there's clearly something still there that's bringing 'em back. AVG also found three items, but not sure if they're related to Virtumonde or not. -OgdenTechGuy
Count me in on the Virtumonde cleaning utility. I've tried at LEAST 4 different utilities to get rid of it without results... -unrenowned
http://adambyers.com/auto-boot-and-nuke/ ... This link has instructions on creating an auto-boot, auto-run DBan CD. Create the floppy, then creat a bootable .iso from the floppy files. Nero 7 wouldn't do this for me, so I used MagicISO (www.magiciso.com), their demo version will create the .iso. Then burn that to CD. Test it on a pc you want wiped. Be careful with it, like stated, it's auto-boot and auto-run. Email me back if you need any more info. -Ramblin
Joe is the instant tea Liptons?. I have been looking for instant tea for years. Is there a place online near you I can order from? -govtech
Congrats on the exam results, glad to hear you're doing well. -K1W1
In response to my whiteboard: The program we use is called Altiris. I have had MAJOR problems with it in the past and to be honest I never knew it was capable of management to this degree. You really have to see the network to believe it, it's damn near perfect in how it's been setup. My boss was basically given carte blanche to set everything up the way he wanted it to be. -Shoar
I used to live in Central Florida (Lake Mary/Sanford area), moved out in 1997. I still have many relatives down there (Sanford area generally). -harrellj
Hey, I live in Lakeland too! I went to Lake Gibson too! Dude, we need to BBQ sometime! -WalNut
I am not the Gord, alas... although being compared to His Gordness has really brightened up my day! -Diptera
Nope close to Alexander and Airport -DarkRookie
How do people like that keep jobs? One thing I learned in the gov't is that as hard as it is to get hired, it's even harder to get fired. You have to go through all these policies, procedures, get sufficient documented proof of why they should be fired, and only then can you have people sign off to authorize them to be fired. If one person nixes the idea along the way, then you have to start from scratch. Sometimes, if someone does something illegal, it gets fast tracked, but that's pretty much the only guaranteed way to get fired, and even then they're usually offered the chance to quit first. -elcapitane
Oddly enough, I too will be at Epcot that day with Mr Sidhe and the maternal unit. -TechieSidhe