Err.exe

Systems Administrators for Windows Servers know they can encounter strange errors within their event viewers. On Windows 2000 Server-based Domain Controllers especially you might encounter 3034 errors with MrxSmb as their source. Referring to KnowledgeBase Article 263142 you have to query the last byte in the data section to ntstatus.h and winerror.h. The KnowledgeBase Article advices … Continue reading "Err.exe"

Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)

It's been a long time since we've seen fixes-only service packs to Microsoft Windows. After looking at Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 1 (SP2 RC1) it looks to me that this upcoming service pack will be more like Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Not necessarily a bad … Continue reading "Be prepared! (Windows Server 2003 SP2 coming)"

Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")

Many IT people I know require their users to come up with complex passwords and require them to change them often. I guess this gives them a sense of security. It's actually not as secure as they think. Even after implementing a good (Microsoft ISA Server) firewall, implementing IPSec on your network, running NAP or NAC there are … Continue reading "Complexity of authentication ("the Password problem")"