Monthly Archives: May 2009

Most Dangerous Keywords

McAfee has drop on the internet a list of dangerous search terms, so here is the top 12:

  1. Screensavers
  2. Free Games
  3. Work From Home
  4. Rihanna
  5. Webkinz
  6. Powerball
  7. iPhone
  8. Jonas Brothers
  9. Twilight
  10. Barack Obama
  11. Taxes
  12. Viagra

You can find this list on Page 9 of the report “The Web

Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista

Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Vista. The reason I haven’t put this on my blog in much detail is because I don’t use either at present. Vista is terrible & I haven’t had time to migrate to 2008 Server yet.

Way to much other important stuff going on in my work life at present to warrant the upgrade to 2008 Server. I have already tested 2008 Server and find the changes trivial, I’ve also looked at Windows 7 it’s a vast improvement on Vista.

Downloads:

  • x86 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x86
  • x64 for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista x64

Canon CanoScan LiDE 50 x64 Drivers

I don’t know who made these but they work, whoever you are I salute you. Since Canon are tools & wont make the drivers for the Canon LiDE 50 scanner for 64bit Windows, someone hacked them together from drivers of another (LiDE 60) Canon scanner.

Device support for this scanner is not included within Microsoft XP/Vista/Windows 7 x64 or provided as an installable driver by Canon. To resolve this lack of support please install the modified driver below.

This package is based on original Canon ScanGear driver for the LiDE 60 and includes the full ScanGear GUI TWAIN interface required to operate the scanner.

Modifications for the LiDE 50 include:

  • Insertion of Hardware ID
  • Insertion of Device ID
  • Replacement of LiDE 60 Colour Profile with correct LiDE 50 ICC file
  • Insertion of correct flatbed scan area dimensions and imaging capabilities

Direct Download [MediaFire]
eMule ED2k

(You will need 7-Zip to extract this file)

Installation instructions

Extract the files from the archive to a folder.

If you have not yet plugged the Scanner in then when you plug the scanner in Windows will ask you for the location of the drivers, however if you have already plugged in and cancelled this request then you will need to follow the next steps:

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Scroll through the list and look for other devices
  3. Expand the other devices group, you will find a device with a yellow exclamation mark on it
  4. Right click on the device
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software
  6. Click on browse and then navigate to the folder you extract the files to on your Desktop (I.e. the extracted ZIP file) then click next (check Include subfolders if it is not selected)
  7. If Windows thinks the driver in the folder is a match for the device you selected, it will install it.
  8. Once the Wizard finishes successfully, Reboot to allow driver installation to complete

If the installation Wizard was not successful then this driver is not going to work, this usually means you are trying to install the wrong hardware or have a version of Windows that this does not work with.

WOT – Web Of Trust

OK so I got sick of McAfee SiteAdvisor the new layout of their site is horrible and not user friendly, the button in your browser interferes with the aesthetics of the browser. SO now I have replaced it with WOT.

WOT is a free Internet security addon for your browser. It will keep you safe from online scams, identity theft, spyware, spam, viruses and unreliable shopping sites. WOT warns you before you interact with a risky website. It’s easy and it’s free.

The best part about WOT is that it’s community driven and not rapped up in the interests of a company like McAfee.

Free Internet Security - WOT Web of Trust

How to move Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager to Another Server

I recently had to move a Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager to another server, I moved ti to another server meaning one with a different IP address and Host name.

You’re reasons for needing Moving Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager to another server are your own, but either way, here is how I did it.

Looking around the web you’d find that there 2 ways to getting around this.

1 Using Replication Method
2 Backup-Restore Method

Out of the two the replication method seemed to make more sense, and looked the easiest to get done.

In summary what we need to do is:

  1. Install SEPM on a new server
  2. Configure it for replication with the first site
  3. Change the priorities of the management servers to reflect that this new server is of higher priority; or simply assigning all groups to
    this new server.
  4. Uninstalling old SEPM

Here is now you do that, step-by-step:

  1. First install Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager on a new server
  2. When you get to the Management Server Configuration Wizard panel, go through with the Advanced Configuration type; Select how many computers will be managed by this server
  3. Choose to Install an additional site. This is the only option that will install a Management Server and a database for replication.
  4. In the Server Information panel, accept or change the default values and then click Next
  5. In the Site Information panel, accept or change the name in the Site Name box and then click Next. The Site Name cannot be the same as what you have on your other SEPM.
  6. In the Replication Information panel, type values in the following boxes:
    Replication Server Name (The Name or IP address of the old Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager)
    Replication Server Port (The default is 8443)
    Administrator Name (The Username used to log on to the old console)
    Password (The password used to log on to the old console.)
  7. Click Next
  8. In the Certificate Warning dialog box, click Yes
  9. In the Database Server Choice panel select either the Embedded database or the Microsoft SQL Server irrespective of what you have on your old server and click Next to complete the installation.
  10. Log in to the new Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM) and ensure that all the clients and
    policies are Migrated successfully
  11. Click Policies
  12. Click Policy Components
  13. Click Management Server Lists.
  14. Select the Default Management Server List for ‘NEW SEPM’
  15. Click Assign the List
  16. Select all the locations, groups and click Assign to replace the existing Management Server list with the old server with the new one.
  17. Wait for all the clients to reflect this change and connect to the new server. We can go through logs entries or on the SEPM Clients tab of the new server, you’d see the computer icon with a green dot for the ones connected to it, and a computer icon with a red arrow showing the clients still connected to the other server.After the successful Migration. I let this configuration run for a few days before the following
  18. Uninstall the old Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager (SEPM)
  19. Log in to the new SEPM and delete the old SEPM server from the Replication partners list and the Remote Sites
  20. Under the Management Server Lists Policy Component, Delete the Default Management Server List for ‘OLD SEPM’

The original of the above steps can be found at:
http://www.symantec.com/connect/forums/move-sepm-console-one-server-another

I’ve edited the above based on my experience to hopefully bring in a little bit of clarity.

This worked for me perfectly and I Hope this works for you too. However it’s advisable to first read Best Practices for Disaster Recovery with Symantec Endpoint Protection and be prepared for the worst.

Windows 7 Release Candidate Avalible

It’s been much easier to get my hands on the Windows 7 Release Candidate, so here are some of the details for those interested in how Windows Vista should have been.

If you are interested in downloading a copy to play with and for application testing then head on over to the Microsoft site. This time it will be available until July so there is plenty of time, there is also no limit on the number of product keys either. The Windows 7 RC expires on the 1st June, 2010.

File information for Windows 7 Release Candidate 32bit:

Size : 2.35GB (2530975744 bytes)
File Name : 7100.0.090421-1700_x86fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culfrer_en_dvd.iso
MD5 : 8867C133 30F56A93 944BCD46 DCD73590
SHA-1 : 7D1F486C A569EFFF FB719CFB 48355BB7 BF499712
SHA-256 : 9EC4332C 38A61755 94BC08F5 CBF9AEBA C2AB310E 61BB2969 07614AC5 8BE498FC
SHA-512 : 034B624D 59FBF820 989295CB BF6263A2 23E997D2 28C71B80 5414923B 5C0C9D79 0D38E2E0 B869F0C4 41EAF697 A6219312 ED540365 5C968A11 01C4DCA1 2222F430
Size-64 : 00000000 96DBA000
ED2K : 4F05183FB96440457ED07EE4D2249DDA
Download : Download – Microsoft.com

File information for Windows 7 Release Candidate 64bit:

Size : 3.04GB (3270828032 bytes)
File Name : 7100.0.090421-1700_x64fre_client_en-us_retail_ultimate-grc1culxfrer_en_dvd.iso
MD5 : 98341AF3 56551379 66E382C4 FEAA282D
SHA-1 : FC867FE1 AB2E0A97 96F9E4D1 55B44EA6 998F4874
SHA-256 : 1D54A73C 562B3984 F07B7AD3 DB99E250 44602EDB 668536B3 1F4A4E5B 7F6DFBCC
SHA-512 : E6699BA2 56697389 A47137EE C3952190 6E9E998D C00D9A68 DC25A34A BB6615D9 0441FAA0 6F566DC1 1A7C75C2 6A25F20C 10E56261 EA06F052 2C072CF3 3912D83E
Size-64 : 00000000 C2F4E000
ED2K 3AD10D2A90D9D527E171EE16738BA2EE
Download : Download – Microsoft.com