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AutoDomain 5.60…

June 14, 2011 10 comments

NOTE – Production-ready version 5.63 (as far as I am aware) is now available on  CTOGoneWild

This version is a real departure from the 5.2 and before series, as I got rid of the dependence on IE for the UI – it was becoming a real pain, with IE trying to display first run screens, telling me it was not installed etc. Generally the IE object was unreliable to say the least.

Instead, I used a whole bunch of HTAs – This is nicer architecturally as each stands alone and can be modified as you see fit, so you can change the UI without changing the logic of the script, plus they run independently so if they crash and burn, again, no problems for the script.

Other than that, there were some more changes to make the “Run On Logon” code asynchronous, so it does not stall the user experience when provisioning them. You can find a full list of changes at the top of the autodomain.vbs script.

Finally, if you enjoy this tool and it saves you a whole bunch of time and effort, you might want to send me something from my Amazon Gift List? Thanks!

You can read more about the current version on my previous blog on this topic.

ToastCache for EEPC/EEM v5

March 28, 2011 1 comment

I finally got around to posting ToastCache to my CTOGoneWild site. This is a simple script which  uses a couple of tricks, and a kludge to force the EEM v5 Name index to rebuild on demand.

The EEM Name Index is one of the most useful performance enhancements you can enable within the product – certainly any database running more than 2000 machines needs it turned on to give reasonable performance.  The Index speeds up Name>ID resolution. Without it, the server has to crawl the entire database searching for an object which matches the name it’s looking for – This means that logging on slows down for new users (they are placed at the end of the db), and also creating new things takes more time (as the DB has to be trawled end-to-end looking to see if the name is already in use).

The index resolves both of these, and more scenarios by maintaining a “bucket list” of hashed names>IDs. Read more…

McAf.ee Launched!

September 21, 2010 1 comment

McAf.ee Secore Short URL ServiceA pet project of mine for a couple of months now, McAfee’s secure-short URL service went through a viral launch last week and has taken flight!

Leveraging McAfee Global Threat Intelligence, McAf.ee lets you create short url’s which are checked against our databases of known spammy, dangerous, malware hosting, bot control etc sites prior to being show. A while ago there was a glut of dangerous short links circulating around Twitter, Facebook etc – this is something McAfee can proactively do to help offer a little more safety in our online lives.

You can create a short URL for any site, but when someone clicks on it, if the site is flagged as dangerous we throw up a warning page to give users a chance to back out before visiting.

This service was created by the McAfee Office of the CTO, which I am part of – the team is charged with looking into and creating innovative test projects, which, if successful can be rolled into the more traditional McAfee Business Units. It means we have a little more freedom to go out on a limb and try new ideas out.

You can find more information, and of course comment and add feature suggestions, or report issues on our forum http://mcaf.ee/about

I’d love to have your feedback, and, as of now I’m proud to say you can find my blog at http://mcaf.ee/simon (smile!).

Update – Larry Magid from CNET NEws called me to interview me about the service, he was very gracious and published a great writeup of the service. He also recorded the interview and made a podcast available. Boy, I hate hearing recordings of myself.

LiveLog – interactive near-real-time Log Monitor

February 17, 2010 4 comments

EPE Log Reader for McAfee Endpoint Encryption v6

February 17, 2010 1 comment

Packing code within code – a HTA exercise in string manipulation

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

I was working on a HTA tool this week, and to make things easier I wanted to encapsulate another HTA within it – really I just didn’t want to have to send two files to the user, I wanted everything in one, and rather than take the obvious approach of putting them both into a self-extracting zip, I decided to work out how to include the code of File B in File A.

Note – you can find the test files for this article on my companion site, CTOGoneWild

Pretty easy stuff I thought, just split B up into a string, and include a simple routine to write it out to the temp directory

    1 : Dim s : s="Some text to output to a file" &_
    2 :   " which is more than one line and go" &_
    4 :   "es on a bit."
    6 : Dim fso: Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.filesystemobject")
    8 : fso.createtextfile("test.txt").write s

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