Jan 17

I have a older program who’s backup process is a bit flaky.   And there is no notification to me on whether it actually backed up or not.   Then I ran across this little program called Blat (www.blat.net), and it gave me an idea.  I now have a script that runs after the scheduled backup window (via Task Scheduler) to check to see if the file is actually in the backup folder and if not, to email me.

Here is the script:

If exist “\\server\share$\backups\*.zip” goto Worked
: DidNotWork
<path to blat>\blat.exe – -body “Backup did not work!!!” -to <email> -server <emailserver>-f <from email address> -subject “Backup did not work!!!”

Just change the items in the bracket <> and the subject and body (if you want to).

Jan 11

First you will need the Template Files.  They can be downloaded here: http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip
(If you are not familiar with how to install ADM/ADMX files in Active Directory, see this guide.)

Once you have installed the template, go to Computer Configuration \ Policies \ Administrative Templates \ Classic… \ Google \ Google  Chrome and enable “Configure the list of force-installed extensions”:



And Click the “Show…” button:

And fill in the Value with the ID of the extension followed by the update url.  (The extension ID is the 32-letter string found e.g. on chrome://extensions when in developer mode.)

Example: gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom;https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx



Find ID in Chrome:

Jan 11

If you already run AdBlock, then when you run Spiceworks you are left with a blank space on the right of the screen. Run this userscript (chrome users) to remove that blank area!

Hat tip to userstyles.org (http://userstyles.org/styles/58953/spiceworks-remove-ad-column)

Aug 18

I keep all my sensitive documents encrypted in Truecrypt volumes (don’t you?).  But I ran into a problem when I wanted to share a Truecrypt volume across my home network.  I had to setup the share every time I mounted the volume.

Then it hit me; my flaw was that I was trying to set up a share within the Truecrypt volume.  I needed to set up a share and then mount the TC volume inside that share.  But you can’t mount a Truecrypt volume to a directory.  Humm….

Enter Hardlink Shell Extension.  HSE will let you create Volume Mount Points in Windows.  That will let you “map complete local volumes onto arbitrary disk locations”.  So you can create a VMP (as a folder) and point it at the drive letter of your TC volume.  That way whenever you mount the TC volume to that drive letter, it will already be shared.

After installing the HSE, Mount your TC volume, right-click, and select “Pick Link Source”


Now go to the drive you are going to set up your shared folder and right click.  Then select “Drop As…” and “Volume Mountpoint”.


Now just share the resulting folder.

When you mount the TC volume (or any TC volume for that matter) to the drive letter you selected as your “Link Source” it will be shared.


Sep 05

I never could find a good script to check to see if a Macromedia Contribute key had been installed for a user on a machine, and if not then to run the key. So I made one. This one is for Contribute 2, but I think it will work with 3 (if you change the Site folder to 3). And it assumes that the user will only be running one Site. I make the Contribute Icon/Shortcut point to this script.

You will need to change “h:\key.stc” to the location of your key. You will need to save the following script as a .vbs

Set objFSO = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set objNetwork = WScript.CreateObject(“WScript.Network”)
strUserName = objNetwork.UserName
If objFSO.FileExists(“C:\Documents and Settings\” & strUserName & “\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Contribute 2\Sites\Site1\_mm\contribute.xml”) Then
Set wshShell = WScript.CreateObject (“WSCript.shell”)
wshshell.run “””C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Contribute 2\Contribute.exe”””, 6, True
set wshshell = nothing
Wscript.Echo “Your Contribute Key needs to be installed on this computer. Click OK to begin.”
Set wshShell = WScript.CreateObject (“WSCript.shell”)
wshshell.run “h:\key.stc”, 6, True
set wshshell = nothing
End If

1) http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/resources/qanda/jun05/hey0620.mspx
2) http://weblogs.asp.net/steveschofield/archive/2004/03/14/89240.aspx
3) http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/Logon/Logon_HomeDirAdv.htm

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if you really want to: Here’s How

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Here is a website for easy vmx creation: http://www.easyvmx.com/

Two great resources for instructions on how to Create VMware images:


Linux Docs