Author Archive | jbmurphy

BASH (readline) keyboard shortcuts

I was just in training and the instructor was a command line keyboard shortcut wizard. He was magically making words disappear and reappear. So i fond this list of shortcuts. Many of them did not work in my OS X BASH prompt.I fond I had to go into the preferences and select “use option key as meta key” on the keyboard tab (it is at the bottom). Now I can add a few shortcuts to my repertoire.

Create a blank floppy image in Mac OSX 10.6

  • dd if=/dev/zero bs=1024 count=1440 > floppy.img
  • Disk Utility -> File -> Open Disk Image -> floppy.img (you will get an error like no mountable filesystems)
  • Select floppy.img in Disk Utility, and the erase tab
  • Select MS-DOS FAT as the format.
  • Eject floppy.img

Install Windows 7 RSAT Silently and Activate All Features

  • wusa /quiet /norestart amd64fre_GRMRSATX_MSU.msu
  • ocsetup RemoteServerAdministrationTools;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-ServerManager;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-CertificateServices;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-CertificateServices-CA;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-CertificateServices-OnlineResponder;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-DS;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-DS-SnapIns;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-DS-AdministrativeCenter;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-DS-NIS;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-LDS;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-AD-Powershell;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-DHCP;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-DNS;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-FileServices;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-FileServices-Dfs;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-FileServices-Fsrm;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-FileServices-StorageMgmt;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-HyperV;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-RDS;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-BitLocker;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-Clustering;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-GP;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-LoadBalancing;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-SmtpServer;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-StorageExplorer;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-StorageManager;RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-Wsrm

Installing Flash on CentOS 5.4 x64

Here is what I tried:


tar -xzf

mv ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Visual Studio with VMware Fusion and SSH

I work on a Mac, but by day I am a windows guy. Even though I am not a developer, I often hack about using Visual Studio on the PC. Recently, have been working more and more with Linux, and I wanted to use Visual Studio on my Mac via VMware Fusion to edit some .css files on a linux slice that I have setup. I was looking for extension to Visual Studio to connect to a ssh/sftp site. Then it hit me (things would be a lot easier if I was smarter) – VMware Fusion installed the FUSE file system (optional) on my Mac. I can use the program MacFusion on my Mac to “mount” a ssh FUSE file system, and then add a VMware Fusion “Shared folder” to point to the mounted folder.

Now I can use Visual Studio to edit files on a Linux box!

Detach PSTs

We are looking to get rid of .pst files in our environment and we wanted to remove pst files from peoples machines. This link shows how to prevent adding new psts and how to turn off auto archiving via GPO, but what about existing .psts in peoples Outlook profiles?

I put together this vbscript:

Set objFSO = CreateObject( "Scripting.FileSystemObject" )
Set objOutlook = CreateObject( "Outlook.Application" )
Set objNamespace =objOutlook.GetNameSpace( "MAPI" )

For i = objOutlook.Session.Folders.Count To 1 Step -1
    strName = objOutlook.Session.Folders.Item(i).Name
    if instr(strName,"Mailbox -") > 0 or strName = "Public Folders" or strName = "SharePoint Lists" or strName = "Microsoft Dynamics CRM" then
       'wscript.echo "not removing:" & objOutlook.Session.Folders.Item(i).Name
       'wscript.echo "removing:" & objOutlook.Session.Folders.Item(i).Name
    End If

Uninstall old Java Version via vbscript

Here is my current script from removing previous versions of java via VBScript

'  FILENAME: UninstallAllOldJava.vbs
'  AUTHOR: jbmurphy
'  SYNOPSIS: This script looks for older versions of Java and removes them
'  DESCRIPTION: Searches add remove programs for J2SE or Java and removes if not current version
'  NOTES: - Must edit strCurrentVersion to match the version you want to keep
'	- if called with a computer name will, run against remote machine
'	- logs to local path defined in strLogPath
'	- assumes admin priv
'  EXAMPLE: UninstallAllOldJava.vbs
'  EXAMPLE: UninstallAllOldJava.vbs \\workststion
'  INPUTS: \\workststion (optional)
'  RETURNVALUE: logs to value in strLogPath
'  ChangeLog:
'  	2009-10-27: jbmurphy-changes made

'On Error Resume Next
Option Explicit
DIM objFSO, strComputer, strCurrentVersion, objWMIService, colInstalledVersions
DIM objVersion, strLogPath, strLogName, strExecQuery

IF WScript.Arguments.Count > 0 then
    strComputer = replace(WScript.Arguments(0),"\\","")
    strComputer = "."

strLogPath = "%TEMP%"
strLogName = "Java_Uninstall.log"

strCurrentVersion = "Java(TM) 6 Update 15"
strExecQuery = "Select * from Win32_Product Where Name LIKE '%Java 2 Runtime Environment%' OR Name LIKE '%J2SE Runtime Environment%' OR Name LIKE '%Java(TM)%'"

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colInstalledVersions = objWMIService.ExecQuery (strExecQuery)

LogIt String(120, "_")
LogIt String(120, "¯")
For Each objVersion in colInstalledVersions
    If objVersion.Name = strCurrentVersion then
       LogIt Now() & ": " &replace(strComputer,".","localhost") & ": Current version is installed: " & objVersion.Name & ":" & objVersion.IdentifyingNumber
       LogIt Now() & ": " &replace(strComputer,".","localhost") & ": Uninstalling: " & objVersion.Name  & ":" & objVersion.IdentifyingNumber
    end if
LogIt String(120, "_")
LogIt String(120, "¯")
LogIt String(120, " ")

Sub LogIt (strLineToWrite)
    'wscript.echo strLineToWrite
    DIM ts
    If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strLogPath) Then MakeDir(strLogPath)
    Set ts = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strLogPath & strLogName, 8, True)
    ts.WriteLine strLineToWrite
End Sub

Function MakeDir (strPath)
	Dim strParentPath
	On Error Resume Next
	strParentPath = objFSO.GetParentFolderName(strPath)

  If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strParentPath) Then MakeDir strParentPath
	If Not objFSO.FolderExists(strPath) Then objFSO.CreateFolder strPath
	On Error Goto 0
  MakeDir = objFSO.FolderExists(strPath)
End Function

Sub KillProc()
   '# kills jusched.exe and jqs.exe if they are running.  These processes will cause the installer to fail.
   Dim wshShell
   Set wshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
   wshShell.Run "Taskkill /F /IM jusched.exe /T", 0, True
   wshShell.Run "Taskkill /F /IM jqs.exe /T", 0, True
End Sub

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