My esxupdate script

I was having problems using update manager on an esx box at a remote site. I needed to install several prerequisite patches before i could get to U5.
I went to : and found the patches I needed.

So I used lwp-download to download the files(esx does not have wget) like so:


Then I used the following simple bash script:

for i in ESX350-2009*.zip
unzip $i
mv {,_}$i
cd ${i%%.*}/
esxupdate --noreboot update
cd /back/to/location/of/patches
mv {,_}${i%%.*}/

Microsoft should buy Yelp

Yesterday, the blogs reported that Microsoft has not acquired any companies this year. I think Microsoft should and will buy Yelp. It will add a little “hipness” to Microsoft.

Use IPTables to ban repeated ssh attempts

My logs were getting filled with scripts trying to log in via ssh. I already have “PasswordAuthentication no” so I believe I am safe. I wanted to add a new layer (and keep my logs cleaner). I added the following to my iptables config. Anyone with more than 4 connections in 60 seconds is banned:

. . . 
-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 22 -j SSHAUTOBAN
. . . 
-A SSHAUTOBAN -m recent --set --name SSH
-A SSHAUTOBAN -m recent --rcheck --hitcount 4 --name SSH -j LOG
-A SSHAUTOBAN -m recent --update --seconds 60 --hitcount 4 --rttl --name SSH -j DROP
-A SSHAUTOBAN -m recent --rcheck --name SSH -j ACCEPT

My CEWP JQuery code to play flash files in a Modal

I have Flash files in a Document Library. I wanted to have users click the flash files (swf) and have them open up in a hidden div, rather than opening in a different window. I added the code below to a CEWP:

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
$(document).ready(function() {
$("#popupclose").click(function () {
	return false;
	this.onclick = function(){
	var filetoopen = $(this).attr("href");
	return false;
<style type="text/css">
 top: 10px; 
 left: 10px;
 border:2px solid #cecece;  
<div id="popup">  
  <a id="popupclose" href="javascript:void()">close</a>
  <div class="media" style="vertical-align:top;"></div>

Simple vbscript (HTA) to install fonts via SCCM

We have a group of users that need the ability to install fonts (.ttf and .otf). They are not administrators for their machines, so we usually go down there and install the fonts using runas. Since advertised SCCM programs can run as system, I can write a script to copy the fonts into the fonts directory. If I mark the package as allow user to intereact and run as administrator, the script will pop for the user to pick the fonts they want to install. Here is my hta code that runs once a button is clicked:

	Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
	Set objFolder = objShell.BrowseForFolder (0, "Install Fonts From (Source):", (0))
	If objFolder Is Nothing Then
		Set objFolderItem = objFolder.Self
		objPath = objFolderItem.Path
	End If

	Set objFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
	Set objFolder = objFso.GetFolder(objPath)
	bolGotFonts = False
	For each objFile in objFolder.Files
		If objFolder.Files.Count > 0 Then
		  If lcase(objFso.GetExtensionName(objFile.Path))="ttf" OR lcase(objFso.GetExtensionName(objFile.Path))="otf" then
			bolGotFonts = True
			DataArea.InnerHTML = DataArea.InnerHTML & "<input type=""checkbox"" name=""" & objFile.Path & """>" & objFile.Path & "</input><br/>"
		  End if
		End If
	if bolGotFonts Then DataArea.InnerHTML = DataArea.InnerHTML & "<br/><input id=runbutton  class=""button"" type=""button"" value=""Install Font"" name=""run_button""

This code will popup a browse dialog and put the filenames found in the select directory into the HTA’s DataArea.innerHTML (DataArea is just a <div>) with a checkbox and button to initiate the copy of the files:

SUB InstallFont
    DIM colChkElem, strDriveName, objChkBox
    SET colChkElem = window.document.getElementsByTagName("input")
    FOR EACH objChkBox IN colChkElem
        IF objChkBox.Type = "checkbox" THEN
            IF objChkBox.checked THEN
                strFileName =
                Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
                Set objFolder = objShell.Namespace(FONTS)
                objFolder.CopyHere strFileName
            END IF
        END IF
    DataArea.InnerHTML = ""

Seems to work!

I am a CTT+ !!!!

Just got my results from the performance based evaluation. Passed!!!! I am now a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+).

Hide a field in a SharePoint edit form based on other values

We have a form (list) that we want to have everyone edit and give comments. Once everyone has edited the item, we want an “overall status” field to trigger a workflow (send extended email). Be we did not want the overall status to be changed until everyone has chimed in. To achieve this, we created a list and there was a dropdown with everyone’s name to Approve the item. The default of the dropdown was “Pending”. I used the jquery below to hide the “overall status” until there were no dropdowns that said “Pending”

$('select :selected').each(function(){
if($(this).text() == "Pending") {
$('tr:has(input[title=Overall Status])').not('tr:has(tr)').hide();

The hide code is code that Paul Galvin published here.
jquery is cool.