I had been using a simple script to create an alpha numeric password that was all lower case for quite some time. Recently though I decided to give the old password creation function an overhaul since the old password creation function was very weak. This new function will create a new string that is alpha … Read more
Zipping and UnZipping files is a very common task in Windows. Probably one of the more popular search terms that bring people to my site. I have already written two articles on how to zip and unzip files in Windows. The first article discussed how to zip and unzip using 7Zip. 7Zip is a popular … Read more
I was recently tasked with changing the IP address for the host headers of an IIS 5 machine. This is a pretty common task as machines are physically relocated; sites are moved from IP to IP address or network to network. Although this task is simplistic and pretty straight forward to do through the IIS … Read more
User management for Windows machines can be complicated and convoluted sometimes. Because pretty much everything I do is to make life easier for me, I decided to write some basic functions that can reliably add, delete, change passwords and simply check to see if a particular user exists. I had a couple of requirements when … Read more
VBScript is a great language for management of Windows servers and desktops. The fact that Windows has built in interpreters for it makes it a really handy language for everything from gathering data to managing users to installing applications. One cool feature about VBScript is that Windows has 2 built in interpreters. One is called … Read more
For the last week or so I have struggled to get database mirroring with failover (failover being a witness machine) working as advertised from Microsoft. After struggling with error messages like this for the past few days:
2007-07-06 15:50:44.62 spid31s Error: 1474, Severity: 16, State: 1.
2007-07-06 15:50:44.62 spid31s Database mirroring connection error 2 'Connection attempt failed with error: '10060(A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.)'.' for 'TCP://192.168.0.8:7042'.
2007-07-06 15:55:00.07 Logon Login failed for user ''. The user is not associated with a trusted SQL Server connection. [CLIENT: 192.168.0.7]
2007-07-06 15:55:00.09 Logon Error: 17806, Severity: 20, State: 2.
2007-07-06 15:55:00.09 Logon SSPI handshake failed with error code 0x8009030c while establishing a connection with integrated security; the connection has been closed. [CLIENT: 192.168.0.7]
2007-07-06 15:55:00.09 Logon Error: 18452, Severity: 14, State: 1.
2007-07-06 15:57:24.26 spid26s Error: 1474, Severity: 16, State: 1.
2007-07-06 15:57:24.26 spid26s Database mirroring connection error 4 'An error occurred while receiving data: '64(The specified network name is no longer available.)'.' for 'TCP://192.168.0.8:7024'.
I finally broke down and called Microsoft and opened up a new case. After 10 hours (yes … Read more
XML data sources are more and more important today. From RSS feeds to SOAP to eCommerce based applications. The ability to send and retrieve XML from a web application can be critical. Thankfully ASP has the ability to read from an HTTP data stream via a COM object from Microsoft called “ServerXMLHTTP” which facilitates the … Read more
In ASP there is a really easy way to include existing files in your scripts. There is a simple “include file” or “include virtual” statement you can use to add functionality that is in other files that you have written. Well there was really no equivalent functionality in VBScript until VBScript 5.0 was released. When … Read more
This particular function will count the number of occurrences of a string within a SQL column. I can’t really take credit for this particular SQL function, I actually found it in an obscure post on SQL-Server-Performance.com. But I thought the usefulness of it so great that I’d post and share it. The advantage of this … Read more
While Googling around the other day I noticed that lots of people are searching for a way to FTP files with VBScript. After looking for a while at the solutions to do this, it was clear that no real easy, free way of FTP uploading and downloading files was currently available. There are downloadable components … Read more