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Month: January 2008

Blogs I read

This blog is mostly about my Microsoft server technologies and things I encounter in my day job in IT.  To keep up with this field I am subscribed to a number of blogs and I try to set aside some time to read the latest posts each day.  But since I am blogging I also like to keep up to date about blogging itself, and so I also subscribe to a bunch of other blogs about blogging and related matters.

So here is the list of blogs that I read each week.

Bloggers I Know

These are friends, colleagues, and former colleagues which is why they get placement on my sidebar.

Tech Blogs

Business/Smart Dudes Blogs

  • Guy Kawasaki – a very sharp dude
  • Seth Godin – if you haven’t heard of Seth you should start reading this blog.  A prolific poster, often very short, sharp and to the point, but always a very smart take on some fundamental issues

Blogs About Blogging

  • BloggingTips – lots of tips about how to improve your blog quality
  • BlogSecurity – stay up to date on security issues with WordPress and popular plugins
  • CopyBlogger – good tips on effective writing techniques
  • EasyWordpress – very good tutorials for beginners through to experts
  • ProBlogger – by Aussie Darren Prowse
  • John Chow – purely for the entertainment value
Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

VMWare ESX 3.5 – How Do I Open Firewall Ports?

I’ve scored myself a gutsy server with VMWare ESX 3.5 running on it and have been toying with it a little tonight. I’m fortunate to work right next to some of the world’s finest VMWare specialists, some even scoring as much as 70% on their VCP exam. One of them also writes a blog from time to time, which is lucky because I’ve spent some time on there this evening, particularly this post on the suite of esxcfg- commands available.

Opening ports for Veeam FastSCP

I guess having used ESX servers that Dan has configured before I just assumed this would work straight away. I was wrong. I checked every possible thing I could think of with my Windows XP machine before realising that FastSCP was banging away on port 2500 and that wasn’t open on the ESX host.

Thats after trying for a while to work out how to open a port range. Editing /etc/vmware/firewall/services.xml as suggested here didn’t seem to work.

Letting root logon to SSH

Security? Bah. Laziness wins in the lab.

  1. Create some other user you can logon with
  2. Switch to root with su – root
  3. Edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config with Vi
  4. Find the line PermitRootAccess no to PermitRootAccess yes
  5. Save and exit Vi
  6. Restart SSH daemon with service sshd restart

Probably nasty ways of doing it, but they work!

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

Web sites know your OS, right?

I’m no programmer but I’ve seen demonstrations of web page code that allows a web site to detect your operating system, browser version, and other details that annoy privacy nutters.  The sites can then (if they feel like it I suppose) use that information to tailor the web content to suit the client (eg, why show me a “Get Firefox” badge if I’m already using Firefox).

Microsoft probably knows a thing or two about this kind of stuff.  Which is why it would be nice if they could detect that I’m browsing their site from a server and probably not interested in the Silverlight Beta.

silverlightbeta.png

This wonderful lag-inducing graphic comes gracefully sliding down your screen… well I guess thats what it is supposed to do because when you’re bouncing through a couple of RDP sessions to manage a server there is nothing graceful about the way it breaks apart as it slops down your screen.

Want to try the beta? Where is the option to choose “No your site is already slow enough over RDP sessions, I don’t want you to make it even slower.”

It is no small irony that this Silverlight Beta offer has not appeared even once on any of my Windows XP computers.

Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.

5 ways Windows Live Writer improves your WordPress posting

I am posting this using Windows Live Writer, a free application from Microsoft that you can use for writing your blog posts and publishing them to WordPress, Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, and many other blogging platforms.

I hadn’t considered trying Windows Live Writer until I read this post on BloggingTips.com. That day I downloaded the program and installed it on my laptop, and I was immediately impressed at some of the ways in which it makes my WordPress posting a lot easier and more enjoyable.

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Paul is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers and Services. He works as a consultant, writer, and trainer specializing in Office 365 and Exchange Server. Paul is a co-author of Office 365 for IT Pros and several other books, and is also a Pluralsight author.