The search for a good Acrobat Reader alternative

Back in April, Slashdot pointed me to a C-Net article in which F-Secure's chief research officer recommended moving away from Adobe Acrobat Reader. Personally, I needed little incentive. I've disliked Acrobat Reader fairly intensely for some time and I'd already moved to FoxIt Reader.  Acrobat Reader is massive, it constantly prompts for updates and evidently it doesn't [...]

Windows Deployment Services trumps Internet Connection Sharing

I imagine the responses to this post's title will fall in to one of three categories: What's Windows Deployment Services? What's Internet Connection Sharing? Why on earth would you use both in one machine? To answer the last question I need to unveil a bit about the network approach that we've adopted for the Hyper-V on Windows [...]

Routine loss of connectivity on a Hyper-V host’s external connection

We've recently been piloting a laptop developer build on Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (Build 7100) with the Hyper-V role. One of the first receipients of this build complained of connectivity problems in Office Communicator once every minute or two. For as-yet undiagnosed reasons we have lengthy sign-in times for Communicator, so this loss of connectivity rendered it completely unusable. This same [...]

Hyper-V Manager over VPN may fail if the server is VMM-managed

About a year ago John Howard published guidance on how to get Hyper-V Manager to connect to Hyper-V servers over VPN. His network monitoring and suggestion to change the VPN connection IP settings so that the VPN adapter registers the machine's new address in DHCP/DNS went a long way towards fixing the issue  for me - [...]

K2, Thematic and a hex colour picking tool

I generally don't do anything front-end if I can help it, but I'll get my hands dirty when I need to. I recently played with a number of different K2 stylesheets and the newer Thematic framework while redesigning this site. I could only find one child theme that I really liked for Thematic, which was [...]

The stuff around SelfSSL

Working with software developers, I've probably seen SelfSSL used more often than in most lines of work, and also misuse of it. The purpose of this article is to draw some boxes around the different areas that come in to play when a site is self-certified. Browser Most obviously, the user requests the page through [...]

Windows Time, the PDC Emulator and the VM

Or... why it's important to disable Host Time Synchronisation on a domain controller. A few months ago I reminded myself of a major gotcha when planning a virtual infrastructure. Assume that you run more than one domain in more than one forest and that trusts are in place to authenticate users across those forests. This [...]

Introduction

It would appear that my grand idea to start my blog with EHLO world has already been pipped by many, but I can at least confirm that my blog title has achieved Google uniqueness, presumably according to its dubious etymology. So what's this all about? Windows stuff in the first instance, with a special focus [...]