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Recent Posts

Task Scheduler error 0x800710E0

Recently while setting up some scheduled tasks on my Windows 2012 R2 machine, I ran across a strange error that I had not seen before. I solved the problem with one little checkbox.

Posted On: 2017-05-24, by dwirch

Start the screensaver from code in VB6

Nothing magical here. Just using the Windows API to start the screensaver on demand from code in Windows.

Posted On: 2017-05-20, by VB6Boy

Use VB6 to ping a remote computer

When your application makes connections to remote computers, it is usually a good idea to check to see if the remote machine is up and responding prior to attempting a connection to it. Pinging a machine is one way to do it.Visual Basic 6 doesn't have a built in method to perform an ICMP echo re...

Posted On: 2017-05-19, by VB6Boy

Dumping from a database, revisited

Some time ago, a user named VB6Boy posted a handy little VBScript that dumps out records from a database table to a series of text files. The method works fine, but takes an exorbitant amount of time for large datasets. Can we do better?

Posted On: 2017-03-19, by dwirch

Opening Closed Exchange Distribution Groups with PowerShell

By default, new distribution groups in Exchange 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 do accept messages from outside of the Exchange organization. In some cases, this may not be the desired behavior.

Posted On: 2017-01-17, by dwirch

Ping Active Directory servers with PowerShell

Using the ping command to test for responses from network computers is a quick way to see if a network path is open between two hosts. Not in depth, but basic. Here is how to get a list of servers from Active Directory, and ping them with PowerShell.

Posted On: 2016-12-29, by dwirch

Joining files with PowerShell

As a server administrator, one of my duties is to review log files for anomolous behavior, errors, or other issues. For me, combining all the daily logs into one big file is much easier to review.

Posted On: 2016-12-21, by dwirch

Interesting Suggestion from Google

I was perusing Google Analytics this morning, and got this descriptive and informative error.

Posted On: 2016-12-15, by dwirch

PSMetrics Part 4: Basic Metrics Display in ASP

Welcome to the final piece of the puzzle: displaying our metrics. We now have a pile of bits in our database, and now it needs to be displayed in a meaningful way.

Posted On: 2016-12-08, by dwirch

Creating an Event Log with PowerShell

Programmatically creating an new Windows Event Viewer log can be quite useful during automated processes. While some folks know how this is done, others might needs some guidance. Here's how to do it with PowerShell.

Posted On: 2016-12-06, by dwirch

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