Saturday, July 26, 2008

Windows Backup and VSS - part 3

The saga continues...

Per the folks at Microsoft PSS, there's a rollup package for VSS at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/940349. This is a hotfix, so note that regression testing is not complete and you should proceed with caution. You'll need to reboot after installing this package.

After the reboot, you'll need to re-register VSS's corresponding DLLs. Enter each line in a command window and press enter after each.

cd /d %windir%\system32
net stop vss
net stop swprv
regsvr32 ole32.dll
regsvr32 oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 vss_ps.dll
vssvc /register
regsvr32 /i swprv.dll
regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll
regsvr32 es.dll
regsvr32 stdprov.dll
regsvr32 vssui.dll
regsvr32 msxml.dll
regsvr32 msxml3.dll
regsvr32 msxml4.dll

(the last entry may not run successfully)

Reboot the server again.

This procedure may not be applicable to your situation, so back up your system before proceeding.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Customize Trend server notifications

Our friend Bill Kam at Trend Micro showed us this a while back. If you want to show the server name in the subject of the notification email you receive from Trend Worry Free Security, edit the dashboard.ini file. You can find the file in this folder:

\Program Files\Trend Micro\OfficeScan\PCCSRV\Private

Add the server name anywhere after the "=" sign.

For example:

[NOTIFICATION]
LicenceExpire=1
LicenceExpire_Subject=Attainity [Trend Micro Security Server]License expiration
LicenceExpire_Message=Your license will expire within %CT days or may already be expired. Contact your Trend Micro reseller to purchase a new Activation Code and reactivate your license. Refer to the Live Status screen on your Security Server for further instructions.

Etc., etc.

If you wish, you can customize these messages to whatever you choose. Just do your editing after the "=" sign.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Windows Backup and VSS - part 2

We weren't quite done with the VSS issues.

In this bulletin, MS tells us the Exchange VSS writer is turned off by default in Small Business Server installations. This is to permit the backup wizard to properly backup Exchange and the system state in the same job.

However, when using a third party backup solution, Exchange VSS support may be needed. Please note, MS cautions you twice in their bulletin about using the SBS Backup Wizard to backup Exchange and system state with Exchange VSS turned on.

So, if you really want to use SBS' Backup and a third party backup solution on the same box, turn on the Exchange VSS writer and make sure you don't run SBS Backup to backup the system state and Exchange in the same job.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Tests show certain online backup services vulnerable

The UK website Heise Online reported some online backup services failed a "man-in-the-middle" attack. Only Mozy was able to detect something was wrong. Since the test, online backup software provider Ahsay has released an update to address the issue.

Check out the full article here.