Author Archives: Stephen Scotter

Outlook connectivity troubleshooting

Hold down Ctrl and Right click the Outlook icon in the system tray. You get two additional options in the menu, Connection Status and Test E-mail AutoConfiguration


sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic HOSTNAME eg sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic eg sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic –starttls=auto eg sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic –starttls=auto c:\SUPPORT\SSL Software\sslyze>sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic c:\SUPPORT\SSL Software\sslyze>sslyze.exe –certinfo=basic REGISTERING AVAILABLE PLUGINS —————————– PluginCertInfo PluginCompression PluginChromeSha1Deprecation PluginSessionResumption PluginSessionRenegotiation PluginOpenSSLCipherSuites PluginHSTS PluginHeartbleed CHECKING HOST(S) AVAILABILITY —————————– => SCAN RESULTS FOR ACTIVATION.SLS.MICROSOFT.COM:443 – ——————————————————————– * Certificate – Content: SHA1 Fingerprint:… Read More »

FreeBSD port downgrade with ports-mgmt/portdowngrade utility

WARNING: Its really important you do not run portdowngrade from within the /usr/ports directory. Doing so really fucked up my server and I needed to delete all ports and reinstall into them from a list I had available. First install ports-mgmt/portdowngrade and rehash to update cache Then OUTSIDE OF THE PORTS TREE (cd ~ is a… Read More »

MySQL automatically set created and lastupdated timestamps on columns


Creating a Microsoft Office 365 Offline Installer

Creating a Microsoft Office 365 Offline Installer Product IDs that are supported by the Office Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run Office 2013 Deployment Tool for Click-to-Run Office 2016 Deployment Tool Office 365 Offline Installer (as of 29-09-2015, untested)

A Blank SUSDB Database for WSUS 3.0 SP2 & Size Information

Initial SUSDB.mdf file after a virgin installation was 8,340KB During the initial setup of WSUS it goes away and downloads update information from Microsoft Update (You press Start Connecting and wait quite a while). After this process completes, but before you pressed next the size of SUSDB.mdf was 35,008 KB. A backup of a SUSDB taken… Read More »

Using WSUS to keep Adobe software up to date Adobe Products Reader – Flash –      

pkg check commands

pkg check -d for dependencies, pkg check -B for shared library issues pkg check -s for invalid checksum issues. pkg check -d && pkg check -B && pkg check -s

The wuauclt Utility The wuauclt Utility /a /ResetAuthorization Initiates an asynchronous background search for applicable updates. If Automatic Updates is disabled, this option has no effect. /r /ReportNow Sends all queued reporting events to the server asynchronously. /? /h /help Shows this help information.    

Windows Update impacting system performance Fixes included in this update This update addresses an issue in which system performance can be decreased during scans. This issue has the greatest effect on computers that have a small amount of physical memory. This update addresses an issue in which Windows Update scans can fail and generate a 0x8007000E error. General improvements are… Read More »

Reporting problems to Microsoft about emails being delivered to

Use form at Use SCS’s as contact email address. Enter IPs as <Customers IP address>;;;<Customers IP address> You’ll get a message back eventually with a subject of Reported deliverability problem to XXXXXXXXXX and a message of Dear XYZ Please note that your ticket number is in the subject… Read More »

SSL and Apache2.4

Generate private key openssl genrsa -out domainname.key 2048 Generate Signing Request openssl req -new -key domainname.key -out domainname.csr

Amavis DKIM setup

Notes I’m keeping the keys organised by year, this might change in the future If you omit the 1024 from the genrsa command it’ll generate 1024 keys. Its supplied here now to remind me to upgrade these to 2048 keys when the time is right (at present Easyspace don’t allow you to enter 2048 records… Read More »

WordPress administration tips

Use WP-CLI ( Su to a non-privileged user # su -m www # wp core version 4.2.2 # wp core verify-checksums Success: WordPress install verifies against checksums. # wp core check-update Success: WordPress is at the latest version. # wp core update Plugsin # wp plugin status 4 installed plugins: UI akismet 3.1.1 A force-login-except-special-ip-range… Read More »

Software Restriction Policy

Default “Additional Rules” %HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\SystemRoot% %HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProgramFilesDir% Additional Steps Remove LNK from Designated File Types (so shortcuts work!) Add the following Additional Rules %HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ProgramFilesDir (x86)%