I was wondering if there was a way to remedy a issue where developers needed access to run RPC commands on firewalled servers. I didn’t want the developers subnet to have unrestricted access to the the servers but i needed them to have remote iisreset rights. The problem was the firewall was blocking their subnet access. Opening up TCP port 135 helped open the initial line of communication but the server would then dynamically assign the port number in the range of 1024-5000 and i couldn’t justify opening a range in the firewall that opened up 3,976 ports. After some searching I did find this article from Microsoft that states how to reduce/change the range of RPC dynamically allowed ports. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/908472
so what I did on my 2003 server was run -
rpccfg.exe -pe 5001-5021 -d 0
that command adds the following registry settings to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Rpc\Internet
Ports: REG_MULTI_SZ: 5001-5021
PortsInternetAvailable: REG_SZ: Y
UseInternetPorts: REG_SZ: Y
which basically shrinks the ports avail from 3976 to 20, which is a range i feel much more comfortable allowing the developers subnet access to in the firewall.
after running the command you will have to restart the box in order for the changes to take affect. Once i had that set and my firewall set it was smooth sailing.
Today I had to setup a backup windows 2003 IAS server and i didn’t want to go through the process of doing it manually. After doing a little digging I found that it’s real easy to do with the netsh command.
On the IAS server that has all the settings you want to copy over run the following:
netsh aaaa show config > [file path]\file.txt
Now copy that file that was just create with the last command to the 2nd IAS server and run the following from the 2nd server:
netsh exec [file path]\file.txt
once thats done you’re done….. nothing else needed to do.
If for some reason in doing this you get a error stating “Failed attempting to show the aaaa configuration.” double check to make sure you have the “>” after the show config part in the export command.
We have a daughter!
The story goes…… It will be two weeks tomorrow or 6-27-07 if you’d like that Sarah had her 40 Week checkup. We went in at 9:45am only to find out that her blood pressure went way up. The doctor came in and said that it was time to go to the hospital and they would induce her. We went home and grabbed out bags then headed for the hospital. We got to the hospital at 11:30am. At about 3pm they started the inducing process by giving Sarah petocin. The doc came in at 6pm and decided Sarah’s contractions weren’t puting her in enough pain and that she would do something about it, so she broke sarah’s water. They continued to monitor her and the baby when they noticed that the babies heart rate would drop down to the 50’s when Sarah was having contractions. They figured it was that the baby wasn’t handling the labor very well and was being stressed. At 11pm they decided that it was time to consider the C-section option. Sarah agreed and within min they had her all preped and ready for surgery. At 12:18 AM on June 28th 2007 Sarah and I were told we have a healthy baby girl. Amazing!!! It’s real, we are parents. Kendel Rose Gocken was just a little peanut weighing in at 5 pounds 7 ounces and 17 inches long.
Man how time flies, day blend into one another once you have a baby living with you. From Thursday morning till Sunday afternoon when we got to leave the hospital it seemed like no time went by. Its now almost 2 weeks later and it still only seems like yesterday.
Sarah, Kendel and I are all doing very well. Sarah and I are having fun trying to learn what Kendel wants and when she wants it. I have posted pictures up on my website if you’d like to see. http://www.b-radslinks.com/photo_gallery/Photos_of_Kendel_Rose.htm
Last weekend, on Sunday, Sarah and I went to her dad’s house for a fathers day visit. On the way home we stopped at Mill’s Fleet Farm and looked at there shrub selection. We picked up 4 Potentilla Shrubs. Two white and two yellow ones. They were on sale and are guaranteed for a year, which is a good thing knowing that I’m not a green thumb. We then stopped at Home Depot and found two nice woodward globe arborvitaes. They too were on sale……. Score! I got them all planted trying to follow the directions the best I could…… Well it’s been a week now and all are still green and the shrubs are actually producing flowers. Lets see if they actually make it through this year.
I have downloaded, installed and now testing out windows live writer. Steve has told me about it multiple times and I decided I would try it out. We will see if I like it…..
So now 2 weekends have went by since part 1 of my weekend landscape project and I must say things are starting to look pretty good. Last weekend I finished up laying the timbers into place and leveling all the dirt within. This weekend I put in the rock. Now the only part left is to get the flowers, bushes and abovities and get them planted.
I don’t have pictures from the progress I made last weekend but here is how far I got after this weekend.
This weekend I started in on a landscape project that Sarah and I designed. After drawing up a couple of designs and deciding on one, we did all the measuring. Once we had all the numbers crunched we made a stop at Menards to pick up the timber needed to complete the project. So on Saturday morning about 9:30am I started digging and leveling. I worked until about 7PM. On Sunday I started working again at abut 10am and finished up by 1pm. Our original design that we liked kind of went to the way side due to what I had to work with as far as the land slopes went. The first part of the project is done and I am out of wood. Once I get more wood I will start the second part (the step up inside the large side area between the two windows, see pic below). I have posted some before and after pictures to this point and I will post the finished project pictures once it is complete.
And here is a botched up attempt to show what the final step is besides the bushes, rocks and flowers…
Today was a pretty laid back day. I have been trying to keep myself busy doing things outside the house so I wouldn’t bother Sarah as she prepaired herself for finals week. So I decided to clean up my wire mess that I made for myself back when I wired up my house. It was a pretty big mess that needed to be cleaned up and organized but I never really wanted to take the time to do it. Once I got started it became apparent that this was no easy task with trying to keep everything in order so I’d remember how to hook things back up. After spending over 2 hours on it I finally got everything hooked backup right and the mess looks a lot better. I still have some work to do with it but I need to find a F81 Barrel connecting Block (if they even make such a thing) so I can run all the cables to a central point and just jump the ones I am using to the Satellite feed. I took some pictures after I was done and found some from before pictures from random bar pictures that I had…..
Yesterday Sarah and I went to The House Of Pizza for a softball team fundrasing event that a couple of my co-workers play for. It was a really good deal that I couldn’t pass up. $10 per person for all you could eat and drink pizza and pop/beer from 12pm to 5pm. We got there at about 3pm or shortly there after. Pizza was good and beer was cold. After 5:30 we left to meet up with some friends/co-workers at the La Ca-cita for a cinco de’ Mayo celebration beer. They went down town and we went home. I proceeded to have a couple more beers but thats where things went wrong and the alcohol abuse took place. You see we were sitting in the living room watching some TV when Sarah fell asleep. We were watching some SNL that must have been pretty boring cuz after Sarah fell asleep I to was checking the backs of my eye lids for holes. Next thing I know I woke up and had beer soaked pants and chair. OOPS! Dam I hate when I abuse alcohol like that. Oh well it was a fun night that had a wet end
My beer soaked ass and chair…… Sorry beer gods I’ll never let this happen again!
Mama kitty has been busy this week…two days ago she had baby kitties. At first Brad had counted 4 little ones, 3 white and one gray. Well today i peeked in at them and i found another one so now there are 5 little kitties. i wish i could just keep them all cuz they are soooo cute. I am gonna be one of those old ladies with 500 cats in their house-dam crazy ladies! well hopefully i can put a couple pictures up here for you all to look at (hopefully brad will help me.) If you look close you can count them, the little gray one is hard to see because it is on the bottom of all the other ones.