mirrorshades

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  1. Bah.
  2. In my neck of the woods, it is mainly AIX, Solaris, and RHEL.
  3. You will need to do this with some sort of scripting language; you can use client-side scripting (i.e. JavaScript, JScript) or server-side scripting (ASP, PHP) for that kind of effect.
  4. Well, no... it depends on what is installed on each one.
  5. Even though it's been done, I feel the need to respond to a couple points: Welcome to the Big Leagues. This is for my job, where I am in fact a part of a team that maintains several thousand servers. And, in fact, the company I work for is probably midsized technology-wise compared to some of the big behemoths out there (how many servers do you think IBM, Google, or Microsoft have running?). Well, again... these are servers, so they don't just restart every single day. In fact, it would be a Very Bad Thing if some of them did. There are some that only reboot 3 or 4 times a year under highly controlled conditions. Also when considering servers (as opposed to desktop/workstation PCs), a startup script is not a reliable means to execute something since an interactive logon may happen rarely, if ever. We do have a tool that allows us to run arbitrary commands on-demand, so that part isn't an issue. (It was just a problem with getting the remote value locally.) The network share idea is decent, but the problem there is that the network is so segmented there is no way to guarantee that our internal firewalls will allow Windows filesharing traffic from any given point to any other given point on the network. Enterprise-level network administration is a peculiar beast; a lot of the conventional wisdom or best-practice guidelines either can't be practically adhered to or were beat down by middle and upper management politicking. It is a fascinating world for someone like me, who cut his teeth on smaller Mom and Pop type networks.
  6. Problem with a startup script would be the need to restart the server. Also, that's not very bulk-friendly since I would have thousands of files to sift through. I have found a workaround that gives me what I need... it doesn't look like there's an in-built way to get at it with 2000/2003.
  7. http://fastmail.fm/ Edit: Actually, I lied. The free service doesn't offer POP3, but they do let you do IMAP. Should work just as well, I had one I used with Thunderbird for a long time.
  8. I'm guessing you've got some sort of financial interest in this project -- either someone has hired you to write this kind of proxy server, or you've written something that you're hoping to market at large. As you'll probably discover or have already, there's not a lot of love on the Internet for spammers. Most people abhor spam and go out of their way to get as little as possible. (Of course, there is still money to be made, so I can understand where you're coming from.) The problem you're likely to run into is that, because most people are violently anti-spam, there are a lot of resources put forth to blocking/removing spam and also retaliating against spammers -- and a lot of people/companies will do this without financial compensation, simply because they hate spam so much. To offer some (admittedly unsolicited) advice, you are probably going to end up in a losing battle. Spammers must constantly be "on the run" -- open relays are shut down or blacklisted, ISP accounts are locked or terminated, IP addresses are blocked. You will need to ask yourself if you think that whatever financial gain you expect to make is worth the hassle and headaches. I'd also suggest, as a moderator, that you please do your best to keep your interaction on this topic civil in the BinRev forums. What you are asking has extreme potential to begin large-scale flame wars, which is not what we want to see happen. I'm sure there are other forums out there that may be more open to discussions on these topics -- if you see this thread deteriorating, it may be better for everyone involved to move this topic elsewhere. (Though you are absolutely welcome to post about other topics here that may be of interest to the community.) Hope this was useful. Oh also, if you simply *must* get involved in unsolicited mass email, please do your best to ensure proper spelling and grammar. Spam is annoying enough on its own.
  9. Been a few years, but I seem to recall having more success with TCP instead of UDP. I guess it slowed it down a teeny bit, but I didn't really notice most of the time. Was significantly better at maintaining the connection, though. Not sure if that's what the problem is, but you might give it a shot just to see.
  10. Yeah, I didn't mention. This is in a domain, and I am using an account with domain admin rights. (And, thus, local admin on the box itself.)
  11. Yup. Doesn't work. Problem is that it wants to expand the variable locally before passing it to the remote system. Today I actually did find the registry key where the Path variable is stored, which is much easier to get at remotely.
  12. Well, er, yes. But show me a way to do that on a remote box besides logging on and opening a command prompt.
  13. Subject more or less says it all. Anyone know a decent way to evaluate the %PATH% environment variable on a Windows box, remotely? (Like, in such a way that would be practical to script it and execute against a large number of machines at once.) I have banged my head on this for several hours now and have not come up with a useful solution... has to be able to run against a default install of the OS, not an option to install a third-party app. And a follow up for extra points... Windows 2000/2003, anyone know a magical way to "fix" the upper limit of 1024 characters in the path? (Again, in a manner that would suit bulk maintenance instead of one at a time clickey-clicking.) If anyone can provide a decent answer/solution for either or both questions, I will officially drink a beer in your honor.
  14. To start at an even "lower" level, you could look at Linux From Scratch: http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/ I've always wanted to set one up, but never quite have the time to dig into it.
  15. Moved to Nubie HQ. In order for something like you have described to work, you would need to run netcat on the remote machine and then initiate a connection from your own machine; you have explained it the other way around. There are plenty of how-to guides on doing something like this -- in fact, I believe the exact process is described in the netcat docs. The "at" command is just a task scheduler for Windows. It has nothing at all to do with what you're describing, at least not directly.