Easy Web Based Access to Amazon S3 storage

By now many of you have at least heard about Amazon’s move into online storage. I’ve been a long time user of the Amazon S3 storage system and have enjoyed it’s inexpensive data storage costs and easy access. My only wishes were for a web based interface to my data and an enterprise backup solution backed by the service.

Finally one of my wishes is fullfilled in the Jets3t Online Cockpit application

The Jets3t Suite of tools is a java based frontend to the S3 service which was of little interest to me with tools like Jungledisk already on the scene. That is until I found the online cockpit application.

JetS3t Cockpit is not only one of the fastest applications for accessing my online storage it is also a cross platform web based java app that allows me to access my files from any java enabled system. I tried it out on my Macbook Pro tonight and was extremely impressed to find it even supported drag and drop along with features like gzip compressions and an additional layer of encryption.

For those of you not on the S3 train I reccomend you check out Amazon’s S3 service and then give JetS3t a try.

Certificate Services Fails to Start

While troubleshooting an 802.1x wireless client on my network I came across an issue where certificate service on a 2003 active directory server kept crashing with the following error:

Event ID: 7024
Source: Service Control Manager

The Certificate Services service terminated with service-specific error 2148204801 (0x800B0101)

Attempting to start Certificate Services from the Certificate Authority console yeilded:

A required certificate is not whtin its validity period when verifying against the current system clock or the timestamp in the signed file. 0x800b0101 (-2146762495)

Upon further research I discovered that this is caused by an expired CA Authority Certificate.

This Technet article gave the solution.

To renew a root certification authority

1. Log on to the system as a Certification Authority Administrator.
Certification Authority (Computer)/CA name

• If you want to generate a new public and private key pair for the certification authority’s certificate, click Yes. • If you want to reuse the current public and private key pair for the certification authority’s certificate, click No.Note

To open Certification Authority, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Certification Authority.

Event ID 1053 DhcpServer Error Prevents DHCP Service from Starting

On a recent server project assisting another technician in town I was asked to configure DHCP on a Windows 2003 Small business Server. The site had a Westell modem handling dhcp and it would not allow proper configuration of dns for active directory. As a result we disabled DHCP on the westell and went forward configuring dhcp on the server. I started by installing DHCP but quickly found the service would not start. After checking the event viewer I was greeted by:

Event ID: 1053 DhcpServer

The DHCP/BINL service on this computer running Windows Server 2003 for Small Business
Server has encountered another server on this network with IP Address, 10.100.10.10,
belonging to the domain:

After a bit of research I found a fix – It’s a bit of a workaround but since the westell kept insisting on broadcasting that it was a dhcp server even though it was disabled I didn’t have much for options.

It turns out that SBS 2003 has built in rogue DHCP server detection and when it finds another server it prevents the dhcp service from starting. To disable the rouge detection enter the following dword registry key and start your dhcp server service.


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\DHCPServer\Parameters]
“DisableRogueDetection”=dword:00000001

Keep in mind that your server will not warn you when another dhcp server is present on your network so keep this in mind and use with caution. In my particular environment this was not an issue or a concern.

Mouse fails to work in VMware virtual Machine converted from Microsoft Virtual Server

Currently at our office we are testing alternate solutions for antivirus vendors. We felt the best way to do this would be to Download a fresh Windows Server virtual machine from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb738372.aspx

The download only took a small amount of time after which I utilized the free Vmware Converter from http://www.vmware.com/download/converter/ to convert the image to a format compatible with Vmware fusion on my mac. The conversion went flawlessly and when I started the server I checked for Microsoft’s equivalent of vmware tools. No trace of it was found in add remove programs so I proceeded to install Vmware tools on the server. Following a reboot I had lost my mouse cursor and all tracking. The closest I came to mouse was a right click menu in the lower right of the screen.

After a bit of research I came across the following article on Vmware’s knowledgebase.

Since the microsoft virtual addon’s were not installed I opted for the 2nd method which consisted of the following steps:

  1. Uninstall VMware Tools if they’ve already been installed.
  2. Run “regedit” and look for the following key: \SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96F-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

  3. Backup this key.
  4. Edit the value of the key and remove “msvmmouf“.
  5. Reboot the virtual machine.
  6. Install VMware Tools.

Once Complete mouse function was restored.