Apple Leopard Update 10.5.4 Released

Apple Leopard Update 10.5.4 hit my Macbook pro at 11:53pm this evening.

Updates include fixes for Image support, ICal, Spaces, Expose, Safari and Airport Wireless

Several Security Issues are also addressed.

Grab the Apple Combo Update from Here.

Installing ies4osx on 10.5.3 stalls out at “preparing wine prefixes”

I’ve recently done a rebuild of my Macbook Pro and decided to give ies4osx another go – for those of you who have not yet tried it this is a project that allows you to run Internet Explorer on your OSX system through use of darwine.  It is a port of the ies4linux project.

Apparently there are some known issues that cause darwine to fail on the latest versions of leopard typically stalling out on the error “preparing wine prefixes”.  To correct this issue I did two things.

Made sure I was running the latest verison of darwine – as it turns out I was one behind – current version is 1.0-rc5.  When installing this I did recieve and error that an installation step failed “running postupgrade script for darwine” This does not appear to impact the install and darwine runs successfully.

Second, I upgraded the version of XQuartz on the system to version 2.2.2

XP Hide Inactive Icons Greyed / Tray Icons Missing

Following an Upgrade to Service Pack 3 all Tray Icons were missing excluding the System Clock.  When I check the Start Menu Preferences the “Hide Inactive Icons” is greyed out.  I have seen this issue on 2 systems so far and have yet to pin down the cause however the following steps will correct it.

Goto Start, then Run and type “regedit”

Navigate to: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ Explorer

Delete the Following two entries:

  • Delete the value NoAutoTrayNotify
  • Delete the value NoTrayItemsDisplay

Next perform the same steps on the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Policies\ Explorer

Log off and back on to apply the changes.

XP SP3 removes Internet Explorer Desktop Icon

After installing Service Pack 3 for Microsoft Windows XP I noticed it seems to be removing the Internet Explorer desktop Icon.  If you go into Display Properties, Display Tab and select Customize Desktop to add it the option is no longer there.

To readd this desktop icon you’ll need to perform a registry edit.  It’s a good idea to backup your registery (using file, export) before editing however there is not much to be concerned about if you stick to the directions.

Goto Start, Run and type “regedit”

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel In the right hand pane

Next double-click {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} entry and edit it’s value from 1 to 0

After a short while you’ll notice Internet Explorer has reappared on your desktop.

LanSurveyor Express for Visio 2007 Free until June 30th

I just came across a promotion by Solarwinds. They are offering a free license to their Lansurveyor Express for Visio 2007 until June 30th. If your not familiar with this software it’s a product that will scan your network and automatically create a visio diagram for you. Grab it while you can it’s normally $500.00

How to find and remove inactive computer accounts from active-directory

While researching how to clean up active directory for a large client I came across the following instructions for removing inactive computer accounts from active directory.
First the Adminpak for Windows Server must be installed – the latest can be found here:

You’ll want it for other uses such as diagnosing active directory problems anyway so it’s good to have.

Now check for computer that haven’t logged in in a period of time – the example below uses 8 weeks – from the command line enter:

dsquery computer -inactive 8 -limit 0

After reviewing this list to make sure these computers no longer exist on your network you can use the following command to find and delete them:

dsquery computer -inactive 8 -limit 0 | dsrm -noprompt