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BackupPC can be a very daunting task when first starting out, but as many people who have installed it multiple times will say, it's not that bad, but it does take some time to figure out.  One of my sayings (as I may have said before), "It's easy, if you know how to do it," meaning it's not easy, if you don't. :)  BackupPC is one of them, but don't fear, if you work through the issues, you'll make it. Additionally, my plan is to write my notes how I install it in a future post.

For those that get it running, the first thing they'll notice is that it doesn't copy open files.  So, for those computers where the backup begins and people are working on stuff, open files are not backed up, i.e., Outlook Files or open Office documents.  This bugged me because I was and I am a BackupPC fan.  I scoured the internet in search of an easy way (emphasis on easy) to have BackupPC copy open files on Windows Computers.  Well, in my search, I didn't find an easy one, so I went on a development spree to try and figure out a way to do it.  It took a few weeks of trial and error, but I can now say, there is an easy way to do it.

Over the years, what I did grew into a hodge podge of files in a folder and a few batch files.  These past few weeks, I decided to try and put them together into one interface.  I wanted to use AutoIt, but the compressed executable, although doesn't have viruses, is flagged by many Antivirus programs as having one just because it was compressed by AutoIt.  I didn't want to keep answering the question, "Does it contain viruses," so I opted to use Visual Basic, instead.  So, below is what has been developed.  From my experience, this solution runs on anything after Windows 7.  I've, successfully, run this solution on Windows 7/8/10 without problems.

This is the first version of the GUI, so there may be a few bugs. If you find one or more, please post it in the comments below.

Additionally, I uploaded the exe's to VirusTotal.com.  They have passed all virus checks.  I would encourage you to do the same, if you decide to use these files.  I can, personally, attest that I did not write any backdoors nor viruses in these files.  These are clean and feel free to use them, if you like.




VSSBackupPC is designed to be used with the BackupPC server software.  This app uses Volume Shadow Copy Services so the server can backup open files on the C:\ drive.  To accomplish this, it uses Cygwin and Rsync for the data transfer.

I tried to make this as easy as possible.  I know it's a lot of writing below, but, in reality, there are only a few settings.

This app is written in Visual Basic and the .Net Framwork version 4.6.1 is needed to run it.

The Welcome window

Select the resource zip file that is included in the download.

The contents of the resource file is below.

When the app is started, it creates a folder called: C:\rsyncd

This is a hard coded folder and cannot be changed at this time.

All files related to this app will be created and placed in this folder.


Enter the rsync user name and password.  It should be the same as used on the BackupPC server in these fields: RsyncdUserName, RsyncdPassword

As you hover over the window, if the app finds the secrets file, it will display: Secrets File Exists.  If not, it displays: No Secrets File

Click the Add button to create the file and/or add credentials to an existing one

To find more information about the secrets file, check the client setup on the BackupPC website.



See samba.org website for more information about this file.

RysncShareName = [Module Name]

Should be the same as the one added in BackupPC. Case matters, so UserFolder and userfolder are different.

Choose the Local Backup Path.

Do Not Use VSS: Checking this box will force BackupPC to use the actual folder and will not copy open files.  At this point, drives other than C: are not included in the Shadow folder, but if there is interest, it can be added in a future version.

Comment:  A short comment, like "User Folder"

BackupPC Server IP Address: The ‘Allowed host(s)’ to run rsync remotely

Strict Modes, Read Only, and List: Consult the samba website above for more information

As you hover over the window, if the app finds the conf file, it will display: Conf File Exists.  If not, it displays: No Conf File

Clicking ‘Load Defaults’ will place default values in the fields and check boxes.  You'll want to edit the RsyncShareName, Host IP Address, and/or Path.  Then, you're set.


Manually Edit Rsyncd.Conf

You can manually edit the rsyncd.conf file.  This is not necessary nor encouraged, but is built-in to help with advanced configurations.
Install Services

Type the Host IP Network.  Only type the first three octets of the network.  There are a few drop down examples, but you can type any IP address that is needed.1  For example:

When ready, click the ‘Install Services’ button.  This will open two command windows and will install the services needed to run.

To remove the service, click the ‘Remove Services’ button.

When VSSBackupPC starts, it checks for a running process of rsync on startup.  If it finds one, it will display a message asking to remove the service, if it needs to be installed again.  You do not have to remove the service if you only need to change the secrets or conf file.

1This network is added to the Private firewall profile to allow port 873 and pings through it. The script does not change the public profile in any way so make sure the computer is in the private firewall profile

The script adds .0 and netmask of 24, for example: this point, this is hard coded.  If another network mask is needed, edit the rsyncd firewall rules after the script finishes. This can be changed in future versions, if there is interest.

The resource zip file contains 8 files as seen to the right.  The Cygwin files can be found on the internet as well as the vshadow,exe file.  removevss.exe and vss-backuppc.exe were written in Visual Basic to handle the logic.

All files have been uploaded and checked at VirusTotal.com.  Feel free to upload them to check yourself.  There are no Viruses or Backdoors written in the code.

There is one, additional, thing you have to do on the BackupPC server, but it's not difficult.

Add a DumpPreUserCmd script to the BackupPC server.

Create a folder that is accessible by the backuppc user, for example, chose to create a 'scripts' subfolder where backuppc resides

In the folder, create two files:

  1. preshare.sh
  2. pass

*Replace <Enter_Secrets_File_UserName> with the user name used above in the secrets file.

The second file is called 'pass' and is used in the preshare.sh command. 

Enter the secrets password used in the secrets file. Nothing else, no brackets, etc.

In the DumpPreUserCmd field, type

sh + the path to the preshare.sh + space + $host

Ex: sh /media/backup/scripts/preshare.sh $host



1.  preshare.sh:
echo "I am the dumppresharecmd for BackupPC..."
echo "======================================="
rsync --dry-run --password-file=/media/backup/scripts/pass rsync://<Secrets_File_UserName>@$1/cDrive

#Ex. rsync --dry-run --password-file=/media/backup/scripts/pass rsync://SUser@$1/cDrive

echo "Waiting 60 seconds.  Giving time to create shadow copy"
sleep 60
echo "all Done."
echo "======================================"


2.  pass
# =======================
#Ex.   mysecretpass
# =======================


The program doesn't run if the computer is not on AC power (plugged in).

To change this, open Task Scheduler and find two tasks:

  1. Remove VSS Midnight
  2. Remove VSS Logon

Uncheck the box labeled "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power" for each task.

(credit to agu)

Some notes:

A VSS folder called c:\shadow is created.  This is where BackupPC is directed.  At this time, if the c:\shadow folder is currently found by the script, it is removed and created again if it's more than 6 hours old.  This is hard coded, but can be changed in a future version, if there is interest. 

Additionally, the script creates a logfile called: vsslog.log and is found in the C:\rsyncd folder.  When the logfile reaches 2MB, it is deleted and recreated.

I hope this makes sense and may even help someone down the road.  If there are any questions, bugs, or comments, leave them below.

As always, enjoy!

VSSBackupPC.exe and the resource.zip file can be downloaded here: VSSBackupPC.zip


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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:09

Install Teamviewer 13 on CentOS 7

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I have been using Fedora on my main machine for a very long time and have loved it.  Over the years, I have installed CentOS on multiple machines and virtual machines, but, finally, took the plunge and installed it on my main machine.  Everything went well until I needed TeamViewer to access a friend's computer remotely.  I thought, how difficult could it be?  Download the rpm from the TeamViewer site and install it...wrong.  It needs dependencies, but doesn't let you know that unless you try and install it from the command line.  Their Linux support page lists some requirements, so take a look here, first.  If you find the requirement you need, then it's all good.  However, I needed to do more.

When I double-clicked the teamviewer rpm file, I received a graphical error message that read:  "Sorry, this did not work.  This file is not supported".  I was certain that I downloaded the correct version (32bit or 64bit), so this was a little confusing.  I searched the internet for a solution, but didn't find one.  I, eventually, found that TeamViewer was missing dependencies by executing the following command from root:

# rpm -ivh teamviewer_13.0.9865.x86_64.rpm

The error messages I received:
warning: teamviewer_13.0.9865.x86_64.rpm: Header V4 RSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 0c1289c0: NOKEY
error: Failed dependencies:
    /usr/lib64/qt5/qml/QtGraphicalEffects/qmldir is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64
    /usr/lib64/qt5/qml/QtQuick/Controls/qmldir is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64
    libQt5Qml.so.5()(64bit) >= 5.5 is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64
    libQt5Quick.so.5()(64bit) >= 5.5 is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64
    libQt5WebKitWidgets.so.5()(64bit) >= 5.5 is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64
    libQt5X11Extras.so.5()(64bit) >= 5.5 is needed by teamviewer-13.0.9865-0.x86_64

I worked through the dependencies and thought I would post them since I didn't find a place on the internet that had the list.  Again, this is on a fresh CentOS 7 installation.

[edit August 2018] 

The problem still exists and the these dependencies are still needed, but I noticed that in order to install qt5-qtwebkit, you'll need to add the EPEL repo.  So, before installing, add the repo:
yum -y install epel-release


yum install qt5-qtdeclarative qt5-qtwebkit qt5-qtx11extras qt5-qtgraphicaleffects qt5-qtquickcontrols

After installing the above dependencies, I was still unable to double-click the file to install it.  I had to install it from the command line as root:

# rpm -ivh teamviewer_13.0.9865.x86_64.rpm 

It is now installed and happily running with CentOS 7.  The other cool thing the installation does is add a 'teamviewer.repo' file so updates will be done easily in the future. See the end of this page for more information.

I hope you don't have the same problems installing it, but if you do, try the above.


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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 02:31

Computer Inventory with AutoIT

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I've used the following AutoIT program many times to retrieve inventory information from a PC.  It grabs a load of information and will look for installed programs or all installed programs.  It will send the information to an email address, save it to a file, or both.  It needs an INI file (below) in the same folder where the program is executed.  I used Koda to create the GUI and I used the work of a few others that I found on the internet and included them in the script.

You will need to edit the script to include the SMTP server of your choice.

Save the following in the same folder as the compiled program. Name the file: Get_Inv.ini

In the 'search' section, list the programs to check to see if they are installed on the computer. If the program is not found, nothing will be shown in the list.
To list all the installed programs, type 'All' in the first field, 'file0'.
List as many programs as needed.  Just add another line and increment the number.
Internet is required (1) to send an email.  To only save a file locally, it must be '0'. If there are values other than these two, the program will not run. The local file will be saved in the same folder from where the program is run.

Below is the source code for AutoIT.  If there are any questions, leave comments below.



#cs ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
 AutoIt Version:
 Author:         myName
 Script Function:
    Template AutoIt script.
#ce ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
; Script Start - Add your code below here
#include <ButtonConstants.au3>
#include <ComboConstants.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <FileConstants.au3>
#include <MsgBoxConstants.au3>
#include <Constants.au3>
#include <String.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
#include <Inet.au3>
#Region ### START Koda GUI section ### Form=
$Form1_1 = GUICreate("Get Inventory...", 247, 143, 270, 600)
$Label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Computer Name", 13, 16, 77, 17)
$Button1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Send Inventory", 74, 104, 99, 25)
$Input1 = GUICtrlCreateInput(@ComputerName, 101, 16, 137, 21, BitOR($GUI_SS_DEFAULT_INPUT,$ES_READONLY))
$Checkbox1 = GUICtrlCreateCheckbox("Save Locally?", 75, 48, 97, 17, BitOR($GUI_SS_DEFAULT_CHECKBOX,$BS_RIGHTBUTTON))
GUICtrlSetTip(-1, "Save in same folder where this is running")
$Label2 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("Internet Connection Required for Email", 30, 72, 190, 17)
#EndRegion ### END Koda GUI section ###
 Global $inifile = "\Get_Inv.ini"
if  FileExists (@ScriptDir&$inifile) Then
    $createini = MsgBox(4,"Error","The Config File doesn't exist.  Shall I create one?  If Yes, you will need to edit it before running the program again.")
    if $createini = 6 Then
        SplashTextOn ("Creating...","Creating Config file.  The file needs to be edited before continuing so I'm exiting the program.", 300, 100)
        IniWrite (@ScriptDir&$inifile,"admin","email","This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.")
        IniWrite (@ScriptDir&$inifile,"search","file0","Edit me")
        IniWrite (@ScriptDir&$inifile,"search","file1","Edit me")
        IniWrite (@ScriptDir&$inifile,"Internet","req","1")
        sleep (3000)
    ElseIf $createini = 7 Then
        SplashTextOn ("Exiting...","No Config file.  I'm exiting the program.", 300, 100)
        sleep (2000)
Global $reqinternet = IniRead(@ScriptDir&$inifile,"Internet","require","")
if $reqinternet = 1 Then
    ;MsgBox (0,"T",$reqinternet)
Elseif $reqinternet = 0 Then
        SplashTextOn ("Internet is not required...","Check the Config file.  No email will be sent and the config file saved in the App folder.", 300, 100)
        sleep (10000)
    SplashTextOn ("Exiting...","Error in the Config file.  I'm exiting the program.", 300, 100)
    sleep (2000)
if $reqinternet = 1 Then
While 1
    $nMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $nMsg
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
        case $button1
func sendtomail($includeemail,$includebody)
    if $reqinternet = 1 Then
    ; Variables
    $SmtpServer = "emailserver.com"     ; address for the smtp-server to use - REQUIRED
    $FromName = "Inventory Script"                      ; name from who the email was sent
    $FromAddress = "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." ; address from where the mail should come
    $ToAddress = $includeemail   ; destination address of the email - REQUIRED
    $Subject = @ComputerName&" Inventory"      ; subject from the email - can be anything you want it to be
    $Body = $includebody                              ; the messagebody from the mail - can be left blank but then you get a blank mail
    $AttachFiles = ""                       ; the file(s) you want to attach seperated with a ; (Semicolon) - leave blank if not needed
    $CcAddress = ""       ; address for cc - leave blank if not needed
    $BccAddress = ""     ; address for bcc - leave blank if not needed
    $Importance = "Normal"                  ; Send message priority: "High", "Normal", "Low"
    $Username = "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."                    ; username for the account used from where the mail gets sent - REQUIRED
    $Password = "emailpassword"                  ; password for the account used from where the mail gets sent - REQUIRED
    $IPPort = 465                            ; port used for sending the mail
    $ssl = 1                                ; enables/disables secure socket layer sending - put to 1 if using httpS
    ;$IPPort=465                          ; GMAIL port used for sending the mail
    ;~ $ssl=1                               ; GMAILenables/disables secure socket layer sending - put to 1 if using httpS
    ; Script
    Global $oMyRet[2]
    Global $oMyError = ObjEvent("AutoIt.Error", "MyErrFunc")
    $rc = _INetSmtpMailCom($SmtpServer, $FromName, $FromAddress, $ToAddress, $Subject, $Body, $AttachFiles, $CcAddress, $BccAddress, $Importance, $Username, $Password, $IPPort, $ssl)
    If @error Then
        MsgBox(0, "Error sending message", "Error code:" & @error & "  Description:" & $rc)
        MsgBox(0,"Successful","Message Sent")
Func Serial_Number()
    $txtpath = @TempDir
    $txtfile = "\serial.txt"
    $sendfile = "\"&@ComputerName&".txt"
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic bios get serialnumber /VALUE >> '&$txtpath&$txtfile,"", @SW_HIDE)
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic computersystem get model /VALUE >> '&$txtpath&$txtfile,"", @SW_HIDE)
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic computersystem get manufacturer /VALUE >> '&$txtpath&$txtfile,"", @SW_HIDE)
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic computersystem get name /VALUE >> '&$txtpath&$txtfile,"", @SW_HIDE)
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic cpu get name /VALUE >> '&$txtpath&$txtfile,"", @SW_HIDE)
    $fileread= FileRead($file)
    $filechange1 = StringReplace($fileread,@CRLF,",")
    $filechange2 = StringReplace ($filechange1,",,,,,",@crlf)
    $filechange3 = StringReplace ($filechange2,",,","")
    $filechange = StringReplace ($filechange3,",",@CRLF,1)
    SplashTextOn ("Processing...","Please wait...",200,70)
    RunWait(@ComSpec & ' /c ' & 'wmic product list brief /format:list > '&$txtpath&"\plist.txt","", @SW_HIDE)
    SplashTextOn ("Working...","Please wait...",200,70)
    $fopn = FileOpen($filewr,$FO_APPEND)
    FileWrite ($fopn,$filechange)
    FileWriteLine($fopn, @OSVersion&" "&@OSArch)
    FileWriteLine($fopn, "OS Build:"&@OSBuild)
    FileWriteLine($fopn, "Service Pack:"&@OSServicePack)
    FileWriteLine($fopn,"Date and Time: "&@MON&"/"&@MDAY&"/"&@YEAR&"  "&@HOUR&":"&@MIN&":"&@SEC&@CRLF&"**************************")
    $fopnav = FileOpen($txtpath&"\plist.txt",$FO_APPEND)
    ;Look for installed apps in registry
    $subkey = "None"
    While $subkey <> ""
        $subkey = RegEnumKey("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall",$i)
        ;MsgBox (0,"Subkey # " &$i&" Under uninstall",$subkey)
        $removejunklines = StringInStr($subkey,"{")
        if $removejunklines = 0 Then
            FileWriteLine ($fopnav,"REG:"&$subkey&@CRLF)
        $i+= 1
    $searchnum = 0
    $searchname = "file"
    while $searchname <> ""
        $searchname = IniRead(@ScriptDir&$inifile,"search","file"&$searchnum,"")
        if $searchname = "" then ExitLoop
        ; find line with search string
        $iLine = 0
        $sLine = ''
        $iValid = 0
        $x = 0
        while $x < 1
            $iLine += 1
            $sLine = FileReadLine ($fopnav)
            if @error = -1 then
                if $searchname = "All" Then
                    ExitLoop 2
                ;MsgBox (0,"TITLE",@error)
                ;FileWriteLine ($fopn,$searchname&" Not Found: "&@CRLF)
                ;FileWriteLine ($fopn,"======================")
            if $searchname <> "All" Then
                ;test line for $search string until the flag iValid is set
                if StringInStr ($sLine, $searchname) And Not $iValid Then
                    $iValid = 1
                $iValid = 1
            if $iValid Then
                $iValid += 1
                $appwrite = $sLine
                $removeREG = StringInStr($appwrite,"REG:")
                if $removeREG <> 0 Then
                    if $searchname = "All" then
                        FileWriteLine ($fopn,"Found: "&$appwrite)
                        FileWriteLine ($fopn,$searchname&" Found: "&$appwrite)
                    FileWriteLine ($fopn,"======================")
                    $iValid= 0
                $removestr = StringInStr($appwrite,"Identifying")
                $removeven = StringInStr($appwrite,"Vendor")
                if $removestr = 0 AND $removeven = 0 Then
                    if $searchname = "All" then
                        FileWriteLine ($fopn,"Found: "&$appwrite)
                        FileWriteLine ($fopn,$searchname&" Found: "&$appwrite)
                if $iValid > 4 then
                    ;Reset valid count
                    FileWriteLine ($fopn,"======================")
                    $iValid = 0
        $searchnum = $searchnum+1
    ;send email (email address, body)
    $emailname = IniRead(@ScriptDir&$inifile,"admin","email","")
    FileSetPos($fopn,0, $FILE_BEGIN)
    $emailbody = FileRead($fopn)
    if $reqinternet = 1 Then
        SplashTextOn ("Working...","Trying to send email...",200,70)
    $savefile = GUICtrlRead($Checkbox1)
    if $savefile = 1 OR $reqinternet = 0 Then
        FileCopy(@TempDir&$sendfile,@ScriptDir&$sendfile, $FC_OVERWRITE)
        FileDelete($filewr) ; Inventory File
        FileDelete($filewr) ; Inventory File
    FileDelete ($file) ; Generated File
    FileDelete ($txtpath&"\plist.txt") ; Generated File
    ; -------------------
    ; -------------------
func checkinternet()
    $x = 0
    While $x = 0
        ;check $ret[0] for trueness, and $ret[1] for type of connection according to variables provided...
        $INTERNET_CONNECTION_MODEM          = 0x1
        $INTERNET_CONNECTION_LAN            = 0x2
        $INTERNET_CONNECTION_PROXY          = 0x4
        $INTERNET_RAS_INSTALLED             = 0x10
        $INTERNET_CONNECTION_OFFLINE        = 0x20
        $ret = DllCall("WinInet.dll","int","InternetGetConnectedState","int_ptr",0,"int",0)
        If $ret[0] then
            ;check type of connection
            $sX = "Connected !" & @LF & "------------------" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_MODEM)      Then $sX = $sX & "MODEM" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_LAN)        Then $sX = $sX & "LAN" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_PROXY)      Then $sX = $sX & "PROXY" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_MODEM_BUSY) Then $sX = $sX & "MODEM_BUSY" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_RAS_INSTALLED)         Then $sX = $sX & "RAS_INSTALLED" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_OFFLINE)    Then $sX = $sX & "OFFLINE" & @LF
            If BitAND($ret[1], $INTERNET_CONNECTION_CONFIGURED) Then $sX = $sX & "CONFIGURED" & @LF
            $x = 0
            MsgBox(0,"Not Connected","Please connect to the internet before continuing.")
            ;$sX = "Not Connected"
        ;SplashTextOn("Connected...","Connection Detected",200,100)
        ;sleep (1000)
        ;MsgBox(4096,$ret[0] & ":" & $ret[1],$sX)
func calcgb($pathtxt,$str2src)
    if $str2src = 1 Then
        $str2srcname = "TotalPhysicalMemory="
        $str2len = 20
        $str2dec = 3
        $str2srcname = "Size="
        $str2len = 5
        $str2dec = 0
    $fopnpk = FileOpen($filepk,$FO_APPEND)
    ; ---------MAYBE------------
    ; Check the drive type for C:\
    $sInfo = DriveGetType("C:\")
    if $sInfo <> "" Then
        ;MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Drive Type: " & $sInfo)
        ;write a line
        FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Drive Type="&$sInfo&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
    ; Check the SSD status for C:\
    $sInfo = DriveGetType("C:\", $DT_SSDSTATUS)
    if $sInfo <> "" Then
        ;MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Drive SSD: " & $sInfo)
        ;write a line
        FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Drive Type (SSD)="&$sInfo&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
    ; Check the SSD status for disk 0
    $sInfo = DriveGetType(0, $DT_SSDSTATUS)
    if $sInfo <> "" Then
        ;MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Drive SSD: " & $sInfo)
        ;write a line
        FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Drive Status (SSD)="&$sInfo&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
    ; Check the bus type status for disk 0
    $sInfo = DriveGetType(0, $DT_BUSTYPE)
    if $sInfo <> "" Then
        ;MsgBox($MB_SYSTEMMODAL, "", "Drive Bus: " & $sInfo)
        ;write a line
        FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Drive Bus="&$sInfo&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
    Local $iTotalSpace = DriveSpaceTotal(@HomeDrive & "\") ; Find the total disk space of the home drive, generally this is the C:\ drive.
    $TotalSpace = round($iTotalSpace/1000,$str2dec)
    ; MsgBox(0, "", "Total Space: " & $TotalSpace &"GB")
    FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Total Disk Space="&$TotalSpace&" GB"&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
    Local $RAMARR = MemGetStats()
    $TotalRAM = round($RAMARR[1]/1000000,$str2dec)
    ;MsgBox(0, "", "Total physical RAM (GB): " & $TotalRAM)
    FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Total RAM="&$TotalRAM&" GB"&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
func addproductid($pathtxt)
    $productkey = RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\BIOS\","SystemSKU")
    ;MsgBox (0,"TTT",$productkey)
    if $productkey = "" Then
        $productkey = "Not Found"
    $fopnpk = FileOpen($filepk,$FO_APPEND)
    FileWrite ($fopnpk,@CRLF&@CRLF&"Product Key="&$productkey&@CRLF&@CRLF&@CRLF)
; The UDF
Func _INetSmtpMailCom($s_SmtpServer, $s_FromName, $s_FromAddress, $s_ToAddress, $s_Subject = "", $as_Body = "", $s_AttachFiles = "", $s_CcAddress = "", $s_BccAddress = "", $s_Importance="Normal", $s_Username = "", $s_Password = "", $IPPort = 25, $ssl = 0)
    Local $objEmail = ObjCreate("CDO.Message")
    $objEmail.From = '"' & $s_FromName & '" <' & $s_FromAddress & '>'
    $objEmail.To = $s_ToAddress
    Local $i_Error = 0
    Local $i_Error_desciption = ""
    If $s_CcAddress <> "" Then $objEmail.Cc = $s_CcAddress
    If $s_BccAddress <> "" Then $objEmail.Bcc = $s_BccAddress
    $objEmail.Subject = $s_Subject
    If StringInStr($as_Body, "<") And StringInStr($as_Body, ">") Then
        $objEmail.HTMLBody = $as_Body
        $objEmail.Textbody = $as_Body & @CRLF
    If $s_AttachFiles <> "" Then
        Local $S_Files2Attach = StringSplit($s_AttachFiles, ";")
        For $x = 1 To $S_Files2Attach[0]
            $S_Files2Attach[$x] = _PathFull($S_Files2Attach[$x])
;~          ConsoleWrite('@@ Debug : $S_Files2Attach[$x] = ' & $S_Files2Attach[$x] & @LF & '>Error code: ' & @error & @LF) ;### Debug Console
            If FileExists($S_Files2Attach[$x]) Then
                ConsoleWrite('+> File attachment added: ' & $S_Files2Attach[$x] & @LF)
                ConsoleWrite('!> File not found to attach: ' & $S_Files2Attach[$x] & @LF)
                Return 0
    $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/sendusing") = 2
    $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserver") = $s_SmtpServer
    If Number($IPPort) = 0 then $IPPort = 25
    $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpserverport") = $IPPort
    ;Authenticated SMTP
    If $s_Username <> "" Then
        $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpauthenticate") = 1
        $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/sendusername") = $s_Username
        $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/sendpassword") = $s_Password
    If $ssl Then
        $objEmail.Configuration.Fields.Item ("http://schemas.microsoft.com/cdo/configuration/smtpusessl") = True
    ;Update settings
    ; Set Email Importance
    Switch $s_Importance
        Case "High"
            $objEmail.Fields.Item ("urn:schemas:mailheader:Importance") = "High"
        Case "Normal"
            $objEmail.Fields.Item ("urn:schemas:mailheader:Importance") = "Normal"
        Case "Low"
            $objEmail.Fields.Item ("urn:schemas:mailheader:Importance") = "Low"
    ; Sent the Message
    If @error Then
        Return $oMyRet[1]
EndFunc   ;==>_INetSmtpMailCom
; Com Error Handler
Func MyErrFunc()
    $HexNumber = Hex($oMyError.number, 8)
    $oMyRet[0] = $HexNumber
    $oMyRet[1] = StringStripWS($oMyError.description, 3)
    ConsoleWrite("### COM Error !  Number: " & $HexNumber & "   ScriptLine: " & $oMyError.scriptline & "   Description:" & $oMyRet[1] & @LF)
    SetError(1); something to check for when this function returns
EndFunc   ;==>MyErrFunc



Last modified on Friday, 25 May 2018 01:55
Sunday, 22 October 2017 21:00

Fix Corrupted Windows Profile

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Over the years, I've had various people that have had trouble logging into their Windows computer.  Windows would login to a Temporary profile.  It is an easy fix, but not so easy from a distance since it involves editing the registry.  I don't like sending regedit commands to users since so many things could go wrong.  In response to the many requests I received, I wrote the script below in AutoIT.  It's simple and easy for the user to double-click the executable file after restarting into Safe Mode.  It fixes the Corrupted Profile.  The code isn't pretty, but leave a comment if you find anything that doesn't work.

If you want to learn more about the Windows Temporary Profile, search for:  windows temporary profile fix

I hope this helps someone.


#NoTrayIcon #RequireAdmin #include Opt("TrayMenuMode",3) ;$settingsitem = TrayCreateItem("Settings") ;TrayCreateItem ("") $exititem = TrayCreateItem("Exit") TraySetIcon("Shell32.dll",14) TraySetToolTip("Running Fix Profile") TraySetState() Func CheckMenuItem() $msg = TrayGetMsg() Select Case $msg = $exititem Exit EndSelect EndFunc For $i = 1 To 50 Local $var = RegEnumKey("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList", $i) CheckMenuItem() If @error <> 0 Then ExitLoop if stringright ($var,4) = ".bak" Then $slen = StringLen ($var) $new = stringleft ($var,$slen - 4) $copykey = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\" & $new $destkey = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\" & $new & ".old" _RegMoveKey($copykey, $destkey) $movesourcekey = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\" & $var $movedestkey = "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\" & $new _RegMoveKey ($movesourcekey, $movedestkey) ; Parameters.....: $s_key - Source key ; $s_val - Source value ;RefCount set to 0 RegWrite ($movedestkey,"RefCount","REG_DWORD",0) CheckMenuItem() ; Write Log file Local $file = FileOpen("fixlog.txt", 1) If $file = -1 Then MsgBox(0, "Error", "Unable to open file.") Exit EndIf ; Get current system time $tCur = _Date_Time_GetSystemTime() FileWrite($file, _Date_Time_SystemTimeToDateTimeStr($tCur) & @CRLF) FileWrite($file, "Move From: " & $copykey & @CRLF) FileWrite($file, "Move To: " & $destkey & @CRLF) FileWrite($file, "Move From: " & $movesourcekey & @CRLF) FileWrite($file, "Move To: " & $movedestkey & @CRLF) FileWrite($file, "Changed RefCount Value to 0" & @CRLF) FileClose($file) MsgBox (0,"Completed","Press OK to Exit. Restart computer and login like normal.") Exit Else MsgBox (0,"Completed","Press OK to Exit. A bad profile was not found. Please contact the Help Desk for more troubleshooting ideas.") Exit EndIf Next

Last modified on Sunday, 22 October 2017 21:38
Thursday, 12 October 2017 01:03

OpenWrt, OpenVPN, Two Signals, One Router

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While living outside the U.S., I, often, found myself needing a VPN connection to do stuff that made me look like I was in the U.S. I chose an OpenVPN service because it was simple to set up, but ran into trouble when I needed it for multiple devices. I installed the OpenVPN software on my computer, my children's computer, and my wife's computer, but found I couldn't connect any Streaming Device to it because I couldn't install the software on it. With the VPN service I had, I could only connect 2 devices at a time so this, quickly, became troublesome. I began thinking about what to do. I could purchase (or use) another router and configure it for an OpenVPN connection, but I would have two wifi routers and a modem sitting around. I, really, didn't want the extra cables and wires collecting dust.

Thinking through this,I had another idea. Instead of having two wifi routers, what if I could configure the OpenWRT to router to broadcast two wifi signals with one connecting to an OpenVPN server and the other one connecting locally? This way, I would only have one router and one modem sitting around. With this in mind, I went on a tech hunt and, finally, figured it out. After I configured mine, I configured many others as people learned about what I did. These routers were quite popular at one time with folks around me. For your, geeky, reading pleasure, the steps that I do to make one are below.


Warning:  There is a lot I don't explain in this walkthrough as these are my notes.  If you are unfamiliar with what you see below, please ask in the comments or ask a trusted friend to help.

The idea: Using an OpenWRT flashed router, broadcast two wireless signals. One connecting to an OpenVPN server (ex. Witopia, StrongVPN, etc.) and the other connecting locally

The Purpose: To secure a connection for online banking, online purchasing, watching Netflix, Hulu, etc., on media devices and to have local internet access, when needed. Depending on which wireless SSID that is connected, you can either be running over a VPN or locally. For example, you can connect your media devices to the VPN SSID and run Netflix, Hulu, or to just have a secure connection all the time and/or connect to the other SSID when the VPN connection goes down or to have a faster speed

Before attempting this, I looked around on the internet and didn't find a walk through, so if there is one, please let me know. However, I did find lots of help that I picked up from different places. Some of them include:



There were a few more, but can't remember which ones now.

The instructions below are written for Attitude Adjustment 12.09 RC2, but they will work on any later version

Here is what I do:

Purchase OpenVPN service from a reputable company (ex. Witopia, StrongVPN, etc.)

Install OpenVPN and ip on the OpenWRT router:

  • opkg update

  • opkg install openvpn-openssl ip

Add a new Wireless controller as normal (Network->Wifi).

  • SSID: <your 'secure' name>

  • Mode: Access Point

  • Attach the network to the LAN network for now.

  • We'll test it to make sure it works and that you have internet access in a few moments...

  • Add Wireless Security and any other wireless setting you desire

  • Save and Apply

  • Click 'Enable'

Add a new interface (Network->Interfaces->Add new interface)

  • Choose Name (ex. Slan) -If you change this name (Slan), make sure to change the other references to it below

  • Select 'Static Address.'

  • Create bridge = unchecked

  • Cover the following interfaces = Choose newly created wireless Network

  • Submit

Choose IP address in another subnet, for example:

  • IPv4 address =

  • IPv4 netmask =

  • Leave Gateway blank

  • Custom DNS server =

  • Save and Apply

Firewall Settings

  • Create new Zone = <your 'secure' lan name> (needs to be different than wlan above. I choose the name of the lan. ex. slan)

  • Click 'Setup DHCP server' and use default settings unless you need something special.

  • Save and Apply

From LuCI, go to the Firewall section: Network->Firewall Section

  • Edit the LAN settings and add the newly created interface (slan) to the covered networks. There should be two now. LAN and SLAN. Wan should be checked under the Allow forward to destination zone.

  • Save and Apply.

Back to Network->Wifi section

  • Edit the newly created wireless interface and uncheck the 'lan' network. Only 'slan' or whatever you called it should be checked.

  • Save and Apply

Test the wireless connection. If you followed the above steps, you should have internet access and have an ip address in the subnet.


 Once the test is good, go to Network->Firewall and edit each setting so it matches the table below: 





Masquerade & MSS clamping

Covered Networks

Allow Forward To

Allow Forward From





Both Blank








Both Checked








Both Blank


Ovpn 1


Ovpn 1




Check Masquerade

MSS Blank

Ovpn 1



1 See below for more information about ovpn firewall zone. Just edit Lan and Wan at this point. We'll finish this below.


The rest of the setup process will be on the command line so login to the router via SSH (see Command-Line Interface(CLI))

  • Configure the network – edit file: /etc/config/network

    • Add ovpn interface

config 'interface' 'ovpn'

option 'ifname' 'tun0'

option 'defaultroute' '0'

option 'peerdns' '0'

option 'proto' 'none'


Configure the firewall – edit file: /etc/config/firewall

  • Configure Forward Zone for ovpn

config 'forwarding'

option 'dest' 'ovpn'

option 'src' 'slan'


  • Configure OpenVPN Firewall zone

config zone

option name 'ovpn'

option input 'ACCEPT'

option forward 'REJECT'

option output 'ACCEPT'

option network 'ovpn'


Add new table to routing table – edit file: /etc/iproute2/rt_tables

  • install ip from software repo, if the iproute2 folder doesn't exist

  • Add the one highlighted line below

# reserved values


255 local

254 main

253 default

10 vpn

0 unspec


# local


#1 inr.ruhep


Create route-up.sh and tunneldown.sh files in root folder with favorite editor (ex. vi).  These files do not exist so they need to be created and edit the IP address as shown below

  • FileName: /root/tunneldown.sh


ip rule del from <ip address of slan>/24 table vpn

ip route flush table vpn

#example: ip rule del from table vpn

  • FileName: /root/route-up.sh


ip route add $ifconfig_remote dev $dev proto kernel scope link src $ifconfig_local

ip route add $route_network_1 via $ifconfig_remote dev $dev metric 1 table vpn

ip route add via $ifconfig_remote dev $dev table vpn

ip route add via $ifconfig_remote dev $dev table vpn

# Add route back to local network

ip route add <ip subnet from slan>/24 via <slan Gateway> table vpn

#example : ip route add via table vpn

# Add rule from local network to VPN Gateway

ip rule add from <ip address from slan>/24 table vpn

#example: ip rule add from table vpn

Create and edit the OpenVPN Config below and save it on your computer as .ovpn (ex. vpn.dallas.ovpn). Place it in the same folder where the .key, .crt, and ca.crt files are located that you received from the OpenVPN service

  • Edit and/or add the yellow highlighted lines


# OpenVPN configuration file



route-up /root/route-up.sh


down /root/tunneldown.sh

script-security 3 system

dev tun

proto udp

remote <vpn.server.name> 1194

resolv-retry infinite




ns-cert-type server

cipher bf-cbc


verb 3

mute 20

ca /root/ca.crt

mssfix 1300

key /root/<openvpn>.key

cert /root/<openvpn>.crt

#tls-auth ta.key 1


Copy Files to router (using favorite File transfer program)

  • In linux, use Terminal and type the following from the folder where the four files are located.

    • scp ca.crt <openvpn>.ovpn <openvpn>.crt <openvpn>.key This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..x.x:/root

  • SSH back into the router


Make the files, route-up.sh and tunneldown.sh, executable

  • From the router, run:

    • chmod u=rwx /root/route-up.sh /root/tunneldown.sh


Make the .key and .crt non-accessible to others or OpenVPN will fuss at you

  • chmod u=rw,go= <openvpn>.key <openvpn>.crt


Now comes the fun...

  • Test the connection and get the DNS number you'll use in the next section
  •  Still in SSH terminal, Type: openvpn –config vpn.<whateveryoucalledit>.ovpn

  •  Watch the messages scroll up the screen. If all is successful, you'll see 'Initialization Sequence Completed' on the last line.

  •  If successful, scroll up and look at the lines until you see the one that reads DNS:

  •  PUSH: Received control message: 'PUSH_REPLY,redirect-gateway def1,dhcp-option DNS 10.x.x.x,route 10.x.x.x,topology net30,ping 10,ping-restart 60,ifconfig 10.x.x.x 10.x.x.x'

  •  Also watch for “RNETLINK answers: File exists.” This means the route-up file was successful.

  •  Once you have the DNS address, we can modify the settings

  •  Configure dnsmasq settings – edit file: /etc/dnsmasq.conf

 Add the highlighted lines to the file

# Change the following lines if you want dnsmasq to serve SRV

# records.

# You may add multiple srv-host lines.

# The fields are <name>,<target>,<port>,<priority>,<weight>

# Added for OpenVPN DNS

dhcp-option=<name of network interface>, 6, <IP Address from OpenVPN Connection>

# example: dhcp-option=slan,6,10.x.x.x

# A SRV record sending LDAP for the example.com domain to

# ldapserver.example.com port 289



Create and name a startup file and place it in /etc/init.d/ so it can be enabled and disabled from OpenWrt GUI

  • Create file with your favorite text editor (ex. vi /etc/init.d/openvpn-client)

#!/bin/sh /etc/rc.common

# Copyright (C) 2007 OpenWrt.org




logger -t "openvpn" "starting openvpn-client"

openvpn --daemon --config /root/vpn.<whateveryoucalledit>.ovpn




logger -t "openvpn" "stopping openvpn-client"

killall openvpn

sleep 3


  • Make it executable: chmod u=rwx /etc/init.d/openvpn-client

  • Exit the SSH Shell!


  • From Web GUI, go to System -> Startup

    • The 'openvpn-client' and 'openvpn' show in 'Initsscripts' as disabled

    • Enable openvpn and refresh to make sure it is running

    • If it stays in the Enabled state, finish the firewall settings:





Masquerade & MSS clamping

Covered Networks

Allow Forward To

Allow Forward From





Both Blank








Check Masquerade

MSS Blank








Both Blank


Ovpn 1


Ovpn 1




Check Masquerade

MSS Blank

Ovpn 1



Restart the router

If everything works, when you connect to the secure wireless network, your ip address will be in the location of the vpn server.



  • If, after enabling the openvpn-client, it comes back disabled, there is something wrong in the configuration. The best way to debug or troubleshoot the connection is to SSH into the router and start the openvpn connection by typing:

  • openvpn --config <openvpn>.ovpn

  • Watch toward the end to see if there are any errors in the route-up.sh script

  • Press 'Ctrl C' and watch what happens to the tunneldown.sh script

  • If you forgot to make the files executable, the connection will fail.


Last modified on Saturday, 14 October 2017 03:36
Monday, 09 October 2017 02:18

K2 Comment Notification

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Today, I was messing around with the K2 Joomla Plugin. I got it working and everything was great. The only problem I found is if someone leaves a comment on an article, no one will know unless the page is visited again. I searched around and found a plugin that cost some moolah, but I didn't want to go that route. Another one I found was not available for downloading. So, away I went on a development hunt to figure out what I could do.

I ended up writing my own PHP script.  It creates a new column in K2's comment table.  When the script runs, it looks for 0's in the new column and sends an email with the information it finds in the record.  It's not a perfect solution, but it works for me.  I set it to run once a day so I'll receive all the comments, in separate emails, daily.

It's not a Joomla plugin, but it is still really easy to install. I have two .php files. One for authenticating and the other is the script. I did it this way in case someone wants to put the script in the 'public_html' folder. However, I recommend creating a folder within the Home folder so it's not accessible from the Internet and run it as a cron job.

For my example below, I'll use the folder 'K2Send'.  Let's begin:

Create a folder to hold two .php files.

/home/<<user name>>/K2Send

Create two files within this folder (ex. K2Send.php and K2SendAuth.php)

Copy the following into the K2SendAuth.php file and then edit it to reflect your server and database information:

<?php // Information for K2 Send Comments $dbserver = 'localhost'; $dbuser= 'Database User'; $dbpass = 'Database Password'; $db = 'Database'; $dbtable = "K2 comments Table"; // This is the name of the column that will be added to the K2 Comment Table. // It can be labeled anything $dbcolumn = "Notify"; // fromEmail = What email address it is sent from $fromEmail = "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."; // toEmail = What email address it is sent to $toEmail = "This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."; // Server domain where K2 is running $fromdomain = "mywebdomain.com"; // textEmail =0 (email is formatted HTML) // textEmail = 1 (email is formatted Text) $textEmail = "0"; ?>

 Now that you have the auth file done, open up the K2Send.php file and paste the following in it and edit the 'require_once' line to reflect the path:

<?php /* To Do.... 1. Check if the notification column is in the K2 comments table 2. If not, create it 3. Check if column contains a 0 4. If so, send email 5. Replace the 0 with a 1 */ //Require Authenication File require_once "/home/---UserNAME---/K2Send/K2SendAuth.php"; $servername = $dbserver; $username = $dbuser; $password = $dbpass; $dbname = $db; $columnexist = 0; // Create connection $conn = new mysqli($servername, $username, $password, $dbname); // Check connection if ($conn->connect_error) { die("Connection failed: " . $conn->connect_error); } // 1. Check if the notification column is in the K2 comments table $sql = "SELECT `COLUMN_NAME` FROM `INFORMATION_SCHEMA`.`COLUMNS` WHERE `TABLE_NAME`='{$dbtable}'"; $result = $conn->query($sql); if ($result->num_rows > 0) { // output data of each row while($row = $result->fetch_assoc()) { if ($row["COLUMN_NAME"]==$dbcolumn) { echo "This column- ".$dbcolumn." - Exists!\n\n"; $columnexist=1; } } if ($columnexist==0) { // 2. If not, create it $add = "ALTER TABLE ".$dbtable." ADD ".$dbcolumn." INT( 11 ) NOT NULL"; $result = $conn->query($add) or die(mysqli_error($conn)); } } else { echo "0 results"; } // 3. Check if column contains a 0 $sql = "SELECT * FROM ".$dbtable; $result = $conn->query($sql); if ($result->num_rows > 0) { // output data of each row while($row = $result->fetch_assoc()) { /* echo "-". $row["id"]."-".$row["userName"]."-".$row["commentDate"]. "-" . $row["commentText"]. "-" . $row["commentEmail"]. "-" . $row["commentURL"]. "-" . $row["published"]. "-" . $row[$dbcolumn]."\n\n"; */ echo "Searching Comments Table.\n\n"; if ($row[$dbcolumn]==0) { // 4. If so, send email in text or HTML // $textEmail = 0 (HTML) echo "Found a new comment.\n\n"; if ($textEmail == 0) { $message = " <html> <head> <title>K2 Commment</title> </head> <body> <p>New K2 Comment</p> <table> <tr> <th>id</th> <th>Item</th> <th>User</th> <th>User Name</th> <th>Date</th> <th>Comment</th> <th>User Email</th> <th>User URL</th> </tr> <tr> <td>".$row["id"]."</td> <td>".$row["itemID"]."</td> <td>".$row["userID"]."</td> <td>".$row["userName"]."</td> <td>".$row["commentDate"]."</td> <td>".$row["commentText"]."</td> <td>".$row["commentEmail"]."</td> <td>".$row["commentURL"]."</td> </tr> </table> </body> </html> "; // Always set content-type when sending HTML email $headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0" . "\r\n"; $headers .= "Content-type:text/html;charset=UTF-8" . "\r\n"; } else { //Send Text Email $message = "New K2 Comment\nID = ".$row["id"]."\n ItemID = ".$row["itemID"]. "\n UserID = ".$row["userID"]."\n User Name= ".$row["userName"]."\n Date = ". $row["commentDate"]."\n Comment = ".$row["commentText"]."\n User Email = ". $row["commentEmail"]."\n User URL = ".$row["commentURL"]."\n"; } $to = $toEmail; $subject = "K2 Comments from ".$fromdomain; // More headers $headers .= 'From: '.$fromEmail . "\r\n"; // $headers .= 'Cc: <<Put another EMAIL Address>>' . "\r\n"; mail($to,$subject,$message,$headers); // 5. Replace the 0 with a 1 $sql = "UPDATE {$dbtable} SET {$dbcolumn}=1 WHERE id={$row["id"]}"; if ($conn->query($sql) === TRUE) { echo "Record updated successfully\n\n"; } else { echo "Error: " . $sql . "<br>" . $conn->error; } } echo "No new comment found.\n\n"; } } else { echo "0 results"; } $conn->close(); echo "Exiting...\n\n"; ?>


Add a cron job to run the K2Send.php file as often as you like.

Post a comment if you see any errors.


Last modified on Monday, 09 October 2017 05:15
Friday, 06 October 2017 13:53

Joomla LDAP Plugin - Update email address

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I spent a little while searching for a way to update the Joomla user Email Address when the email address changes in Windows Active Directory. Of course, I'm using the LDAP plugin included in Joomla 3.x. The plugin can be found here. As you see, there isn't much documentation on it.

Since I couldn't find anything, I decided to edit the php file and make it work. Below is what I did.

Hope this helps someone.

1. Found the file in my Joomla site and opened it up for editing (ldap.php)

2. Went to line 150 or right after:

if (isset($userdetails[0][$ldap_email][0]))
$response->email = $userdetails[0][$ldap_email][0];

3. I Inserted the code:

// Grab email address, currently, in the Joomla User table
$db = JFactory::getDbo();
$query = $db->getQuery(true)
->from('<<INSERT JOOMLA USER TABLE>>_users')
->where('username=' . "'{$credentials['username']}'");
$result = $db->loadResult();

// Update Email address if it's different
$newemail = $userdetails[0][$ldap_email][0];
if ( $result == $newemail)
// echo "Same";
$db = JFactory::getDbo();
$query = $db->getQuery(true)
->update('<<INSERT JOOMLA USER TABLE>>_users')
->set("email = '{$newemail}'")
->where('username=' . "'{$credentials['username']}'");
$found = (int) $db->execute();


4. Done. Now, when the user logs in, it checks the email address to see if it's different. If it is, it updates it. If it's not, nothing happens.

Last modified on Friday, 06 October 2017 14:05
Friday, 06 October 2017 03:15

OpenWRT and Cisco Trunking

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How to create a trunk port on an OpenWRT or Gargoyle Router to use with a Cisco switch or other ‘trunking’ device

This may be self explanatory to many people, but I could not find straightforward information on this topic. It may be around and, if so, this post will be for me the next time I need this information.

For example, if you have a Cisco switch configured with multiple vlans and a trunk port running to another trunk port on a Cisco Router, you can remove the Cisco router and use the OpenWRT/Gargoyle Router. If you don’t know why you would want to use the cheaper router, it’s ok. This post is for those that do.

To get this done, you’ll need to edit the following three files:


First: ‘/etc/config/network’
Create the VLAN IDS that match the same VLAN IDS of the Cisco Switch. You’ll only need to configure the interface as a bridge if you plan on attaching it to a wifi interface.

config interface 'lan'
option ifname 'eth1.5'
option type 'bridge'
option proto 'static'
option netmask ''
option ipaddr ''
option dns ''

config interface 'vlan6'
option ifname 'eth1.6'
option proto 'static'
option ipaddr ''
option netmask ''
option dns ''

config interface 'vlan7'
option ifname 'eth1.7'
option proto 'static'
option ipaddr ''
option netmask ''
option dns ''


Second: ‘/etc/config/dhcp’
Create the DHCP server pool for each VLAN

config dhcp 'vlan5'
option interface 'vlan5'
option start '100'
option limit '50'
option leasetime '8h'

config dhcp 'vlan6'
option interface 'vlan6'
option start '150'
option limit '10'
option leasetime '8h'

config dhcp 'vlan7'
option interface 'vlan7'
option start '160'
option limit '40'
option leasetime '8h'


Third: ‘/etc/config/firewall’
Create the Firewall entries for each VLAN

config zone
option name 'vlan5'
list network 'vlan5'
option input 'ACCEPT'
option output 'ACCEPT'
option forward 'REJECT'

config zone
option name 'vlan6'
list network 'vlan6'
option input 'ACCEPT'
option output 'ACCEPT'
option forward 'REJECT'

config zone
option name 'vlan7'
list network 'vlan7'
option input 'ACCEPT'
option output 'ACCEPT'
option forward 'REJECT'

config forwarding
option src 'vlan5'
option dest 'wan'

config forwarding
option src 'vlan6'
option dest 'wan'

config forwarding
option src 'vlan7'
option dest 'wan'


After these are configured, head back to ‘/etc/config/network’ to configure the switch ports for the VLANS. There should already be the first section ‘config switch’ below. Look at the ‘name’ of the switch (option name). In the example below, it is switch0, but it could differ. Use it in the ‘option device’ line of the vlans. Additionally, the switch port and port lines below don’t always match up, so test each one and use a sharpie to mark the port number on the router itself. For example, Port 1 on the router may be port 3 in the ‘option ports’ line below.

If I want to make vlan5 on port 3, vlan6, on port 2, vlan7 on port 1, and have a trunk port on port 4, I'll use the following configuration:

config switch
option name 'switch0'
option reset '1'
option enable_vlan '1'

config switch_vlan
option device 'switch0'
option vlan '5'
option ports '0t 3 4t'

config switch_vlan
option device 'switch0'
option vlan '6'
option ports '0t 2 4t'

config switch_vlan
option device 'switch0'
option vlan '7'
option ports '0t 1 4t'

## If, for some reason, you need a Native VLAN added, you can add the following section.
## If VLAN 1 is the Native VLAN ID
config switch_vlan
option device 'switch0'
option vlan '1'
option ports '0t 4t'

Once you plug in the Cisco switch’s trunk port, you’ll see the logs bring up the vlans and ports. Plug a device into the Cisco switch port and it will grab the appropriate IP address from the OpenWRT/Gargoyle Router


Last modified on Friday, 06 October 2017 14:01