Updates: October 2002

October 19, 2002
Here is some news about the Dell PowerEdge 500SC that functions as our webserver.  Here is the original article about the server if you forgot about that machine.

I recently replaced the IBM 20 gig 7200 rpm hard disk with a Western Digital 20 gig 7200 rpm.  Used Norton Ghost 2002 to clone the hard disks with no problems.  I did this because I wasn't quite sure how the IBM hard disk would hold up.  It's been making weird noises lately, so I figured it was a good idea to switch it out.

I also reinstalled the original case fan back into the machine.  But what about the noise?  Well, it turns out that the newer BIOS releases from Dell fix this problem.  I upgraded to A07 version BIOS.  The fan runs much quieter now, although still not as silent as the Nidec fan I had in there before.  The best part of this BIOS/fan change is that now when I boot the server, it doesn't hang up at the boot screen with the warning that the case fan is missing.  If you remember, this required someone to hit F1 to pass the screen.  This meant that if the power went out for some reason and your server was accidentally rebooted, your machine would be stuck at the "press F1" page.  Even with a UPS, this new setup is much better.

As many of you know, we use WebTrendsLive to track our stats.  However, they are no longer offering the free version of their service.  I would love to pay for their service, but for us little guys, it's simply not possible.  If anybody knows of any other good stats/tracking/counter services, let me know.  I've removed their link from the Tests/Tools section.

There's a new IIS Lockdown Tool (version 2.1).  You can get it here.

"IIS Lockdown Wizard version 2.1 works by turning off unnecessary features, thus reducing attack surface available to attackers. To provide multiple layers of protection against attackers, URLscan, with customized templates for each supported server role, is integrated into the IIS Lockdown Wizard."