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Unstall McAfee Total Protection from Windows Home Server (WHS)

November 17th, 2009 No comments

This is a quick article showing how to uninstall McAfee Total Protection from Windows Home Server (WHS). The instructions were not readily available on McAfee’s website as they have removed the KB article “KB64958” from their site.

Here is a link to the uninstaller in case the one mentioned below is not working.

Corporate KnowledgeBase

Additional information for removing Total Protection Service from Windows Home Server

Corporate KnowledgeBase ID:
KB65958

Published:
June 26, 2009

Environment

Microsoft Windows Home Server
Microsoft Windows Home Server OEM implementations
Acer Aspire easyStore
HP home Media Server

Solution

CAUTION: This article contains information about opening or modifying the registry.

  • The following information is intended for System Administrators. Registry modifications are irreversible and could cause system failure if done incorrectly.
  • Before proceeding, McAfee strongly recommends backing up your registry and understanding the restore process. For more information, see: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/256986
  • Do not run a .REG file that is not confirmed to be a genuine registry import file.

If you have to remove Total Protection Service from a Windows Home Server (WHS), it is necessary to remove several registry keys that are removed if you use the following:

  • Add/remove programs
    IMPORTANT: Do not use Add/remove programs to remove Total Protection from WHS. See also KB66148 on severe potential issues.
  • mvsuninst.exe

To manually uninstall Total Protection from WHS:

  1. Download MVSUninst.exe from http://vs.mcafeeasap.com/MC/enu/vs45/bin/mvsuninst.exe
  2. Run mvsuninst.exe
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. Click start, run, type regedit and press ENTER.
  5. Locate and right-click the following registry key, select Delete and click Yes:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\KnownAdditions\TopWHSaddin.msi.-8589896854554775808]
  6. Repeat the previous step for the following:
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Home Server\RegisteredAdditions\{cfcd4bf6-203d-4213-bab4-3c140954287b}]
  7. Restart your computer.
    You are now ready to reinstall the product via the Windows Home Server console Settings screen.
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Google’s Third Muppets Theme – Bert and Ernie

November 6th, 2009 No comments

It appears Google has posted yet another muppet-themed home page today.

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Thanks Google for supporting the muppets!

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T-Mobile Nationwide Service Disruption

November 3rd, 2009 1 comment

image It appears T-Mobile is having nationwide service disruptions.

T-Mobile Official Forum: http://tinyurl.com/yhezxt5

Services affected:

  • Voice
  • Data
  • Text & MMC
  • All (Yes, Including 911)

Their official message on their support site looks like this

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This is the second major blow to T-Mobile since the sidekick issue on October 11th that  caused cascading failures and ultimately the loss of all data for T-Mobile Sidekick users. This issue was not directly T-Mobile’s fault but they are somewhat responsible of which provider is chosen to store their client’s data.

It’s very hard to believe that all of their servers could be affected like this nationwide.

Here’s some reference as to how Cell Networks work:

    Update: Just watched a T-Mobile commercial where they ask “What do you want” How about the service to work?

Update 2: The search term “tmobile down” was number 6 on Google and rated at “volcanic” on their activity scale!

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One-Line ncFTP Client Install

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

ncftp is a client suite offering a command-line interface to commonly-used File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

To install it in one line simply run the below command. Substitute in the most currnet version for 3.2.3

cd ~; wget ftp://ftp.ncftp.com/ncftp/ncftp-3.2.3-src.tar.gz \tar zxvf ncftp-3.2.3-src.tar.gz; cd ncftp-3.2.3 \./configure && make && make install; cd ~ \rm -rf ncftp-3.2.3-src.tar.gz ncftp-3.2.3
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Resize /tmp partition on cPanel

November 3rd, 2009 No comments

It’s quite common for a cPanel server to need a larger /tmp partition.

cPanel, by default, creates a loopback device that mounts to /tmp. The default size is only 512MB. This is quite small, especially for shared systems.

Reasons /tmp might become full:

  • MySQL operation or Repair requiring temporary space. Keep in mind the /tmp partition must be big enough to support the largest table size on your system. (8GB table would require 8+GB /tmp space)
  • PHP sessions consuming space in /tmp
  • Rogue scripts living in /tmp

To resize follow these steps:

** Note that this will stop MySQL and will cause service interruption. These commands will resize /tmp to 2GB. If you wish to resize to a greater or smaller size simply change 2048000 to your desired size in bytes.

/etc/init.d/chkservd stop
/etc/init.d/mysql stop
umount /var/tmp
umount /tmp
sed -i -e 's/512000/2048000/g' /scripts/securetmp
rm /usr/tmpDSK
/scripts/securetmp --auto
cd /tmp
ln -s /var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
/etc/init.d/mysql start
/etc/init.d/chkservd start

If you receive errors stating that /tmp could not be unmounted simply run the following command to identify the PID (Process ID) still using /tmp

lsof /tmp

Next, kill all processes using /tmp using “kill –9 <pid>”

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