Category: Windows 2003

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role 0

How to Seize an Active Directory FSMO Role

There are 5 roles in Active Directory, called Flexible Single Master Operations (FSMO) roles, that are handled by certain Domain Controllers in Active Directory. If you only have one Domain Controller (DC) then all...

So Many Deployment Tools, So Little Time! 0

So Many Deployment Tools, So Little Time!

Whenever I blog about Windows deployment, I wonder why Microsoft doesn’t provide a single application for deploying Windows……or something close to a single solution. There are dozens of tools that Microsoft throws into a...

How to Configure Your Windows Server to Use an External Time Source 0

How to Configure Your Windows Server to Use an External Time Source

Having the same time on all your Windows servers is extremely important. Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Active Directory all rely on the Time Service (W32Time). The Kerberos authentication protocol in Windows also relies...

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute 0

The Strange Way in Which Active Directory Implements the Full Name Attribute

Did you know that the full name, first name, last name, display name, logon name, and Pre-Windows 2000 account name can all be different for a single user account in Active Directory? There are...

Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Products 0

Microsoft’s Billion Dollar Products

Microsoft has several products that are generating good revenue for their business. Mary Jo Foley recently published this article that has more details. Most of the heavy hitters are big names but SharePoint definitely...

Error: Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 requires that MSXML version 6.10.1129.0 be installed on your computer 2

Error: Installation of Microsoft Office 2010 requires that MSXML version 6.10.1129.0 be installed on your computer

Problem You may have run into the following error when you try to install Microsoft Office 2010. Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s): The installation of Microsoft Office 2010 requires...

How to Delete Inactive Profiles on Windows 7 2

How to Delete Inactive Profiles on Windows 7

A few years ago I wrote this article Deleting Old User Profiles in Windows 2000/XP/2003 about a User Profile Deletion utility called DelProf.exe. This tool is part of the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit....

Free Wake-On-LAN GUI Tool 0

Free Wake-On-LAN GUI Tool

There is a free Wake-On-LAN GUI tool available that you can use to wake a remote computer up by either using it’s IP address or it’s Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). You can use...

How to Remotely Restart a Windows Computer 2

How to Remotely Restart a Windows Computer

The Shutdown command can be used to remotely restart or shutdown a Windows 2000 or later computer. For example, you can remotely reboot a Windows 7 computer from a Windows XP computer as long...

DNS Glossary 0

DNS Glossary

Microsoft’s Active Directory relies on Domain Name System (DNS) so it’s important to have a good understanding of DNS concepts and terms. Here’s a glossary of DNS terminology in alphabetical order. You can also...

How to Centralize Remote Access Policies Using RADIUS 0

How to Centralize Remote Access Policies Using RADIUS

Remote access policies are local to the Windows Server 2003 where they are created. Therefore, you cannot synchronize remote access policies between servers. In addition, because remote access policies cannot be integrated with Active...

Error: MMC has detected an error in a snap-in. It is recommended that you shut down and restart MMC. 0

Error: MMC has detected an error in a snap-in. It is recommended that you shut down and restart MMC.

When you add a Windows Server 2008 Server in your Windows Server 2003 domain, you have to update the schema. You may notice that when you use Active Directory Users and Computers on your...

Difference Between Immediate and Urgent Replication 2

Difference Between Immediate and Urgent Replication

In Windows Server 2003 Active Directory domains, there is a concept of immediate and urgent replication. Certain types of information gets replicated immediately, rather than waiting for the standard Active Directory replication. One such...

How to Find All Services Running Under SVCHOST.EXE 2

How to Find All Services Running Under SVCHOST.EXE

While troubleshooting a network issue, I had to locate the services running under SVCHOST.EXE on a remote machine running Windows Server 2003. You can use the TASKLIST utility to see all the services that...

NetDom Examples 1

NetDom Examples

NetDom is a command-line tool that is built into Windows Server 2008. It is available if you have the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role installed. To use NetDom, you must run the NetDom command...

Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2003/2008/Vista 0

Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2003/2008/Vista

Microsoft offers several spreadsheets that contain all the settings for group policies. These spreadsheets list the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the Administrative template files delivered with the Windows operating...

Some Windows Users Experiencing “Black Screen of Death” 0

Some Windows Users Experiencing “Black Screen of Death”

According to reports, some Microsoft Windows computers are experiencing a “Black Screen of Death.” The phrase Black Screen of Death came out of the famous “Blue Screen of Death”, which caused system crash on earlier Windows operating...

Should You Enable Error Reporting in Windows? 4

Should You Enable Error Reporting in Windows?

Error reporting is a feature used by Microsoft in Windows operating systems and is enabled by default. Some people like to turn on error reporting to do Microsoft a favor, while others prefer not...

Why is KRBTGT account in Windows Sever 2003 disabled? 2

Why is KRBTGT account in Windows Sever 2003 disabled?

The reason that the KRBTGT account is disabled in Windows 2000/2003 Server is that there is no reason or need for someone to be logging in with the KRBTGT domain account. Therefore, it cannot...

Configuring Anonymous Access for a MOSS 2007 Site 0

Configuring Anonymous Access for a MOSS 2007 Site

When working with MOSS 2007, especially on Windows Server 2008 (WS08), some administrators find it difficult to locate the option to enable Anonymous Authentication. Enabling Anonymous Access is not very intuitive in MOSS 2007...

Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 Group Memberships 0

Windows Server 2000/2003/2008 Group Memberships

Group nesting and membership can get confusing, especially when you are dealing with multiple domains and different types of groups in Windows Server 2000/2003/2008. I have created a table (color-coded to make it more...