Howto: Disable a NIC when running Sysprep

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Disabling a network card when running sysprepping a Windows machine is easy.  Two things need to happen:  1.  Add the following command to the [GuiRunOnce] section of your sysprep.inf file   Command0=”C:\temp\disablenic.cmd”   2.  On the machine you are sysprepping, create a C:\temp\disablenic.cmd file that contains the following:   netsh interface set interface “Local Area […]

Howto automatically change the CD-ROM drive letter after running sysprep

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I’m finalizing a Windows 2003 R2 build that will become our gold image, which will be the source of all new server deployments within our organization.  One challenge I had to overcome was getting the CD-ROM/DVD drive to be set to drive Z: after the syspreped image is cloned and booted. Many people are familiar with changing […]

Workaround for Dell OpenManage Server Administrator installation fails prerequisite checks

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When trying to install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) on a PowerEdge R610 server running Windows Server 2003 R2,  I received the following error from the prerequisite checker:  “This is not a supported server. Server Administrator software can only be installed on supported servers.” I recevied this error when trying to install OMSA 5.4, 5.5, […]

McAfee consumer products uninstaller tool

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McAfee has an uninstaller tool, MCPR.exe, that it recommends running after removing one of their Windows products through Add/Remove programs.  This tool runs on Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.  See document 107083 for details. Affected Suites: Total Protection Internet Security Suite PC Protection Plus VirusScan Plus Wireless Protection Affected Products: AntiSpyware Data Backup Personal Firewall […]

Howto: Uninstall Adobe Flash Player from the command line

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It seems like Adobe is releasing new Flash Players on a regular basis to deal with security issues.  It’s important to remove old versions of Flash Player prior to installing the new version.  Otherwise, you’ll keep remnants of the vulnerable versions on your system. Here’s a very simple way to uninstall your previous version of […]

MSTview.exe – A free, portable .MST viewer

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MSTview.exe is a free, portable transform (.mst) viewer that is found in the Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit, as well as the Office XP Resource Kit. Rather than install the entire Resource Kit just to get this one file, try this: 1) Download the Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit (ork.exe) from Microsoft. 2) Browse to […]

Howto: Patch an OES Linux server after a new installation using the Red Carpet (rug) command line

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Before you do anything else, if you’re running an OES version prior to SP2, make sure you prepare the OES server for patching. A Cool Tool is available to make this process easier. If you are running OES SP2, read TID3045794 for an overview of the process. That being said, I have a brand new […]

Howto: Deploy the Groupwise Client 7 using Zenworks

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Beginning with Groupwise 6 SP1 I deployed the Groupwise client using the .aot files included with the client setup program . Starting with Groupwise 7 you’ll need to deploy the client via Zenworks using .msi files. First, copy the client directory to a network share where users have at least read and file scan rights. […]

eDirectory 8.8 / 8.8.1 and nw65sp6

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According to the readme file included with Netware 6.5 Service Pack 6 (Last modified: 06Nov2006), “If you have eDirectory 8.8 installed on the server, copy the dhost.nlm (dated 18Sep2006 09:36AM) to the server’s sys:\system directory and reboot the server before applying the Support Pack. ” Then the Novell eDirectory 8.8 Readme Addendum was released and […]

Howto: Block Windows 2003 SP2 from Automatic Updates

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Starting June 12, 2007, Windows 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be automatically installed on Windows 2003 servers that have Automatic Update (AU) setup to download and install critical updates without administrator approval.  This service pack is also installed when visiting Microsoft Update or Windows Update and automatically updating your system. A toolkit is available […]