the back room tech’s utilities page is live

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You can find my collection of links to tools and utilities highlighted on thebackroomtech.com at http://thebackroomtechutilities.wordpress.com I hope these tools and utilities will be useful to network administrators and IT professionals. The majority of programs will be freeware, shareware, and open source.

Using acctinfo.dll on Windows Servers to see additional Active Directory user account information

by File in: utilities, Windows

The Windows 2003 Resource Kit is chock full of cool tools, but acctinfo.dll was one I had never used before today.  I happened to find it when I was looking for a way to see the last time passwords were changed. The Resource Kit’s readme file has a nice synopsis of what this tool does: Acctinfo.dll is […]

Howto: Use clip.exe to redirect command line output to the Windows clipboard

by File in: howto, script, utilities, Windows

I was browsing the Windows Server Command Line Reference today and came across clip.exe.  I was not familiar with this little utility, but after a brief investigation I found that it could redirect command line output to the Windows clipboard. Why would I want to do this? I’m very command line oriented.  I grew up with […]

Using admx.exe to parse Group Policy .adm files

by File in: Group Policy, utilities, zenworks

The Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools contains a utility called ADM File Parser, aka admx.msi.  According to Microsoft, “(AdmX) is a command-line tool that enables an administrator to export Group Policy settings to a tab-delimited text file. The administrator can then use the text produced by ADM File Parser (AdmX) to find changes for the […]

Using the Groupwise 5.x Archive FID Editor to restore archived email

by File in: Groupwise, utilities

We have a user who’s iPaq kept having Groupwise synchronization issues.  It would work using Intellisync just fine for a few weeks, then would mysteriously fail.  We replaced the PDA and computer, and after much troubleshooting with the hardware and software manufacturers, it was decided the user’s Groupwise 7 SP1 account was the root of […]

IIS authentication troubleshooting using AuthDiag

by File in: diagnostics, troubleshooting, utilities, Windows

One of my educational clients uses a web based Student Management Package for attendance, grades, and other school record keeping functions. The web server that powers these apps is a Windows 2003 server running IIS. All of a sudden, the IIS server started getting “403 access is denied” errors when users were attempting to login […]

Howto: Change passwords for all users in an OU in a Windows 2003 domain

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Yesterday I wrote about how to migrate user data and profiles to a new Windows 2003 domain controller.  Today I’ll show you how to bulk change passwords for an entire OU using the dsmod and dsquery utilities that are built into Windows 2003. KB322684 has an overview of the command line tools built into Windows […]

Howto: Migrate file shares, permissions, and user profiles paths in a Windows 2003 domain

by File in: howto, utilities, Windows

I’m in the process of migrating from serv1, a Windows 2003 Domain Controller (DC) to serv2, a new Windows 2003 DC.  Serv1 has approximately 185 student accounts and 5 staff accounts.  Each user has their own shared folder on the server which is defined in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADU&C) user account profile path.  There […]

MSTview.exe – A free, portable .MST viewer

by File in: deployment, utilities

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 […]