Running the Groupwise 7 Monitor Agent as a Windows Service

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Getting the Groupwise Monitor agent, gwmon.exe, running as a Windows service has been on my to do list for quite a while now.  I don’t understand why Novell doesn’t build this functionality into the product.  Here’s how I went about running the GW703HP1 agent as a service on my Windows Server 2003 R2 box. First, […]

A Portable Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe)

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I ran across Claus’s link to the makeuseof.com article that shows how to run Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection program as a portable application from a USB drive. This lead me to think about how this could be of value in my environment.  I frequently hop from server to server using Microsoft’s Terminal Services client, mstsc.exe, which […]

Howto: Disable the clicking sound in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer

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The clicking sound that Windows plays when you click on a link in Internet Explorer or open a folder in Windows Explorer can get annoying.  Here’s how to disable the sound in Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Click the Sounds tab Scroll down the list under Program Events. Under […]

Howto disable the Internet Explorer popup: This page contains both secure and non-secure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items?

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The  Internet Explorer nag  This page contains both secure and non-secure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items is sooo annoying. To disable this popup in IE6: Tools > Internet Options > Security  Highlight the Internet zone   Select the Custom Level button   Under the Miscellaneous section, change Display Mixed Content from […]

Novell TID 3801441 Is Wrong! – How to create a GroupWise user with a specific File ID (FID) for accessing an archive, or restoring a deleted user

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I was trying to re-create a Groupwise account this morning, and was having great difficulty in changing its FID per TID 3801441.  Here’s what Novell’s instructions are as of today, January 27 2009:  Follow these steps to create a new user with a specified FID number. First you will need to create a new user […]

Incorrect time stamp on Groupwise email messages after migrating to new server

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Last weekend I migrated a Groupwise 7.0.3HP1 post office, it’s POA, it’s domain and MTA from Netware 6.5.5 to Windows 2003 R2 SP2.  The migration was smooth, one I’d performed several times before.  All of a sudden, some of our users in a different time zone were reporting that certain (but not all) incoming email […]

The Conficker.B worm and weak passwords

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All admins should read the Microsoft Malware Protection Center’s analysis of the Win32/Conficker.B worm. It references the weak passwords the worm attempts to use. I’ve finally found a list of these weak passwords on the Analysis tab. Here they are, make sure none are in use in your network! 123 1234 12345 123456 1234567 12345678 […]

Converting Backup Exec 11d job logs into .txt or .html files

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Backup Exec 11d saves it’s jobs logs as .xml files by default. Symantec Document ID 287036 describes how to use the bemcmd.exe program to save the .xml job log as a text or html file. The default location of bemcmd.exe is the \Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec directory on the drive the software is installed. To convert […]

Howto: Use msizap to remove orphaned cached Windows Installer Data Files to increase free disk space

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Msizap is a command-line tool that can delete the configuration data that Windows Installer maintains for products that it installs, including the directories, files, registry subkeys, and registry entries in which Windows Installer stores configuration data. Running msizap.exe with the G parameter removes orphaned cached Windows Installer data files for all users. Running this command […]

Howto: Generate many files of a particular size in Windows

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I was recently performing some performance testing that required me to copy many files of a particular size from one Windows XP workstation to a Windows 2003 server. I had a heck of a time figuring out how to batch generate the test files. Finally I cam across the fsutil tool, which is included on […]