Howto: Edit network card bindings in Windows Server 2008

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Figuring out how to edit the order of NIC bindings on a Windows 2008 Server took quite a bit of Googling. It seems that you need to know a secret key combination to be able to view the Advanced tab, where the option to edit the NIC bindings is located. To edit the network card […]

Howto: Enable SSL on Windows Media Services Web Administration Site running on Windows 2008 / IIS 7.0

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The Windows Media Services (Web) web site does not use encrypted connections by default. Here’s how to enable SSL on the administration web site. 1. In Server Manager, expand Roles > Web Server (IIS) > Internet Information Services (IIS Manager). Highlight the IIS 7.0 web server 2. Under Security, Select Server Certificates 3. On the […]

Howto: Delegate administrative rights to Windows Media Services Web Administration to non-admins

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As an administrator, follow these steps to delegate administrative rights to Windows Media Services Web Administration to non-admins. This has been tested on a server running Windows Server 2008. 1. Create a local, non-administrator group that is named WMS Local Administrators on the server computer that is running Windows Media Services. Add the user account […]

Fix: The error returned when trying to retrieve these settings from the local security policy database (%windir%\security\database\secedit.sdb) was: The parameter is incorrect

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Howto fix error when opening Windows Server 2003 Local Security Policy: The Group Policy security settings that apply to this machine could not be determined. The error returned when trying to retrieve these settings from the local security policy database (%windir%\security\database\secedit.sdb) was: The parameter is incorrect. All local security settings will be displayed, but no […]

Running Windows Media Services and and IIS on the same server in Windows Server2008

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MS KB328728 describes how to run Windows Media Services and and IIS on the same server in Windows 2003, but the WMSHttpSysCfg utility the KB article references does not exist on Windows 2008. Here’s how to run both WMS and IIS on Windows 2008. 1. Install both WMS and IIS 2. Add a second IP […]

Howto: Change the IP address of a Dell 4/P DRAC from the command line without rebooting the server

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Normally you configure a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) when a server is initially commissioned. Once the card is set, administrators rarely if ever need to modify the settings. If you do need to change the settings, the server needs to be restarted so the DRAC BIOS can be modified, which obviously results in system […]

The deltree command equivalent for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and beyond

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Good old DOS and versions of Windows prior to Windows 2000 included the deltree.exe command. The deltree command could remove a directory and all the files the directory contained. Subdirectories could also be deleted when the /s option is used. This was extremely helpful for removing a directory structure that contained many files and folders. […]

Howto: Move the Windows Server 2003 Inetpub directory from default directory c:\Inetpub to another drive letter

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Here’s how to move the Windows Server 2003 Inetpub directory from default directory c:\Inetpub to another drive, d:\Inetpub in this example. 1. From a command prompt type: xcopy c:\inetpub d:\inetpub /O /X /E /H /K This will copy the IIS Inetpub directory, it’s contents, and the file permissions to the new drive. See KB 323007 […]

Fix for Windows Vista Black Screen of Death, aka KSOD

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Found this solution on the LogBlog after another failed Vista boot up. This issue is being referred to as the blacK Screen Of Death (KSOD), and is described as: “KSOD Defined: Where after a reboot the Windows Vista PC boots up to a black screen with a white mouse cursor and nothing else ever loads […]

Dell Dset utility default password

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I always forget this, so I’m posting this here for the next time I need to review a Dell Dset report, that the default password is ‘dell’. If you are not familiar with Dset, you can download it from http://ftp.us.dell.com/sysman/Dell_DSET_1.5.0.120.exe It’s a nifty utility that provides configuration and diagnostic information for Dell’s technical support staff. […]