Howto: Using AD Restore and PSexec to remotely restore a deleted object from Active Directory

by File in: howto, utilities, Windows

I was surfing while installing Windows 2003 servers today, and came across AD Explorer. This utility is from Sysinternals (now owned by Microsoft), that allows you to view a whole slew of information regarding your Active Directory tree. You can even take snapshots of your tree and save them for offline viewing. Note: The domain […]

Howto: silently install VNC onto a remote Windows PC

by File in: freeware, howto

I have a client that wanted to be able to remotely access an employee’s computer, but didn’t want to use Windows XP’s remote desktop (long story why) .  He also didn’t want to pay for commercial software, so I needed to find a freeware solution. After doing some research, I decided UltraVNC was the best solution for my […]

Why I don’t save passwords in my browser

by File in: best practices, freeware, utilities

I’ve long been an advocate of not saving passwords to web sites in my Internet browser.  Why?  Because it’s so easy to view the passwords with simple utilities readily available on the Internet. But now you can view passwords stored in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, and Opera with one simple line of javascript code: javascript:(function(){var […]

Scripts for Zenworks for Desktops on SLES 10 server

by File in: Novell, script, zenworks

I have a SLES 10 server that runs all of my Zenworks for Desktops components.  Whenever we have problems with one of the Zenworks components, the first thing I do is run this script that tells me the status of all the appropriate daemons: #begin zencheck.sh #!/bin/bash #check status of Zenworks services clear . /etc/rc.status […]

Windows Live Folders are back – sort of…

by File in: Google, windows live

The Windows Live Folders web site is back from the dead.  I was able to login to the site with my Passport account, but had to provide some personal infomation and accept their service agreement and privacy statement.  Once I submitted and agreed, I received the following message: Signup was unsuccessful Sorry, this beta service isn’t […]

Problems with Windows Vista and Outlook 2007 – connecting to Exchange 2003 SP2 in cached mode over the Internet

by File in: diagnostics, exchange, office, troubleshooting, Windows

My hard drive died in my home computer about two weeks ago. Rather than reinstall Windows XP SP2, I went ahead and installed Windows Vista 64-bit. Everything has been great, with the exception of not being able to connect to my corporate Exchange server (running SP2 on SBS 2003). I was able to connect from […]

Identifying processes running as svchost.exe

by File in: diagnostics, registry, troubleshooting, Windows

I have previously written about experiences with systems becoming unresponsive and reporting svchost.exe utilizing 99% of the CPU. Since so many different .dll’s run as this generic host process, identifying exactly which program is the cause of the high CPU usage is often difficult. According to KB314056, the Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 […]

status update

by File in: Uncategorized

I’m back from vacation, expect postings to resume. Hope everyone had a nice holiday.

1607: Unable to install Installshield Scripting Runtime during Groupwise client install

by File in: Groupwise, Novell, patches, upgrade

I was trying to install the Groupwise 7.0.1 client on a Windows 2000 machine that was running the Groupwise 6.5.7 client, and kept getting the following error: 1607: Unable to install Installshield Scripting Runtime I tried uninstalling the Groupwise 6.5.7 client, rebooting, then running the client 7.0.1 setup again, but it didn’t make any difference. […]

Howto: Upgrade OES iManager 2.5 to iManager 2.6 SP3 (and fix some nici problems as well)

by File in: iManager, Linux, Novell, OES, troubleshooting, upgrade

Novell’s iManager hasn’t worked for me since I freshly installed my Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES) SP2 linux server. When I access http://myserversip/nps (or https://10.0.0.26/iManager.html), I’m presented with the iManager login screen, but when I enter my credentials I receive the following error: Server Error 500 Either the server is overloaded or there was an […]