Windows Server 2003 Event: 1056 Source: DHCPserver

by File in: diagnostics, events, troubleshooting, Windows

A Windows 2003 SP1 DHCP server on one of my client’s network just started getting the following error in the server’s system log all of a sudden: “The DHCP service has detected that it is running on a DC and has no credentials configured for use with Dynamic DNS registrations initiated by the DHCP service. […]

eDirectory 8.8 / 8.8.1 and nw65sp6

by File in: best practices, deployment, edirectory, Netware, Novell, upgrade

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

by File in: deployment, microsoft update, patches, SBS, windows update, wsus

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 […]

What to do before a Netware NLM won’t unload

by File in: Netware, Novell, remote access, troubleshooting

I’ve been troubleshooting a problem all day where only one user won’t get her Netware login script drive mappings, or they will map, but she’ll lose them within half an hour or so. But of course this is an intermittent problem. This problem doesn’t affect any other users in her OU, and the problem follows […]

Howto: Create a Groupwise 7.0.1 client autorun CD using setup.cfg

by File in: deployment, Groupwise, howto, Novell, silent, unattended

I have some remote users that never come into the office, so I send them autorun CDs of the newest Groupwise client we are using. The only thing the user has to do is put the CD into the drive, and the client automatically installs with the settings I preconfigured. To begin, copy the Windows […]

IMF still updating through Automatic Updates despite being disabled

by File in: diagnostics, events, exchange, microsoft update, patches, troubleshooting, windows update

I have a strong belief that thou shall not allow Automatic Updates (AU) to be automatically installed on Windows servers. 95% of the time the updates are just fine, but that other 5% can be quite painful. Last night I installed KB927891 that AU had downloaded. AU actually downloaded two updates, but the one for […]

Google Gears feeds my Google Reader addiction

by File in: browser add-ons, Google

I love Google Reader (but apparently not as much as Robert Scoble). If I have a few spare minutes (like waiting for a server to reboot!) I’m always scanning through my RSS feeds. Gears is Google’s latest invention. It’s still in beta, so it’s not perfect, but it is an open source browser extension that […]

My unattended Windows XP deployment methods

by File in: deployment, howto, imaging, microsoft update, silent, unattended, Windows

I frequently need to create ‘base’ images for new computer models my organizations acquire. Until recently, the process was always the same: Install Windows XP Enter information, such as license key, at all prompts during the setup process Apply Windows XP SP2 (my volume license media was only SP1) Install Microsoft Update client Download all […]

Howto: Deploy Adobe Reader 8 with Zenworks

by File in: howto, silent, unattended, zenworks

I wrote a small Zenworks NAL app that pushes out Adobe Reader 8 to network users. I used the Adobe customization wizard 8 to create the Microsoft MST Transform files that modify the Adobe Reader MSI file. Then I deployed the MSI in Zenworks in conjunction with the modified MST. Check out msiwisdom for more […]

WSUS diagnostic tools

by File in: diagnostics, wsus

I’ve had a hellish upgrade experience from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 2.0 to 3.0, which I’ll write about when (if?) I ever resolve it. I suspect my issues are due to an incompatibility with an existing application on the WSUS server that uses MSDE, but supposedly this problem shouldn’t happen. In the meantime, if […]