HowTo: Export a list of all computers in an AD OU

by File in: Windows

To export a list of all computers and non domain controller servers in an Active Directory OU, use dsquery.exe.  For example, to export all computers in’s servers OU to machines.txt : DSQUERY COMPUTER “OU=servers,DC=mydomain,DC=com” -o rdn -limit 1000 > c:\machines.txt   Use -limit when you want to return more than the default 100 results.  Note […]

Assigning Netware rights via the command line

by File in: Novell

Here at the office we have a group in charge of assigning and maintain user and group rights and permissions to our various systems.  It’s nice not having to worry about that aspect of server administration.  But I have an urgent need to have some eDirectoy group rights assigned to a specific directory on every […]

Fix: Blank screen when using Windows XP telnet client

by File in: Windows

Today when I established a telnet session to a host on port 80 from my Windows XP machine, I was unable to see any commands I typed echoed on the screen.  I knew I had to enable local echo, but always seem to forget how to do it. KB196748 describes how to enable local echo […]

Fix: Can’t remove server from Backup Exec selection list

by File in: backup

One of our Backup Exec 11d jobs failed last night with the following error in the Backup Exec job log: Final error: 0xe000846b – The resource could not be backed up because an error occurred while connecting to the Backup Exec for Windows Servers Remote Agent. Make sure that the correct version of the Remote Agent […]

The best MSI Extractor

by File in: utilities

I’ve written in the past about how to extract MSI files at the Windows command prompt, and how to extract the .msi files and edit them using UniExtract and Orca. I think I now have a new favorite tool for extracting .MSI files, and it’s called Less MSIerables (lessmsi) by Scott Willeke.  It can be […]

Fix: Userenv event 1521 and Userenv 1511 errors in Windows Server 2003 Application log

by File in: Windows

The following events were listed in the Windows 2003 event log when one of our second level help desk staff connected to the server console via RDP: Event 1521 Source Userenv  Windows cannot locate the server copy of your roaming profile and is attempting to log you on with your local profile. Changes to the […]

Fix: rdpclip.exe won’t run on Windows Server 2003

by File in: registry, remote access

I had two identically configured Windows 2003 SP2 servers, one that would allow remote copy/paste from the server to the client via RDP, and one that wouldn’t.  I finally took the time today to resolve the issue once and for all. First thing I verified was that in the Local Resources tab of Remote Desktop […]

Enabling Backup Exec remote agent debug logging on Novell Netware

by File in: backup

We’ve been experiencing issues with some of our Backup Exec 9 remote agents losing their connections to media server during backup.  The Backup Exec server job logs report the following generic error: Final error: 0xa000fe30 – A communications failure has occurred. To help troubleshoot this problem, I decided to enable debugging on the Backup Exec remote […]

Capturing Virtual Machine Blue Screens via Powershell

by File in: script

Eric Sloof at has a nice post on how to capture screen shots of virtual machine blue screens using Powershell.  You can find the code here. He then incorporated a Powershell script from Carter Shanklin that pushes a screenshot through Microsoft Office Document Imaging Library (MODI), OCR software found in Office 2003+, to extract […]

Howto: Export a list of all BES users via the Blackberry Manager tool

by File in: Blackberry

A supervisor requested a list of all Blackberry Enterprise Server users in our organization.  I knew if I had the BES resource kit installed I could provide management with a number of reports, but I didn’t have time to go through that process.  Here’s how I quickly exported the list of users through Blackberry Manager […]