Howto: Reset a lost VMware guest password

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So you’ve forgotten your VMware Linux or Windows guest password?  Here’s how to reset it.  These instructions focus on resetting the password through the Virtual Infrastructure Client, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it using VMware Workstation or VMware Server.   1. Grab a Kon-Boot .iso image.   2. In the Virtual Infrastructure client, configure […]

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

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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 […]

Howto: Enable debug logging for Backup Exec for Windows Servers

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You can temporarily enable Backup Exec debug logging by adding the -debug start parameter to the Backup Exec Remote Agent for Windows Servers service. This is a temporary setting that will be reset when the services are cycled or at the next server reboot.  To enable debug logging permanently, see the second section that details […]

How to completely disable DEP in Windows Server 2003

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To completely disable DEP in Windows Server 2003, perform the following with administrative credentials: 1. Open Windows Explorer 2. Tools > Folder Options > View 3. Uncheck Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended) and Hide extensions for known file types 4. Click apply > OK 5. Browse to C:\ 6. Right click on boot.ini, select […]

Howto: Export IIS 7.0 web server configuration

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To export a backup copy of your IIS 7.0 configuration on a Windows 2008 Server: Open Server Manager Expand Roles – Web Server (IIS) – Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager Highlight the web server name From the Management category, double click Shared Configuration Under Actions, select Export Configuration. Accept or change the default export path […]

Howto: Backup IIS 7.0 web server configuration

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To backup your IIS 7.0 configuration on a Windows 2008 Server, you just need to make a copy of the \windows\system32\inetsrv\config directory (and subdirectories) and save it in a safe location. You can also use the appcmd.exe utility to create the backup via the command line. The syntax to create a backup is: %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe add […]

Howto: Authenticate to eDirectory via the Novell Client, command line style

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I have a backup script that runs on a Windows 2003 server that requires Novell client authentication.  Here’s how to authenticate to eDirectory via the command line, which means it’s scriptable!  The syntax is: c:\windows\system32\LOGINW32.EXE  .user.ou.o /PWD password /CONT Alternatively, you could map a drive to an eDirectory server (Netware, SLES Linux or Windows), which […]

A Portable Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe)

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I ran across Claus’s link to the 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 […]