Windows 2003

FIX: ipconfig /registerdns results in RPC server unavailable error

by File in: Windows

A new Windows 2003 R2 server was not automatically registering itself in DNS despite having “Register this connection’s addresses in DNS” selected. Performing an ipconfig /registerdns resulted in a “RPC server unavailable” error message.   The solution was to temporarily enable the DHCP Client service, which we disable as a part of our server build […]

Find Windows system uptime from the command line

by File in: Windows

Here’s a quick and easy way of checking how long a Windows server or workstation has been up, via the command line.  It pipes the results of Net Statistics Workstation into find.  Run the following from a command prompt: net statistics workstation | find /i “statistics since” The results will look like Statistics since 8/12/2009 […]

Fix: The IP address you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter that is hidden from the Network Connections folder because it is not physically in the computer

by File in: Windows

I brought up a snapshot of a Windows Server 2003 R2 guest today and could not login to the domain.  After further review I found the server had lost its static TCP/IP settings – both NICs were set to DHCP (they had previously been statically set).  When I attempted to add the TCP/IP addresses back to […]

Howto: Delegate the enable/disable accounts permission in Active Directory

by File in: Windows

To delegate the ability to enable and disable user accounts in Active Directory: Launch Active Directory Users and Computers with adminsitrative credentials Right click on the OU where you want to delegate the ability to enable and disable user accounts Select the Active Directory security group that you want to delegate the ability to and […]

Access is denied when attempting to view or restore Volume Shadow Copy contents

by File in: Windows

I setup our help desk users to be able to restore documents using Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy client on remote servers yesterday.  Everything worked just fine for me as an administrator, and for users who owned the files, but it didn’t work for the help desk folks.  I found out they didn’t have NTFS rights to […]

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 […]

Howto: Do not display the name of the user who has locked a Windows computer or server

by File in: Group Policy, registry, Windows

Normally when a Windows workstation or server is locked, you’ll see something similar to the following Windows Security message:   This computer is in use and has been locked.   Only DOMAIN\USER (user name) or an administrator can unlock this computer.   To not show the name of the user who has locked a computer, the […]

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

by File in: Group Policy

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 […]

A Dell PowerEdge Server, Windows 2003 x64, and the Battle Over SAS RAID Drivers

by File in: Windows

It seemed like a simple enough task – Install Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 on a Dell PowerEdge 2950 x64 server that is about a year old. The server contains three 500GB SATA drives plugged into an internal PERC 5/i SAS RAID controller. The server also lacked an internal floppy drive, and there was […]