Windows

Determining when a local Windows account password was last changed

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Our corporate policy requires us to change Windows server local Administrator passwords on a regular basis.  We have a script that accomplishes this, and after the change we do a QA check to validate the passwords were actually changed. To determine when a local account password was last set (administrator, in this example) , run […]

Microsoft releases load simulation tools for desktops

by File in: Windows

Microsoft has released their Remote Desktop Load Simulation Tools which have nothing to do with Remote Desktop in the RDP sense.  Instead, the tools are designed for 32-bit and 64-bit server capacity planning and performance/scalability analysis.  According to Microsoft: In a server-based computing environment, all application execution and data processing occur on the server. Therefore it is extremely […]

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: 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: 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 […]

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: 0×80070005: Access is denied when running scheduled task as a non-administrator

by File in: Windows

I was running a scheduled task on a Windows 2003 server that called a script that ran as a non-administrator on the server.  The service account that the script ran under had rights to all the appropriate directories on the server, but I still kept seeing the following error after the scheduled task failed to […]

Copying command prompt output directly to the Windows clipboard

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How often have you wanted to copy the output of a Windows command from the command prompt, but had to go thought the process of marking and copying the text first?  Redirecting the command and it’s output is as easy as this: ipconfig /all | clip will pipe the results of ipconfig into the clipboard, […]