How-To

How to Setup and Configure iDRAC on Dell PowerEdge Servers

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With my newly purchased refurbished Dell PowerEdge R710 server, I’ve been playing around with a lot of technical stuff lately. One feature I really wanted to learn how to use was iDRAC, which stands for Integrated Dell Remote Access. It’s software that is embedded directly onto the server and therefore allows you to control it […]

Determine IP Address From a MAC Address

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Ever had to reverse lookup an IP address? Kind of like looking up a home address using a phone number? If you’re in IT, you might come across the occasional situation where you have a MAC address, but need to figure out what the IP address is. There are a couple of ways you can […]

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 […]

How to Automatically Change the CD-ROM Drive Letter After Running Sysprep

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I’m finalizing a Windows 2003 R2 build that will become our gold image, which will be the source of all new server deployments within our organization.  One challenge I had to overcome was getting the CD-ROM/DVD drive to be set to drive Z: after the syspreped image is cloned and booted. Many people are familiar with changing […]

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

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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 following can […]

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 […]

Howto: Use msizap to Remove Orphaned Cached Windows Installer Data Files to Increase Free Disk Space

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Msizap is a command-line tool that can delete the configuration data that Windows Installer maintains for products that it installs, including the directories, files, registry subkeys, and registry entries in which Windows Installer stores configuration data. Running msizap.exe with the G parameter removes orphaned cached Windows Installer data files for all users. Running this command […]

Howto: Generate Many Files of a Particular Size in Windows

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I was recently performing some performance testing that required me to copy many files of a particular size from one Windows workstation to a Windows file server. I had a heck of a time figuring out how to batch generate the test files. Finally I came across the fsutil tool, which is included in all […]

Howto: Change the IP Address of a Dell 4/P DRAC from the Command Line Without Rebooting

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Normally you configure a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) when a server is initially commissioned. Once the card is set, administrators rarely if ever need to modify the settings. If you do need to change the settings, the server needs to be restarted so the DRAC BIOS can be modified, which obviously results in system […]

Howto: Test IMAP Mail Server Availability Using Telnet

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From a command prompt, initiate a connection with the mail server.  Use port 143 for IMAP, port 993 for seucre encrypted IMAPs: telnet 192.168.1.60 143 Authenticate to the IMAP server, specifying username and password: A LOGIN username password Chose a folder: 01 Select INBOX Display  a message using rfc822 specifications.  Here message number 13 is listed: […]