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Howto: Disable Windows Simple File Sharing via the Registry and Local Security Policy

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Microsoft KB 307874 describes how to disable Windows XP Professional’s simple file sharing. Why would you want to disable simple file sharing on your workstation? The KB explains: By default, simple file sharing is enabled on a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer if the computer is not a member of a domain. With simple file sharing, […]

Howto: Disable Windows XP Security Center Nag Screens via the Registry

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I control most of my networked computers’ Windows desktop firewalls through Group Policy. I have a few workstations that aren’t associated with any GPOs for testing purposes, and these machines have the Windows XP Firewall turned off. These machines also run antivirus software that Windows Security Center can’t monitor. Windows constantly wants to remind me […]

Howto: Move the Microsoft Office MSOCache Directory to a Different Drive

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Some of our older laptops are starting run short on free space on the system partition. The MSOCache is a hidden folder, usually located on the C drive, that contains a copy of the Microsoft Office source installation files. This allows you to add program features or repair the program without requiring access to the original […]

HowTo: Enable Windows Debug Logging to Solve Authentication Problems

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I’ve had some authentication problems of late on one of my Windows 2000/2003 networks, so I decided to enable Net Logon debugging to help trace the source of the problem. KB 109626 details how to enable debug logging for Windows NT 3.51+, but if you’re running Windows 2000 or higher just exit to a command […]

HowTo: Use clip.exe to Redirect Command Line Output to the Windows Clipboard

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I was browsing the Windows Server Command Line Reference today and came across clip.exe.  I was not familiar with this little utility, but after a brief investigation I found that it could redirect command line output to the Windows clipboard. Why would I want to do this? I’m very command line oriented.  I grew up with […]

HowTo: Extract Files from a .MSI File using the Windows Command Line

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Every once in a while I need to extract the content of a .msi file in order to customize a deployment for a particular network environment. Sometimes initializing the .msi installer will temporarily extract the files into C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Local Settings\Temp, but those files are removed once the installer exits. To extract files from a […]

Howto: Using AD Restore and PSexec to Remotely Restore a Deleted Object from Active Directory

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I was surfing while installing Windows 2003 servers today, and came across AD Explorer. This utility is from Sysinternals (now owned by Microsoft), that allows you to view a whole slew of information regarding your Active Directory tree. You can even take snapshots of your tree and save them for offline viewing. Note: The domain […]

HowTo: Silently Install VNC onto a Remote Windows PC

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I have a client that wanted to be able to remotely access an employee’s computer, but didn’t want to use Windows XP’s remote desktop (long story why) .  He also didn’t want to pay for commercial software, so I needed to find a freeware solution. After doing some research, I decided UltraVNC was the best solution for my […]

HowTo: Enable Remote Desktop on a Windows XP Machine – Remotely

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I’ve been configuring my LAN for spiceworks this afternoon. The Windows XP firewall is enabled on most of our PCs, and I didn’t want to visit each station to configure it to allow spiceworks to inventory the machine. I’m also not big into group policy here at the office (what the saying about the cobbler’s […]