Howto: Use the Windows Debugging Tools to analyze a crash dump (BSOD)

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Occasionally, my Windows XP SP2 laptop has had the Blue Screen of Death appear unexpectedly. It doesn’t occur when any particular application is running, and nothing ever is written to the event logs. Of course I’m never at the computer when this happens, so I haven’t been able to see what messages and parameters are […]

Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer

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The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer is a really useful tool when documenting Active Directory domains of any size. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microsoft Visio to draw a diagram of the Active […]

Resources for Troubleshooting Windows Event 2019: The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the pool was empty

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One of my client’s servers needs to be rebooted three times a day because of server hangs. A look in Event Viewer finds the following error corresponding to the time the server stops responding: Event: 2019, Source: SRV “The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the pool was empty” They […]

Howto: Disabling Driver Signing in Windows Vista 64 bit

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A security feature of Windows Vista 64 bit version is that unsigned drivers will not load. I’m all for increased security, until I run across a piece of hardware that does not have signed drivers. It was easy to disable driver signing before two updates were released. From an elevated command prompt I ran bcdedit […]

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, […]

Script to Gracefully Close an Outlook .PST File So It Can Be Backed Up

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I was listening to the latest episode of the Casting from the Server Room podcast this morning, and one of the discussions was about backing up an Outlook .pst when users leave Outlook open overnight, which is when the backup is scheduled to run. In order to back an Outlook .pst file, the .pst file must […]

Creating and Updating Outlook Profiles using PRF Files.

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We do the majority of desktop deployment using imaging.  Imaging allows us to bypass most of the redundant manual desktop software configuration.  But one part of the deployment process we had struggled with was configuring Outlook.  Once the machine was placed, the technician had to login to the computer as the user and setup the Outlook […]

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 […]

Script to Backup the Windows Server System State using NTbackup from the Command Line

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Here’s a simple batch file script to backup the Windows Server 2003 System State to a removable drive: for /f “Tokens=1-4 Delims=/ ” %%i in (‘date /t’) do set dt=%%i-%%j-%%k-%%l for /f “Tokens=1” %%i in (‘time /t’) do set tm=-%%i set tm=%tm::=-% set dtt=%dt%%tm% C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe backup systemstate /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j “server04 […]