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. […]

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 […]

“All Users” Desktop Shortcut Icons are Missing After Enabling Group Policy

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We are replacing our old desktop security program with Zenworks for Desktops 7 Group Policies, which are essentially Windows Group Policies integrated into eDirectory. After deploying these policies, we found […]

MSTview.exe – A Free, Portable .MST Viewer

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MSTview.exe is a free, portable transform (.mst) viewer that is found in the Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit, as well as the Office XP Resource Kit. Rather than install the […]

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 […]

Managing multiple Remote Desktop/Terminal Server connections using Terminals

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I manage many Windows servers using Remote Desktop/RDC or Terminal Services. I have an icon saved to my desktop for each server, which contains the configuration settings for each specific […]

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 […]

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 […]

Identifying Processes Running as svchost.exe

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I have previously written about experiences with systems becoming unresponsive and reporting svchost.exe utilizing 99% of the CPU. Since so many different .dll’s run as this generic host process, identifying […]

HowTo: Automatically Remove Files Older Than ‘X’ Days

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Tape backups have failed me too many times, so I now do my Windows backup to an external hard drive. One of the office staff is in charge of swapping […]