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 […]

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 connection, such as domain, user name, etc. This allows me to quickly connect to the server by double-clicking it’s shortcut and entering the appropriate password. […]

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 […]

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 exactly which program is the cause of the high CPU usage is often difficult. According to KB314056, the Svchost.exe file is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32 […]

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 out our backup drives and taking it offsite. I needed a solution that would remove old backups without user intervention so they wouldn’t have to […]

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 […]