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  1. According to: http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/faq/#sys-req Silverlight 3 requires a minimum of XP SP2. Conversely, the page at http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/get-started/install/default.aspx suggests that you can have Silverlight 4, provided you have installed Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (kb891861). Suck it and see.
  2. I've never used Netflix, but there's two possible reasons they might insist on XP SP2 as a minimum. Firstly - Microsoft themselves no longer support XP SP1. That would make it difficult for Netflix to offer support, as if some terrible issue was identified, they would not get any help from MS at all. Secondly - Service Pack 2 changed the functionality of various components of the operating system. Eg- turning the firewall on by default, adding the MSIE add-on manager, support for WebDAV UNC paths and hardware DEP. A more exhaustive list is at: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb878160.aspx . Also, many of the Windows binaries were recompiled for SP2, and some functions will likely have been added/changed/removed. If the Netflix application depends on one of these things, there's no way it's going to run on SP1 or Win2K. If you want to know more about their codecs, they talk about it a bit here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10102284-1.html It's a free trial, right? So why not give it a go, and see how you get on?
  3. Ah, righty. I'd never heard that term before, and assumed it was something to do with the 'back' button history. I'm fairly new to Win7 myself, and have read absolutely none of the documentation.
  4. I don't think you can add a pagefile to the ramdisk, as presumably the ramdisk doesn't appear as a regular storage device that can be access prior to the pagefile initialising. I'm posting from the pub, on my phone- so can't really look too far into this, but I suspect that's the case. Perhaps you could locate other files there, eg your temporary internet files, temp folder and suchlike. Possibly, finding the driver concerned and changing the start type to boot or system will give you the result you're looking for- but if the ramdrive driver has a dependency on something else, you may end up with a non-booting system, requiring safemode or last known good to resolve. I wouldn't personally try putting a pagefile on a ramdisk. Windows expects pagefiles to be on disk, and are designed as such. How many apps do you have open, using 2GB RAM at any one time, anyway? If the answer is more than one, and you're using x86- you're doing it wrong.
  5. I'm not sure if this is something I changed in the Explorer options, but... When I've got an Explorer window open (say c:\users\adamt\europe\sweden), it shows me all of this just below the window title, eg: ► Computer ► Sys (C:) ► users ► adamt ► europe ► sweden ► If I want to move UP a level, I can just click on the bit where it says "europe", and this will take me up to c:\users\adamt\europe. And now for the clever part: If I want to go from c:\users\adamt\europe\sweden to c:\users\adamt\europe\gibraltar, I can click on the little triangle ► to the right of where it says "sweden", and I can select Gibraltar, Germany or whichever other subfolder, from the drop-down list. You could do the same thing, clicking on the "europe" folder, and selecting "asia" instead - taking you to c:\users\adamt\asia. It's a bit of change from WinXP, but I quite like it.
  6. I'm not entirely sure I understand what's needed here - but I think this should be a step in the right direction: http://blogs.technet.com/b/askds/archive/2009/08/10/mapping-one-smartcard-certificate-to-multiple-accounts.aspx Unfortunately, it seems you'll need to be running all Win2k8 DCs, and your CA will need to be running on an Enterprise edition of Windows. Not cheap if you're currently a Win2k3 Std shop throughout.
  7. Try putting the path to the printer in a variable, then using that variable in the "AddWindowsPrinterConnection" method, as is shown at: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/zsdh7hkb%28VS.85%29.aspx
  8. Curiouser and curiouser... When files are becoming unavailable in this manner, both Netmon and Wireshark show something very odd happening. If I request the following file: \\uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\DK83X.TTF What I'm actually seeing in the packet capture is a request for: \uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\DK83X.TTF\uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\DK83X.TTF - The entire SMB path has been duplicated. This is not happening for all files, nor even some files all of the time. It seems to crop up on a few files, from specific servers, every few hours or so. It can't be MUP.SYS, since I don't need to purge the MUP cache. That leaves mrxsmb and rdbss. ...
  9. Just to reply to my own posting, in case anyone else runs in to similar issues. The issue appears to be DFS on the NAS device. Occasionally, in response to a request for a file, the NAS device responds with GET_DFS_REFERRAL. When this happens, the request for the file fails (as the path is duplicated). When file requests are working, there is no dfs referral. I still don't know the root cause of the issue, but running dfsutil.exe /pktflush gets things working again for a little while, at least.
  10. Dear all, We have several Win2k3 servers which are accessing files from an OnStor Bobcat NAS appliance. Sometimes, files seem to go missing. They appear in the directory listings, and I can use "type" on the command line, but not "start". The NAS device is returning error 58 in response to a request for these files, eg: Smb: R; Nt Create Andx - NT Status: System - Error, Code = (58) STATUS_OBJECT_PATH_NOT_FOUND Rebooting the servers seems to resolve the issue. Handle.exe isn't showing anything with a handle open to the files in question. And bizarrely, not all servers are affected at the same time. Eg, one server will show: C:\Control>start \\uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\shoe180.jpg The system cannot find the file \\uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\shoe180.jpg Whereas other servers will be able to open the file just fine. What puzzles me is that even when an affected server shows the issue, you can still access the file by either using the FQDN, or the IP address. Eg: \\uk6nas03\share14\img\thumbs\shoe180.jpg - will fail \\uk6nas03.my.fqdn.example.com\share14\img\thumbs\shoe180.jpg - will work \\10.79.3.25\share14\img\thumbs\shoe180.jpg - will also work. In netmon, the SMB requests seem to have the same flags set for things like oplocks, signing, compression and longfiles. ProcMon/Filemon don't seem to be showing me requests made for files on the NAS (successful or otherwise). Has anyone seen this sort of behaviour from an SMB/CIFS server before?
  11. Just a thought - when connecting via RDP, do you have "Desktop Background" ticked under the "Experience" tab in mstsc.exe?
  12. As per: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305098 You need- A computer with a 48-bit LBA-compatible Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) installed. An HDD larger than 137Gb The EnableBigLba registry key to be set to 1 in: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\atapi\Parameters Windows 2000 SP3 or higher Read the whole KB though, as there's some gotchas about data integrity using the EnableBigLBA key (especially if you go backing out the change). If by 'out of the box' you mean - works straight away after the OS is deployed, well - you'll need to slipstream SP3 or SP4 to your install, and set the registry key at some point in the build.
  13. Try running nslookup against the external DNS server. It might have cached an NXDOMAIN response for longer than it was supposed to. I'm not sure how long you can cache an NXDOMAIN response, as you can't very easily assign a TTL to something that doesn't exist. If the external DNS server resolves it fine, but your internal one doesn't - take a look at your internal server's DNS cache. Perhaps there's something lurking in there. For caching of negative responses, take a look at: http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2308.html
  14. If you have Server 2003 R2, you could use file screening: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazin...echNet.10).aspx
  15. Does the server trust the CA that issued the certificate? Any errors in the event logs of either client or server?
  16. Even better - if you have a static IP address, you can open the remote desktop (or sshd, or whatever) port ONLY for connections from your IP address. If you don't have a static IP address, you could possibly have a guess at which networks you're likely to be coming from. Find out what your external IP address is and look it up at arin.net or ripe.net or apnic.net or... depending on which part of the globe you're in. That will give you the network range for that netblock. You could open up the port to that network. It's still a risk, but the hacker would need to be using the same ISP as you in order to stand a chance. Once you figure out the IP that the hacking attempts are coming from, you might want to explicitly ban that netblock from accessing your server at all. Personally, I don't think it's the remote desktop that's the problem. It's more likely to be SMB, SQL or HTTP unless it's a dictionary or brute force attack.
  17. Think I * may* have figured this out. The file is a virtual PC image, and is probably in use, and would have been in use when the user applied the compression attribute - which means it couldn't be compressed, but still retains the attribute. The bit that is still puzzling is why the 'Size on disk' field shows 232Mb, whilst it still seems to be using the full 16Gb.
  18. Hey all, Got a strange one here. I have a Win2003 (SP1) server, with a 17Gb partition. On that partition is a 16Gb file, which is compressed down to 232Mb. So, in effect - that file should only be taking up 232Mb of space. But, when I view the drive in Explorer, or run dir in a command prompt, the space available is reported as if the file weren't compresses, and was still using the full 16Gb. Is this normal behaviour? I thought explorer was supposed to understand NTFS compression...?
  19. Are you saying that the free space, or the total size (free + used) of the volume is decreasing? Are quotas enabled? Have you tried running a disk usage tool like Showman ( http://www.david-taylor.pwp.blueyonder.co....tware/disk.html ) against the volume to see what's being used and where?
  20. The i386 folder on the share should be copied locally prior to the reboot. If you're mapping a drive to the share, you should be able to specify the username and password for the connection.
  21. The problem with what you're doing is that it assumes only one such device will ever be plugged in at a time. If you plug two devices in which match that MAC pattern, you'll end up with an IP conflict. Depending on what specific configuration you want to assign to these devices, you might be able to get by with DHCP Class IDs - eg - if these devices all need to have a specific DNS server specified, you could use a vendor classID. I don't think you can use Class IDs to assign a specific IP address, but you could write a DHCP plugin: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa363373.aspx
  22. Can you run nslookup against the DC from the client and get succesful output? Can you browse to \\domaincontroller\SYSVOL ? Can you browse to \\domainName\SYSVOL ? Have you tried dcdiag on the DC? Is this the only DC?
  23. No, I haven't rebooted them. I didn't know you needed to. Is there a kb article that says this? I've not been given a window to reboot, and been assured this would be 'non-service impacting'. Thanks, Adam.
  24. Hi all, I've got a problem with a Win2000 Server cluster. I'm trying to add a couple of disks to an existing cluster, but when I get as far as selecting which physical disk is to be clustered, the list is blank. I can see the disks in the disk management mmc snap-in, and can assign a partition, a drive letter and format the disk. All appears OK, except for when I try to add them as cluster resources. Partitions are Primary, formatted as NTFS and has not been made a dynamic disk. Any suggestions would be appreciated, Adam.
  25. Depends on where this patch needs to read/write to. You may be able to grant users modify permissions to c:\program files\MyApp If it's Windows/Office patches, try looking at WSUS: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/default.aspx


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