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  1. Well after numerous guess/checks I managed to get it sorted by creating a test IIS site, dumping a copy of the most problematic Cisco content in there, adding authentication, testing and then seeing what's different. Turns out the root of IIS didn't have the authentication method set as well as enable guest access. Never noticed it before because I didn't think it would matter on the root configuration. Anyway after clicking Ok, telling it to overwrite the subsequent folders and then removing the guest account from those folders (heh woops, but meh) It seems to be working fine
  2. Hi there, I'm encountering a strange issue with some of our Cisco content is causing IIS to prompt a login box. I'm not quite sure how to explain it really, it's bizzare and I'm not sure whats caused it to do that The authentication method we're using is Integrated authentication. Only the Cisco course material is affected, some more than others. I.e. IT Essentials course content prompts a login box for every single page, others rarely (if at all) Other pages such as the download page (and download files), main page, about page etc have no trouble at all I don't believe anything I've changed has caused the webserver to go into a spin. I've moved the site to PHP and setup custom error pages for 404, 401 and 500. Can't see how that can affect things (Cisco content btw is Cisco's own provided content, I haven't touched that) Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
  3. What I do is have a template pxelinux boot instruction file and then use a batch script to copy the template to 0%macAddress% (I have a csv file with a list of mac addresses, computernames etc) When the PCs boot they boot into the desired OS, when they've finished their task the pxeboot file is deleted
  4. Hi there, I've been trying to figure out why a printer keeps appearing in the computers Printers folder. I've run gpresult which has found the policy setting but the "winning GPO" is simply a bunch of random characters really. I've tried looking for the {069... folder under SYSVOL\policies and couldn't find it. I then attempted to create a blank GPO, copy it's physical folder and rename it to {069 etc and that didn't work either It seems hell bent on staying there, one of those annoying bugs that I can't seem to clean up. Does anybody have any ideas
  5. 3.5 includes .NET 2 as well? I'll have to check that out. Cheers
  6. A partition structure similar to Linux, i.e. OS, Programs, Profiles. If you have to reinstall the OS then you simply can without losing your profiles or programs Better licensing, KMS is good but I shouldn't have to create twice as many images simply to please your anti-piracy requirements. Either allow multiple syspreps with rearm or allow the CMID key to be unique when using the -norearm switch in the unattend.xml file. Not everybody can use Microsoft Deployment and have nice cool unattended installs of every program. If the current Windows server administration tools don't work with Windows 7 then release some that do at the same time as Windows 7. I don't ever want to see a repeat of this again "we'll release Server 2003 adminpak for Vista shortly"... yeah, it's been over a year now guys. Sure there's a hack to get the pack to to install but it's still unacceptable. Likewise with Group Policy Management Console, if you're going to take tools out with the installation of a service pack then provide the installer for it at the same time as the pack is released. It doesn't need to have added features and functionality, you can do that later. We shouldn't be deprived of functionality. Sorry gone off track a bit there (it's a bit of a sore spot). Anyway Video playlists for Media Center would be great. You have them for music so why not video? Less versions, perhaps drop Home Basic and keep Home Premium, Business and Ultimate. Companies were selling dirt cheap PCs with 512Mb RAM and Vista Home Basic. The OS ran like a dog with a loaded AV and Microsoft gets the blame An enhanced network diagnostic tool would be nice, I remember testing the current one and managing to fool it by having a good IP but rubbish DNS server entries. It thought the Internet was down and suggested using DHCP. It should be simple enough to ping test a known IP, then test the DNS equivilent. You could really be clever and see if you can check the local and international link A nice installer where I only ever need to pick my country once and from that the default options for other things (timezone, dictionary, etc) are based from that choice. Obviously many countries have multiple time zones but for that simply jump to one of them. A search function for things like Group Policy and Windows AIK options would be good, the features are there but they can be a right pain to find sometimes The ability to run .NET programs in WinPE, things like system.io and system.network (or whatever it is) would be nice. That's all I can think of for now. I can't remember if Vista does all of point 7 or just some of it. I'm sure it's better than the XP, 2000 etc installer but don't recall it basing everything on it.
  7. Hi there, I'd like to do some simplifying of our domain setup (fully server 2003 btw). Currently we have two domains, Administration.local and ITD.local. Administration.local being the first to be made (which if I've read correctly is the forest root domain?), ITD.local is the student learning domain Originally the two were created in case the students in their labs accidentally deleted accounts or whatever from ITD, but they never did and since I've learnt about delegated authority they no longer can. What I'd like to do is try and simplify things by removing the Administration domain and subsequently give ITD as many controllers/secondary controllers as I can. It'll also tidy up things like user accounts, groups, trusts etc. I've tried looking around on Google but armed with only a description of what I want to do and not really any terminology I'm not exactly getting very far so can anyone help point me in the right direction, or know whether what I want to do is even possible? Cheers
  8. Just giving an update here. What I've done in the meantime is created the image when Windows has been activated with the KMS server. This gives me about 6 months of use before I have to "edit" the image again so to speak
  9. Since all our servers are now 2003 I'll look into changing the domain. Cheers
  10. Hi again, After some more searching I've managed to get it to work, in my case the steps here worked for me, (had to change the PCI\VEN to match the ones in my txtsetup.oem file of course). I think it was the added inf etc drivers in the i386 folder and txtsetup.sif file that helped. Either way it's going. One thing I did note that I don't think is mentioned here is that Notepad++ shows the hidden end of file marker in txtsetup.sif. It's quite good seeing it there, rather than the having the install fail and you're not sure why Still haven't got it to install via WinPE 2, this thread mentions you need to modify dosnet.inf and place d1,iaStor.sys in various places but it hasn't worked for me yet. Has anybody got this working via WinPE2?
  11. Hi, I'm currently trying to get this to work but am getting nowhere fast. I've created a $OEM$\$1\Drivers\SATA folder on the root of the CD containing the SATA drivers (verified to work as I installed XP with them on a Floppy) I've copied the iaStor.sys file to i386 I've modified TXTSetup.sif I've created a Winnt.sif file with DriverSigningPolicy set to Ignore and OemPnPDriversPath="Drivers\SATA" I can get past the textmode portion of Windows setup, into the Windows XP portion and got as far as final procedures before Windows rebooted and gave me a bluescreen. So close yet so far! Thankfully I'm using a CD-RW otherwise I'd have about 20odd coasters right now I'm also trying a network install of this via WinPE and are having even worse luck, the files copy but upon restart textmode setup sits and claims it can't find iaStore.sys? It's in the i386 folder and the $OEM$ etc folders... it is a .sys file though, not a packaged one. Edit, and now textmode setup isn't working again. Fantastic, I should of made a backup.
  12. I'm trying to get head around groups and whether it's possible to have one that contains members from different domains. Background story Currently we have two domains (Admin and Student). Admin holds all the admin accounts I don't want the students to mess with and Student being what the students learn on. It's also what all the student workstations connect to. Normally the two work well together and I can logon to a student workstation using an account residing in the admin domain (trusts and all that) but with the rollout of Vista I noticed that my account didn't have administrative rights on a machine connected to the student domain. Consequently I got all sorts of UAC prompts and crazy things going on. I thought I could simply remedy this by adding my account to the "local admins" group (a Global Group residing on the student domain) but it wouldn't accept accounts from the admin domain, only the student one. Each time I change the specification to search admin, it wouldn't let me look for user accounts, only contacts. I can select users from a different domain when setting rights for shared folders and ntfs security etc, I just can't add users from a different domain into a group. Other of course than the security permissions for the domain controller. I managed to get my local administrative permissions in the end by adding Admin\Domain admins to Bultin\Administrators in group policy somewhere but I'd like to know why I couldn't just add my account to the group that was already in there, just seems tidier to me. Is this by design or do I have a misconfiguration somewhere? Any help appreciated, cheers Edit: I think I found why, looks like my "local admins" group needs to be a "domain local" and not a global. This is kinda making my head spin...
  13. Hi there, Having a problem with our Vista deployment, where it ends in reduced functionality mode It doesn't really come as a surprise as when I sysprepped the image I purposely told sysprep not to rearm the 30 day trial. I'd much rather "edit" an image (so to speak) than to simply re create it. Oracle isn't the most fun to install as are multiple other programs we use so once they're on I'd rather leave it alone. Anyway as the 30day countdown has long expired since deployment as soon as Vista has finished establishing itself it jumps into reduced functionality mode. I've tried adding a batch script with the slmgr -rearm and -ato commands at first run but it doesn't seem to run it. I have to do it manually. RFM seems to kick in before firstrun. Given that you can only use the rearm script 3 times or so before it fails I don't want to use it before creating the image. Does anybody have any ideas or will SP1 sort this out somehow? Cheers
  14. You could try this ping /n 2 > NUL Where 2 = a number of times to ping. Bit cheap but it works Alternatively you could remove the start from "start c:\temp\setup.exe /s" That way the batch script won't continue until setup.exe has finished
  15. Hi all I'm currently looking for new ways of rejoining newly re-imaged computers back into the domain again and am wondering whether the following is doable somehow 1. Boot into WinPE2 and deploy image 2. Reset domain computer account (somehow) 3. Copy over modified sysprep.inf (for XP) or unattend.xml (for Vista) file which contains the proper computername 4. Reboot and allow sysprep to join the domain as the proper computername it's meant to be If I'm lucky the bonus would be I wouldn't have to have a script to move the computer to it's proper OU and would also save myself a reboot (I'm currently using Netdom in conjunction with wsname which deletes the old domain computer allowing the rename to occur) Apparently you can swap out Vista's unattend.xml file provided you do it before it reboots as others do this (not sure about XP) but I know/remember that if you were to try and join the domain using a computername that's already registered the domain controller will reject the request. So somewhere that domain computer will need to be reset Is there anyway that this can be scripted and performed within WinPE2? I looked into Netdom /reset but I'm not sure if that will do it? Cheers

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