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  1. I have used Acronis with no problems for a few years. I like how it's easy to use. However I've read lots of reviews about issues with reliability, and I don't want to be with the others on bad luck.

    What are the most reliable, and easy to use, imaging apps for saving an image on a hidden partition?

  2. Well... It's hard to keep my list just 10.

    1. NOD32

    2. Ace Utilities CCleaner

    3. Adobe Reader

    4. Alcohol 120%

    5. Azureus

    6. Diskeeper

    7. Firefox

    8. Java RE

    9. WinRar

    10. Xvid

    Then I eventually install these, when the situation calls for it...

    Power DVD


    VLC Media Player







  3. Hello,

    I was wondering how identical+multiple scheduled tasks were handled. Lets say I had 100 defrag jobs (defrag1, defrag2, defrag3, ....) set to go at 1PM. From what I've seen (task manager), just one instance runs, but on the "scheduled tasks" window the "status" column says all of them have been run.

    (these defrag tasks are automatically set in a logon script)


  4. You do not need to create autodefragc.cmd it will be created by script.cmd on each computer. Other than that, it should work.

    OK. I've done what you've said, and I've attached a picture of what I've got. I set it on my Win2000 Active Directory Server. I set the script in "gpedit.msc > Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Scripts (Startup/Shutdown)"

    But it doesn't go out to the whole network.

    There is a command to define a single remote computer...

    \\computername	 Specifies a remote computer. Commands are scheduled on the
    local computer if this parameter is omitted.

    So... The AT command is only setting the script to run on the local computer. I would like to schedule this for every computer in our network:

    at 1:30 /every:Su %systemroot%\autodefragc.cmd



  5. I just found out that Dell Dimension workstations use proprietary power supplies. Now I have to return my ordered PSU to Tiger, and wait for slo-mo Dell to ship out a weaker, yet more expensive, replacement. I was wondering what other value added resellors are customizing thier workstations to get us stuck in ordering thier replacement parts (and what parts are they).

    Anyone have experiences/tips to share?

  6. Basically create a new gpo, in machine configuration, windows parameters, scripts, startup, and it's there that you'll put the batch script.

    This batch script must create the scripts needed to run the defrag and then add the task with the at command for example.

    Example for batchs that will create a batch file and then add the scheduled task:

    echo defrag c: /f >%systemroot%\autodefragc.cmd
    at 01:00 /every:01 %systemroot%\autodefragc.cmd

    This should work. Anyway i've never tried this, but this is the way i'll do things.

    OK. I kinda get the idea. I've attached a screen shot from an XP virtual machine (I will really be using it for Win2k server). Am I going in the right direction?



  7. Hello,

    I was wondering what is the best way to set up many workstations for an automated defrag.

    I do have a .vbs that runs defrag, so I was just thinking there must be a registry entry (to set up the scheduled task) that I can put in a batch file. Or maybe there is a script that will enter the scheduled task for me?

    Thanks for any help

  8. I'm not a coder, but would like to get this script running. I found it at informit.com. I get the gist of what's going on, but I keep getting this error.

    'get domain name
    Dim sDomain
    sDomain = InputBox("Enter domain to inventory")

    'connect to domain and retrieve
    'a list of member objects
    Dim oDomain
    Set oDomain = GetObject("WinNT://" & sDomain)

    'get the filesystemobject
    Dim oFSO
    Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

    'open an output file
    Dim oOutput
    Set oOutput = oFSO.CreateTextFile("output.txt")

    'run through the objects
    Dim oObject, sComputerName, sDetails
    For Each oObject In oDomain

    'is this object a computer?
    If oObject.Class = "Computer" Then

    'yes - get computer name
    sComputerName = oObject.Name

    'get OS info
    sDetails = GetOSInfo(sComputerName)

    'write info to the file
    oOutput.Write sDetails

    End If
    'close the output file

    'release objects
    Set oOutput = Nothing
    Set oFSO = Nothing
    Set oObject = nothing
    Set oDomain = Nothing

    'display completion message
    WScript.Echo "Output saved"

    Function GetOSInfo(sComputer)

    'declare variables
    Dim objWMIService
    Dim colItems
    Dim strOutput

    'get WMI service
    Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & _
    sComputer & "\root\cimv2")

    'get item collection
    Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery( _
    "Select * from Win32_OperatingSystem",,48)

    'init output string
    strOutput = String(70,"-")
    strOutput = strOutput & sComputer

    'append info to output string
    For Each objItem in colItems
    strOutput = strOutput & "BuildNumber: " & _
    objItem.BuildNumber & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "BuildType: " & _
    objItem.BuildType & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "Caption: " & _
    objItem.Caption & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "EncryptionLevel: " & _
    objItem.EncryptionLevel & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "InstallDate: " & _
    objItem.InstallDate & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "Manufacturer: " & _
    objItem.Manufacturer & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "MaxNumberOfProcesses: " & _
    objItem.MaxNumberOfProcesses & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "MaxProcessMemorySize: " & _
    objItem.MaxProcessMemorySize & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "Name: " & _
    objItem.Name & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & _
    "NumberOfLicensedUsers: " & _
    objItem.NumberOfLicensedUsers & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "NumberOfProcesses: " & _
    objItem.NumberOfProcesses & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "NumberOfUsers: " & _
    objItem.NumberOfUsers & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "OSProductSuite: " & _
    objItem.OSProductSuite & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "OSType: " & _
    objItem.OSType & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "OtherTypeDescription: " & _
    objItem.OtherTypeDescription & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "Primary: " & _
    objItem.Primary & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "ProductType: " & _
    objItem.ProductType & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "RegisteredUser: " & _
    objItem.RegisteredUser & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "SerialNumber: " & _
    objItem.SerialNumber & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & _
    "ServicePackMajorVersion: " & _
    objItem.ServicePackMajorVersion & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & _
    "ServicePackMinorVersion: " & _
    objItem.ServicePackMinorVersion & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "Version: " & _
    objItem.Version & vbCrLf
    strOutput = strOutput & "WindowsDirectory: " & _
    objItem.WindowsDirectory & vbCrLf

    'return results
    GetOSInfo = sOutput

    End Function

    The error screen says to check line 56, which I do, but I don't get what's wrong.

    Please help. Thanks.


  9. What you need will depend very much on the reason of not booting XP & the error messages that you mey be getting.

    I'm not looking for anything specific. Just some cool apps that may be useful during troubleshooting. I was wondering if there's other reputable apps like ERD, that package a bunch of recovery/repair tools in a bootable CD. Thanks.


  10. What application is the best for creating and distributing images for workstations?

    Thanks for any replies.



    Not so many. Around 50-100.

    Simultaneously would be OK, if the price was right. A need be basis is more of what I really need.

    I work in a small firm. No more than 100 workstations. I guess I'm looking for a cheaper solution. Thanks.

  11. I've attached a pix of what's going on.

    I'm trying to edit a file name, and I can't... Everything through the "domain.com\root" is read only. I've checked the permissions and security. Notice, that there's a "link" folder in the "domain.com\root". That folder was there after I created the link, but it is not accessible.

    I just want to be able to edit the files (I'm wondering if the files are read only if you go through the "domain.com\root" path). and what's going on with the "link" folder?



  12. Hello,

    I'm getting more and more confused of how to set up a simple replication DFS.

    I know that the main benefit of DFS is to "umbrella" a bunch of locations under one link.

    I just want the benefit of having a single folder replicated across three different servers, so users can still access thier files, even if one of the physical servers on which those files reside becomes unavailable.

    I created a simple DFS root, then a simple link (called "marketing") to the local folder. Then I created a "new target" for that link, pointing to an empty folder (on each offsite server)to be filled with the replicated files.

    I hope someone could help me out in getting what I'm trying to do...

    Any thoughts are appreciated,


  13. Wow. Thanks for all the great replies! Over the week, I have tried all the suggested software - and more. I've tried expensive, then I tried cheap and free. Unfortunetly, they either cost too much or does not do what I want. I decided to keep it simple.

    I just need...

    1. Free

    2. To scan the domain and pull info from all available workstations.

    3. Export the info into an .xls file.

    I now agree with crahak: that a simple script is all that I really need.

    I've found some interesting scripts (hotscripts.com), and I understand the gist of the scripts. I don't, however, have the expertise to create/modify the proper script (obviously).

    I've attached a sample picture of a report generated by Kaseya. I need a final product that looks like that.

    I have played around with MSINFO32, but I can't figure out how to get the output the way I want it.

    Any replies are appreciated!


  14. Hello,

    I created a domain root DFS with a typical setup. I can't, however, edit/add folder files through the DFS path. I can do it locally, of course (when I remote in). I'm trying the actual MASTER copy, (i didn't create any links/replicas yet).

    I keep getting an access denied.

    Permissions are set to full control.

    Any ideas of what to do?

    any replies are appreciated!

  15. I'm facing the decision of what SNMP monitor to buy.

    Just need to track servers and stuff.

    Neon Software LANsurveyor and SolarWinds.net SolarWinds Engineer's Edition Toolset are the top recommendations I have so far.

    Any opinions or experiences on what network monitoring software is good? Ease of use is important.

    Thanks for any replies.

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