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  1. Cheers. I had half suspected that this might be the case - now I can go ahead and do this without fear that I might be neglecting a more elegant or proper solution.
  2. I have a client who is having difficulty setting up a Remote Desktop server in their domain. They have added a number of users to the Remote Desktop Users in Active Directory, but their Remote Desktop server is not respecting this, and is instead only allowing users from the local group to have access. It is possible to add users to this group (either manually using Local Users and Groups, or by selecting users in the Remote Access configuration screen), but this is a workaround rather than a fix. I've tried adding the group DOMAIN\Remote Desktop Users to the SERVER\Remote Desktop Users but this doesn't work as that group simply doesn't appear in the list. I can't see ay relevant group policy settings, and as far as I remember there shouldn't be any need to modify Group Policy anyway. I get the feeling that this is a really simple thing, but I can't figure it out at all.
  3. We have a server running Server 2003 32-bit which is causing us problems. Having recovered the system from a serious crash last week, we now notice that it is only running at 10 MB/s. It is connected to a 100MB/s switch, which as far as we can tell is working correctly. The card is a Broadcom Gigabit Extreme card (not sure of chipset off-hand) We have tried the following: * Changing the speed manually from 'Auto' to '100MB Full Duplex' and '100MB Half-duplex'. This causes windows to think the network cable is disconnected. * Updating the drivers * Changing the cable (it's never the cable) * Disabling the primary Broadcom NIC and enabling the secondary (identical) NIC None of these have worked. There is a third on-board NIC - an Intel 100MB device. We have tried enabling this in the BIOS and using this, but this is also restricted to 10MB/s. Setting it to 100MB/s manually causes the same problem. This is fairly obviously a problem with either the switch or Windows itself. I can't make any changes to the switch at the moment as there are other servers connected to it and I don't want to disrupt access to those servers. Is there anything else within Windows that we can try to fix this?
  4. I've been using Excel 2010 at home to copy and paste some charts from Excel to Word. Now I'm at work, using Excel 2007, and it is giving me all kinds of grief. I have a load of data in a pivot table with a pivot chart linked to it. What I have been doing is changing the filters on the chart, copying the resulting chart and pasting it into Word. Each chart is pasted as a Graphic Object so that I can adjust the formatting from within Word. This is the right thing to happen. However, when I try the same thing in Office 2007, the charts in the Word document change every time I change the filtering on the Excel chart, so I end up with the same chart on every page, which is rubbish. Strangely, it remembers the formatting and title but changes the data and the legend titles. How do I make this work properly in Excel 2007? I've tried pasting as a picture, but that leaves me with no way to reformat the chart once it's in Word. I don't really want to have to do this work at home, but I might have to if 2007 continues to be a b***h.
  5. Is it possible to force automatic updates to install in the background when an administrator is logged on locally? At the moment, it is configured to download and install updates on a schedule using WSUS 3.0.6 on Windows Server 2003. When a non-administrator is logged on, the updates download and install in the background, but when an administrator is logged on it is not automatic - the shield icon appears and prompts the user to start the update process. Unfortunately, I can't rely on the users to initiate the update process themselves, and as every domain user is a local administrator (don't ask, software issues) this means that updates are downloaded but never installed. Ideally, automatic updates would behave in the same way for administrators as non-administrators (ie. they download and install in the background and automatically at shutdown), but I can't find a setting for this in the group policy. Anyone have any ideas?
  6. Thanks. That's how I would expect it to work, but it's always worth checking (especially with Windows)
  7. A quick and easy question about computer accounts in Active Directory: If I reinstall Windows on a group of computers (resetting all the SIDs on the machines), then reset the computer accounts in Active Directory, can the computers then rejoin the domain under the same name?
  8. Is it possible to entirely remove the 'New Shortcut' item from the File > New menu in windows explorer? If so, is it then possible to associate this change with a mandatory user profile? Ideally, I would like to remove everything from the New menu except New Folder, but removing the shortcut entry would be very useful. EDIT: I've removed the ShellNew entry from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.lnk but all this does is prevent the wizard from appearing, it doesn't actually remove the link.
  9. Update: After reading around, I moved the AddScheduledTask.bat file from its original path to the GPO folder. I've also checked gpresult and the GPO has been applied to the computer, but still no sign of the scheduled tasks...
  10. Is there some trick to creating startup scripts that I have missed? Mine is not working and I can't figure it out. I've created a script to add a scheduled task which shuts down the machine at the end of the day. In total I have three batch files: AddScheduledTask.bat, shutdown1.bat and shutdown2.bat AddScheduledTask.bat @echo off schtasks /create /tn "5pmshutdown" /tr "\\server\netlogon\shutdown\shutdown1.bat" /sc once /st 16:45:00 /sd %date% /ru "System" schtasks /create /tn "9pmshutdown" /tr "\\server\netlogon\shutdown\shutdown2.bat" /sc once /st 21:25:00 /sd %date% /ru "System" shutdown1.bat @echo off \\server\netlogon\shutdown\psshutdown.exe -c -f -k -t 900 -m "The computer will shut down in 15 minutes. Please save your work and log off, or press cancel to abort the shutdown." shutdown2.bat @echo off \\server\netlogon\shutdown\psshutdown.exe -f -k -t 300 -m "The computer will shut down in 5 minutes. Please save your work and log off. This shutdown cannot be aborted." The scripts are saved in \\server\NETLOGON\shutdown. I've created a GPO and added the AddScheduledTask.bat script to the startup scripts for that GPO. I've then linked the GPO to a test OU within active directory. I've checked the share permissions for the NETLOGON share and the computer account has the correct privileges to be able to access it. Beyond this, I don't know what else to try. Am I missing something?
  11. never mind, sorted now. I was being silly and looking at the wrong domain... thingy.
  12. Weird problem with file security in Windows Server 2003/Windows XP domain: When a particular user attempts to delete files from a particular folder tries to delete a file from that folder, she gets the message 'access denied'. I have checked the security settings and it all looks correct - the user has full control over the folder and its contents, as does the group 'Users', of which she is a member. The other entries are the standard entries for administrator and the administrators group. There are no rules denying access to any user or group, and the 'effective permissions' window shows the user as being able to delete files. As far as I can tell, there should be nothing preventing the user from being able to delete. I have asked the user to log off, made sure no other users are using the files, and attempted to log on as the user from another machine, all with no success. Does anyone have any ideas about this?
  13. We've had several laptops at work fail over the last few days, all with the same problem and I can't figure out how to fix them. At first they fail at loading windows - the windows xp loading screen appears, then disappears as if windows proper is about to start, then a brief blue screen, then reboot. the blue screen says that one of the registry hives is corrupt - usually either System or Software. I've followed the instructions on KB307545 (all of part one at least) but it still fails. The blue screen no longer shows up, but the machine just freezes at the point where it should go to windows proper (booting in safe mode, it stops at Mup.sys and gets no further). Before fixing the registry as above, I ran CHKDSK from recovery console, which found and corrected one error. It would be possible to reinstall windows, but preferable to be able to repair it as this is happening on several machines now.
  14. I'm not sure what you mean by 'reloading'. It is permanently set at I: so restarting the machine doesn't make a difference, so presumably you meant I should reinstall windows? That would be a major headache, to be honest, so I'd be interested to hear the 'possible' options
  15. Hi all For some reason, this new computer I built has the drive letters all wrong. My main drive, which should be C:, is in fact I:. This hasn't caused too many problems so far, as windows is quite happy to accept I: as its drive, but it causes problems on the network for various reasons. Unfortunately, disk management won't let me simply change the drive letter, and the registry fix I tried (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/223188) just killed the machine. I had hoped it would be possible to use recovery console to do it, but I can't find any useful instructions on that. I get the feeling it should be possible, but I'm not sure how. Any ideas?
  16. Does anyone know of any connection between this and the W32.Gammima.ag virus? We had an infection on a machine at work, and it appeared that something had attempted to share all the drives and cause hidden file to be unable to be viewed. It also seems to have propagated to a couple of user profiles via shared folders and network links.
  17. It was the mouse. After unplugging everything and then plugging it back in one bit at a time, it turned out that the mouse was causing the problem. Attaching a new mouse fixed it. Having spent some time in IT support, this is an entirely new one for me.
  18. 1. The monitors in the office displayed at 1024*768, which is the standard resolution for computers in that ICT suite. 2. When hooked up to a non-working monitor, the monitor remains in standby mode (the led blinks), as if the computer was switched off. 3. Safe mode is not an option as there is no display.
  19. I was checking one of the ICT suites at school this morning, and I noticed one of the machines had no picture on the screen. Thinking the monitor had failed, I plugged it into the monitor next to it, and the one next to that, to no avail. Still no picture coming out of the machine. I carry the PC back to my office and plug it in, and it works. Thinking I must have been mistaken, I put it back in the room only to find that there is still no picture. Long story short, the thing works on any monitor in my office, but not in the ICT suite. This is utterly beyond me. Any ideas?
  20. cheers for the reply... unfortunately I took the drive home with me after work last week only to find that it would not boot *at all* on my own machine, and I haven't had time to try it again since. As soon as I get the chance I'll have another go and post a log file
  21. I have tried to use multiboot 10 to create a bootable external hard drive. I have the XP setup files on, which works, and I told it to create a partition for BartPE. When I boot from the drive, however, it always defaults to windows XP setup and does not give any option to boot into BartPE. I have an idea (could be wrong) that the boot.ini may be configured incorrectly, but I don't know enough to be able to change it [Boot Loader] Timeout=10 Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS [Operating Systems] C:\btsec\XPSTP.bs="1. Begin TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until Logon" multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="2. and 3. Continue with GUI Mode Setup Windows XP + Start XP from HD 1" /FASTDETECT multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Continue GUI Setup + Start XP from HD 2, use if installing on HD2" /FASTDETECT c:\grldr="4. Start GRUB4DOS Menu - DOS FPY IMAGES + Linux + XP Rec Cons + Vista" C:\btsec\PELDR.bs="5. BartPE - MINI XP" C:\btsec\XATSP.bs="Attended Setup XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon" Obviously the ideal situation would be to be able to select whether to boot into BartPE or windows setup. An added bonus would be to be able to add various floppy disc images to it (for windows 98 and a couple of other utilities) and maybe ERD commander 2005... I am also pretty new to this thing - I have had a dual-boot windows/linux machine before but that was all set up automatically, so really simple instructions = good as far as I'm concerned.
  22. I upgraded the wireless card drivers on the affected machines, which seemed to correct the problem, although I suspect it may have been caused by some other factor and this is a fluke. For the record, Windows XP was set to manage the wireless connections - there was no other software installed. So basically I don't think it's fixed, but it's not exhibiting any problems so there's not much else I can do. I'll post back with any further developments.
  23. Hi all At school we have some laptop PCs which are used in the classrooms and connect to the school network via a wireless connection. Recently, some of them have begun to fail detecting the preferred network, requiring that the the list of wireless networks be refreshed in the windows control panel ('Refresh network list'). Once this is done, the laptop connects to the wireless network automatically and remains connected once logged off, allowing another user to log on. The problem here is that these laptops do not allow logging on as a local user - all users must log on to the domain, therefore it is necessary to plug each laptop into a physical connection, log on and refresh the wireless network list and then log off, allowing another user to log on. This is obviously completely rubbish, and needs to be sorted. Anyone ever encountered similar problems? Is there an easy/obvious solution to this?
  24. I'm using an excel list (or table in 2007), and I want one of the columns to have a drop-down list of whatever is in the column, or to be able to enter a value as text. I have tried using the data validation tool, but this produces a list full of duplicates (the column is for 'department' so not every entry will be unique). So basically if the table looked like this: 1 2 Name Department Jeff IT Bob IT Bill English Steve Business Dave Business Paul Maths Then the drop-down list for department would look like this: IT English Business Maths Whereas with the validation tool it creates two entries for IT and Business, which would be no good. Is there an easy way to do this?
  25. no, XP. Anyway it works now (see 'nothing to see here' 4 posts up )

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