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  1. I have tried the repair. I have uninstall the card and then reinstalled and then restart and it works, as soon as I restart the computer, nothing.

    Reset the TCP stack.


    Reboot and done.

    I've found in some customers PC where they have gone from a dialup stack to DSL NIC, things are good. Where it gets weird is going back from DSL to Dialup. Reset the stack and make sure you've pulled the nic BEFORE the stack gets reset. For some reason it wants to only reset the NIC stack if both pieces of hardware are present.

    This is windows specialty. If the nic is showing as connected and your browser complains that "page not found" you can right click on the network connection icon in the systray & select repair. It just might solve problem. It has something to do with caching of dns & other data which needs flusing. I have never faced this problem with Linux.

    You mean you haven't had it YET. My favorite is when the daily updates hit and don't finish the compile properly. Suddenly you've got a half compiled driver, a kernel dumping all over the place and all you can do is pray for a good backup.

    You should check out the noise that is made by some of the linux distros, especially the ones people pull off the torrents. Nothing but rootkits. In fact most of the zombie spam comes from all of those "official" releases because people just compile their own pieces into them and drop them in the torrents. The torrent weights the seeds and puts it at the top of the list. Volia instant rootkit zombie linux army and because most people don't verify they stay oblivious to that fact "all their base are belong to *someone else*"

    If you bought the linux title at the store or verified it's same MD5 hash from the real vendor, it's legit. If not, better start running the decompiler and looking for the nasty. After all the term root kit comes fromt he *nix side of the universe. When it happens on windows it's because the RIAA wants to catch piracy, when it's done on *nix, it's usually for "other" reasons.

  2. The old admins made a bit of a muck with our AD and now whenever we unjoin a server from the domain we have to manually remove it from AD. I havn't really been able to trace this problem. Does anyone else know why i ma be having these problems?

    What is your Tombstone set at? As in, how long AD keeps a record of a server before it nuked. I have mine set to 45 days. If I remove a server from the domain, in 45 days all of the domain controllers understand that they will delete the server entry for the server I removed from the server.

    Otherwise you have to nuke the server manually from the OU and make sure you are doing it from the domain controller that maintains the FISMO roles.

  3. I'm searching a tool for setting SNMP strings in Win environments. Does anyone know is there this kind of (free) tools available?

    I know these can be set and modified manually, but I need a tool for this.

    I remember seeing one YEARS ago on SNMP.org in the downloads section. Simple vbs script as I recall, it was for win2k though. Doubt it'll make a big diffence but you never know.

  4. Exactly.

    Or if the system you want to ghost is another box. You can ghostcast the server over the network.

    There's a simple work around. Restore the image within vmware with somethin like Live state recovery desktop which can restore a ghost image to different hardware or virtual machine.
  5. Yup,

    Use ghost 8 or better and if you're doing deployments double check that the syspreped server does what you need it to before using ghost's mutlicast feature.

    OR do you just want to make a backup?

    Never know...:)

    Has anybody here used ghost on 2000 server or 2003 server. Can it be used on these operating systems?
  6. Is the clipboard service running. If not, turn it on and try Cut/copy/paste.

    Well I did it but dont know what I did. I cant drag and drop anymore or copy/cut and paste. I searched the net and it said I may have a possible virus infection I downloaded 2 good virus scans and both tells me I am clean.

    Any other solutions to get my features back?

  7. I've used the USMT (User State Migration Tool) from microsoft. It seems to work fine, just don't get the new version that microsoft is offering. Best Bet is USMT 1.2 Otherwise It'll complain that you are migrating to Windows 2003. Or if you are doing a huge migration, try using the fastlane migration suite (http://www.quest.com/migration/). Expensive but worth every penny if you need to have a couple hundred servers done in a day so long as the staging is done properly.

    I have a windows 2000 server with a shared folder structure. It used local groups that contained domain user accounts to give permissions to the various sub-folders in the share. We have recreated the groups (albiet with different names to match existing naming conventions) in our domain.

    What I need to do now is add or replace the old group name on the server with the new group name. So far I have not had any luck finding a solution. a script, app anything, even if all it did was give me the folder name and the groups and their associated permissions would work I can get the other way from their. Adding the users is easy but I've yet to find a way to get the information.

    All this so I can move it to a 2003 server and then in an unspecified length of time to a netstorage device.

    Any help suggestions appreciated.


  8. Couple of things

    Is the SNMP service installed?

    Is the SNMP service set to automatic and enabled?

    Is the builtin Windows 2003 SP1 firewall have an exception so SNMP can pass out the network card? it's disabled by default. So if the first two thigns are okay, check the firewall config.

    You can have a specific community string but the public should work just fine to get the mib trunk of It will load without errors and show the mib root when you are walking it with something like mibwalker.


    I have a small network with windows 2003 server.

    Know, i have a machine monitoring some thing on my network by snmp. But i can't use snmp from the w2003 server. When i try to discover devices, the program don't detect this 2003 server...

    What i'm doing wrong??

    Can somebody help me??


  9. Any way to port hte scanner thing from Xp into 2000. my mom likes 2000 but hates the lack of built in ability to scan.

    It's there in Windows 2000, it's the imaging tool.

    I think you have to add it in the add/remove components section under accessories.

  10. It's because the DNS service is still running. Stop the service, disable it, reboot, flush entries, set to automatice and reboot again.

    DNS administration assumes that you have a secondary DNS server running somewhere. On the one that you want to flush, shut down the service and then run the admin tools to get rid of the old dns entries.

    Manual scavenging doesn’t’ seem to work, and the automatic setting of 7days is a bit confusing, does it flush it after 7 of it being on the network if it hasn’t checked in?

    (Active directory integrated)

    There are lots of hosts that no longer exist and I have dns records for them, this is causing a bit of an issue since some hosts don’t resolve correctly. I would like to manually flush out old/invalid records if possible, sure I could go ahead and delete them one by one but I’d like my server to maintain dns a bit better so please help =)

    Can I set the aging/scavenging to 1day and leave it, and then hopefully in 25hours it will be resolved?

    Dnscmd wotn let me manually run it; /

  11. You're looking for AD intergration?

    Ummmm, most of the other mail server packages that are out there do SOME type of hook to Active Directory with LDAP. It's a real b***h though trying to get the LDAP setup properly and stable though and it only reads Active Directory as a list of contacts. It won't dynamically create the email account unless you've done some heavy scripting to automate that task.

    As far as how to script the account creation automation. It really depends if the mail server package offers that.

    Trust me, if you have the money to spend on Exchange 2000 or greater. Do it. The other way is a nightmare. :wacko:

    Hey fellow IT admins. Need some suggestions. We currently outsource our email services but lately have been thinking about bringing email in house to eliminate our frequent providers errors. We currently have about 500 email accounts in about 7 domains. What are some of the best email softwares that are time tested? I know M$ Exchange is an option but its also quite pricy and I may be wrong on this but it looks quite cumbersome as well.

    Some of my requirements are a web interface and AD integration.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated as I really dont like webpage reviews for the fact that a lot are bias because some company is funding the operation. :}



  12. Just noticed that you've got a $OEM$ under your i386 directory.

    The $OEM$\$1 directory has to be on the root.

    Nothing goes under the i386 directory. If you want something to copy stuff into the winnt directory you use the following.



    Contains files that Win2K Setup copies to the %Windir% (e.g., C:\winnt) folder during installation.


    Contains custom Help files that Win2K Setup copies to the %Windir%\Help folder during installation.


    Contains custom Help files that Win2K Setup copies to the %Windir%\System32 folder during installation.

    Ok - that was better.


    1. All the file names have been shortened (MS-DOS 16 bit copy thing?). Maybe I should use an XP boot disk instead of a Win98 one.

    2. Only the MyFolder1 & MyFolder2 directories were copied <CDROM>\I386\$OEM$\$1\MyFolder1


    but the sub dirs in MyFolder2 were not copied.

    Anyone got any ideas on that?

  13. I just answered this for another lad in an other thread.



    Hi I was wondering if anyone can help me.

    I want to install WS_FTP 2006 silently, and I noticed that a lot of ppl are using a *.iss file. Can someone explain what it is and what it does?? I know it has something to do with either installsheild or Inno Setup, just not sure of anything past that. What goes in the ISS file and what is the proper syntax for the install?? :blink:

    Is it possible to activate ws_ftp automatically during the silent isntall, or will I have to do this manually in windows?

    Thanks :P

  14. Perfect.

    There are some other switches with install shield but I find they are kinda pointless unless I'm debugging one of my own Install shield compiles.

    /r and /s are our friends. :)

    Yes man! that worked fine!. I ended up with this line :

    start /wait %systemdrive%Htfireman\Htfireman.exe /s /f1"%systemdrive%\Htfireman\Htfireman.iss" /f

    Just as a TEST and the application installed no problems :thumbup

  15. Sorry all of the formating I did was nuked so the message definately got muddled. It should be

    <CD ROM>\$OEM$\$1\Myfolder

    <CD ROM>\i386

    That's it.

    Are you using nLite to compile the iso or are you using WinISO like a file manager?

    I find that Win2K3 something works better after running it in the nLite iso creator. It'll even give you the options of picking folders from your local drive and creating the $OEM$\$1 dir structure.

    Sorry AlbinoRaven,

    Are you suggesting that my dir structure should be

    <CD ROM>\$OEM$\$1\MyFolder\I386

    or all off the root

    <CD ROM>\$OEM$

    <CD ROM>\$1

    <CD ROM>\MyFolder

    <CD ROM>\I386

    I currently have (hedging my bets)

    <CD ROM>\$OEM$\$1\MyFolder

    <CD ROM>\I386

    <CD ROM>\I386\$OEM$\$1\MyFolder

  16. Well VMware Esx uses a product called P2V (physical to Virtual). As far as the microsoft work around it's kinda annoying, but it can be done.

    You use ghost to capture the snapshot of the drive to your *.gho file. Used ghost to create a bootable diskette. Get a full copy of WinISO and create a bootable CD using the ghost bootable diskette you've made. Or go to bootdisk.com and copy ghost into the disk.

    Next copy the *.gho file into the Bootable cd iso you made with WinISO. Make sure that ghost is on there. Now Mount the iso as your "CD" in the virtual machine and boot. Ghost the VM disk as you normally would on the VM.


    Hi all.

    Hopefully you can help me. I need to convert several ghost images of older PCs into some format that can be run in either Microsoft Virtual Machine 2004 or VMware. I know that you can link virtual machine and VMware to iso CD images. That would be ideal. If there is some way to convert them into actual virtual machines, then even better.

    I've already tried using WinImage. It's great at creating virtual images of existing PCs, but I have images I need to convert. Any ideas? All help would be greatly appreciated.



  17. YOu don't have to assign letter C for the first drive. If you force a format it will do that for you automatically and in theory copy your files to the drive afterwards.

    I really hate to bug people but has anyone run against a problem with WinPE 2005 where diskpart with the message "The Disk Management Service Could Not Complete The Operation."

    Specifically, I am using the following text file when I run diskpart:

    Select disk 0


    Create partition primary


    Assign Letter C

    When I run diskpart from the command line I get the same error. i have seen some discussion about similar problems but I am *not* running a RIS server or anything like it- just running winpe off of a cd to do a network unattended installation.

    Has anyone gotten the diskpart hotfix from Microsoft that supposedly fixes this issue with RIS servers? Do you think it might help?


  18. The root directory structure should look like this:






    Caps do matter for the $OEM$

    I'm using Win2K3 Enterprise. Basically the same as Standard.

    Apologies but I cannot workout the correct answer.

    I want to be able to copy myFolder to the root (c:\) from the install CD and start batch.bat

    My CD has the $oem$ at the following dir with myFolder under $1

    <CDOM drive>\$oem$\$1\myFolder

    this is at the same level as my I386 folder <CDOM drive>\I386

    Below is my winnt.sif which must have a problem but I'm going round and round trying to work out what it is






















    FullName="Install Test"























    PathFTPRoot = C:\Inetpub\Ftproot

    PathWWWRoot = C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot

    SvcManualStart = ftp


    aspnet = on

    complusnetwork = on

    dtcnetwork = on

    bitsserverextensionsisapi = on

    bitsserverextensionsmanager = on

    iis_common = on

    iis_ftp = on

    fp_extensions = off

    iis_inetmer = on

    iis_nntp = on

    iis_smtp = on

    iis_asp = on

    iis_internetdataconnector = on

    sakit_web = on

    tswebclient = on

    iis_serversideincludes = on

    iis_webdav = on

    iis_www = on/

    appsrv_console = on

    inetprint = off



  19. For installshield you have to first record the installation that you want with the /r switch.

    For my example I'll a monitoring agent I use on my servers called eGagent. It has a setup.exe. I open a command line window and navigate to the directory with the agent and use the following to start the process of recording the iss file.


    setup.exe -r -f1"c:\eG\eGsetup.iss"

    This will launch the setup application and you select the options you want and they get recorded to, in my case, c:\eG\eGsetup.iss and record a log file in case I messed up.

    Then if you want to silently install the application you use


    setup.exe -s -f1"c:\eG\eGsetup.iss"

    That's it.

    Hope it works out. :thumbup

  20. you can use mbrwiz also.

    I had this problem and I wrote the MBR to a temp loction then wrote back too the disks after diskpart as I understand it you got to jumpstart the OS into seeing the boot record.

    to help with debugging add "/debug4:a:\debug4.log" to the end of winnt32.

    This will tel you if your drive is bootable and all files are being copied properly.

    I take it your not working with raid disks?

    Not yet but it looks like some of the other groups I do work for are interested in doing that.

    I'm building an autoinstall for one of our web apps in our web farm. The first drop for it was the unattended methods for CD building, took about a month and bit to get it done right. The WinPe method is going to allow me more control over the disks as there isn't any way to monkey with disk partitioning properly with unattended CD without using a third party.

    Plus I thought it would be cooler looking. ;)

    The debug command works great BTW.


  21. Sounds like the drive onto which you are installing is not activated through diskpart... that way, even if the installation has been performed once (files copied to the drive) the installation will kick back onto the PE CD again as their is no other valid boot devices! Have u run a diskpart script from within your PE installation? Does it include a "active" command aswell?

    Check out the diskpart /s <scriptfile/textfile> command - to fix ur drive prior to the installation of the Win32 setup. There is loads of info in the winpe.chm on ur PE CD media.

    Best Regards

    Tha Sausage Eater..


    I totally forgot about that. I'll add this to my diskpart script:

    list disk

    select disk 0

    delete disk 0

    list disk

    select disk 0

    create partition primary

    assign letter c


    I'll give this a shot too.

    Have you tried using the [DiskConfig] Section in your winbom.ini? WinPE has the built in ability to wipe the disk...

  22. Hi all,

    I've thumbed through the newsgroups, microsoft's "help" files and did a little bit of roaming through here. I've been trying to take my unattended win2k3 sp1 build and "plop" it into WinPE 1.1 and run the setup with PE as the Drive config tool.

    So far with trying things I've seen here I can get it to start the minint setup, but all it seems to do is tell me it's 50 minutes, reboot and boot back into WinPE. Basically it hasn't made the C drive bootable or copied the setup files over. :( Makes me sad.

    At least I'm running VMware and can make quick changes, test them and smack myself with a brick.

    I take the original CD Microsoft for WinPE sent me and create a folder called win2k3 with WinISO and drop the files from my original unattended into it (with WinISO).

    The directory structure in the ISO looks like this from the root.



    \WinPE Files like system32 etc.










    \Usual OS stuff


    (pardon the layout)

    My Startnet looks like this


    regsvr32 /s netcfgx.dll

    factory -minint

    netcfg -v -winpe

    net start dhcp

    net start nla



    diskpart /s CDISKPARTSCRIPT.txt



    FORMAT c: /fs:ntfs /q /V:OS /y



    mkdir c:\win2k3


    REM \Win2k3\i386\winnt32.exe /syspart:c /tempdrive:c /unattend:\Win2k3\i386\winnt.sif

    REM \win2k3\i386\winnt32.exe /s:\Win2k3\i386\ /copydir:\win2k3\i386 /unattend:\Win2k3\i386\winnt.sif

    \win2k3\i386\winnt32.exe /copydir:\win2k3\i386 /unattend:\Win2k3\i386\winnt.sif




    list disk

    select disk 0

    create partition primary

    assign letter c





    Autopartition = 1

    MsDosInitiated = 0

    UnattendedInstall = Yes


    UnattendMode = FullUnattended

    UnattendSwitch = Yes

    OemPreinstall = Yes

    OemSkipEula = Yes

    Repartition = Yes

    WaitForReboot = No

    NoWaitAfterTextMode = 1

    NoWaitAfterGUIMode = 1

    WaitForReboot = No

    TargetPath = WINDOWS

    DriverSigningPolicy = Ignore

    NonDriverSigningPolicy = Ignore





    EncryptedAdminPassword = No

    OEMSkipRegional = 1


    OemSkipWelcome = 1

    ServerWelcome = No






    DefaultThemesOff = Yes

    DefaultStartPanelOff = Yes


    AutoMode = PerSeat


    iis_asp = On

    iis_common = On

    iis_inetmgr = On

    iis_internetdataconnector = Off

    iis_serversideincludes = Off

    iis_webadmin = On

    iis_webdav = Off

    iis_www = On


    PathWWWRoot = C:\Inetpub\Wwwroot




    FullName = "Da Place"

    OrgName = "Superfly"


    InstallDefaultComponents = Yes


    JoinWorkgroup = Workgroup









    AllowConnections = 1

    LicensingMode = PerUser

    PermissionsSetting = 1




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