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Everything posted by straytoasters

  1. I am wanting to set a custom Lync 2010 presence targeted at the logged in user. For instance Supervisors would get one set of custom presence's, and non-managers would get another set. I know the custom presences are limited to four, but the idea is there would still be two custom presence files, but the one actually used would depend on who logged in to the machine. I guess the idea would be to target a user groups vs actual users but in any case to not target the machine group(s) as is being done now (certain machine's now get certain custom presences, regardless of who is logged in but supervisors could be on machines not usually supervisory specific). If more then four presences can be used, that would be fine too, and good to know.
  2. Didn't see a Server 2012 topic area (other then unattended), so posting here. Server 2012 performing multiple roles, like DC, DHCP, DNS, IIS, WSUS (I know, not best practice but I expect to break this down three of four times before I get it all the way I want). This is running on Windows 8 Hyper-V. So essentially I cant get the Windows 7 client (another VM in Hyper-V) to see the internet via the Server 2012 machine that can see the internet (connected to a standard router at 192.x). The Windows 7 machine IS getting its IP (10.x) from the Server 2012 machine and both machine can ping each other. The Windows 7 machine is showing the 192.x address (the virtual NIC connected to the internet), and the 10.x address (the virtual NIC that is "internal" (Hyper-V's term)) of the Server 2012 machine as its DNS server(s) but it cannot ping (via IP or DNS) internet sites. I'm thinking I have just not bonded/routed something correctly in RRAS. In RRAS I chose the the NAT (only) option. The choose the 192.x address as the "use this public interface to connect to the internet" when that came up. Now when I choose that the next screen said that "clients on the local area network will be assigned IP addresses from the following range: network address and network mask This sounds like I should have NOT enabled and assigned a DHCP range myself, however in the same paragraph it also said "NAT relies on external DNS and DHCP servers. Confirm that these are working properly". Well, I have confirmed that DHCP is working but the whole point of NAT in my case is to get the client to the internet (so that's almost like a chicken and egg thing). The client can ping the server 2012 machine via IP or DNS (so in that respect DNS is also working). As an additional nugget of info, on the Windows 7 machine the default gateway is blank. In any case...what am I missing?
  3. Both can ping the host successfully (get a reply). They can also ping their same default gateway (kinda goes without saying, but I said it anyway). You said my DNS setup is interesting, is there some other configuration I should try? The VM's themselves are set to "NAT" from the Virtual Box controls. If I choose "Bridged" I get a real public IP, if I set to "host only" I get a 192.x, if I set it to "Internal Network" I get a 169.x. The "Internal Network" is useless obviously, I set CL1 to bridged (giving it a public IP), but neither DC2 or the host could ping CL1. I am wondering if when set to NAT and thus 10.x addresses Virtual box considers that to be its domain (bad choice of words) exclusively. So, maybe I HAVE to use "Host Only", but that would make me have to change some other settings (well, it may not be so bad). Hmm, I just tried that (with both set as as "host only"/192.x) and they can ping each other. What this comes down to is I guess I'll have to do that and either have two NIC's in each machine (for internet access) or set up NAT-ing/RAS on DC2 (which still means it needs two NIC card...but they are all virtual so "money is no option"). If anyone has any better suggestions please let me know. StrayToasters
  4. I have two machines set up in Virtual Box. One is a W2K8R2 domain controller (DC2) one is a Windows 7 32 bit client (CL1). Both have internet access, but cannot ping each other. Settings below: DC1 Windows IP Configuration Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : testdc2 Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : muppet.local Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : muppet.local Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection: Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel® PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-00-27-A2-E1-09 DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled CL1 Windows IP Configuration Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : win7-32cli1 Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . : Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection: Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel® PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-00-27-61-33-11 DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled The ultimate goal is of course to join CL1 to DC1's domain (muppet.local) but as it cannot ping or contact in any way that is not possible right now. If I DNS ping DC2 I get "the ping request could not find host testdc2. Please check the name and try again. If I IP ping DC2 I get four returns of "Reply from Destination host unreachable", which I assume is not really a response from the "router" (Virtual Box) essentially saying "couldn't find it...sorry 'bout ya". I think it has to do with CL1 not having muppet.local in its DNS suffix search list, but if that is the case I am not exactly sure where to set that at (in network settings, but its not obvious where). Both machines have the same subnet mask and default gateway, so I thought they would be able to see each other. The DNS on DC1 is (itself) and (Google) and the DNS on CL1 is (DC1's real IP address) and (Google again). All information is static (even the IP's, which of course is required on DC1, but when CL1 was dynamic, the same issue were present...thus prompting me to put CL1 as static). I feel like I am missing something pretty basic and I will be very embarrassed when someone points it out (but that's okay). Thanks everyone. StrayToasters
  5. I'm using WSIM to created a unattended.xml and I have most of the settings I want. The problem is finding the GUID for a program or two that I want set in the PromotedIcon1 and PromotedIcon2 values. Microsoft's suggestion (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb773352.aspx) I think is useless. Short of taking a registry snapshot, installing the program, and then taking an after-shot and comparing does anyone know of anyway to find a programs GUID (and even with the regshot...I'm not sure). Anyway, any thoughts...need more info? StrayToasters
  6. The topic pretty much say it all. This is geared toward Win7, but would equally correspond to Vista I suppose. So far I cannot find any switches for wuapp. I have tried some of the previous switches like "wuapp /detectnow" and even ran a few suggested rundll32 cmds, but so far the only thing I can get Windows Update to do via command line is to bring up the GUI, then I still have to click "check for updates" for it to actually do anything. I guess what I am wanting to know is what process run that makes Windows Update run automatic updates (which can download and install critical updates), or what switch/process is called when you click the "check for updates" in the wuapp panel? I have not seen a Windows Update/wuapp reference in the scheduled tasks. Basically I am wanting to set up an AT command that will run Windows Update, but I dont want to set Windows Update to run automatically on its own every night. Thoughts/Suggestions? Straytoasters
  7. --Confession-- I did not see a Virtual PC forum (maybe I am just blind), so I posted here. I have tried various configuration regarding this type of setup, but so far I have not gotten it to work. I have Server 2003R2 and Vista SP1 and XP SP3 installed in VPC 2007. Vista and XP can ping the server, but the server cannot ping them, nor can they ping each other. I am really just wanting the VM's to see each other, internet access is not a required component for what I am wanting. I have tried various setups (too long to list here), so if someone has the magic config please post if for me. Thank you. Straytoasters
  8. So I have a fresh build of Vista/w/SP1 and a bunch of programs installed. I have generic local profile that I copy over to the default profile. The machine is now joined to a domain. When some one logs in, they are validated by the domain, and a "local" profile is created for them, it has some settings from the local default account (Sidebar turned off, my computer on the desktop), but it seems that file associations are not copying over. For instance, Firefox is set as the default for HTM and HTML, on the default profile, but any domain user that logs in and clicks on a weblink gets prompted "could not perform the selected action because an internet browser could not be found". In the "set associations" in the control panel HTM and HTML are recognized as Firefox documents but the third column (Current Default) says unknown application. Is this the expected behavior? I can (as well as each user) choose FF or IE (or whatever) as the default and links will open fine, but this should be able to be set on the default profile and then carried over in my opinion (and on another computer model following the same build process...it does). Anyone have any idea what is causing this behavior? Straytoasters
  9. Im getting errors when running WPI in Vista pre and post SP1. The WPI operates normally, but have to click through 2 or 3 "could not save config/useroptions/whatever.js". Right now I have a batch file on a remote server that copies the WPI program files to the local desktop before they are run. Because they will always reside in the same location, do you think I could avoid these errors by setting an Absolute path and if so, where would I set it (ex, C:\WPI\WPIScripts\config.js). If anyone can help / has a better idea, please let me know.
  10. I currently have a batch file on a server that transfers the WPI files to the local desktop before running (had some problems running from server). Once the files are copied to the desktop wpi.hta runs. All the install files for programs are located on a remote server, but the paths are correct and function normally. I only get this error message when running the WPI in Vista. The same error message is generated pre and post SP1. On a slightly odd note, if you click through the errors and close WPI then reopen it .. there are no error messages. I tried killing the UAC to see if that affected it, but to no avail. Im hoping there is a fix without making a script that will open WPI, click through the error messages, close WPI then relaunch it.
  11. When running WPI in Vista SP1, I am getting a runtime error and 2 .js files throw errors. Once you close out of these errors WPI loads and is able to run somewhat normally. I have attached a pic of the error messages I am getting. Anyone have thoughts / suggestions? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v313/luc...ista_errors.jpg
  12. I can add text to a text file via batch with: echo this is a new line>>filename.txt What I want to do is put the new line at the beginning or somewhere in between. The "somewhere in between" is a static blank line so it would appear at the same place in every file I want to change. Any thoughts? Straytoasters
  13. Can anyone tell me what nLite does that is radically different then HFSLIP when adding in drivers (SATA specifically). If I add the SATA drivers via the HFEXPERT\DRIVERCAB or $OEM$ method I get the error 0x00000007b (0xf78d2524, 0xc0000034, 0000000, 0000000), just as the machine is starting the actual install (just after all the files are copied over from CD/DVD). The same drivers DO work if I add them in via nLite (using the same HFSLIP-ed sourcess as my source). I am going to go back and try the experiments again, but if anyone has encountered this and can tell me what I am doing wrong please let me know. One thing I did notice in the HFSLIP log is that while these files are in the HFEXPERT\DRIVERCAB folder, Version.txt, TXTSETUP.OEM, IaStor.sys, iastor.inf, iastor.cat, iaahci.inf, iaahci.cat, when the "remaking the driver.cab" section came up the two .inf files were not listed. HFSLIP 1.7.6rc7 Using the drivers from Dell Optiplex 755 (R173412, but pretty sure I tried R165147 also). These drivers (when added in by nLite) seem to work for several machines, but the Optiplex 755's are my main concern. Straytoasters
  14. Ok, this started in nLite 1.4.x. I probably did choose a prior source the first time this happened, but I have since... Changed the name of the source (but not the source)--no luck Used a new source--no luck Changed nLite (1.4.x to 1.4.5 Final)--still no change Deleted several nLite .ini files (figure nLite would recreate them but they would be "virgin"...and it did)--still no change Did a remove of nLite (did not remove 1.4.x to install 1.4.5 final the first time), and did reboot (sure somebody would ask) then installed 1.4.5 final--still no change I did not go through the registry and remove all the nLite entry...I dont like using the hack and slash method to registry editing. Where does nLite keep it "memory" of past attempts. I thought it might be in the nlite.ini file (which does keep the past paths) but deleting that did not change anything. I am using an XP SP3-ed source via HFslip 1.7.6rc7. If anyone has any thoughts on this please let me know. Nuhi, I feel that unless there is a reason beyond it not being a "best practice" the option to use prior sources should be an option, warn us, sure, but let us go ahead if we want to try it. Thanks everyone. Straytoasters
  15. Sorry. If they have nothing in that row, then they are skipped altoghther. If they have something in the row then at the column where they have their first "marker" what I want to display is the time at the top of that column. In a nutshell I want Excel to spit out a list of all the start times for each person. Straytoasters
  16. I have a spreadsheet the displays names along the first column and times along the first row. Additionally rows (beyond the first row) do not have times but instead "markers". The "markers" are letters designating what activity that person is doing at that time. Ok, my question is, is it possible to filter the whole sheet so that I can output to another sheet the in-times of each person? Basically the filter would look at each row and only display a time if that row has some "marker" in it, otherwise it would skip that person, and the marker should not be displayed, but instead the time of the first "marker" in row 1. Thats a convoluted and confusing description, sorry, but I hope it gets the point across. Straytoasters
  17. There is a wealth of information here that I will love to search through to find all the answers I need, but before starting that (re)search can someone just answer if WDS (RIS) will accomplish my end goals? The goal is simply to create an image that is deployable to many machines of the same type over the network. However being domain machines they all have to be named/IP-ed differently. Does WDS (RIS) have this ability or is there some other process that can be spawned after RIS runs to do the re-naming and joining to the domain? Basically I want all the functionality of Ghost, but am tired of fighting Ghost to get the end results. Thank you. Straytoasters
  18. So I have this Excel file that I set a macro to save as %variable%.xls and I get results like: %username%.xlx = username.xls (where username is my real work username) %os%.xls = windows_NT.xls %date%.xls = %date%.xls So in the above examples, %username% and %os% change into the appropriate variables, but %date% stays %date%. Why is that? If I echo %date% in cmd it spits back the date, so why does some environmental variables work for Excel and not others. Is there a subset if Office environmental variables and %date% is not one of them? Straytoasters
  19. Ok, so I ended up just putting in another net use.cmd in the all users start up so I (the new user will get prompted to re-map the drive when they start up. StrayToasters
  20. Upon admin first login I have a script that runs that sets up a user account, maps a network drive, moves a bunch of files over from the network mapped drive...that all works fine. However when I log into the user account the mapped drive (from net use /persistent:yes) is no longer there. Is this just because i am using the "first login" account (administrator), or am I missing something deeper? What is a way to get a drive pre-mapped? Thanks. StrayToasters
  21. Is there any way to insert the KMS server address and have Vista grab a KMS key during the install? I only saw a way to insert a MAK key. I know you can run a command to change from a MAK to a KMS key (assuming the build knows the KMS address/name) once Vista is booted, but can that not be done during the install rather then having to install it with a MAK key. I am using Vista Business, but can use Vista Ultimate it if makes a difference. Straytoasters
  22. I dont want to remove the DRM--just move them somewhere else before I converts non-DRM-ed songs since most converters (say going from WMA or AAC to MP3) will choke once they him the DRM-ed songs. An app to change the icon of DRM-ed songs would be great, but I would settle for a list too (as, in my case all songs will be in the same directory). Any ideas? Straytoasters
  23. I have tried xls2csv, and it works for a one by one attempt, but when I try to do a batch attempt it just crashes. I might try the VB though. Straytoatsers
  24. Excel can do the conversion but I dont know how to get excel to do a batch convert (from CMD or otherwise) or even if that is even possible. Is there some other utility out there that will do this. For my purposes I am not sure CSV would work, I have seen a utility that does that, but when you try to force it to do a batch conversion it crashes, but again for my purposes I really need txt. Any thoughts. Straytoasters
  25. Hey all, Short of going into the registry to edit the value, is there any way to change the password complexity requirements on Vista home/home premium? There wasent a was in XP home (I dont think), but in xp pro and vista bussiness and up there is (Local Security Policy > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy). Any thoughts? Thank you. Straytoasters
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