Troubleshooting Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

The creation of the Windows Update web site a few years ago revolutionized the way people with Microsoft products updated these products with the latest patches.  Windows Update made it possible for a “mere mortal” to determine exactly which updates they needed to install and install them automatically.  Windows Update greatly improved the the overall security of millions…

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Roaming User Profiles

A couple of my customers use Roaming User Profiles (RUP) so that a user’s desktop, files and settings follow them no matter which computer they happen to be setting at.  This is a very cool feature for users because no matter which computer they log onto they always have the look and feel.  I have…

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Enable Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop is one of the greatest features added to the Windows operating system.  It enables you to perform remote administration of servers from your desk or fix one of your kids computers from the couch.  Of course it’s only great if it is enabled on the computer you are trying to access.  If you find yourself…

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Unlocking the Local Security Policy on a Computer

There are times when you are doing troubleshooting or testing when you need to work on a production computer in a lab environment.  In these cases you capture an image of the computer in question and restore it on lab hardware.  Many times the local security policy has been set by a GPO and cannot be modified…

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Automate Network Adapter Configuration using NETSH

So I’m kind of lazy.  Not in the “sleep late and don’t go to work” slacker way, I just don’t like doing dull repetitive tasks if they can be automated in some way.  As a rule if I have to do the same task more than a couple of times I’m writing a script (or getting someone…

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Remote Desktop Connection (akaTerminal Server) Keyboard Shortcuts

I use Remote Desktop all day at work.  It is especillay helpful when writing documentation.  One of the problems I always run into is trying to remember which keyboard short you can use to capture a screen-shot in a TS session. Since I had to dig these up  again today I decided to post them here where they…

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Active Directory Troubleshooting Resources

Articles Troubleshooting Active Directory—Related DNS Problemshttp://blogs.msdn.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx?SelectedNavItem=NewPost&sectionid=7213&bpt=1 Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication Problemshttp://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/4f504103-1a16-41e1-853a-c68b77bf3f7e1033.mspx Additional Resources for Troubleshooting Active Directoryhttp://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/en/library/019a8a46-05eb-4969-b0e7-df48355184c11033.mspx Repadmin Exampleshttp://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/TechRef/a103036b-5d82-4d99-8e61-23d434a8e6eb.mspx How to configure Active Directory diagnostic event logging in Windows Serverhttp://support.microsoft.com/kb/314980/en-us 332199 – Domain controllers do not demote gracefully when you use the Active Directory Installation Wizard to force demotion in Windows Server 2003 and in…

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Windows Live Favorites

So I am an information junkie.  When I surf the web I am constantly bookmarking things I’ll use in the future ( OK sometimes).  One of the biggest problems with bookmarks is having more than one computer.  If you have more than one computer keeping your bookmarks synchronized is a pain.  Until now.  Windows Live…

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DNS – Windows Server 2003 DNS

One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while.  The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 installed as a new forest. Forest Wide MSDCS Zone Root Domain Folders Root _MSDCS…

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DNS – Windows 2000 DNS Upgraded to Windows 2003

One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while.  The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 DNS that was upgraded from a Windows 2000 DNS.  There are examples from…

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