Category: Windows Server 2003

How to Disable JAVA Update on Windows Server

Disabling the Java update notifications is actually pretty easy. There’s a registry setting in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE that will allow you to completely disable both update notifications and the update functionality. The full path of the key is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\JavaSoft\Java Update\Policy. The registry entry is named EnableJavaUpdate and is a DWORD value that defaults to 1 for the update functionality to be enabled. Setting the […]

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Junction – Free up disk space using Symbolic links

I came across a brilliant solution that will blow your mind away and save all you System Admins out there having similar issue. The solution that I am referring to is an application called Junction. Directory symbolic links are known as NTFS junctions in Windows. Many of you must be aware that Microsoft introduced a […]

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Replication for a Windows Domain Controller (2003, 2008, 2012)

If you would like to avoid using the AD Sites and Services GUI to force replication across your domain controllers, consider the script below. Save this as a .bat file to a machine on the same domain as your domain controllers and run as a domain administrator. The script will prompt you for the desired […]

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Transferring FSMO Roles To Another Active Directory Controller

With virtualization continuing to grow into the small and medium business marketplace, it is now affordable for many IT administrators to implement many common best practices such as having a minimum of two domain controllers. Virtualization also has many transitioning/upgrading to operating much easier. When considering doing an upgrade for Active Directory for small to […]

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Decommissioning A Windows 2003 Or Windows 2008 Domain Controller

With many IT administrators upgrading their internal infrastructures to begin capitalizing on some of the newer features available in Active Directory by raising the functional level, it has become more of a necessity to remove older domain controllers. This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to perform a DCPromo for a 2003/R2 or 2008/R2 […]

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File Screening via de commandline

Filescreening is a method used to control what files can be placed in a directory. You might want to prevent storage of MP3 files or executables. I wil use an example to explain how to create filescreen rules by using the commandline. Example I have created the folder E:\Users to store the users’ homeshares, but […]

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Overview of Scheduled Tasks

I like the tree view for scheduled task as you can categorize the tasks, but the GUI offers no way of an overview of all tasks. The command line helps again: Schtasks.exe Are you thinking:”I have no scheduled tasks defined, so this post is not for me”, I suggest to try it anyway. Microsoft added […]

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6 Tips for a Successful Patching Process

  Whether your servers run Windows or Linux, whether your workstations are Windows 7 or Macs, and no matter what vendor your network gear comes from, one of the most critical administrative tasks for admins of any system is patching. With new vulnerabilities announced every week, and with dozens, if not hundreds of different applications […]

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Unable to RDP into server

If you are unable to remote desktop into a server using the computer name, but you are able to remote into the server using the IP address and you get the error message below.             Make sure the date/time is in sync between your DNS server and the host server […]

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Fix SQL Configuration Manager Cannot Connect to WMI Provider

When trying to open MS SQL Server Configuration Manager, a dialog may appear.. Cannot connect to WMI provider. You do not have permission or the server is unreachable. Note that you can only manage SQL Server 2005 and later servers with SQL Server Configuration Manager. Invalid class [0x80041010]   This is caused by an issue […]

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