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Question: IT admins worst nightmare!

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I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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Answer: IT admins worst nightmare!

LOL, my cisco network and Total Control boxes at the ISP I worked for looked kinda like that.

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since when does operation bait detail of illegal acts, their was nothing illegal I was doing to retaliate??? You are always the first to shutdown an issue/topic like its the end of the world!!!! I mean come on.. ILLEGAL ACTS... nothing in that thread said I was doing anything illegal... LOL

Answer:Animal! The Worst Of Worst Mods/admins...

what is next animal... you going to threaten me about use of forum... block me or what... just so in 10 minutes ill be logged into another screen name with 2k posts??????? overreacting I think you are... IMO

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Ok, So lets start from the top. My old rig I retired had USB hub issues, and when I used a USB hub expander all heck broke loose and devices would continuely fail. So After much fustration I declared this PC dead.

I got a new one, not even a month old in my hands, but it was built around oh I say 4 or 3 years ago, and yet again every freaking USB port fails, but get this, if its a External HDD or "Microsoft based" product, the device will work.

Well this just isn't going to work, so I put my old PC back to work as an over sized printer server.

Ok so now for the real question. Is USB really that bad? Or am I plugging in so many devices that I'm unintentionally shorting out hubs?

And am I better off buying myself a good USB PCI Card verses trying to fight with those external USB hub expanders?


Answer:USB... My Worst Nightmare... Some Questions.

Is it a powered hub?

Could be putting to much load on the hub.

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I'll tell how this happened at the bottom of the post so we can get to the meat of the problem.When I startup normally I get a plethora of error messages (my infection looks like this poor chap's here: Very few applications will start, and no form of antivirus will run. In safe mode I just finished running Malwarebytes quick scan after trying to full scan served me a bsod, results;---Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.39Database version: 2522Windows 6.0.6001 Service Pack 17/28/2009 3:11:31 PMmbam-log-2009-07-28 (15-11-25).txtScan type: Quick ScanObjects scanned: 83781Time elapsed: 3 minute(s), 18 second(s)Registry Values Infected: 1Folders Infected: 1Files Infected: 3Registry Values Infected:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run\19525734 (Rogue.Multiple.H) -> No action taken.Folders Infected:C:\ProgramData\19525734 (Rogue.Multiple.H) -> No action taken.Files Infected:c:\programdata\19525734\19525734 (Rogue.Multiple.H) -> No action taken.c:\programdata\19525734\19525734.exe (Rogue.Multiple.H) -> No action taken.C:\Windows\Tasks\{BB65B0FB-5712-401b-B616-E69AC55E2757}.job (Trojan.Downloader) -> No action taken.---And don't worry that is certainly not all, before my last full scan crashed it reported 9 infections, these were not tracking cookies either. I've also found and deleted...a.... Read more

Answer:My worst computer nightmare

Hello my first comment is did you click the Remove Selected after the MBAM scan. As the No action taken usually means this.I would like you to also run DrWeb-CureIt.Before we start fixing anything you should print out these instructions or copy them to a NotePad file so they will be accessible. Some steps will require you to disconnect from the Internet or use Safe Mode and you will not have access to this page.Please download Dr.Web CureIt and save it to your desktop. DO NOT perform a scan yet.alternate download linkNote: The file will be randomly named (i.e. 5mkuvc4z.exe).Reboot your computer in "Safe Mode" using the F8 method. To do this, restart your computer and after hearing your computer beep once during startup (but before the Windows icon appears) press the F8 key repeatedly. A menu will appear with several options. Use the arrow keys to navigate and select the option to run Windows in "Safe Mode".Scan with Dr.Web CureIt as follows:Double-click on the randomly named file to open the program and click Start. (There is no need to update if you just downloaded the most current versionRead the Virus check by DrWeb scanner prompt and click Ok where asked to Start scan now? Allow the setup.exe to load if asked by any of your security programs.The Express scan will automatically begin.
(This is a short scan of files currently running in memory, boot sectors, and targeted folders).If prompted to dowload the Full version Free Trial, ignore and click the X... Read more

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My details are:
Windows 98 operating system. Installed Office 97 professional edition over Office 95 professional
My problem is:
My spelling checker no longer works. Instead I get a message:
The spelling check is complete. Text set to (no proofing) was skipped. To find (no proofing) text click Edit/Replace click More, click Language, click Format and choose (no proofing).

On following as best I could the above cryptic instructions, I found to my horror that parts of my document had been deleted. I have tried to activate the spelling check through Spelling & Grammar tab on Tools Options but without any success. I have looked at the custom dictionary. It is the same as the one I have used for years without trouble when I was running the predecessor to MS Word 97 SR-1. If I try to edit the Custom.Dic I get a message to set the Automatic Spell Checking check box in Tools Options - but there is no such box.

Answer:MS Word 97 has become my worst nightmare

Did you try saving your dictionary,uninstalling both and reinstalling 97 as it may be a file compatabiltiy problem?

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I'm not sure if this is violating forum rules, but the first person whose solution to this problem works in full will get $10 from me via PayPal. I know your time is valuable and I want to show more appreciation that just the average newb having all of you solve his problems with no regard for the time you invest looking into these problems.

There is nothing worse than getting the parts to build your new PC, installing everything, and then running into problems during POST. I beg for anyone's help. First off I'll give you my specs:

New Stuff:
ASUS A8V-Deluxe Mobo (New item)
AMD Athalon 64 3000+ (New)
2X512 Mushkin DDR PC3200 running in Dual (New)

From old PC:
80 GB Seagate P-ATA Hard Drive (WINXP already installed - pulled from PC I was previously using Yesterday)
HP DVD Writer Drive
Acer CD-RW Drive
Generic Floppy

Various PCI stuff:
Nvidia Gefroce 200 64MB
D-Link Wireless
Santa Cruz sound card

Now all the old stuff worked fine on my old P4 1.6 GHZ / 512MB RDRAM / ASUS P4TE Mono.

What happens is this:
The computer goes through post alright. At first it said "No drive attached to FastTrak controlled, No BIOS installed" and then I went to the BIOS and disabled my RAID/SATA controller.

As soon as the computer tries to boot Windows from the HD, I get a super fast blue screen and then my PC resets itself. When I try to boot in safe mode, it seems to load a certain number of files then it blue scr... Read more

Answer:Need Help: Builder's worst nightmare [Reward!]

OK, it just occurred to me that I should try to use different ribbon cable for the secondary IDE thing...maybe its the cable.

Im also going to try using a 20GB Hard drive and Win XP cd for a fresh install.

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Hi, i hope you can help me, guys.
I got a BSOD since i got vista on my PC.
I have a Core 2 Quad Intel and a G35 Intel MotherBoard.
I've installed Vista Ultimate, and i got BSOD so constantly, with different messages, like these:

In the dump analyze says maybe is a problem with the ntkrnlpa.exe
I've attached the dump if you want to analyze. Please HELP!!!
I can work for a few minutes in my PC, then Crash!!!
Sometimes from when Vista is starting... crash.
Sometime in a couple of hours... crash.

Help please!!!

Answer:[SOLVED] BSOD in Vista, my worst nightmare!

Hi. . .

I processed the one lone minump and found this particular one to have a bugcheck of 0x0000000a (0x00000001, 0x0000001b, 0x00000001, 0x81d01cbf) and the faulting module to be teh Microsoft mouse class driver mouclass.sys.

0x0000000a = 0xa = IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL = a Microsoft Windows or a kernel-mode driver accessed paged memory at DISPATCH_LEVEL or above.

Other items mentioned but not listed as a cause of the BSOD but were contained within the stack were the drivers usbport.sys and mouhid.sys. Further analysis of the stack text ("walking the stack") at the time of the BSOD showed additional interesting information:

In the code box below, first the mouclass.sys driver and a reference to the mouclass service, the handling of a (buffer) overrun and the IRQL (in this BSOD IRQL = 1 = indicative of a page fault). Found within the midst of this is the Norton driver symevent.sys.

81d43b1c 81d43b38 nt!KiDoubleFaultStack+0x2b38
81d43b20 8bdd4c77 mouclass!MouseClassServiceCallback+0x189

kd> dds 81ca8d84 81ca8d84+1000
81ca8e24 8bd9230f HDAudBus!HdaController::HandleRirbFifoOverrun+0xd7
81ca93d8 81c4f148 nt!_imp_KfLowerIrql
81ca93dc ffff0be9
81ca93e0 15ff59ff
81ca93e4 81c4f148 nt!_imp_KfLowerIrql
81ca93e8 ffd07be9
81ca95b4 90909090 SYMEVENT+0x18090
81ca9690 cccccccc
81ca9694 909090cc SYMEVENT+0x180cc
81ca9698 90909090 SYMEVENT+0x18090
81ca969c 90909090 SY... Read more

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The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI?s Best Weapon?And Worst Nightmare

This isn't exactly news, but rather a story that sounds more like a movie script and real life.

I think it's important that we read and share these stories to help people realize that cyber security is a very big deal, not just in terms of huge businesses and intelligence agencies, but also for our day to day activities.

If you read it, I'd love to hear what you thought of this.

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My worst nightmare came true yesterday when my computer was attacked by Spyware...

When I click on IE, all kinds of screens popped up including ads for Anti-Spyware (ironic huh?). There is even an alarmed message stating that my computer was infected...I am not sure if it meant a virus or a spyware...

One of the page it loaded warned that another computer had access to my computer...

I try to find some of the files through Adware and Spybot but that didn't help. Running my Antivirar program only catched some of the spyware...But it didn't allow me to delete those files.

I tried deleting some of them manually, and it seemed to work but then came back when I reboot...Can anyone help?

I have Windows ME, Ad-ware, Pop-up blocker, Antivirar... What should I do?

Answer:Worst nightmare coming true --- attacked of the Spyware

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I recently took my Laptop into HP for a service after one of my keys became loose among other things, during which they upgraded the Bios and after getting home (and re-initialising Windows and ubuntu cause they stuffed up my OS) I tried playing games and noticed the fan was running at a unusally high rate.

Now I've heard that HP have released all these Bioses that increase the fan speed to ensure that hardware damage doesn't occur due to various design floors in HP products over the last few year (or so i've heard).

Well I started playing "Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising" which uses up A LOT of my CPU cycles while running it as my Cores are hitting the top at around 90-100% while playing. As I do a lot of Gaming on a laptop I also have a 3-fan cooling table to help keep the temps down as well as playing in a fairly cool room (plus the UK's not usually warm).

After about 10 to 15 minutes of playing the machine turns off, I use speedfan and monitored the temps during the game and the cores were around 48-49 degrees celcius at maximum. I assumed HP had set the Emergency Shutdown temp in the Bios ridiculously low and then locked users out from modifying them. So I downgraded my Bios to "F.35 A", however tried it again same thing happened! Theres one more bios bellow (F.33 A) at:

Is there any point in downgrading again?

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Answer:Solved: HP Bios Causing Gamers Worst Nightmare

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So  the issue is the Synaptics Control Panel is displayed in a way that is too big vertically to see the entire window as per: The keyboard click-for-click instructions on reproducing this:1.  Start up from a Lenovo factory install of Windows 8.1 Professional x64 with all drivers updated to latest as provided by Lenovo, and Windows upgraded with latest updates (no drivers installed through Windows Updates).2.  Control Panel > Display and notice the defaults as per below:3.  Control Panel > Mouse > tab ThinkPad > button Advanced and notice the new window Synaptics Control Panel is proportional vertically as per below:4.  Control Panel > Display > click checkbox Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays > radio button Medium - 125% > click button Apply.5.  Sign out and sign in to Windows.6.  Control Panel > Mouse > tab ThinkPad > button Advanced and notice the new window Synaptics Control Panel is too big vertically to see the bottom of the window.What is noticed is when one changes the registry entry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPCpl\Controls\ClientHeightPxfrom 640 to 550, the Synaptics Control Panel looks acceptable vertically, and persists through reboots. However, this is correlated to an issue where any configurations made are all reverted automatically, after about ten seconds from clicking OK in the Synaptics Control Panel. Hence, this is not a WORKAROUND/solution. March ... Read more

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For some reason in Windows 7, my BitDefender anti virus software shuts down periodically and I have to restart it by going to services.msc in the search prompt and force restart of the program. Today I clicked on properties and it displayed some actions I could take after the program shuts down and under the RECOVERY tabs, it says: First Failure Second Failure Subsequent Failures In all 3, I can click "restart services" However, when I click "apply" it tells me I can not do this and says "Acess is Denied" When I clicked on help, it told me I have to be logged in under Account Operators, Domain Admins or Enterprise Admins. Not only do I not know how to log in as this or do this, but it doesn't make sense why access is denied. Is there a way I can click "restart services" after First Failure and let it be applied? I called Bit Defender and they had me upload the software again, but I'm having the same problem. It doesn't happen on Windows Vista or XP. Thanks

Answer:Account Operators, Domain Admins, Enterprise Admins

Did you find out the solution, i am actually facing the same issue.
One more thing that I did was to schedule a task upon the specific event, there is a specific event id for each time it fails. I created a BAT file to start the same upon its failure, hope that works.

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Hey guys. So I happened to get Windows Vista Ultimate over the weekend and am already sick of these annoying security pop-ups. I can understand on a machine with multiple logins or what not, but when I am THE only person logging in and I am THE administrator to my machine, I don't want these warnings everytime I install something, download something, etc.

How the heck do I make them STOP?

Answer:Vista: Stop Security Warnings - Let admins be ADMINS!

Control Panel --> User Accounts --> Turn User Account Control on or off

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I purchased HP AU113TX notebook 3 months back. And since then I am getting BSOD error and till date I have opened 3 case id of which my last case id is opened for more than one month(CaseId: 3036636047) Why customer should suffer because of issues in your laptop. Being a loyal customer of HP, would say I will never ever trust HP again.

Answer:Worst company worst support.



I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post personal information (serial numbers and case details).

If you are unfamiliar with how the Forum's private message capability works, you can learn about that here.
Thank you for visiting the HP Support Forum.

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I myself am not an administrator, but I have been given this job to complete. We are currently running Windows 2000 on our RF(Radio Frequency) tablets which have touch screen capability.
I have set up the group policy editor to prevent anyone from starting anything except what is in the startup. I have removed all the desktop icons & all options from the start button menu, except the Program-Startup folders. There hasn't been any problems up until lately when someone discovered that they can open a window if they double tap(Click) on the programs folder after they hit the start button. This also happens if they double tap on the Startup folder. I have managed to prevent them from getting into the Programs folder by going into the users profile in the Documents&Settings folder and finding the startup folder & then the programs folder. Right click on it & go into properties. In the security tab & select the user & in the advanced section & do a deny on the "open folder/read data" this prevents the user from opening the folder when they try to get in..problem is if I do this to the startup folder it won't read the application in the startup folder. Windows does warn me that the DENY will take rights over all other options. How can I deny someone access to the folder options but not the application.
P.S. the "Open Folder/Read Data" are together in the check box I can't get just one of those options.

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Answer:Here is one for you Admins..If you can help.

You can place just the needed apps icons on the desk top and through policy remove everything in the start menu.

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Question: any SQL Admins?

Hello All,

I have Windows Sharepoint Services 2.0 utilizing a MS SQL database. On Friday I had a user delete one of the most important spreadsheets in my company. Normally this would not be an issue, just detach the current DB and then copy over the backup and restore the file. Challenge is, the backup has failed so I don't have that to rely on.

So before I shell out 260 bux to microsoft support, wanted to ask here.

Is the file still in the SQL database somewhere, just renamed or something, or is it deleted permentely? I know that the windows sharepoint services 3.0 does have a recycle bin feature, but not 2.0. so I am hoping this hasn't been permentely deleted.

thanks in advance!

Answer:any SQL Admins?

Do you have a full system backup anywhere?

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I scanned with malwarebytes and found over 200 infections but some are still active changing the toolbar color and freezing.Thanks in advance.

Answer:A cry for help! Im sorry to all Admins.

Please read this:
How to attach items to your post or view How to Attach Items: the Video.

Now please follow these instructions:

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

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Question: 2 admins, help!

I created a new admin account by accident because I needed to do something, now I don't.

How do I get rid of it?

I put a code in the Command Prompt to create one.

It was like administrator /create:yes or something.

I know at the end it had /[something]:yes

Please help me get rid of the newly created admin!

Answer:2 admins, help!


It sounds like you may have enabled the Super Admin account, here's how to disable it

Administrator Account

For user accounts, here is the tutorial

User Account - Delete

Hope it helps


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Question: sys admins only ;)

has anyone had any success creating bulk users in win2k server, addusers doesnt like me im just wondering if anyone has had much luck with any vbscripts

Answer:sys admins only ;)

Check this out, it might be the answer

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Question: admins

here is the problem:
i changed my account to "limited" from administrator, im 14 so i need a simple anwser.

how do i change my account back to administrator?!

im using windows XP professinal


Is there another account on your computer with administrator status?

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Hey guys...I have one request, if its possible of qourse. Can you add my country flag (Macedonia) at the forums data bank,strangely it isn't added. I would really appreciate that. Thanks


Answer:asking for help from admins

That was quick!

edit.... It was there, now I don't see it. Try it again.

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My name is Andy and I came to this forum because I was just completely out of luck with a dozen other places where I tried to get help online. I'm sure admins can easily find my other post (it is the only one on this forum). Anyhow, I just wanted to say that someone quickly responded and he sounded extremely knowledgeable. He also followed up once or twice so that was also quite nice but...just one problem.

Your tech people on this forum really sound like they know computers...that's not a problem at all but the fact guys don't understand that most of us who come here are not tech savvy. I kept getting a message about CPU Throttling and something about CPU-Z. I checked other posts and other people seemed to be having the same problem. I read one guy's responses to a tech support specialist and he kept having to simply say, "I'm lost..." because he (just like me) didn't know what on earth the tech specialist was talking about.

That's just a courteous request...take it easy on us. You really don't know how we all appreciate your help but please try to understand that most of us don't know nearly a fraction of what you know about computers. I'm young and fairly descent with computers...I know about the various software applications and hardware in computers (drivers, codecs, video/audio players, graphics cards, sound cards...etc) but I still don't know 90% of what the forum techs know.

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Answer:Something for Admins to Work On...

Thanks Andy. I have been trying to incorporate links to tutorials in my posts.
We appreciate the feedback.

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What is the verdict on giving out info pertaining to lost Admin Passwords to regain access. Can we give out this info on the forum or must we do it through email? There seems to be question about whether giving this info out is acceptable or not.

Answer:Question for Admins

thegreatone said:

What is the verdict on giving out info pertaining to lost Admin Passwords to regain access. Can we give out this info on the forum or must we do it through email? There seems to be question about whether giving this info out is acceptable or not.Click to expand...

I feel that it is acceptable. But I am not a moderator. If they really want to, people can pay the $149 for ERD commander or we can give them the free link to change their password.

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Question: Security Admins

Any security admins out there? Is the job any fun? Interesting? Coming from a Desktop Admin, the position I am thinking about taking is jr security admin. Handle new user setups and current user changes for access, including LAN, Web and Lotus Notes...

Answer:Security Admins

Security Admin is a wide and varied career with a lot of defining still to be worked out. Some would consider me to be a security admin because I deal with firewalls all day long, plus security documentation. To others a security admin is a ISSO, ISSM, or other bunch of letters. Bottom line: there is a huge difference in duties between techie and managerial security positions.

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hi all ................i have write a thread before about hijiak log ...and the admins tell me to use new version of hijak ....and now i have done
what did they said....i realy hate that message ...the following is the new log of new version of Hijak

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 21:04:41, on 03/11/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\FolderSize\FolderSizeSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint\Apntex.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Source Engine\OSE.EXE
C:\Program Files\Photodex\ProShowGold\ScsiAccess.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

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Question: admins on groups

ehi. a hypothetical. let's say i call my friend fred. he uses a service called for some reason, he trys to subscribe to a few groups, and is banned. does not know why. so, he has tried to contact the owners and moderators. they do not want to contact him, and tell him to go away. he is determined to find a way to rejoin the groups, and tries under a number of different e-mail addresses. but they find him and send him a e-mail, saying that he is using a fake address. but the addresses from gmail, yahoo, aol, apple are all legite. so, he wonders, if there is a way for him, to be a admin, even though he is banned. is there a way for him to do this. if so, how? so then he can get back at the mods, who are ignoring him. to teach him a lesson, and then hhe wants to block them out of being an owner or mods, and if he becomes an admin on this service, is it only for the one groups, or the entire site? just a brain teaser. any thoughts.

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Question: Local Admins

Hi In Domain environment,how do i assign a user of a domain in the local administrative group of the member systems of the domain using restricted group policy or other simple ways.Thanks
(i need step by step instruction on configuring my needs)

Answer:Local Admins

If you want to add a domain user to the Administrators group on multiple computers, you'll have to use some type of login script.

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HI All,

I have an HP switch that is having an issue.

We have a connection that is fiber being converted to CAT 5 and connected to our port. We have 3 vlan's on that port (1913,1914,1943).
nterface 2/37
tagged vlan 1913-1914,1943
untagged vlan 999

I have another port which is is tagged on vlan 1943

interface 2/39
tagged vlan 1913
untagged vlan 999
that host connected on port 2/39 is not able to access a host on the other side of 2/37

the odd part? the port on 2/37 looks like its not putting anything on the wire (reference below in the Drops TX:
HP-Stack-2920# sh int 2/37

Status and Counters - Port Counters for port 2/37

Name :
MAC Address : 6cc217-0d8a1b
Link Status : Up
Port Enabled : Yes
Totals (Since boot or last clear) :
Bytes Rx : 8,653 Bytes Tx : 0
Unicast Rx : 0 Unicast Tx : 0
Bcast/Mcast Rx : 127 Bcast/Mcast Tx : 0
Errors (Since boot or last clear) :
FCS Rx : 0 Drops Tx : 730
Alignment Rx : 0 Collisions Tx : 0
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Hi All,

so i have which if o365 enabled. Im trying to setup a cisco conference server which works with o365 federation. As in, you would be able to call <user> from skype.

Thus far, with cisco APPS, this works without issue. As in, using jabber on i can call <user>

I have created in DNS and confirm it's been in place for OVER 24 hours now.

The issue is when i try and call <user> i get either 'Your org does NOT allow you to call" OR "We could not reach <user>"

I have confirmed in the o365 portal that the is NOT referenced but is.

Do i need to add it and then remove the services?
Am I missing DNS entries?

i also did additional testing with a domain outside of o365. Say If i try and call <user> it works but <user> does not.

I see no connection attempts coming into the network when i try can call <user>@meeting.domain[A-C].com

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Question: Exchange Admins

I was curious to see what kind of mailbox size limits other Exchange admins have set for their users.

We have ~1GB of mailbox storage limit set for each user and some are constantly hitting their limits. I would think 1GB is plenty and that people are just to lazy to clean out their mailboxes but am I wrong? Should I be setting it higher?

I could increase the limit, but I don't feel that would address the issue. People would just put off cleaning their mailbox until the limit is reached again.

Answer:Exchange Admins

Depends what they do. When I worked in a Fortune 50 company's NOC, I saved emails going back *YEARS* to cover our asses. I don't know how many times I pulled our asses out of the fire on conference calls by pulling up an email sent two years ago telling us to do something (or not do something).

People who like to store emails will do it one way or the other - use all the space available, or put it on a network share/local hard drive in an OST file.

At my current job, there's a lot of CAD/Adobe stuff that gets sent back and forth which adds up to a lot of space... so we have our mailboxes set at 25GB. Space is cheap. Our heaviest user is using 17GB.

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Hello. Ever since the new server update MG's did, I am unable to log-in my account and make new posts... However I can make new threads on my wifes computer.
Everytime I log in my account on my other computer , it will log me in, but I get blocked somehow, I tried emailing Tim from here, but he said nothing was wrong on majorgeeks end. So my question is ... whats wrong with my other computer to not let me make new threads.... I have run malware, superantispyware, Ccleaner, and did , ipconfig /release .... /renew ... /flushdns . So far, I am still unable to log-in correctly on my other computer without being blocked from something.

Can anyone help?

Answer:Majorgeeks Admins pls look....

Are there other sites that you can't get to, particularly anti-malware sites?

While I wait for you to reply, let me just suggest that you do the READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide as some malware will stop you from going to such sites.

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Question: Any Novell Admins?

Im having a problem with my proxy server running Bordermanager 3.7 SP3.
Some of the connections going threw the proxy aren't dropping off when the user logs off, instead it just waits for the connection to timeout or for me to unload proxy.nlm and reload it.

Is there a command I can use to clear the connections threw the proxy or how can I set the timeout value of these connections lower.


Answer:Any Novell Admins?

It's been a while since I messed with Border Manager, and it was mainly to get rid of it. But, I think there is a configuration file that you can use to tweak the timeouts. In the past, Novel's site had a lot of good information. But, I found that the more they into Linux, the harder it was to find info on Netware.

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I am currently trying to get Novell Messenger 2.0.1 up and running in my tree, however when ever I take and launch the Messenger agent and the Archive agent I get the following message on the archive agent:

Agent initialization failure [0xd235] <Press ENTER to Continue>

The server it is being installed on is NW 6.5 sp5

any one ever seen this before or know a way to fix this?

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Please i cant get rid of this one trojan, its geardgr.dll ,something bout a generic downloader or something, also im getting 2 run.dll errors everytime i login to windows , and its really slow, can someone please help me on which programs to delete with hijack, here is my log PLEASE HELP ME, ive had this problem for so long!!! Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 8:12:43 AM, on 8/31/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXEC:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exeC:\Program Files\Sony Ericsson\Mobile2\Application Launcher\Application Launcher.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\rundll32.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office12\GrooveMonitor.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\LVCOMSX.EXEC:\Program Files\Logitech\V... Read more

Answer:Please Help Me Admins/people!

Welcome to the BleepingComputer HijackThis Logs and Analysis forum skyaries89 My name is Richie and i'll be helping you to fix your problems.Please move HijackThis to a permanent folder on the hard drive such as C:\HJT. Create a new folder and place HijackThis.exe inside that folder so that the backups of log changes it creates are saved in the same folder and can be used to reverse any line entry deletion if found to be necessary.If you run Hijackthis from the desktop, the files it removes will not be backed up properly.How to create a new folder named HJT1. Click Start/My Computer,in the 'My Computer' window,open the window in which you want to create the new folder,click on Local Disk C:2. From the 'File' menu choose 'New'.3. From the 'New' menu choose 'Folder'.4. Type the folder name: HJT5. Then press Enter.Your version of Sun Java is out of date.Older versions have vulnerabilities that malware can use to infect your system.Please follow these steps to remove older versions of Sun Java,and then update.1. Download the latest version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE)2. Scroll down to where it says 'Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6u2'.3. Click the "Download" button to the right.4. Check the box that says: "Accept License Agreement".5. The page will refresh.6. Click on the link to download 'Windows Offline Installation, Multi-language' and save to your desktop.7. Close any programs you may have running - especially your web browser.8. Go to Star... Read more

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So over the weekend, our company upgraded to Exchange 2010.

Outlook 2007 everything works perfect.

Outlook 2010 Mail works fine, but I cannot open shared calendars and when i go to schedule a meeting and view available times i get an error "no information, your server location could not be determined".

What could possibly be the difference? Can they block connections from certain versions of Outlook?

Finally figured out what the issue was. Fix is listed below. I just needed to add the autodiscover.xml file to my system.
For 2010
Throw this into an xml file called autodiscover.xml

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
<Autodiscover xmlns="">
<Response xmlns="">

Save it somewhere out of the way and then go to HK_CU\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Outlook\Autodiscover
And add a new string value. Call it Modify the data of the key with the location of your local xml file. Reload Outlook and whammo.

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Answer:What did my Exchange Admins do?

Why don't you contact them for help....

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Question: telco admins

Anyone else getting a bunch of calls from SER5ICECALL <2064456190>? Calls last anywhere from 4-9 seconds then hangup.

I'm actually getting a lot of calls matching this profile, which is really screwing with my stats. Seems to only have started happening the past month.

Answer:telco admins

We've been getting them too. People are thinking its a nigerian thing... but from the nature of the calls and the source I wonder if its more a spamhaus related item. :tinfoil: on that for sure though.

Alls I know is I've gotten calls to my cell and my wife has been tracking it on the corp phone setup. The only leads we have are from nigeria for sure

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Question: Admins password?

Hi Guys, girls too.
I wanted to restore my pc (HP Slimline) from the console. As I went through it it asked me for the Admins password. I have had this pc for near 6 yrs now. I used the one I always use and it claimed it was not that.
Is there anyway I can find that password?

Answer:Admins password?

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For those that manage Win2k/2k3 servers, how do you go about managing log files. Do you really have to use the event viewer to view them? With over close to 25k-30k log files, it seems impossible! HOW DO YOU DO IT!

Answer:Question for the IT admins

killerasp said:

For those that manage Win2k/2k3 servers, how do you go about managing log files. Do you really have to use the event viewer to view them? With over close to 25k-30k log files, it seems impossible! HOW DO YOU DO IT!Click to expand...

It all depends on what exactly your needs are in reviewing event logs.

You don't have to use the event viewer provided that you have a way of automatically "forwarding" those events to a database. Here are a few tools you can use to get started:

1. GFI Security Event Log monitor
2. Snare for Windows
3. NTSysLog

GFI provides some basic reporting functions, but to get anything tailored to your needs, you'll need to write your own SQL queries.

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To help desk ppl and admins, what do use for a help desk ticket system and how many tickets do u get a day and the amount of employees in the company do you have?


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1) If you were to have the perfect help-desk software, what features would be a necessity to you?

2) Along those same lines, what features would not be necessary, but really cool to have?

3) What sorts of things are important to you for tracking inventory and trouble tickets in help-desk software? What different ways would you want to track that info?

4) What would you like a piece of help-desk software to be able to connect to / collaborate with? (example: phone systems, chat software, etc.)

This is for a project that my friend and I are working on.


EDIT: Mods, if this is in the wrong place, I apologize. Didn't know where best to put this thread.

Answer:To all Sys Admins out there, a few questions:

1) I would want a "Managed Workstation" client on my user's desktops. It would have the ability to submit a trouble ticket that would automatically send the following to the server:

a) A screen shot of the most recently focused application
b) A task manager list of all processes
c) A user filled out form that would be customizable via html.

I would want this software to track the tickets from the individual users and show them feed back of the status. For example, we could have, "Unassigned", "Assigned", "In Progress", "Resolved" and "Unresolved".

When a user opened a ticket, it would go to the central server, which would then assign it to a logged in technician in a customizable order ( by technician preference, round robin, random, ect.. ). It would be important that the ticket problem catagory be a determining characteristic for the system when choosing a technician ( ie: I'm trained in novell, so any problems classified as "login" would go to me first, then other technicians next ).

There would need to be a second client, "Technician Workstation", which would reside on the techs computer. There would need to be customizable fields for records attached to a problem. I have found systems that tie into the phone systems to be problematic, and the data they gather to be unreliable. Instead, I would want these to be simple manual entry of data from the technician. ... Read more

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The title ays it all

Answer:Is it possible to have 2 admins on one computer?

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Hello. I'm trying to make my D: inaccessable to users other than myself. Example:

I have 2 accounts. One is my own account, and the other is for guests, but is not a limited or guest account. I don't want people mucking about in my D: since it holds a lot of my photoshop works.

If possible I'd like to find a way of simply hiding the drive from accounts other than my own. Is that possible? If I can't hide it, restricting access to it would be just as well.

Answer:Hiding a HDD from non Admins

I was messing around in various settings and managed to come up with a means of accomplishing this.

I went into my Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Users & Groups. I made a new group called "NoAccess" (it can be any name you want)

I then went into the users part of Computer Management and added all of the users I didn't want accessing this folder to the group "NoAccess."

I saved this, and went to my D: Drive and opened up Tools > Folder Options. In the View tab, I disabled Simply File Sharing & Security.

I went to D: and accessed the security. I added the group "NoAccess" to D:'s security, and set it to deny everything.

After a restart, I'm the only one able to access the contents of this drive.

Since nobody was able to help, I figured since I'd helped myself, I'd help you all too. Just incase this comes up again, or somebody ends up here with a similar question.

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is there a way a local admin to the citrix machine to have the admin bar removed without right clicking on the bar and clicking on exit? this is because certain apps can only be run as a local admin and not as a domain user. but if the user ever needs the admin bar back, is there a way to get it back?

Answer:citrix and local admins

I would try regmon and filemon to see what the app cant access instead of giving them full admin rights. Beyond that I am not sure with your OP question.

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Hello all. I'm hoping to find some useful (free) tools that I can use at work to assist with my network admin job. I'm currently using pstools, EMCO Remote Console & EMCO WakeOnLan. Would anybody recommend any other free tools for good use? Have about 300+ Dell PCs on our domain. Thanks in advanced!

Answer:Tools for Network Admins

No network admin's toolkit should be complete without WireShark.

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Why would some one create a bunch of VLAN's and then not have the Router do routing nor the layer 3 switch do it either. But rather have servers have manual routes added to their tables to communicated ? Also having two internet gateways ? What would be the advantages of such a setup? Why?

Answer:Network Admins Help me understand.

setting up virtual networks, testing, simulating events. they do it in big businesses all the time

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I mean, does it reset your internet explorer to "Factory Condition" and remove spyware, or does it still have the spyware?

Question is about the program HOSTER, by the way.

Answer:To The Mods/Admins: Why can't we just use Hoster by itself?

Could you be a little more specific on your question? Hoster does not remove malware and it does not do anything to Internet Explorer. It justs restores your original default hosts file so that any lines inserted in there other than default are gone. That in itself will not fix the problem (the malware) that changed it to begin with.

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Tempting though it may be to ignore little oddities on the network, exercise some initiative in the name of security.

Source -
IT security admins, get to know your known unknowns | Security Central - InfoWorld

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In our school we have 2 printers attached to our print server, and Okidata for the teachers and an HP for the students. We are running WIN2K server and have a domain environment. Teachers are in one group, students are another group.
Everything was working fine until the print server crashed .Our tech guy installed a new hard drive and copied everything over to the new drive. When we were up and running everything work fine except ( and this is our problem) that the teachers could not print to the Oki. Only Domain admins could print to the Oki. Teachers can print to the HP. But when they send a print job to the Oki they receive an error message that the job could not print and the job disappears from the print queue. THe event viewer indicates an Event ID 61.

We have checked the group policies, the permissions and security on the printers, and the login scripts. We have checked for new drivers from Oki, uninstalled and reinstalled the printer on the server, unplugged the printer. Nothing works.
We googled the problem and it appears that there are others have a similar problem with Okidata printers which appeared suddenly--when nothing knowlingly had been changed.

Any ideas?


Answer:Only domain admins can print

* bump

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Does anyone have an easy app that will scan a domain for local admin privileges on desktops? I've seen some scripts that will do this, but I'm a real dummy when it comes to scripting.

Answer:Finding local admins

If you run SCCM you can do it with simple scripts through that.

Beyond that I have not found anything, they dont make it easy to report on.

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I've had about 5 calls since last week with users getting this warning

When going into the Admin console, I can't find a way to actually see when (or if) our licenses expire.

Here's my licensing pane on our Master Metaframe:

Is this something I need to be worrying about? I'm a Windows Admin but I was just handed the Citrix Farm and now I'm expected to keep it running. Talk about Trial by Fire.. heheh

Any help appreciated as to what steps I need to follow.

Answer:Any Citrix Admins in the house? help..

not an admin but a user, ive never seen that error so im not sure

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OK, since Friday this has come up. When users hit one of our Metaframes they are met with "Can't find Script Engine" Errors. They can hit OK on the errors, and most stuff seems to still work.
If I disable new logons on that Metaframe and have them go to the other server, they are fine. Now, the Domain Admin Account has no problem logging in and gets no errors at all... wth?

Anyone have ANY idea where to start? It seems to be just this Metaframe, and I went so far to create a new NT user and that user gets the same errors as well.

Here's the errors that they all get:

Thanks gang, I'm lost here

Answer:Any Citrix/Windows Admins? Help

Go to a command line and type "cscript.exe".

If the version it reports is Windows script host version is 5.1, I'd upgrade it to version 5.6 from Microsoft's web site. If it already says version 5.6, I'd try reinstalling it anyway.

The error you are getting is Windows Scripting Host saying that the VBScript compiler cannot be found, which means its really pooched.

WSH works with a lot of different lanuages, but support for VBScript and Jscript are part of the base install...

WSH on Microsoft's Site

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Ok, here is the situation.

Currently there is a very small business that is using a domain. They really do not NEED a domain as they use none of the features of it currently, they really just have it so that they can use Trend Antivirus SMB Edition.

Currently everyone is setup as Domain Users and Domain Admins (not a problem cause there is nothing they can modify to cause trouble anyways and they all only use their own machine). The reason they are Domain Admins is because the accounting software they use requires admin privlages on the machines and shares, and it just ended up being easier that way I guess

My job is to try and get it back to a normal domain environment so that they can have private shared folders on the server (something they cannot do currently considering they are all admins). I believe all this will require is making everyone Local Administrators on their machines and then removing them from the Domain Admin group.
So my question is, is there a way to have their accounts become Local Administrators through the DC with a policy or script or something so I do not have to go around to each machine and manually make them Local Administrators?

Any help would be much appreciated, I have searched google, but the few things I have found have been way over my head. None of the "Are you qualified" business either...I am not really qualified with AD, but I am with the rest of the IT stuff. It is a VERY simple setup they are going for here though so ... Read more

Answer:AD Local Admins Question

Do you want everyone to be a local admin for everyone's machine or just the main user of that machine?
To be honest the best way of doing it is to go around one by one and setting just the main user as the local admin of the PC. There really isn't a batch way of doing this but what you can do is push an RDP GPO to enable RDP for domain admins and you can just do it manually through RDP without having to go to each workstation physically.

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Hi everyone,

Here is my setup. Win 7 64bit, completely patched with DISA Security lockdowns in place. I have an admin account 'TEST' listed in both the administrators and users groups. The cmd.exe file has both groups as full control to the file, and ownership as the administrators group.

I have a bat file that resides on the C:\. The C:\ has administrators as full control access. The BAT file itself has the same permissions and settings as the cmd.exe file.

I have gone into secpol and ensured that administrators and users are listed in the 'Logon as Batch Job' setting and nothing shown for the Deny Logon as Batch Job' setting.

So here is the problem... when the computer starts up, this BAT file is to run to map some network drives for me. When I login locally to the machine as the TEST account, the BAT file says 'Access is Denied'. Once I am in, if I right-click and choose 'Run As Administrator' and retype my credentials, then it maps the drives. So I created a standard user account 'STUser' and logged in locally and of course the BAT file does not run, I need to 'Run As Admin' and use the TEST credentials.

I need this BAT file to run at startup for all users without elevation being required. Is there a Security Setting somewhere on this machine or reg entry I need to modify to enable this? I would just handle the DISA lockdown however I am not the one who applies it. I am just the one who has to figure out how to make this work and what settings I n... Read more

Answer:How do I enable BAT files to run as NON-Admins?

You could run the batch file though the runas command.

Elevated Program Shortcut - Create for Standard User

runas /noprofile /user:computername\username "batch file location"

If you actually need to enter in the credentials you can use the /savecred. Then you will just have to enter then in once.

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Here's a challenge, asked because I'm no network admin and I'm curious to know and understand.

When Vista came along we heard about 'new features' in the release which sussposedly carried the potential for making life better for network admins by allowing them enhanced control over the networks (and users) they administer to. Amidst the tidal wave of Vista-hate that's kinda got lost. But I know there are plenty enough quite capable (and thoughtful) network admins post here so I'm asking.

Here's the scenario:

It's a perfect world. You're confronted with no legacy hardware/software problems. You're the kinda person who welcomes and embraces change, when it brings you newer capabilities, and the kind of person who quickly learns new techniques and puts them into practice. You're no stick-in-the-mud, and neither are the people around you. Those people are all eager, anxious and inspiring.

You've no problems or cause for complaint, in other words, and you're eager to 'move forward'.

And into your lap drops Vista which, we hear, comes with a whole raft of new features aimed just at you. Security stuff. A new deployment method. Heaps of new Group Policy controls. Whatever.
I've read lots of technical documents, and got the bare beginnings of a grasp, but to a non-technically trained person like myself the detail of it all gets easy lost amongst the jargon. So, please, explain it to me in Engl... Read more

Answer:Why can Vista (and beyond) be 'better' for Network admins?

Well for me at least until sysprep is fixed and hopefully simplified no newer features will benefit at all since there is or wasn't an easy way to deploy it.

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I'm looking around at various bar coding inventory applications, and I was hoping to draw on the experience of some admins here. What do you all use? I've been looking at Wasp:

I'd love to hear from everyone about their personal experiences, both good and bad, for whatever you use.

Answer:Admins: Inventory solutions

They used wasp at my old job, we didn't specifically use it for IT but just inventory for everything. As far as scanning and tracking it seemed to work fine...printing labels and such is going to be a pain sometimes with any system just because of the precision feeding and flimsy paper and alignment.

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I have this domain:

@ IN SOA (
1D )
MX 10

localhost A A
mail CNAME IN TXT "v=spf1 a mx ptr ~all" IN TXT "v=spf1 a -all"
As soon as I added the SPF records, the zone no longer loads. It loads just fine for the rest of my domains w/spf, any one see any obvious errors?

Edit: ok the last IN TXT record is causing it, maybe can't have a IN TXT for a CNAME? (unique to this domain)

Answer:ISC Bind admins, question.

From DNSReport

One or more of your MX records points to a CNAME. CNAMEs are prohibited in MX records, according to RFC974, RFC1034 3.6.2, RFC1912 2.4, and RFC2181 10.3. The problem MX record(s) are:>>

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Hello all, I am a college student in need of a favor for a CIS class that I am taking. The professor wants me to survey people in a specific job that I am interested in.

If you could spare a couple minutes and answer any or all of the questions below and PM them to me or post here, I would greatly appreciate it.


What was your major?
Briefly describe your career path since graduation
What is your current position and how long have you been with your employer?
What are the main responsibilities of your position?
What do you enjoy most about your job?
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Briefly describe your typical work week.
What job search methods did you use to obtain your current position?
What advise would you give to students interested in your field?

I appreciate any answers that you all could provide for me, they will only be used to help compile a research paper on the career field of the Network Admin.


Answer:**Calling All Network Admins**

1. I'm a business IS major(still in school) who does consulting for an IT company. I'm the network admin for a bunch of companies.
2. I quit my other job and got picked up talking to the owner of the company(I knew him before hand)
3. Been with the company over a year now. Network admin.
4. Everything IT related. I can go to a place to replace batteries in a keyboard or to rebuild a dead server. Data recovery, network diags, etc.
5. The challenge
6. The scope of things. One day I'm working on a active directory issue somewhere, next day I'm diaging vpn issues with an apple, day after that I'm fixing a notebook someone dropped.
7. My week starts monday morning around 9:30 or so unless I know I have to be doing something earler. Most days it ends around 5ish if I don't have class or something. Things go wrong it goes into the night. Also I do a lot of things at night anyway like server work(remote most of the time), rebuild systems, network updates(have keys to may clients), etc.
8. Already covered that I think.
9. Try to intern with a company to get real world experience. Certs may get your feet in a door but they don't mean shit if you haven't done the work before. Be honest and be willing to say you don't know something. Also don't be afriad to ask for help. Last thing you want is for someone to tell you to put a new domain controller on the network that you have to build from scratch and you not know what you are do... Read more

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We're currently having a problem with people loggin into their computers and their profiles being left behind under the Documents & Settings folder. This wouldn't be such a bad thing except when you have 200 profiles it starts to take up space. I was wondering if anyone had any scripts that they would be willing to share that could delete all the profiles in that folder except for ones specified ie: administrator, all users.. etc.


Answer:Microsoft Domain Admins.. help

You could use a Group Policy to remove the profile after someone logs off.
I found this on another forum.

Take a look ate the "delprof.exe". Its included in the "Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit Tools" from Microsoft.
With this tool you can do it also remotely.
--- CUT ---
delprof /?
Microsoft Windows Operating System User Profile Deletion Utility v5.2
Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

This utility deletes Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 200
3 family user profiles.

usage: DELPROF [/Q] [/I] [/P] [/R] [/C:\\<computername>] [/D:<days>]

/Q Quiet, no confirmation.
/I Ignore errors and continue deleting.
/P Prompts for confirmation before deleting each profile.
/R Delete roaming profile cache only
/C Remote computer name.
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The second, much better way is an Active Directory Group Policy.
"Delete cached copies of roaming profiles policy" in the Group Policy Editor under: "Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\User Profiles"
It's delete the locally cached versions of roaming user profiles when the user logs off. Best practice for Terminal Servers an so on...

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I'd like some feedback from others on how they deal with spam. Specifically if they allow users to manage their own email. We have filtering at the server level but it is becoming too much to handle for our I.T. department. We don't run an exchange server, we don't have the personnel to do that. We have an ISP that does web and email hosting. Their spam filter is unreliable. I'm considering turning off the filter at the server level and letting users deal with their own spam.

Answer:Admins. what's your spam solution?

You realize that by turning off the spam filter you may be increasing your work load if one of the peons decides to infect the whole company with a virus

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Hello there.
in my company there's a few network administrators who are also system administrators.
I think one of them are changing important files, or stealing other files.

There's any simple way, for me, as administrator to seek some log files about that malicious activity?
Can I do it without their knowledge so we can got the thief/malicious actor?
Thank you

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Do any of my fellow network administrators have a good way to manage your network's static IP addresses? I current use Excel, which is fine for me but is a real PITA for the rest of the IT staff to access.

A simple web based tracking system would be perfect for my needs but I am yet to find anything. Before i start coding, does something like this already exist?

Answer:Net Admins: Static IP Management?

I have messed with PHPIP before. It will do what you want but might take a bit of customization. There were some quirks that I did not like but I have yet to go back to and see if it has improved.

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For my ethics class I need to interview someone from the field I will most likely be working in.

Network admins, network designers, information security people, other fields of IT welcome.

The questions are already written in word format and I could just send it straight to you... problably take about 15-20 mins to fill out and you'd really be helping me out a lot.


Answer:IT admins, security specialists, Help me out!

Not sure what sort of questions you've got, but I'd certainly be willing to give them a look. PM me if you'd like. I'm a sysadmin/network admin/any other generic title for a company with about 700 employees.

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Rolling our 2 server farm from 1.8 to Presentation 4.0 and I can;t seem to figure out a good migration strategy. I have 2 new physical boxes to house Pres 4.0 on, but we have some apps that absolutely have to be migrated over since we cannot reinstall them.
Was planning on upgrading the current live servers to XP (take one down, upgrade to XP, make the XP live, take the other 1.8 down and upgarde it), and then install Pres 4.0 on the 2 new boxes and do the migration. Does this sound like the best bet, or should I install XP onm the new boxes, migrate over to the new machines, then upgrade to Pres 4.0?

Citrix is some confusing stuff man..
Thanks for any help gang. Would've done this in the OS subforum, but I know most of the SysAdmins hang here.

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I'm starting to see more and more posts on lists about Antivirus solutions. More and more people are saying they DO NOT run AV packages on the actual Exchange server, just the External Relay Box, since in their mind if it gets past the relay then it will get past the Exchange box with teh same AV definitions.

Our Exchange box uses a lot of CPU running McAffeee Groupshield (constant on-access scans), and I was wondering what are the pros/cons?

All I can think of is that if an INTERNAL employee somehow got a virus and sent it to another internal address, the realy box wouldn't see it. Am I correct in thinking this?

I need more speed, but at the expense of security.

Answer:Admins: AV on Mail server. Yes or No?

Personally I would do both. It is a really good idea, to have an external mail server that sits in your DMZ scanning your messages for spam and viruses, then passing it along to the Exchange server. Also don't let anything other than that external mail server talk to your internal one. This is just good security.

Have an AV program on the exchange server, also scanning for Viri. Also have it scan all outgoing mail for Viri too. We're using NAV Corp Ed. So each client desktop also scans outgoing mail, plus the Exchange server does too.

This takes some load off the Exchange server.

Our solution looks something like:

spamassassin/greylist/clamAV -----------> Exchange2K/NAV Exchange ------> Client.

It works really well. The Exchage server is very quick, and we generally don't have any problems.

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Hey everyone,
I finally got a job with the school board here as a network admin and was hoping to get a few contacts in the field.
Im only 21 so im no seasoned vertern yet, and would like people I can email back and forth. see what other people are doing in terms of central managment, deployment, group policies, etc.

Just pm me your email your address or some way to contact you!
Already appreciate it,
Thanks guys (gals),

Answer:Calling all Network Admins...

Congrats, I'm 4 tests away from my MCSE. I work for the Govt, so it will take me a little longer to become an admin, but they will pay for my Cisco training should I decide to do it.

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Hi all,

Do you have any idea about this script? I haven't encountered this before.

@echo off

runas /u:%computername%\administrator "C:\RCB\dotnetfx3.exe /norestart" |c:\RCB\sanur [email protected]


Answer:Task automation for IT admins

that is a deployment script for the file dotnetfx3.exe

run as adminstrator with the password [email protected]

presumably that would install the .NET 3.0 framework on workstations that do not have administrative privileges.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 12:01:55 AM, on 05/12/2006Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\csrss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgamsvr.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgupsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\CTsvcCDA.EXEC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\alg.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\SOUNDMAN.EXEC:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\avgas.exeC:\PROGRA~1\Grisoft\AVGFRE~1\avgcc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Multimedia\main\LaunchPd.exeC:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox&... Read more

Answer:Hijak This Logfile Admins Help!

Hello,* Start HijackThis, close all open windows leaving only HijackThis running. Place a check against each of the following:R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page =R3 - URLSearchHook: (no name) - {0A348232-31FC-0776-D5AD-64349175E69F} - (no file)O2 - BHO: scriptproxy - {7DB2D5A0-7241-4E79-B68D-6309F01C5231} - (no file)O2 - BHO: McAfee Popup Blocker - {C68AE9C0-0909-4DDC-B661-C1AFB9F5AE53} - (no file)O17 - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{1D4F631B-59EC-44A3-A372-B1F7FF4010B4}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{5925110D-FC34-42F7-BBAC-2C7420447F5C}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{9E130BCE-D2A6-449B-8D54-403075F195E8}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{A9B837A7-0A2B-47C5-8FDA-808A630D7534}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CCS\Services\Tcpip\..\{F369E482-9E51-4814-82BD-6633BFC102A4}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\Parameters: NameServer = - HKLM\System\CS2\Services\Tcpip\..\{1D4F631B-59EC-44A3-A372-B1F7FF4010B4}: NameServer =, - HKLM\System\C... Read more

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Let's say I've got a network with 3 Server 2003 machines on it, all members of the same domain.

App Server, Domain Controller, Exchange server.

Let's say I want one administrator (actually a vendor I use) to have admin rights on anything to do with the App Server, but I don't want him in my Domain Controller or Exchange servers. How'd you suggest doing that?
He can have domain access in general (like to the administrative shares on users' PCs and such) yet I don't need them being able to access my DNS, DHCP, Exchange settings.

Answer:How to handle multiple Admins?

Just give him a domain account then add that account to the local admin group on the app server. Should be that simple, or am I missing something?

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This is just a question out curiosity-
Well here at work i have access to the vtunnel proxy page. My curiosity is, if you were to see my usage log, what comes up? would it just display the vtunnel site? or through the packets would they be able to see the site i'm accessing through vtunnel? This is just for learning purposes not to do/see anything that would really get me fired. Well hope you can enlighten me. thanks in advance.

Answer:Proxy question for admins.

From what I've seen from vtunnel, every image and link is renamed. So if you went to a page using vtunnel on my proxy, I could really only tell that you were using vtunnel. Plus, if you visit a lot of pages using vtunnel, if the admin checks high usage sites, it'll come up. But then again, any good admin that's filtering sites that would require you to use vtunnel would be blocking vtunnel. And if not, if you signed any form of a usage policy, odds are what you're doing is against it.

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I'm setting up a WSUS 3.0 SP2 server at work. I have the server running, it's downloaded all of the updates for Office 2007 as well as XP, Vista and Windows 7.

I configure my Automatic Updates GPO on the domain to set the WSUS server, download and schedule installs and allow the end-user to reboot at their convenience.

I test from Windows XP and Windows Vista and I have no problems. Everything works as expected, updates are found, downloaded and can be installed or they install automatically at the scheduled install time.

With my Windows 7 Enterprise clients however, the system gets the settings properly from the GPO ( I can confirm looking at C:\windows\windowsupdate.log). I log in with a domain account that is a member of the local computers Admin group. The system updates the WU client version from 7.3.7600.16385 to 7.4.7600.226. At this point, nothing more is written to the log and looking at the installed updates history it shows only the Windows update Agent. The system is not telling me that a reboot is necessary, it's not showing the Automatic Updates shield in the taskbar and I don't see the Auto updates shield on the Shutdown button. At this point, I tell the machine to restart

When the machine starts up, during Starting can see it updating some registry info then it huts the blue background screen and says Applying Windows updates. I log back on with my local account which is a local admin. I assume this is the Windows Update Agen... Read more

Answer:Any WSUS admins in the house?

Here is the output from my C:\windows\windowsupdate.log after doing my workaround procedure above;....and as stated above, after the workaround...this is working perfect...just as it should be.

2010-01-27 12:42:42:474 908 740 Misc =========== Logging initialized (build: 7.4.7600.226, tz: -0500) ===========
2010-01-27 12:42:42:474 908 740 Misc = Process: C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe
2010-01-27 12:42:42:474 908 740 Misc = Module: c:\windows\system32\wuaueng.dll
2010-01-27 12:42:42:474 908 740 Service *************
2010-01-27 12:42:42:475 908 740 Service ** START ** Service: Service startup
2010-01-27 12:42:42:475 908 740 Service *********
2010-01-27 12:42:42:477 908 740 Agent * WU client version 7.4.7600.226
2010-01-27 12:42:42:477 908 740 Agent * Base directory: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution
2010-01-27 12:42:42:478 908 740 Agent * Access type: No proxy
2010-01-27 12:42:42:479 908 740 Agent * Network state: Connected
2010-01-27 12:42:42:785 908 740 DtaStor Default service for AU is {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}
2010-01-27 12:42:42:786 908 740 DtaStor Default service for AU is {9482F4B4-E343-43B6-B170-9A65BC822C77}
2010-01-27 12:42:42:794 908 740 Agent WARNING: Failed to read the service id for re-registration 0x80070002
2010-01-27 12:42:42:7... Read more

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Having a small problem here....

Accounts are being locked out on a server due to too many invalid login attempts.

The thing is - the users aren't really trying to log in. Something on our laptop is doing it automatically and we can't figure out how to stop it!

From the security event log:

Logon Failure:
Reason: Unknown user name or bad password
User Name: bill.user
Logon Type: 3
Logon Process: NtLmSsp
Authentication Package: NTLM
Workstation Name: BILLSLAPTOP

Note: We do not use Active Directory nor a domain controller. The OS is Windows 2000 Server.

It seems to only be happening on one machine, which happens to be our main web server.

Virus scans aren't showing anything. One person's laptop is trying to login every 5 minutes on the dot. Others are more random.

I have tried Googling the NtLmSsp and NTLM, but not having any luck resolving the issue. Anyone?

Answer:any windows server admins?

So your users log in locally and have access to a domain controller to use files? Or they go on internet explorer and use the web server interface?

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I have strange unrecognized Admins on my computer and they appear to be making my IE bounce and climb to very high memory usages.
Does anyone know how to take these possibly hacked admins out?
Please assume that you are talking to an idiot because I am not well versed in programming or anything like that.
Thank you all who decide to help me so much.  I know that you all know your bleepe!

Answer:I have Weird Admins on my computer

Those groups are legit...I have the same ones but instead of Owner-PC, my computer name is differentS-1-15-2-1 part of a security identifier (SID) used by Windows...see Well-Known SID Structures which are a group of SIDs that identify generic groups and generic users...Their values remain constant across all operating systems.When using Internet Explorer, the browser will run an extra instance of iexplorer.exe for each opened tab as part of the Loosely-Coupled IE and Automatic Crash Recovery features by design. ACR stores information about a browsing session on the hard disk so that in the event of a browser crash, hang, or other unexpected shutdown, it will allow you to resume the last browsing session. If using multiple tabs, ARC allows recovery of all opened tabs in case of a browser failure. Essentially that allows Internet Explorer to prevent itself from closing when a web site in one tab crashes. In order to this, Internet Explorer will open a new process for the main window and another process with any opened tab. As such, it is not unusual to find multiple instances of iexplore.exe running in Task Manager. More information about ACR and LCIE can be found on the IEBlog: IE8 and Reliability. One drawback of this feature is that ACR is known to utilize high memory resources...especially when the more open tabs there are.Usually when a computer is infected with malware there will be indications (signs of infection) that something is wrong.

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I've been working with Kaseya for a while now and really like it though it's expensive and I'm trying to find a replacement. I've been trying out Sysaid for a while, but after a few weeks of not using it, it seems to have lost it's connections for VNC to my machines.

I'd really like something that can be installed and work on computers when they are remote (sales reps) so something like Kaseya but cheaper. What do you use?

Answer:Network admins - what rdp software do you use?

What capabilities do you need your remote software to have? If it's just VNC type connections, have you considered a free package like UltraVNC?

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Here in our office network most users have to have admin access to run certain applications. I am wanting to prevent these admin accounts from further installing applications, etc.

Is there an easy way to accomplish this using group policy, applocker or the like? I went thru all the tutorials but didn't find help with this specific issue.

Win7 Ultimate 64bit


Answer:Prevent Installs for Other Admins

Don't give them administrative power. That is the only thing you are going to be able to do it. As long as they have administrative power they have absolute control. You should should find out why these applications need administrative power, either replace them or find a way to get them to work without it.

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I have set up a separate user account on my laptop for my colleagues to use to create USB boot disks. I have all 32 and 64 bit Windows 7 and Vista MS-ISO's in a public folder which can be accessed by the non-admin user account. I have installed the Windows 7 USB/DVD Tool under both accounts with no problem.The problem is that when the non-admin account tries to run the USB/DVD Tool, it asks for the admin account's credentials. I don't want the other account to have control over the important setting.There is also no option in the program's properties to "Run as Administrator" in the non-admin user account.The security priveledges allow the non-admin account to run all programs it has access to.I.T guy gone rogue.

Answer:Non-admins to run admin tools

non-admin accounts are allowed to run applications but they are not allowed to install anything.

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I have been enrolled in college for Network Administration and Security for a bit over a year now. I went into college with more then your basic networking knowledge. I am really disappointed with the course outlines and how fast they are progressing. I don't feel as though I am learning anything new and I think I could do better teaching myself. Now I wanna pick up some good certification prep books. Looking to get my MCSE to start and I wanna get the Security+ certification also. I have 2 questions though. First, does anyone recommend any good books, like Microsofts MCSE/MCSA test prep series. Second, should I jump straight into 2003 server and just learn the major differences in 2003/2000 or should I go ahead with 2000 server and migrate over?

Answer:Question for Network Admins

Security+ is just as worthless as A+ in my opinion. If you're going to get any vendor neutral security cert, go for the CISSP.

I'd start at 2000 Server. There are a lot of corporations that haven't moved to 2003 server yet, and some that probably wont ever move.

Before you drop out of your university (if that's what you're going to do) you might want to check and see if they have software you can have. A lot of uni's are part of Microsoft's learning initiative and they hand out tons of free software to their students (like Exchange Server, Windows Server, etc etc). I'd get as much of it as I could and setup my own little lab and have a good time with it.

Also, get you some networking equipment off Ebay and get you some experience.

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I've switched my Admin status to my main user ID but now I can't delete the "User" that I was using as Admin. I've been trying to change the status of my original Admin user name but now I've got two users listed as Administrators and the one I don't want cannot be changed apparently. This is the one I'm trying to delete. Seems like big mess here. Have I confused you? Thanks for help.

Answer:Can't Delete User; now have two Admins!

Hello Paul,

Is the account you wanted to delete by chance the built-in "Administrator" account?

If so, then the tutorial below can help show you how to disable it instead. You will not be able to delete it.Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable
Hope this helps,

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Right let me explain.

On wednesday our group policy went haywire and we have had to recreate it from scratch.

The main thing we have had issues with is the folder redirection.

We now have this solved apart from Windows 2000 Professional computers are not fully applying the policy.

We have redirected the desktop to \\server\users\%username%\Desktop Icons.

As I say this works on the XP machines however on the 2000 machines the files are not being redirected.

When I run GPResult it shows the new policy being applied to the user, but the machine is getting a mixture of the new policy and a "local group policy".

This is the only thing I can find that doesnt seem right.

Please help I am really confused here.



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Somehow I managed to get 2 admins user profiles on my computer and when I log into mine(the original admin)to do updates sometimes, the computer says I'm not an admin and I need to log into one so I can update. How do I get rid of one(the extra one) and leave my original user profile intact?

Answer:How to get rid of one of the admins in Windows Vista

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I am replacing my two domain controllers with new servers, but the old ones will remain for a little while due to some folders on them need to be accessed. Also, one of them run my distributed file system. What I want to know is, can I just add the new servers to the domain, make them domain controllers and not have any issues while I remove the domain roll from the old servers? Also, would you recommend taking the IPs from the old domain controllers and use them on the new ones? One more thing, can I leave one of the old servers as the distributed file system server even though I will remove it as a domain controller?

Many thanks everyone.

Answer:Win2003 Admins. Need some advice

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Ok so im the administrator of my PC and i want to create an account for someone. But i dont want them to be able to browse my documents and files and personal stuff.

Is there a script or some program i can use to disable browsing of my (Admin) files on my PC? I keep my work and all that junk in my documents and some of it is non of their business.


Answer:Admins & User Settings

Hello Collin,

You could create a "Standard" or "Guest" user account for them to use. While they are logged in to their account, they will not be able to open anything in your C:\Users\(user-name) folder by default.

If you have files and such on another drive or partition that you do not want them to be able to access, then you could set it's permissions to "Deny" only their specific user account.

Hope this helps,

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And notice that there's a water sprinkler right above them. What do you do?

Hey guys, wanted to know what any of you have done, or would do in this situation. I just walked into my first real admin job (as remote hands at a branch office for HQ), and noticed this and it's bugging me. The heads are heat sensitive, so there'd have to be a fire in the room itself for it to go off (so I'm told), but yah....

A "tarp over the top of the rack" was suggested, and our APCs are supposed to have thermostats that will shut off the servers in case the room ever got too hot or had a fire.

Just trying to get an idea of my options. It's an average 50 person company, so not sure how well some of your suggestions will fit with a budget, but that's all I got for the moment.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:So two admins walk into a server room

That's fine. If there's a fire in the server room, the servers are toast anyway.

Make sure you back your data up offsite, call it a day.

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I am interested in using RKill in a tech workshop environment. Are there any licensing issues I might run into? I did not find anything on RKill's page stating whether or not you allow it to be used in a commercial environment.

Answer:Licensing Question for Mods/Admins

I don't believe there would be a problem but you should post your question on the last page in this topic. Grinler monitors that thread and answers questions for those using his tool.

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Currently running Symantec Antivirus / Symantec Center Console.

Symantec is a hog on system resources. I was wondering if you guys had alternative solutions? The only things I care about is being able to run Scans / Push updates from our server. Any suggestions? Thanks

Answer:Admins: What do you run for a centralized Antivirus solution?

Nod32 (they have differen editions...we use the professional edition but they also have enterprise etc.)

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Hey all! Hoping for some input if possible.

Recently at my company, we had an issue where our Primary DNS servers (all BlueCoat/Adonis boxes) got stuck in a recursive fail-over and caused some serious issues because of how it would work for 5 seconds and then go offline for 45 seconds to fail-over again.

BlueCat never figured out our issue with the heartbeat sync on our one cluster, so we're stuck with a possible flaky appliances in our architectures across all our cities and datacenters. While we've ironed out some issues we had with servers/desktops not being able to use the secondary, executive management wants assurance that we "won't have an issue again." Today while testing fail-over conditions, we managed to somehow cause another bug that when both pairs in a HA cluster came online, they picked a primary/secondary, but neither wanted to actually take over the VIP for the common address DNS server... Huge red flag again for BlueCat's appliance.

My first thought was to buy some more F5 BIG-IP LTMs to and have multiple independent DNS clusters behind them. The LTM's would have listener addresses that were the Primary/Secondary DNS servers that desktops/servers would have for their usage. From there those listener addresses would simply forward requests to one/many healthy DNS clusters behind them.

As I got to dig in more with our group who handles DNS, it ended up that they pretty much manually did DNS entries for static IPs ... Read more

Answer:Enterprise Admins: How do you handle local DNS?

These are all public DNS entries / servers?

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Hi All. I stumbled into a vpn network situation I don't know how to handle... any help would be appreciated.

A server that was handling Routing and remote access went down, and the previous admin somehow had that box set up to forward VPN connections over to the Win 2003 AD server. Thinking I'd just eliminate the broken box, I set up the AD server with a VPN through a "custom" on routing and remote access.

I can resolve a vpn connection internally ( but not externally (72.56.23.x). I'm sure that port 1723 is forwarded, and have had our ISP (who controls the modem/router) test it - they can telnet in on port 1723 from insiode the network but not from outside. There are no visable firewalls on the 2003 server.

Thinking outside the box, I figured I'd use Hamachi to bridge the network between Lafayette and Houston, but for some reason it won't install correctlly on the LAfayette win 2000 sp4 server. Furthermore, while I can RDP into the 2003 server via hamachi, I cannot browse the network (it says client connections aren't allowed from this computer, although everything was working fine with the old routing server was up).

I've worked around it for the moment by having houston VPN into our windows 2000 box, but that cuts off another office in a different city that needs to get to Houston.

Is there some invisable firewall or setting that could be disallowing packets from port 1723 on the windows 2003 server? Is there som... Read more

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installed sp3 users not able to print or scan, Admins can. checked all permissions, gave user full permissions for print and spool, put user in print operators group, still no luck. signed onto box made user Admin on box and they can print and scan. when user signs onto network with user rights no print. I removed sp3 still have same problem.
Please help, I am pulling my hair out, even tho I am bald...

Answer:XP Network Print admins yes,users no


Please do not duplicate your Post, you will get assistance here in Networkking Forums.

Thread Closed!

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This article at Technet may interest System Admins and touches upon the following topics:
- Getting to know Windows 7
- Dealing with the latest volume-activation requirements
- Developing a roadmap
- Handling new distributed-security features
- Virtualizing desktops and infrastructures
- Removing users' local-admin rights
"It's going to take a lot of work to prepare for and deploy Windows 7, but it helps that users really want the new OS. The opportunity to be popular as a system administrator doesn't come along very Good luck with your Windows 7 deployment." Windows 7: The 10 Things to Do First for Windows 7

Answer:10 Things System Admins must do first, for Windows 7

Yeah must do list ......thanks sir for sharing it !!

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I am working with a small private high school. They just received $45,000 to put towards technology at the school etc.

Currently, it's a typical Windows network with about 75 workstations running XP Pro and two Windows servers. They currently use the internet for research etc, MS Office, and several other software packages like Adobe Creative suite, etc. Pretty much the standard stuff I would say.

I'm wondering if any of you are network admins at a high school and have experience with a certain software package, hardware (such as tablets etc) etc that you have implemented that really made a big impact on using technology to learn at your school.

Additionally, do you know of any forums like these that are more for folks that support school networks and discuss the use of technology for educating kids etc?


Answer:Software For Education - Any School Admins?

What grade level are you buying for. What subject matter? I will nee specifics before I can recommend anything. Must the software be web based, or client server? Are you looking for math, science, reading, typing, ESL, etc.

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I need help configuring a policy on my WatchGuard Firebox. From what I can tell my policy *should* be allowing traffic through but it's not - still blocking.


Answer:Any Experienced WatchGuard FireBox Admins?

In order for anyone to provide any help we're going to need to know what the policy is (or what specific rule(s) are giving your trouble), what your logs may be indicating, and perhaps addressing if it's a complicated setup. Once that information is known then some help can be provided. Can you not get any access out or is it a certain port or application that's being stopped?

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I screwed this one up big time I think? I created an admin account created a password which was admin, and my password hint was administrator. I did this yesterday. Today I didn't feel I created the admin account correctly so I created a new admin account. I logged off and I am not able to log onto either of the admin accounts. The one I created yesterday even shows my password hint, but will not recognize the password. I never created a password restore disk... I didn't even know about it until this happened. I have tried caps no caps etc. That is not the issue.

Does anybody know what to do?

Answer:[SOLVED] Need help! Two Vista Admins can't login either.

Was this a new pc setup yesterday (when the 1st admin acount was created)?

After you created the 2nd admin account, did you demote the 1st admin account's status from "administrator" down to "standard user"?

Were these 2 admin accounts the only user accounts that were ever created for this system?

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