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Where does windows server store its netowrk connection information and would I be able to edit this information by mounting the drive under linux and editing the information?

I may need to do this because I have a server running windows server 2003 that's network connection got screwed up and the machine does not have any video support and I can't access the system remotely to make the changes

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Those informations are stored in the Registry.

If you want to try this route, you need to mount the server's disk under a Windows machine and open its Registry using REGEDIT.

There's no way you can do that in a Linux system.

The network configuration is stored in HKLM\System\ControlSetX\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\GUID

Where ControlSetX is the running ControlSet of the system (you need to find the right one) and GUID is the unique ID of the network interface you need to edit.

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BTW, the text formattng seems to go really awry if you mix control code (asterisks) and backslashes in the same line... I tried to write ControlSetX and GUID in bold, and the preview looked good, but the published answer didn't. –  Massimo Sep 13 '09 at 20:18
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You can edit this information in Linux using the regedit program in Wine or the command line program chntpw. Massimo has the actual registry keys covered so I won't go there.

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Just put it on a network with other computer. And sniff for its IP with wireshark.

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But maybe its network interface is disabled altogether... an erroneous right-click on a network interface has cost me more than a trip to the server room. –  Massimo Sep 13 '09 at 20:36
    
how would I sniff its ip out. I'd like to at least give this a try before taking everything apart –  cusd Sep 13 '09 at 21:11
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