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Dec
4
comment My web-page doesn't seem to be available on other computers (the www)
Are you able to ping your machine from elsewhere? Have you verified that your domain resolves to your IP address?
Dec
2
comment How to change the content ownership of an external HDD under Windows 7 for backup (all folders at once)?
I would definitely suggest elevating the command prompt, particularly if you're taking ownership of files.
Dec
2
comment How to change the content ownership of an external HDD under Windows 7 for backup (all folders at once)?
What are the exact commands you've run, and the errors corresponding to them?
Dec
2
comment How to change the content ownership of an external HDD under Windows 7 for backup (all folders at once)?
I just updated my answer with a solution which should work from Windows 7 directly. However, if you want to go ahead with the Linux method, use a distro like Ubuntu which has a GUI. You can copy-paste just the way you would in Windows. You won't damage your Windows installation as long as you don't go around deleting random things or telling it to install, rather than do a live boot.
Nov
18
comment windows 7 welcome screen picture
@Farseeker, excellent suggestion; thanks. I use robocopy regularly, but forgot that it's included by default in Windows 7, since I always had to install it manually in XP.
Sep
26
comment Automated method to convert .reg registry file to reg.exe commands
That's usually the best solution indeed, just having them separate. But sometimes it's helpful to have everything in one file, particularly when you have to distribute that file to users and would rather avoid having to distribute several files. Thanks for the input though.
Sep
12
comment Batch file to change all network shares on computer
This question may be more appropriate for ServerFault, voting to move.
Sep
1
comment Skip new Windows 7 user selection and go to login prompt
Any luck finding any differences in those registry keys? Or any other solutions?
Aug
29
comment Is .NET experience a good thing or a bad for a Sr. Sysadmin?
+1 for mentioning PowerShell. PowerShell is basically scripted .NET, and is highly useful for sysadmins. That alone is a good reason to know .NET, and your other reasons are good points as well.
Aug
29
comment Simple way to make Apache ask for a password, unless from specified IP
Glad you got it figured out!
Aug
28
comment Simple way to make Apache ask for a password, unless from specified IP
After re-reading your question, it looks like this is very similar to what you originally posted. Perhaps the order has some affect on it?
Aug
27
comment Savvy user uses batch file to disable admin share
Ah, so he's outright deleting them, not just disabling them. I checked and it looks like system network shares (like admin$) can't have their permissions changed. If you want to try to run a batch file to recreate the shares, the command would be net share admin$="%WINDIR%" /grant:Administrators,FULL. To get this to run after his runs, you could schedule it to run at logon, then have the first command be a delay. There's no built-in sleep command in windows, but you can download sleep.exe from microsoft, or just ping a bunch of times to slow it down.
Aug
26
comment Savvy user uses batch file to disable admin share
Hmm. Is there a way for you to reverse the process that he used to disable them? If you could provide a link to some info on how the disabling works, I can look at it and see if I can think of a way to re-enable it. That also gives me the other thought that you could perhaps find a way to simply remove his ability to disable the share in the first place, though at the moment I can't think of a way to do that.
Aug
24
comment Skip new Windows 7 user selection and go to login prompt
Hm, odd. Do you have any custom credential providers registered? You might want to try exporting the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon and HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies keys, then do a diff against the same export from a newly imaged machine, and see if there are any differences which might indicate what's being changed. Those two keys are where settings like hide last username, etc. are stored, so it could be something in there.
Aug
24
comment Savvy user uses batch file to disable admin share
You could definitely do it remotely as long as you have the proper credentials to do so. He might notice the effects, but unless he regularly hangs out in the task scheduler, I doubt he'd see it unless he goes looking. In order to do it remotely, open up mmc.exe, click File -> Add/Remove snapin, and select "task scheduler", then click "add". When prompted, select "another computer" and enter the name of the user's computer. Once connected, you should be able to add/remove tasks. Again, you'll need to do this from a Win7 or Server 2k8 machine, not server 2003.
Jul
5
comment How to redirect domain.net to www.domain.net
Can you contact the issuer of the SSL cert and have them change it to be for *.domain.net?
Jan
27
comment Searching nearly free Security-Solution for School-Computer-Network
DeepFreeze is very useful and feature-rich, however, for a small environment, Microsoft SteadyState might be better, simply because it's free. It has similar functionality.