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    I have installed the Windows Server 2003 management tools on my machine (Vista Business) so that I can manage our 2003 Active Directory domain.

    The problem is that all the icons in Active Directory Users and Computers (users/groups/computers) appear as text icons so it is difficult to tell them apart.

    I have read the following Microsoft support article, but it seems to relate to issues opening up the MMC snap-in. I have no issues opening it up:

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/930056

    Does anyone else have this issue? Can it be fixed?
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  • #2
    Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

    I would wait for the Admin tools that come with Windows 2008 server or downloadable from MS site sometime in 2008 otherwise stick with the 2003 tools for now...

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    • #3
      Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

      Handy tip:
      Download and install VirtualPC
      Install Winodws XP
      Install all 2k3 admin tools
      Doeant need much ram ~512 is plenty
      Set the network to bridged(DHCP helps here)
      Log in

      now you got full control over the 2k3 domain, like you had and should have!


      I now do the same with Vista(no stupid themes so its quicker) to administer my 2k8 domain from XP.


      (btw enabling admin, installing as admin, using mmc and adding new snap-ins.......isnt as good)
      Last edited by SML; 14th May 2008, 20:29.

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      • #4
        Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

        Please remember you will need an XP license!
        Tom Jones
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        • #5
          Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

          Not that I think that is still of any relevance to the OP, but for the sake of the future generations:
          Some time ago, Microsoft released Remote Server Administrative Tools for Windows Vista. I installed it on my computer (Vista Enterprise) and it works like a charm!
          Daniel was kind enough to prepare installation instructions .

          Sorin Solomon


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          • #6
            Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

            Originally posted by Ossian View Post
            Please remember you will need an XP license!
            lol good one
            try phoning microsoft and asking about virtual licensing on pre-vista/2008 os's
            they dont have a clue, every tech will give a different answer

            you buy xp license to run on 2 processors(you cannot buy it for 1 processor only)
            some options:

            you install xp on a pc with one processor, leaving you the option to install on a virtual machine using 1 processor - 1 answer youll get

            as long as 2 seperate pc's arnt running the same license at the same time - another answer

            you need a new license for each virtual machine, even if they are on the same host sharing the same processor - yet another

            as long as the virtual doesnt use all the cores then its ok - so if you install 10 xp virtuals all using 10% of 1 core of a dual core processor - how many licenses would you need - "could i transfer you please?"

            its get even better with servers as standard 2k3 is licensed for use on 4 cpu's

            i tried many times to get a definate answer, every time has been different, ive spoken to half of microsoft, from licensing specialists to support team leaders

            so for 2k3/xp its a grey area as they have no definate mention in the contract and they havnt thought to explain it to their staff, for 2k8/vista they smartened up and will give you definate answers

            so if they expect me to pay 200 for a license to run xp in a virtual machine because they didnt code vista with full 2k3/xp compatability(or code 2008 to integrate with xp fully)(or code vista to work properly out of the box), well they can kiss my mandriva!

            (adding too that xp inside virtual pc has limited hardware functionality)

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            • #7
              Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

              2k3 admin tool work on vista if you install correctly(except the dhcp leases) rsat is better but my virtual pc's do it for me.

              and to add, i like the way dfs is split into 2 mmc's on 2k3 r2 and they dont talk to each other. you can set up dfs on either and it wont always show on the other.

              just a thought, but as ms make 100+billion a year, maybe they could employ more coders instead of moving them about to satisfy complaints eg windows 7 developers were moved to vista when it emerged it wasnt working then got moved to something else then the 2008 coders got moved to exchange 2k7blah blah in the end we have windows 7 is years off, vista is crap, 2k8 so far is ok...employ more coders keep them as teams till the jobs done and test stuff before you release it.

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              • #8
                Re: Windows Server 2003 management tools - active directory issue

                There is no need to go virtual, the new tools released are doing the job.

                Sorin Solomon


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