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    in reply to: What VMware version to use #387710

    Re: What VMware version to use

    Hey there,

    I did just want to let you know that if you are just new to VMware and wish to get an idea of what it is like, VMware still offers their Esxi 4.1 release, which is free to download and operate.

    You can find that here at:
    my.vmware.com/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=free-esxi&lp=default

    (sorry for no link, you need 5 posts to share on so you may have to copy paste.

    Esxi 4.1 is limited and basic in comparision to the new paid versions, but it will allow you to setup and test a fully functional virtual environment and will show you how much of a learning curve it may be for you.

    VMware can be very expensive if you are going to install it to a large cloud infrastructure, they have recently revised their licenses to charge per something like every 4GB of ram you have, and the fees may put you out of business before you even begin.

    I know that this is mostly a windows based community, but there are some Linux based alternatives like Citrix Xen and KVM that you might test as well if you have the spare time and equipment.

    I hope that this helps!

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    in reply to: DFS First Time Installation #290887

    Re: DFS First Time Installation

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732863(WS.10).aspx

    Technet is a good place to start for best practices, followed by a good Google search for setup specifics.

    If you have any specific questions on DFS let us know and we’ll help out best we can

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    in reply to: disk management shows no drives #290886

    Re: disk management shows no drives

    Hi Anitec

    Any recent software/hardware changes on this computer?

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    in reply to: Query about Service Level Agreements. #290885

    Re: Query about Service Level Agreements.

    Hi mate,

    Thats certainly a head scratcher, just to clarify …

    Does the AD 100% mean that they’ll ensure 100% uptime of your DC or does it mean that they’ll respond to all AD faults and fix within 4 hours for example? Might be small printed somewhere.

    My IS team work to an SLA which states that we’ll respond to a critical AD issue and have it working again in 4 hours. If we respond and fix to the SLA brief then that may be considered as having met 100% of the SLA.

    If that’s not the case then they’re going to struggle to meet that :)

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    in reply to: Computer not talking to server #290884

    Re: Computer not talking to server

    Hi Bedo,

    Is the NIC integrated into the motherboard? If not I’d suggest swapping it out with another computer to see if it fixes the problem, you can also take the opportunity to confirm that it is identical to the others. If not you might want to consider updating the drivers.

    On the basis that we’re looking at a cloned image you might want to consider resetting the SID although if this is the problem you’d probably experience the same problem on the other computers. Try this all the same:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx and then go through the process of removing the computer account completely and rejoining it to the domain.

    I know you said you changed the cables but perhaps connecting to a different network point altogether just to rule out anything unusual with the switch and other devices.

    Anyway hope that helps a little

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    in reply to: XP Pro SP3 temporary freezing #290883

    Re: XP Pro SP3 temporary freezing

    If the laptop is fairly new then starting at Dell support would be the best bet but they will get you to update drivers, BIOS etc before they start being helpful so its best to get that out the way before you call.

    Dell laptops tend to come with built in diagnostic tools, either a boot menu option if you havn’t rebuilt the laptop or the diagnostics CD it came with. The exhaustive tests are good for picking out any minor hardware faults.

    Blood mentions AntiVirus and I’ve had similar issues with AVG a long time ago so perhaps removing it completely and retest, I don’t advise attaching it to any network with no antivirus though :-/

    If all else fails there’s the fun laptop rebuild option :-/

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    in reply to: Server won’t accept incoming connections. #290882

    Re: Server won’t accept incoming connections.

    Have you any IPSec policies been configured on these servers?

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    Re: Can we Display an image to all users during logon via GPO

    Perhaps instead of displaying a pop up image at logon you might just want to consider changing the logon screen wallpaper, keeping in mind that the logon box will obscure a small portion, I’m sure this can be configured with a custom group policy setting. Just a thought :)

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    in reply to: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive? #290880

    Re: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive?

    It dosn’t sound permission related if they’re able to access the shares directly but do double check both NTFS and Share permissions again just to make sure nothings amiss :)

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    in reply to: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive? #290879

    Re: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive?

    :?

    I forgot to clarify whether you were using server 2003 or 2000?
    Are you clients running 2000 or XP?

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    in reply to: How to Manage our SOE #290878

    Re: How to Manage our SOE

    As already noted contact Microsoft on licensing details, they have huge call centres and reps to deal with license management. How we should manage all our Microsoft licensing? Is a question that will bring most techies to their knees in tears.

    Open source alternatives are available such as OpenOffice and we’ll need additional details to help with issue 4.

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    in reply to: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive? #290877

    Re: DFS share that points to another computer harddrive?

    DFS will do this for you but there’s quite a bit of detail you’ll need to read up on, like whether you want a stand alone or AD integrated setup etc so get over to the Microsoft Technet site and read up on the details.

    DFS will basically allow you to create a share on chosen server, create a folder under that share which links to a share on another server, you could effectively have links to several data servers under this one share. I’ve simplified this somewhat but hopefully you’ll get the idea :)

    DFS can also replicate shares but again its best to read up on the specifics.

    DFS comes installed and ready to go on 2003 so if you’ve got a couple of test boxes you can play around with then ofc best to start there than a production environment.

    Hope thats a little helpful, read up http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=DFS+2003+Guide&meta= then ask away with the questions and I’ll help best I can.

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    in reply to: Which graphics card??? #290876

    Re: Which graphics card???

    I’m not sure if this will help much JD but if I’m building a gaming rig I tend to live by the guys at HardOCP http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTMzMSwsLGhlbnRodXNpYXN0

    This article reviews the ASUS GTS and compares it against a number of other cards on a variety of different factors and may get you on the right lines with the specifications.

    If you havn’t done already check the ASUS site they have some comparison charts:
    http://uk.asus.com/products_compare.aspx

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    in reply to: Missing file #290875

    Re: Missing file

    It should probably be noted that it may be necessary to install the client software in order to be able to see and access the “Previous Versions” tab which you can find on any Server 2003 system in the following location:

    %SystemRoot%system32clientstwclient

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    in reply to: Uninstalling Vista… Install XPpro #290874

    Re: Uninstalling Vista… Install XPpro

    I’ve had similar problems with some HP models not finding the Hard Drive to install the operating system, it was simply a matter of changing a setting in the BIOS but I’ll be damned if I can remember what it was (!). I’ll come back, hopefully with a more useful response.

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    in reply to: DNS settings #290873

    Re: DNS settings

    Click the Advanced button under your DNS settings and then choose the DNS tab to ensure that there are no static entries here.

    Failing that possibly a script in Group Policy?

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    in reply to: Server Reebot #290872

    Re: Server Reebot

    You should check the following sites if you require a little info regarding this event:

    http://support.microsoft.com
    http://www.eventid.net

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    in reply to: changing ip addresses #290871

    Re: changing ip addresses

    Morning mate, here are some suggestions (note the 1st one) ;)

    http://www.asp101.com/articles/stanley/nicsettings/default.asp

    Hope it helps

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    in reply to: Windows server 2003 periodically loses network connectivity #290870

    Re: Windows server 2003 periodically loses network connectivity

    As above try a new NIC and see if the problems keep occuring.

    An alternative would be to update the drivers and firmware of the network card, set to Full instead of Auto with regards to your duplex settings and change the network cable.

    Also if your switch has any form of port diagnostics you could check that for clues.

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    in reply to: DNS accross subnets #290869

    Re: DNS accross subnets

    You’ll need to check the following to start with:

    1. The primary DNS suffix matches that of the servers on your other network
    2. Ensure that the server is pointing at itself for name resolution
    3. Flush the DNS server cache and try again

    When running nslookup on the command prompt do you get any errors?

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    in reply to: Windows 2003 CD 2 issue [was:Cd 2] #290868

    Re: Cd 2

    Its likely that the service pack install is the cause of your problem but if you dont need the additional functionality of R2 then you’ll be fine as you are.

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    in reply to: Slideshow Defunct Win XP Home #290867

    Re: Slideshow Defunct Win XP Home

    Hi D,

    Try the following mate it may help:

    Rename the folder containing the pictures.
    Create a new folder or subfolder and put the pictures in it, try running the slideshow from there.
    Delete the hidden thumbs.db file, there will be one in each directory containing pictures.

    These fixes have helped me with similar issues.

    Let us know.

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    in reply to: array status: offline #290866

    Re: array status: offline

    As Ossian advised you should stick closely with IBMs support contract in order to avoid violating any of their terms but from what you’ve said so far it may be that you’ve upset it during its move, were you present when the server got moved and is it possible its taken a knock?

    If opening the server dosn’t void your service agreement (triple check this) then open it up and check all physical connections specifically with regards to your HDs.

    What was the application you installed recently?

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    in reply to: deleting from client computer #290864

    Re: deleting from client computer

    Its probably just because its early and I’ve yet to finish my first coffee of the day but I’m not fully understanding. Are you trying to move the profiles? Or remove them off all your XP computers? Maybe centralising profiles to your network? Deleting all redundant profiles?

    This one should probably move to the scripting forum, guys there have scripting down to an art form. Will see you there when the Mods wake up ;)

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    in reply to: Can we create Network without a DNS? #290863

    Re: Can we create Network without a DNS?

    Hey :)

    To reiterate Wullie, will you be requiring the use of Active Directory? Or more simply put will you be requiring centralised security administration for your users and network resources.

    If the answer is yes then you wont be able to avoid it you’ll need DNS, if you’re setting up a small network, say no more than 15-20 users then you can probably get by.

    Your ISP can provide you with a DNS server for your Internet use.

    If you setup DNS correctly then you wont need to worry about security but there are a number of online resources that can assist with secure DNS setups.

    Hope that helps

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    in reply to: Lock- down Domain user workstations #290862

    Re: Lock- down Domain user workstations

    Afternoon mate, this thread may provide an answer with regards to the email signature: http://forums.petri.com/showthread.php?t=6860
    GL

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    in reply to: DSMOD and DSGET two groups #290861

    Re: DSMOD and DSGET two groups

    Hi m8

    Firstly you need to specify the groups like this “CN=SEC_A” and you need to get rid of the ‘,’ at the end after DC=local :)

    That will get it working for you.

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    Re: 2003 Server: user account corruption some advice needed :(

    Also have a dig through your IIS logs for the OWA site, they’ll be somewhere here:
    C:WINDOWSsystem32LogFiles

    For specific details and locations on your log files go to the OWA website in IIS, right click and select properties, at the bottom of the resulting box you’ll find all the log file details including name and location.

    Could be a permissions issue on some of your OWA site directories but these logs will certainly tell you if this is the case. If you find that this is the problem check the following article:

    http://www.petri.com/fixing_a_damaged_or_incorrectly_configured_owa_2003_installation.htm

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    in reply to: GPO Management #290859

    Re: GPO Management

    How i read it is that the earlier changes made to the GPO could be overwritten by the later changes if these changes occur close together in the replication cycle hence only a warning instead of a “u must not” :) hope that helps.

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