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Windows XP SP2 RC1 is now available for download from Microsoft.
Click here: – http://www.microsoft.com/sp2preview
There are issues with installing it so make sure that if you do fully test all of your apps and connections first before deploying. (Obviously this rule applies to any major update)
So far we have found issues with our company VPN Cisco connection software and CA Antivirus.
I will keep you posted on any other issues and solutions we find.
All the best.
Hmmm could be a number of things, password syncronization to a legacy server, maybe…
Have a look at these anyway: –
Take a look at the following resources
Account Policy whitepaper
Account lockout management tools
Account Best Practices
Account Lockout WebcastMarch 8, 2004 at 10:53 am in reply to: How to install NE2000 (ISA CARD) network driver on red hat 9 #216790
Reading another thread I don’t think anyone on this site deals with Linux.
Your better off pointing your question to the forum board on this site: –
Same as Petri.co.il but in “Linux” speak! They will be able to help you.
Best of luck. 8)Dumber wrote:I really think that most of the people don’t have any idea how important security is..
I think you have hit it right on the head with that line, I am afraid in my experience some businesses do suffer from: –
1. “It will never happen to us” syndrome.
2. Security? I think (insert name here) deals with that.
3. “Yes, your right” but with budget / staff cuts we just haven’t had the time”.
…unfortunately we live in the real world. I think it was the [email protected] that bit a lot of Admins in the butt when the patch had already been out for about 4 months before the virus actually hit.
Although you can subscribe to MS’s security bulletins and get the info as soon as MS post it, I think a forum on security would still be useful as we all know there is the Microsoft way and the Real way of doing things.
Even if we can collate ideas / URL’s in the forum with pointers on where to go, that would be useful.
Very Good Microsoft resource on this that I used: –
I am sure others will also chip in with their “Gotcha’s”
I have seen Direct CD cause these problems before, try removing that if you have it installed.
You mentioned that the PC used to be part of a Domain, has the machine been fully removed and added to a Workgroup?
I have also read somewhere that Nortons AV (and other AV software) can cause start-up problems try removing that completely rather than re-installing.
This may be one of those “Process of Elimination” type faults that if you have the time, try deleting packages, stopping services, etc, to try to locate what is hanging the PC.
Or….If you don’t have the time a more drastic measure is to format and re-install (this may be a quicker option in the long run?).
If you do re-install buy a product like Symantec’s Ghost or PowerQuests DriveImage (Both the same company now!) and once you have installed everything take an image of the disk. That way if ever you have a problem again, it isn’t such a hardship to re-install the base image back.
….just save all your personal documents to a seperate drive or archive off before re-imaging.
All the best,
To administer local group policy on your PC……..
Click on Start – Run – (Type in) MMC – click on OK
Click on File – Add / Remove Snap-in – Add
Scroll down until you find “Group Policy” Highlight it and click on Add.
The Group Policy object box will display “Local Computer“
Click on Finish
Close “Add standalone snap-in” box
Click OK on “Add Remove snap-in” box
You are now administering local group policy
Now by clicking on the + symbols go to: –
Local computer policyUser ConfigurationAdministrative templatesStart Menu and Taskbar
All settings will appear in the right hand pane.
Hope this helps.
One area you could check is Local Group Policy.
The section that controls all of these settings is under: –
Local computer policyUser ConfigurationAdministrative templatesStart Menu and Taskbar
Check that all of these settings are set to “Not Configured”
I am of course assuming that this is a stand-alone PC and not connected to any network where Group Policy is enforced.
Post back if you need to know how to do this and I’ll type a cheat sheet up.
All the best. 8)
Does it eventually bring up the desktop? or does it just hang indefinitely until you kill explorer?
Try leaving it for a few minutes and see if it loads by itself.
Have you done anything to the PC recently, installed any software? changed any settings? Updated any packages?
Do you have System Restore turned on? Have you tried restoring from a previous restore point?
I know these are basic questions but it may give us a better idea of how to help you.
Let us know. 8)
Just as a footnote… :shock:
If you use the Windows Update site and do a scan on a new XP build you get at least 50+ Critical / Hotfixs to install.
If you install SP1 first, then go back and scan, this reduces the amount considerably.
So my Vote is the same, Service packs first. :D
By using roaming profiles thats exactly what you get, users preferences following the user around???
Your POP3 statement suggests your talking about email though? Can you be more specific?
Only if it’s Outlook and you have installed it using the Office Admin kit, you can set %USERNAME% in the settings to create a profile automatically when someone opens Outlook for the first time.
Post again if you want more info…. or if I’m barking up the wrong tree!.
Check out the above thread for some excellent links for starters on scripts for admin tasks.
Regarding your main question though, if a machine has been added to the domain and is in an OU that has Group Policy settings, then when a user logs on to that PC, GP will be enforced automatically without the need for any scripts.
Login scripts are good though for a whole host of stuff, mapping printers, drives, updates, etc, etc.
Check out the thread above and good luck! :DOssian wrote:Hi Paul,
Welcome to MCSEWorld
I think the original request was for a single tool to script in any language — I agree there are plenty of automation tools, but maybe not a single solution to all languages
Yep I missed the “any” bit. :shock:
I must admit a Gui that would create “any” script, now that would be cool!
Unfortunately I haven’t found a link for that one yet… I’ll keep looking though. :lol:
Cheers.biggles77 wrote:Please do not suggest the CDs should be “aquired”. This gives the inference that something is not kosher. This site does not support the “aquiring” of CDs for any reason and members should reaquaint themselves with the rules before posting statements like above. Thank you.
I take offence that anywhere in my attempt to try and help this person did I mention anything that may suggest he break any type of laws or copyrights.
Just because you are a Moderater does not give you the right to accuse people of such things either. The term “acquire” does not (if you look in the english dictionary) advise people of this course of action either.
Ossian echoed my suggestion to this member and if you check all of my posts so far have being trying to help people, not make un-substanuated accusations like yourself.
Making such loose accusations when people are only trying to help will alienate you and this forum. Don’t make the same mistake other forums have made.
A list of scripting site and tools, no scripter should be without!
Excellent reference site
Three tools you simply MUST HAVE! to write scripts like the Pro’s!
Scriptomatic – Pre-written everday useful scripts!
Tweakomatic – Code to tweak your systems (like tweakui)
ADSI Scriptomatic – Pre-written code
Have Fun! :D
Bit of an outdated post but no has answered as yet!
Look at this site for info on deploying MS products “en-mass”
But the best advice I can give you is make the build as generic as possbile!
No IP address
Flush all caches
No user details in any form in the build
Use the admin kits for Office and IE (if your using IE and Office of course)
AND USE SYSPREP!!!!!!!!
I have just had a play with this (on your behalf!) and I can save the system state to a USB key.
I know DELL PC’s can boot from a USB key (its one of the BIOS boot options) so I presume this would allow you to restore from th system state from that location as well? but I didn’t didn’t try that bit!
You will probably have to find out if your PC will boot from USB first.
Let me know how you get on.
CheersMarch 3, 2004 at 6:33 am in reply to: suddenly, i found the following on my desktop. what is it ? #216774
You could always try reloading Java Virtual Machine, as that looks as though where the error is coming from..
MS don’t support this anymore (Recent US court case with SUN Systems) so you’ll have to download it from the link below. Same product though…
Let me know jow you get on.
If XP was pre-installed the cab / install files should have been installed locally.
It may be that your registry has just not been edited to point to them.
Do a search for your I386 directory (if you have one, point it to that)
Normally it should be c:i386 or c:windowsi386
..if you don’t you may have to acquire a WIN XP CD from somewhere!
Cheers.March 3, 2004 at 6:06 am in reply to: Differences between power button and windows shutdown #216772
Sounds as though you may have a running process from something you have installed which is just taking its time to shutdown.
As Ossian said, overtime the PC operating system just accumulates poop!
Mine currently takes about 10 seconds to start and about 60 secs to shutdown.
If your customers have select licence agreements with MS then use the select CD’s.
The systems once loaded don’t require any activation. As they use a select licence agreement key.
It’s only off the shelf / OEM pre-build and OEM CD’s that require activation.
But I do agree, that the whole licencing issue with MS is a minefield!
One of my older computers used to do this it was down to the BIOS being out of date.
But you could try looking at these: –
MS Knowledge bite on the problem.
(go to line 76 and download tweak)
Roxio CD Creator / Direct CD causes this as well: –
I have also heard of some Anti-Virus programs causing this problem.
Good luck.[/b]biggles77 wrote:The operating system and the application have to be able to take advantage of a dual processor system. You can’t click the properties of one CPU and tell it to run SQL and tick the other CPU to run the operating system, file serving and printing.
I have never heard of any hardware being able to allocate separate processors to separate applications either. By adding another processor to any system you are just adding to the total (cumulative) power of the machine.
….Unless someone out there knows any different? :roll:
ISO Recorder Power Toy
ISO Recorder Power Toy is a UI component that allows to use CD-Recording capabilities of Windows XP® to record ISO images and copy CD to CD – a piece of functionality missing in Windows XP®
The ISO Recorder itself does not record CDs but instead uses existing OS features. Some of the interfaces it uses are not fully documented by Microsoft and as such are subject to change in the future.
ISO Recorder can be downloaded at: –
A command-line version (more robust) can be downloaded at: –
….and packages like Easy CD Creator will automatically recognise ISO files anyway.
Hope this helps.