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Un-hide Components from Add/Remove List

Most Windows components can be uninstalled by going to Add/Remove Windows Components in the Control Panel. But what about ones that you don’t find? You know that they’re on there somewhere, so how do you get rid of them? Well, it’s actually not too hard to bring these out of hiding.

Hidden in the C:WINNTINF directory is a file called sysoc.inf (for XP replace winnt with windows).

Lets say you want to hide the IIS components from Add/remove programs.
Simply add the word “hide” here:

iis=iis.dll,OcEntry,iis.inf,hide,7

If you want to unhide, just remove the “hide” from any component you wish.

Jul 13, 2005 - General    1 Comment

SysPrep and RipRep behavior changes on Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1?

When you deploy a SysPrep or RipRep image on a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with SP1, you may notice that customizations that you made to the default user account are missing AND/OR customization that you made to the Administrator account appear in new user accounts AND/OR modifications that you made to the default user by editing the register (Load Hive) at %SystemDrive%:Documents and SettingsDefault UserNtuser.dat are missing.
These problems occur because Mini-Setup has been modified in SP1 so that the default behavior includes copying any customizations from the local Administrator account to the default user account.

NOTE: The default user account is used to create new user profiles when they first log on.

To workaround this behavior, open the Sysprep.inf file and add the following entry in the [UNATTENDED] section:

UpdateServerProfileDirectory=0

Jul 13, 2005 - General    No Comments

When my Dfs clients running Windows XP open an executable from a domain-based Dfs path, the user is prompted to confirm whether to run the executable file. How can I stop this behavior?

The client receives this warning because the Dfs path contains a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) as its Active Directory (AD)-stored root. Actually, this message is displayed any time a path to a resource contains a FQDN, not just Dfs paths. To avoid the message, add the domain to the client’s list of trusted local intranet zones in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). To do so, perform these steps:

Open IE and from the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
Select the Security tab.
Select “Local intranet” and click Sites.
Enter the name of the internal domain (e.g., for all hosts in the savilltech.com domain, I would add *.savilltech.com). Click Add.
Click Close, then click OK to the main options screen.

You should no longer receive the confirmation prompt when opening an executable

Jul 13, 2005 - General    No Comments

When my Dfs clients running Windows XP open an executable from a domain-based Dfs path, the user is prompted to confirm whether to run the executable file. How can I stop this behavior?

The client receives this warning because the Dfs path contains a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) as its Active Directory (AD)-stored root. Actually, this message is displayed any time a path to a resource contains a FQDN, not just Dfs paths. To avoid the message, add the domain to the client’s list of trusted local intranet zones in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). To do so, perform these steps:

Open IE and from the Tools menu, select Internet Options.
Select the Security tab.
Select “Local intranet” and click Sites.
Enter the name of the internal domain (e.g., for all hosts in the savilltech.com domain, I would add *.savilltech.com). Click Add.
Click Close, then click OK to the main options screen.

You should no longer receive the confirmation prompt when opening an executable

Jun 30, 2005 - General    No Comments

How can I lock the UDP port that Microsoft Exchange Server uses to notify Microsoft Outlook clients that new mail has arrived?

The “New mail” notification that Exchange uses operates over a dynamically assigned UDP port that the Outlook client selects when it first connects to the Exchange server. If you need to lock down this port to enable notification through a firewall, you need to make a client-side registry change (this setting is supported only in Outlook 2003).

To do so, create the new DWORD value HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice11.0OutlookRPCFixedUDPPort and set it to the port that the client will listen on for mail notifications.

Jun 29, 2005 - General, Windows XP    47 Comments

Windows update gives a 80246005 error

To fix this error, try:

Click start-run type services.msc then press enter

Look for the Automatic Updates Service, right click it and choose to stop

Click start->run type %windir%SoftwareDistribution then press enter

Open the DataStorage folder and delete its contents.

Click start->run type services.msc

right click the Automatic Update Service and choose to start

Now try running the Updates again.

Jun 29, 2005 - General    14 Comments

Error “Automation server can’t create object” while changing the User Account properties

When you try to change the User Account properties via the User Accounts Control Panel, you may receive this error:

Automation server can’t create object

This is due to the missing registry key given below:

HKCRCLSID{66e4e4fb-f385-4dd0-8d74-a2efd1bc6178}

This problem usually happens if you un-register the file shimgvw.dll (as an attempt to turn Off the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer)
RESOLUTION

Click Start, Run and type REGSVR32 SHIMGVW.DLL

Jun 17, 2005 - General, Windows XP    1 Comment

How can I hide the drop-down list of domains that appears on the logon screen of Windows XP and later machines?

To remove the domain drop-down list from the logon screen and force users to use their full user principal name (UPN), perform these steps:

1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe).
2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon registry subkey.
3. From the Edit menu, select New, DWORD value.
4. Enter a name of NoDomainUI and press Enter.
5. Double-click the new value and set it to 1. Click OK.
6. Reboot the machine.

The logon screen will no longer show a drop-down list for domains, and users will need to enter the full UPN to log on. For example, the user of an account called Ali in domain alibutt.com will enter the logon name ali@alibutt.com

Jun 17, 2005 - Exchange, General    No Comments

Can you recover deleted items from a Microsoft Exchange Server public folder?

Yes, the same “Recover deleted items” option that’s available for a user mailbox is available for a public folder. However, unlike a mailbox, when you delete an item from a public folder, the item doesn’t go to a “Deleted items” folder. Instead, it’s simply hidden (by setting the PR_DELETED_ON property) and isn’t actually deleted until the “Deleted item retention” period on the public folder store has elapsed. You set the “Deleted item retention” option on public folders by selecting the public folder store in Exchange System Manager (ESM) and selecting Properties from the File menu. Set the “Keep deleted items for (days)” value to the number of days you want to save the contents of the “Deleted items” folder. Remember that if the public folder has replicas, you need to set the recovery time on each public store on each server. To recover an item, you must have Editor permissions on the folder (i.e., full Read, Write, and Delete permissions). Select the public folder from which the item was deleted and select “Recovery Deleted Items” from the Tools menu of the Microsoft Office Outlook client.

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