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Jun 20, 2004 - Windows 2000, Windows 2003    No Comments

How can you force immediate syncronization of your domain controllers

Use repadmin.exe from the Support Tools and add 1 line for each of your domain controllers:

repadmin /syncall DC1.Yourdomain.com dc=Yourdomain,dc=com
repadmin /syncall DC2.Yourdomain.com dc=Yourdomain,dc=com
repadmin /syncall DC3.Yourdomain.com dc=Yourdomain,dc=com

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

No administrable services found

When you open Services and Applications (right-click My Computer and press Manage), you receive:

No administrable services found.

When you install the server tools on Windows 2000 Professional, IIS is selected by default, but the IIS snap-in is not properly configured.

To fix the problem:

1. Control Panel / AddRemove Programs / AddRemove Windows Components.
2. Select Internet Information Services (IIS) and press Details.
3. Clear the Internet Information Services Snap-in box.
4. Press OK and complete the dialog.

Jun 19, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

Slow SMB performance when you copy files over the network?

The default behavior of a Windows 2000 domain controller is to use security signatures when comminicating with the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.
To workaround this feature:
1. Copy / Paste the following to a NoSlowSMB.reg file:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceslanmanserverparameters]
“EnableSecuritySignature”=dword:00000000
“RequireSecuritySignature”=dword:00000000

2. Run regedit /s NoSlowSMB.reg on your domain controller, and on you workstation if any of these data values are set to 1.
3. Shutdown and restart your Windows computer.

Jun 18, 2004 - Windows 2000, Windows XP    No Comments

Enable Error Mode

In Windows NT4, 2000 and XP it is possible to initialize Windows in Error Mode, a special debugging mode of the “stripped down” Safe Mode.
In Error Mode a small popup window (basically a core dump) shows up whenever an application crashes, similar (but more detailed) to the well known “This program performed an illegal operation” error message.
To enable this feature, run Regedit and go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESystemCurrentControlSetControlWindows
Modify the “ErrorMode” DWORD [REG_DWORD] Decimal value from 0 to 1.
Reboot when done.
ErrorMode valid Decimal values:
0 = both system and program error popups enabled (default).
1 = system error popups disabled, program error popups enabled.
2 = both system and program error popups disabled.”

Jun 18, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

Enable Compatibility Tab

To enable the Compatibility tab in Windows 2000 just like in WinXP/2003, all you have to do is start a command prompt, type this and hit Enter:
regsvr32 %systemroot%apppatchslayerui.dll

Jun 17, 2004 - Windows 2000    No Comments

Reset Domain Admin Password in Windows 2000 AD

Use the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor disk disk to reset the MACHINE Administrator password to “no password”.
Reboot, hit F8, and enter “Directory Service Recovery Mode”. The machine will boot up as a standalone server without any Active Directory support.
When the login screen appears, hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and log in as “Administrator” with no password. This is the MACHINE Administrator account, and does not have the ability to modify anything specific involving the Active Directory information, although it can backup and restore the physical files which contain the AD databases.
Run “REGEDIT.EXE” (without the quotes). Navigate to

HKEY_USERS.DefaultControl PanelDesktop
Change the following values:

SCRNSAVE.EXE – change from logon.scr to cmd.exe
ScreenSaveTimeout – change from 900 to 15
ScreenSaveActive – change to 1 (if it wasn’t 1 already)

Reboot normally. When the box appears asking you to hit CTRL-ALT-DEL to log in, just wait.
After 15-30 seconds you will see a command prompt appear (since that is the screensaver).
In the command prompt, type the following command:

MMC DSA.MSC

This should bring up the management console where you can edit users’ passwords, including the password for the Administrator account.
After resetting the Administrator password, exit the management console and type the command EXIT in the command prompt window.

Hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and log into the DOMAIN Administrator account using the new password!
Make sure you undo your changes to the registry.

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