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    Using a Logon Script to Install the SMS Advanced Client

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    One of my customers has an extensive lab environment with multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers. SMS 2003 was deployed to help manage the configuration of all these different systems. Between the locked down security settings (no C$, ADMIN...
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    Configuring SMS to Work on Workgroup Computers and Computers in Other Domains (LMHOSTS)

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    As described in the previous post the lab environment includes multiple forests, domains and workgroup computers. One of the nice things about SMS 2003 is the fact that once the SMS Client has been installed on a system, you "own" that system and can...
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    Who's in the Local Administrators Group?

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    I was organizing files this weekend and ran across a script I created for a customer recently. They we trying to determine the membership of the local Administrators group on each computer on their network. The had determined that non-admin users were...
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    Sub-Select Query - The Holy Grail of SMS Collections

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    Learned a cool trick this week for building SMS/SCCM collections that will return a list of computers that "do not have something". Building a collection that returns a group computers with a particular file or program on them is easy enough. You create...
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    How to Query Individual Properties of the "userAccountControl" Active Directory User property using LDAP

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    I was working with a customer this week who was asking me how to query Active Directory for valid, active users accounts that were not service accounts. I made a couple of assumptions; an active account would not be disabled and only service accounts...
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    Modifying Security on Active Directory Objects using a script

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    I was working with a customer this week and we found some user objects in Active Directory had incorrect security settings. I put together a list of commands for the customer to use. I thought a few of the FOR command examples below were useful so here...
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    Windows Vista Resource Kit Has Been Released

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    The Windows Vista Resource Kit has been released: http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/9536.aspx?wt_svl=10125VHa1&mg_id=10125VHb1 If you are respponsible for deploying and supporting Vista then you should have a copy of the resource kit on...
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    Send Email from a Script

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    Scripts are great for automating tasks that you need to perform on a regular basis. With a few lines of code you add the ability to send an email from within your scripts to notify you of a particular event. From a programming standpoint, there are...
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    Controlling Virtual Machines with a Script

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    I discovered how easy it is to control virtual machines with a script this weekend. I have one server that I use to run virtual machines that I keep running all the time. When I patch this server, I need to shut down all VMs before it is restarted and...
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    Santa brought me an XBOX 360 this year...

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    My wife figured out what to get the geek who has everything this year. An XBOX 360! I can remember the first computer game I ever played, Telengard for the Commodore64. It was primitive by todays standards. When you "moved" your player, the player...
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    Script Code Link Added

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    I have a link in the left navigation bar to a page where I will begin posting some scripts I have written. I have written several useful scripts over the years and I'll post them here as time permits. The scripts will mostly be VBscript using WMI and...
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    Useful Scripts

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    I like to write scripts. I really enjoy automating some boring task and then walking away from it. Who knows, maybe deep down I secretly desire to be a programmer... Over the years I have written a number of scripts for customers from simple batch...
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    Troubleshooting Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)

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    The creation of the Windows Update web site a few years ago revolutionized the way people with Microsoft products updated these products with the latest patches. Windows Update made it possible for a "mere mortal" to determine exactly which updates they...
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    Roaming User Profiles

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    A couple of my customers use Roaming User Profiles (RUP) so that a user's desktop, files and settings follow them no matter which computer they happen to be setting at. This is a very cool feature for users because no matter which computer they log onto...
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    Enable Remote Desktop

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    Remote Desktop is one of the greatest features added to the Windows operating system. It enables you to perform remote administration of servers from your desk or fix one of your kids computers from the couch. Of course it's only great if it is enabled...
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    Unlocking the Local Security Policy on a Computer

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    There are times when you are doing troubleshooting or testing when you need to work on a production computer in a lab environment. In these cases you capture an image of the computer in question and restore it on lab hardware. Many times the local security...
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    Automate Network Adapter Configuration using NETSH

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    So I'm kind of lazy. Not in the "sleep late and don't go to work" slacker way, I just don't like doing dull r epetitive tasks if they can be automated in some way. As a rule if I have to do the same task more than a couple of times I'm writing a script...
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    Remote Desktop Connection (akaTerminal Server) Keyboard Shortcuts

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    I use Remote Desktop all day at work. It is especillay helpful when writing documentation. One of the problems I always run into is trying to remember which keyboard short you can use to capture a screen-shot in a TS session. Since I had to dig these...
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    Active Directory Troubleshooting Resources

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    Articles Troubleshooting Active Directory—Related DNS Problems http://blogs.msdn.com/controlpanel/blogs/posteditor.aspx?SelectedNavItem=NewPost&sectionid=7213&bpt=1 Troubleshooting Active Directory Replication Problems http://technet2.microsoft...
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    Windows Live Favorites

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    So I am an information junkie. When I surf the web I am constantly bookmarking things I'll use in the future ( OK sometimes). One of the biggest problems with bookmarks is having more than one computer. If you have more than one computer keeping your...
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    DNS - Windows Server 2003 DNS

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    One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while. The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 installed as a new forest. Forest...
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    DNS - Windows 2000 DNS Upgraded to Windows 2003

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    One of the problems I run into with DNS is I have trouble remembering what a working DNS looks like if I have not worked with it in a while. The attached screen shots show the DNS configuration of a Window Server 2003 DNS that was upgraded from a Windows...
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