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Re-initialize Windows Offline File Cache

Re-initialize Windows Offline File Cache

Problem:

The offline file cache or Client-Side Caching is different from the actual file in the file server. When you look at the property for the offline mapped drive, the file system shown as CSC-CACHE. The problem is some of the the offline mapped drive/folder work but only certain folder not working.

Solution:

We have to clean up or re-initialize the local cache file so that the offline folder/drive will be re-sync from the server. All the local cached files will be deleted. Here is the command:

Platform Command
Windows XP REG ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\NetCache” /v FormatDatabase /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
Windows Vista/7 REG ADD “HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\CSC\Parameters” /v FormatDatabase /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

Reference:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/230738

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/942974

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Windows XP unable to view workgroup computers

Windows XP unable to view workgroup computers

Windows XP unable to browse the workgroup computer. Cannot even the other computer using computer/NetBIOS name.

If try to run “nbtstat -c: or “nbtstat -r” from the command prompt, the follow error message shown:

Failed to access NetBT Driver – NetBT may not be loade

Solution:

The registry key HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NetBT\Parameters\TransportBindName might be blank. Set it to “\Device\” and then reboot the computer

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Free Ebook for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

Free Ebook for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2:

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has released an useful and free ebook for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Please download from: http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/C/0/5C0BD0AB-040D-4C56-A60B-661001012DDA/Windows_Server_2008_R2_e-book.pdf

Table of Content:

Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows Server R2
Chapter 2: Installation and Configuration: Adding R2 to Your World
Chapter 3: Hyper-V: Scaling and Migrating Virtual Machines
Chapter 4: Remote Desktop Services and VDI: Centralizing Desktop and Application Management
Chapter 5: Active Directory: Improving and Automating Identity and Access
Chapter 6: The File Services Role
Chapter 7: IIS 7.5: Improving the Web Application Platform
Chapter 8: DirectAccess and Network Policy Server
Chapter 9: Other Features and Enhancements

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Free Ebook for Windows 7

Free Ebook for Windows 7: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine

Microsoft has released a pretty good and free ebook for Windows 7. It actually combine some of the topics from Windows 7 Resource Kit (Microsoft Press) and TechNet Magazine

You can dowload from: Deploying Windows® 7 Essential Guidance from the Windows 7 Resource Kit and TechNet Magazine

Part 1: Content from the Windows 7 Resource Kit

  • Deployment Platform
  • Planning Deployment
  • Testing Application Compatability
  • Developing Disk Images
  • Migrating User State Data
  • Deploying Applications
  • Preparing Windows PE
  • Confi guring Windows Deployment Services
  • Using Volume Activation
  • Deploying with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

Part II: Content from Microsoft TechNet Magazine

  • Migrate Already! Why You Should Migrate to Windows 7. If You’re Still Waffling (by Don Jones)
  • 8 Common Issues in Windows 7 Migrations (by Don Jones)
  • 9 Things You Should Know About Windows 7 (by William Stanek)
  • Can’t We All Just Get Along? Running Windows 7 in Mixed Environments (by William Stanek)
  • Integrating Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 (by Alan Maddison)
  • The Good Computing Seal of Approval: Windows 7 Certification (by Joshua Hoffman)
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Install Windows 2008 Server from USB flash drive

Install Windows 2008 Server from USB flash drive

Windows 2008 Server come in DVD format but not all the server hardware come with DVD drive. Don’t be suprise that some server don’t even come with CD/DVD drive (especially 1U and 2U server).

You might think that you can install windows 2008 Server simply by plug in USB DVD drive. Yes, you can boot up the Windows installation wizard but you might not be able to continue further because the DVD drive can not be detect by the installation wizard.

 

Solution: Install the Windows 2008 Server using USB flash/thumb drive

Note: This solution should work for Windows 2008 Server, Windows Vista and Windows 7

1. Purchase the emply USB drive (minimum of 4GB). If you have the U3 preloaded USB drive, please uninstall the U3 by following the instruction from http://www.u3.com/uninstall/

2. Format and partition the USB flash drive (from Windows 2008 or Vista computer)

a.) Run cmd with admistrative priviledge

b.) execute: diskpart

c) Run the command below in sequence inside the diskpart

No Command Description
1 list disk Show the disk in your system. Find the USB drive
2 select disk 2 Assuming disk 2 is your USB drive
3 clean Clear the drive
4 create partition primary Create partition
5 select partition 1 Select the partition you just created
6 active Set the partition to active and bootable
7 format fs=fat32 quick Format the partition.Run “format fs=ntfs quick” if you have more than 4GB of USB drive
8 assign Assign the drive letter so that you can see in your Windows Explorer
9 exit quit

3. Copy the whole Windows 2008 Server from DVD into the USB flash drive. You can use Windows Explorer to copy of use the following dos-command:

xcopy E:\*.* /s /e /f F:\    (assume E: is DVD-drive, F: is the USB flash drive)

4. Now you can boot up and install the Server using USB flash drive (make sure you enable and allow the USB removable drive in the system BIOS)


Resource and Reference:

http://windowsconnected.com/blogs/joshs_blog/archive/2007/02/05/creating-a-bootable-winpe-2-0-usb-key.aspx

http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=20654

http://www.nedprod.com/Niall_stuff/BootWinUSB/

http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176

http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=14181&st=1720

http://www.technixupdate.com/install-windows-7-vista-and-server-2008-from-bootable-usb-drive/

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Unable to change / remove Internet Explorer Search Povider

Unable to change / remove Internet Explorer Search Povider

Issue / problem:

Unable to change or remove the default Search Provider for Internet Explorer. It will not work even though you tried to modify or add-in new search provider from http://www.ieaddons.com/en/searchproviders

Cause:

Spyware or adware that modified the Search Provider and restricted the registry permission

 

Solution:

1. Close the Internet Explorer

2. Run Regedit

3. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes key

4. Clear the value for DefaultScope

5. The system will not allow you to delete the key due to permission issue

6. Highlight registy key, select Edit – Permission from menu

7. Allow Everyone to have Full Control over the key

8. Try to clear the value again. You should be able to clear now.

9. Perform the similar task to the other SearchScope key. Reset the permission if fail to delete the key.

10. After edited registy, start Internet Explorer again. IE will prompt and auto-set the default search provider for you.

11. You can now add in other Search Provider from http://www.ieaddons.com/en/searchproviders

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Computer Cloning with similar SID might cause network problem

Computer Cloning with similar SID might cause network problem

Using Disk Image Cloning (e.g. Symantec Ghost) for mass desktop rollout/deployment can significantly saves hours of work and hassle over other rollout method but it might cause major network problem if every cloned system has an identical Computer Security Identifier (SID). This fact compromises security in Workgroup environments, and removable media security can also be compromised in networks with multiple identical computer SIDs.

 

1. Un-join from Windows Domain or Active Directory
2. Restart computer
3. Download http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/NewSID.zip and extract into local computer.
4. Run newsid.exe as shown in screenshot below to generate new SID

5. After computer restarted, join the computer back to Windows Domain or Active Directory

Command:

Alternatively, you can run the command below with system prompt:

newsid /a [newname]

References and Resources:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897418.aspx

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;314828

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AutoEnrollment Problem

AutoEnrollment Problem

Event Viewer show error below after activated/installed Ceritifcate Authority service:

Event ID: 13
Source: AutoEnrollment
Type: Error
Description: Automatic certificate enrollment for local system failed to enroll for one Domain Controller certificate (0x80070005). Access is denied
For more information, see Help and Support Center at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/events.asp.

 

EventID 13

Solution:

1
Run the below command from command prompt:
certutil -setreg SetupStatus -SETUP_DCOM_SECURITY_UPDATED_FLAG
net stop certsvc
net start certsvc
2 Add “Domain Controllers” as the member for CERTSVC_DCOM_ACCESS under the Users OU in your Active Directory

Reference and Resouce:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/903220

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc700804.aspx

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Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition

Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a new operating system edition to be released by Microsoft that is targeted at SOHO,Micro Businesses and Small Businesses. It’s a Linux-Replacement that fit to small business IT budget . Below are the features and limitation you might need to consider before purchase this edition:

  • Cheap (You don’t need CALs to connect to Foundation except for Terminal Service and Windows Right Management)
  • Subset of the Windows Server 2008 roles and features
  • OEM license (pre-installed on new server)
  • 15 User Limit
  • 50 TS Connections
  • 50 RRAS Connections
  • 10 TAS Connections
  • 30 SMB Connections
  • 1 socket systems only
  • 8GB maximum memory support
  • No virtualization use rights

For more detail:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/foundation.aspx
http://windowsitpro.com/mobile/pda/Article.cfm?ArticleID=101841&FAQ=1