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Completely Remove Internet Explorer Enhanced Security


You can disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security in the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Zonemap

In the details pane, right-click IEHarden, click Modify, type 0 (zero) in the Value data box, and then click OK.

Active Directory Topology Diagrammer


With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microft Office Visio to draw a diagram of the Active Directory Domain topology, your Active Directory Site topology, your OU structure or your current Exchange 200X Server Organization. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can also draw partial Information from your Active Directory, like only one Domain or one site. The objects are linked together, and arranged in a reasonable layout that you can later interactively work withthe objects in Microsoft Office Visio.

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Brief Description

The Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer reads an Active Directory configuration using ActiveX Data Objects (ADO), and then automatically generates a Visio diagram of your Active Directory and /or your Exchange 200x Server topology. The diagramms include domains, sites, servers, administrative groups, routing groups and connectors and can be changed manually in Visio if needed.

Overview

With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microft Office Visio to draw a diagram of the Active Directory Domain topology, your Active Directory Site topology, your OU structure or your current Exchange 200X Server Organization. With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can also draw partial Information from your Active Directory, like only one Domain or one site. The objects are linked together, and arranged in a reasonable layout that you can later interactively work withthe objects in Microsoft Office Visio.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) ; Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003; Windows Vista; Windows XP; Windows XP 64-bit

Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0
Microsoft Office Visio 2003 or 2007

Installing ASP.NET 2.0 (IIS)


Process

ASP.NET can be re-registered with IIS. The specific method depends on the operating system being used. For more information on ASP.Net and the IIS Registration tool, see the related links below.

Windows 2000/XP

To fix this on Windows 2000 or Windows XP, run this command from the Start>Run box or a command prompt (assuming the system directory is C:\Windows):

.Net 1.1: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

.Net 2.0: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i

Windows 2003

On Windows 2003, ASP.NET must be both installed and enabled.  To install ASP.NET:

  1. On the taskbar, click the Start button, point to Control Panel, and then click Add or Remove Programs.
  2. In the Add or Remove Programs dialog box, click Add/Remove Windows Components.
  3. In the Components box in the Windows Components Wizard, click the Web Application Server check box, and then click Next.
  4. When the Windows Components Wizard has finished configuring Windows Server 2003, click Finish.

To enable ASP.NET, run this command from the Start>Run box or a command prompt (assuming the system directory is C:\Windows):

.Net 1.1: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_regiis.exe -i -enable

.Net 2.0: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -i -enable

Error message when you try to set an IP address on a network adapter


I hate this error! 
The IP address XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter Name of adapter. Name of adapter is hidden from the network and Dial-up Connections folder because it is not physically in the computer or is a legacy adapter that is not working. If the same address is assigned to both adapters and they become active, only one of them will use this address. This may result in incorrect system configuration. Do you want to enter a different IP address for this adapter in the list of IP addresses in the advanced dialog box?

This generally happens when you upgrade your network adapter, or remove a network adapter that contains a specific address that is needed for another network adapter.

This is how you can deal with the issue.

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
2. Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
3. Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
4. Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
5. Expand the Network Adapters tree.
6. Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall.

OR:

1. Download the DevCon tool by clicking the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

311272 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311272/) The DevCon command-line utility functions as an alternative to Device Manager

2. Unpack the 32-bit or 64-bit DevCon tool binary to a local folder.
3. Click Start, click Run, then type cmd and press ENTER.
4. Type CD:\path_to_binaries to navigate to the devcon.exe is located.
5. Use the following syntax to find installed network adapters:
devcon findall =net or
devcon listclass net
Note In the output of the previous commands, there is a line for the ghosted network adapter that is similar to the following:

PCI\VEN_10B7&DEV_9200&SUBSYS_00D81028&REV_78\4&19FD8D60&0&58F0: 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905C-TX Compatible)

6. Remove the ghosted device by typing the following syntax:

devcon -r remove “@PCI\VEN_10B7&DEV_9200&SUBSYS_00D81028&REV_78\4&19FD8D60&0&58F0

XP add-on Themes


Other than the default themes that come stock with Windows XP

  1. Windows XP (Luna) Blue, Olive and Silver
  2. Clasic Windows
  3. Royal (Windows XP Media Center 2005 Edition)

I didn’t think Microsoft had released anymore, but I found some:

  1. Zune
  2. Royal_Noir

not really important, but i like change :p

     Royal Noir                               Zune

Royal_Noir           Zune

Software based iSCSI target software for Windows


MySAN™ iSCSI Server 
Free vendor-agnostic iSCSI target software for Windows  
 
    
Turn Windows into an iSCSI Storage Appliance
With MySAN software, anyone can create an IP SAN in seconds using their existing server and storage hardware. MySAN works by turning any Windows partition (such as a hard drive, internal RAID array, external storage system, or even Fibre Channel storage) into an iSCSI target. This storage can then be assigned to any computer on an Ethernet network using iSCSI, giving users a vendor-neutral IP SAN instantly.  

iSCSI

MySAN allows you to build an IP SAN using the servers and storage you already have. It works in tandem with Microsoft’s free iSCSI initiator in a traditional client/server fashion, as shown above. 

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I’ll be installing it in the next week or so and i’ll post some more info. There is also another solution that I have tried named StarWind.

StarWind is an advanced, full-featured software-only iSCSI Target for Windows that enables anyone to quickly install and configure an IP SAN solution with immediate benefits allowing storage to be virtualized consolidated and centrally managed.

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Scriptless approach to getting information on nested group memberships.


One of the biggest challenges it seems many administrators have is keeping tabs on group membership. This is even more of a problem now that we can nest groups. A popular script is one that queries group memberships recursively. But you don’t need a single line of VBScript. You can get all the information you need with the DSQuery and DSGet commands.
 
There are two parts to the ultimate solution but I want you to understand how they work. At the command prompt, type:
 
Dsquery user -samid yourlogonname
 
You should get the distinguished name of your user object. The beauty of the DS commands is that the output of one command can serve as the input for another. Try this:
 
Dsquery user -samid yourlogonname | dsget user
 
You’ll end up with a little more information about your user account. You can use DSGet to return other information, but for our purposes we want to get at group membership. Run this command:
 
Dsquery user -samid yourlogonname | dsget user -memberof
 
You should be rewarded with the distinguished names of all the groups the user account belongs to. If you want to check for nested group membership, use a command like this:
 
Dsquery user -samid yourlogonname | dsget user -memberof -expand
 
Now you have a longer list of group names. You can’t tell where a group is necessarily nested, but you’ll at least know which group membership is affecting the user. You can also search for more than one user this way:
 
Dsquery user -limit 0 | dsget user -memberof -expand
 
This expands the group membership for all user accounts in the domain.
You can also come at this from the group angle:
 
dsquery group -samid “Sales Staff” | dsget group -members
 
If you want to expand nested group membership you can use -expand as I did earlier:
 
dsquery group -samid “Sales Staff” | dsget group -members -expand
 
By the way, if you don’t know the complete group name, wild cards are allowed:
 
dsquery group -samid “Sales*” | dsget group -members -expand
 
Finally, want to build a membership report for all users? Try these commands:
 
dsquery group –limit 0 >groups.txt for /f “tokens=*” %g in (groups.txt) do @echo %g

>>membership.txt & echo Members: >>membership.txt & dsget group % -members >>membership.txt & echo

**************************************** >>membership.txt