Microsoft provides several free tools that are very useful for managing disks and file systems. Here are 7 free tools every administrator should download:
While using SCCM 2007 R2 to deploy a Windows XP SP3 sysprepped image, I was constantly getting an issue when the imaged machine starts up for the first time and runs the sysprep mini-setup – “Setup was unable to change the password for user account Administrator. Please enter the desired password again.“.
On the reference machine, ensure your sysprep.inf file in the c:sysprep directory has the following settings:
Before running Sysprep, ensure that you set your local Administrator password to blank. You may need to adjust your local policy settings to allow a blank password – use gpedit.msc for this.
Ensure the following registry entry does NOT exist. Delete the DefaultPassword entry from HKLMSOFTWAREMICROSOFTWINDOWS NTCURRENTVERSIONWINLOGON
PASSWORD INTO TASK SEQUENCE
Ensure the local administrator password is put into the OS deployment task sequence, usually under the Apply Windows Settings section.
After completing all of these steps, the “Setup was unable to change the password for user account Administrator. Please enter the desired password again.” error no longer occurred.
As a side note, it is worth mentioning the issues I had with the blue screen of death STOP 0x0000007B errors. I was getting a BSOD after imaging machines and the sysprep mini-setup ran for the first time. It appears this was only an issue with VMWare workstation, and the workaround was to close the Virtual Machine, and edit the .vmx configuration file, changing the scsi0.present line from TRUE to FALSE, eg. scsi0.present=”FALSE”
In an Active Directory domain network environment, you apply a “Desktop Wallpaper” Group Policy setting to the domain users. However, the setting is not applied to domain users who log on to client computers that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – taken straight from the Microsoft support site.
I was having this problem in our domain environment and couldn’t understand why the background for non-admin users wouldn’t work. Microsoft have only recently release a hotfix for it -available from http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/977944 . I still find it amazing that this wasn’t found and fixed before the RTM build of Windows 7 – it’s so obvious. I guess there were millions of beta testers but probably not that many that were running it in enterprise domain environment.
These both apply to Windows XP and 7 and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
There is a new attack on older versions of WordPress doing the rounds and my version of WordPress (2.8.9 – only just behind the current version of 2.9.1) was vunerable and was compromised.
I first noticed yesterday when all of the traffic to blog.danovich.com.au was getting redirected to www.chinaontv.com about 5 seconds after loading.
Investigations revealed that my header.php file had been hijacked, a new administrator user account had been created and there were several uploads appeared in my uploads directory.
The fixes were relatively simple and are outlined here –> http://www.theinternetpatrol.com/was-your-site-hacked-redirecting-to-itsallbreaksoftnet-or-paymoneysysteminfo-heres-what-happened/
Moral of the story – keep your software up to date – even minor point versions behind can put you at risk!
I’ve often needed to obtain the MSI or a single EXE file for an enterprise deployment of Adobe Reader, Flash Player or Shockwave Player. Adobe now provide a single web page where you can request a license to download these files:
Don’t worry – there is no cost to it. The form only took me a few minutes to fill out and then a couple of minutes later I received an email with links to download the MSIs and EXEs.
A worthy side note is the installation parameters for a silent install – for the MSIs obviously you can use something like ‘msiexec /i filename.msi /qb-!’, but Reader only comes as an executable – use ‘AdbeRdr930_en_US.exe /sAll’ for a silent install.