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Time Running Slow on Virtual Servers


To some this may be a no brainer, and in fairness we found the cause and fixed it 5 minutes, but to some it may be a head scratcher. We have a load of servers all running on Windows 2008 R2 and on ESX Hosts. The time on some servers is running slow by up […]

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Command Line Loading CPL Applets


Here are some handy commands as a quick reference to open items in the Control Panel   Accessibility Options control access.cpl Add New Hardware control sysdm.cpl add new hardware Add/Remove Programs control appwiz.cpl Date/Time Properties control timedate.cpl Display Properties control desk.cpl FindFast control findfast.cpl Fonts Folder control fonts Internet Properties control inetcpl.cpl Joystick Properties control […]

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Things to do with Explorer.exe


This is a list of commands that you can use to get explorer to open in different places on your system. Open ‘Documents’ when you open Windows Explorer %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n,::{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103} Open ‘My Computer’ when you open Windows Explorer %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} Other commands: Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/130510 EXPLORER.EXE [/n][/e][,/root,<object>][[,/select],<sub object>] Switches /n:  Opens a new window in single-paned […]

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Set the Default Active Directory path when searching for printers


With in AD you can redirect users to search for printers. This can be very useful when building a new print server on the domain and not wanting users to be able to see the printers you create until you are ready. To do this do the following: Navigate to: User Configuration>Administratove Templates>Control Panel>Printers Open: […]

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Clearing Profiles on a Windows 2003 Server


There is a tool that can be downloaded free which when scripted will allow you to clear out old profiles form the server it is run on. I have only used this on Windows 2003 Servers so far. The tool is called RemProf.exe. The idea of the tool is to remove the profile and hive […]

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Changing the Default Installation Path for Applications


On occassion, some applications have to be installed in a non default folder location. When this happens the application usually doesn’t offer the chance to change it either. Changing the keys will change the location that the application will install to. For 32-Bit application change the keys in this location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion Keys: ProgramFilesDir ProgramFilesDir (x86) […]

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Windows 2008 R2 Group Policy Preferences Do Not Apply


I have been writing some new group policies and using the features of Preferences only to find that they were not applying to the Windows 2003 R2 servers on the domain. After some testing, investigation and Googling it was found that a Microsoft Patch for Client Side Extensions needed to be installed on each server/PC […]

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Renaming the Computer Icon


By default the icon of the Computer on the desktop is called “Computer”. This can be renamed to a whole host of things by renaming the following registry key on the server in question, or alternatively, the key can be added to the GPO the server. System variables can also be used as in the […]

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