Category: Microsoft

Windows Recovery–Load Registry

Ok, today I locked-out myself from one of my dedicated servers.. how? I changed the RDP-Port in the Registry:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp And then, I FORGOT to add the new Port to the so called ‘Windows Firewall with Advanced Security’ .. it was like a lighting strike in my body when I clicked ‘restart Server’…

Finding process that locks a DLL

You want to replace a dll on a system, but you get access denied, although you’re admin, have the necessary rights.. so which process is locking the particular file/library. I know, there is handles.exe from Sysinternal Suite, and plenty other tools that do the trick.But, you don’t need third-party tools to get the answer, just…

Getting registry last write time with PowerShell

All registry keys have a value associated with called the Last Write Time. This is analogous to the last modification time for a file. When ever the registry key or one if its values has been created, modified, or deleted the value is updated to the current local system time. Unfortunately, there is no Last…

Scan IP range using ping

IP scanner for the poor ones Just open up a cmd.exe and change the ip range.. C:\>FOR /L %x in (1,1,255) do ping -n 1 192.168.2.%x | find /I "reply" >> c:\temp\pingresult.txt The above command uses a FOR loop to ping each device and looks for "Reply" in the output. If there is a "Reply"…

.NET self-registering Windows Service

I just found an article about how to extend a windows service’s functionality so that the service can register itself in windows service control using command line switches like /register or /unregister…..

Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and ShrarePoint 2010 announced

The Microsoft Online Sustained Engineering Team just announced the upcoming release of Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010….

Windows Deployment Services–adding drivers to boot.wim

Currently I’m in a project where I have do a windows 7 operating system provisioning for a customer of mine. I’ve been gone all down the way starting with NT3.51, then NT4, then Win2000, then WinXP, Vista and now Win7 provisioning. I must say, Microsoft did a good job with the latest deployment mechanism…..

Installing Windows to a new bootable VHD with no host OS

I love the performance gains I get by using bootable VHDs. I’ve always enjoyed using VHDs but I generally had a host OS first, then installed a bunch of VHDs that I made bootable. Recently I’ve changed all of this on my computer after a spent some time reading a post from John Papa. This…

Windows Thin PC Release Candidate Now Available

I’m pleased to announce the Release Candidate (RC) for Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available for download from the WinTPC RC site. It’s been a busy month for the Windows Thin PC team. Since the launch of the Windows Thin PC Community Technology Preview (CTP) program on March 28 we have seen tremendous interest…


Backup Exec, Volume Shadow Copy, Permissions etc

Ok, long story short, it all started with a Backup Exec 12.0 job suddenly failing.. One part of the whole job is backuping Exchange Server 2007 using a remote agent and the exchange server. In the job log of Backup Exec, i got a ‘Final error: 0xe000fed1 – A failure occurred querying the Writer status….