SSL and Exchange Server

In October 2014 or thereabouts it became known that the SSL protocol (specifically SSL v3) was broken and decryption of the encrypted data was possible. This blog post sets out the steps to protect your Exchange Server organization regardless of whether you have one server or many, or whether or not you use a load… Continue reading SSL and Exchange Server

How to Clear Password Policy on workstation after removing it from domain

I needed to set up a few machines for a client in an internet cafe type scenario, but the client provided me with computers that had been added to the domain. The domain had a password requirement which meant I could not configure the default login on the cafe machines to have no password. To… Continue reading How to Clear Password Policy on workstation after removing it from domain

Fixing Error 1324.The path xxx contains an invalid character.

When installing software I have now seen a number of times the following error “Error 1324.The path My Documents contains an invalid character.”. My Documents could be replaced by a number of other special folders, and I have seen this issue on Windows XP and Windows Vista. The problem seems to stem from having UNC… Continue reading Fixing Error 1324.The path xxx contains an invalid character.

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Dell Notebook System Software (NSS) Failure to Install

I recently had to rebuild a Dell Latitude D610 as it was not working properly on purchase. The reinstall instructions for Windows XP SP2 included installing the relevant Dell drivers from the Dell CD (or internet download if they were later versions). The Notebook System Software (NSS) always failed to install – it would crash… Continue reading Dell Notebook System Software (NSS) Failure to Install

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Start Menu and Multiple Monitors

When you enable multiple monitor on Windows XP, which I did by installing an ATI Radeon card in addition to my existing Nvidia card I found that after changing some of the settings (like which is the primary display), the Start Menu and Task Bar appears on the secondard display. What seemed to happen was… Continue reading Start Menu and Multiple Monitors

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Hotfix Files

When an update to Windows is installed, if that update is a GDR (general distribution release) update, the possibility exists that a hotfix exists for the same files but in an earlier version. This hotfix would have been developed separatly within Microsoft for the specific customer problem that the hotfix fixes, but as it is… Continue reading Hotfix Files

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Enabling Remote Desktop Remotely

Run the following from a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 PC: WMIC /NODE:”client” /USER:”nwtraders\administrator” RDTOGGLE WHERE ServerName=”client” CALL SetAllowTSConnections 1

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Enabling Remote Desktop During Installation

If you are installing a number of servers and you want to ensure that Remote Desktop is enabled on each then add the following lines to the unattend file that you are using to build the Windows servers (or XP client) [TerminalServices] AllowConnections=1

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