Archive for the ‘Windows 2000’ Category


Transferring Shares to a new Server

August 8, 2007

I just came across a great way to transfer the shares from an old server to the new one.  It handles printers as well as folder shares.  NOTE: You may have to go through the shares and update the paths as the drive letters may be different on the new server.  Even with having to do that it will save tons of time which would have been spent creating the shares by hand.

Here is a link to the MS KB:


Need to remove items out of the Add/Remove Programs list?

July 8, 2007

Ever uninstall something and its still listed in the Add/Remove programs list? Or maybe a rogue program showed up in the list and has since been removed with an anti-malware utility. But it keeps showing up in the list! Here’s how to remove it in Windows 2000/XP/2003:

Click Start, click Run, type regedit in the Open box, and then press ENTER.

Locate and click the following registry key:


After you click the Uninstall registry key, click Export Registry File on the Registry menu.

In the Export Registry File dialog box, click Desktop in the Save in box, type uninstall in the File name box, and then click Save.

Each key under Uninstall represents a program that appears in Add/Remove Programs. To determine which program that each key represents, click the key, and then view the following values:

DisplayName – the value data for the DisplayName key is the name that is listed in Add/Remove Programs
UninstallString – the value data for the UninstallString key is the program that is used to uninstall the program

After you identify the registry key that represents the program that is still in Add/Remove Programs, right-click the key, and then click Delete.

After you delete the key, click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.

In Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.

In Add/Remove Programs, verify that the program for which you deleted the registry key is not listed.

If the program list is not correct in Add/Remove Programs, you can double-click the Uninstall.reg file on your desktop to restore the original list of programs in the registry.

If the program list is correct in Add/Remove Programs, you can right-click the Uninstall.reg file on your desktop, and then click Delete.


Hacking 101: Cain & Abel

June 20, 2007

I came across this awesome utility at work today. Someone needed to desperately crack a Word document for a customer. So he sent out an email to all of the engineers asking if we had any tools (preferably free) to help him crack this document.

A few ideas came up – but by far, this has been the best idea. It may have not helped him out in his case, and that I’m not sure of. But I became curious and checked this tool out myself.

Cain & Abel is a free password recovery tool for Microsoft OS’s.

From their website:

Cain & Abel is a password recovery tool for Microsoft Operating Systems. It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols. The program does not exploit any software vulnerabilities or bugs that could not be fixed with little effort. It covers some security aspects/weakness present in protocol’s standards, authentication methods and caching mechanisms; its main purpose is the simplified recovery of passwords and credentials from various sources, however it also ships some “non standard” utilities for Microsoft Windows users.

Cain & Abel has been developed in the hope that it will be useful for network administrators, teachers, security consultants/professionals, forensic staff, security software vendors, professional penetration tester and everyone else that plans to use it for ethical reasons. The author will not help or support any illegal activity done with this program. Be warned that there is the possibility that you will cause damages and/or loss of data using this software and that in no events shall the author be liable for such damages or loss of data. Please carefully read the License Agreement included in the program before using it.

The latest version is faster and contains a lot of new features like APR (Arp Poison Routing) which enables sniffing on switched LANs and Man-in-the-Middle attacks. The sniffer in this version can also analyze encrypted protocols such as SSH-1 and HTTPS, and contains filters to capture credentials from a wide range of authentication mechanisms. The new version also ships routing protocols authentication monitors and routes extractors, dictionary and brute-force crackers for all common hashing algorithms and for several specific authentications, password/hash calculators, cryptanalysis attacks, password decoders and  some not so common utilities related to network and system security.

Some of the new features of this release are:

– Automatic Certificate Collector for FTPS (implicit), IMAPS and POP3S protocols.
– FTPS Man-in-the-Middle Sniffer and password collector.
– POP3S Man-in-the-Middle Sniffer and password collector.
– IMAPS Man-in-the-Middle Sniffer and password collector.
– Added Windows Mail (Vista) Password Decoder for POP3, IMAP, NNTP, SMTP and LDAP accounts.
– Added PTW WEP cracking attack.
– Added Windows Vista support in Wireless Password Decoder.
– Wireless Password Decoder now uses DLL injection under XP.

Download Cain & Abel v 4.9.4 today (works on NT, 2000, and XP). Not sure if Vista is supported, according to the website, it’s not listed so I’m not sure.


Quick way to lock your workstation

June 10, 2007

This works with XP, but I’m not sure it works with 2000 or 98/ME. I’m assuming it does. I think it works in Vista.


I know locking a workstation when you’re heading out to lunch doesn’t take that much time.

But I found even a quicker way than the traditional CTRL-ALT-DELETE, and then clicking the “Lock Workstation” button.

Simply create a new shortcut on your desktop. For location, copy and paste this line of code:

%windir%\system32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

When you want to lock your system, just double-click the icon. Your system will become automatically locked.

Now there’s some Saturday night hardcore command line action for ya!


Recover Lost Product Keys (CD-Key) for Windows 2000/XP/2003, SQL, Office

May 23, 2007

Daniel Petri has a great article on recovering lost product keys for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, SQL and Office over on his site. ProduKey (have never used this before) and Magical Jelly Bean KeyFinder (I’ve used this and it worked great) are featured here. Check out the article for how-to’s.

Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder



Do you manage multiple servers with RDP? This tool is for you!

April 17, 2007

Let’s face it, nowadays, system admins are responsible for many many servers. Depending on your environment, a good amount of them are managed remotely with good old Remote Desktop.

I still like Remote Desktop very well, especially the Console function. Just what is the console? Well, if you’re a newbie and do not know, as the name implies, the console connection is a RDP connection to the server’s physical console. This can be very handy if you are remotely working with applications that have issues functioning in a virtual environment. In layman’s terms, picture yourself ‘right at the server’.

Anyway, I came across this tool linked on another blog that I must share with you. It’s a FREEWARE application brought to you by Visionapp, called Visionapp Remote Desktop. But what does it do?

vRD is a tool which allows the management of RDP connections to servers. vRD is ideal for administrators who need to maintain simultaneous connections to multiple servers. Connection-specific settings and login credentials can be organized in folders and subfolders for quick access.

The new version 1.4 further extends the ease of use. Coming, amongst others, with a dynamic overview tab page over all established connections, the ability to choose the session window size through a drop down field and providing the option to set the RDP port, vRD offers many new features for hassle-free handling of multiple RDP connections.

The features of visionapp Remote Desktop (vRD) include:

  • Connection-specific settings and login credentials of servers can be organized in folders and subfolders for quick access.
  • Tabbed remote desktop where remote desktop consoles are accessible in the tabs.
  • Dynamic overview tab page over all established connections.
  • Ability to choose the session window size through a drop down field.
  • Option to set the RDP port.
  • Ability to sort remote servers by name alphabetically.



I love this tool so far. I have entered all of my credentials and terminal servers/SBS servers/Win 2003 servers that I use all the time. And it’s all in one spot. Forget having seperate RDP files for every connection. Everything is right in one little console, that’s very clean and super easy to use. Plus, it even has the option to connect to the console without editing the RDP shortcut (you know, the whole /console switch). It just makes life a whole lot easier!

Download is free, but you must register as a user on the visionapp website in order to acquire the download. But it’s very worth it, IMHO.