Archive for the ‘windows 2003 server’ Category


What’s the difference between Sharepoint Portal Server and Windows Sharepoint Services?

March 5, 2008

I’ve been working with SharePoint Portal Server this past week and this technote answered a lot of questions I originally had.

Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is a collection of services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that you can use to share information, collaborate with other users on documents, and create lists and Web Part pages. You can also use Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 as a development platform to create collaboration applications and information-sharing applications.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is a scalable, enterprise portal server that is built on Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.;EN-US;830320


How to remove the Vista RDP Prompt

October 4, 2007

You know what I’m talking about. That pesky authentication check when you RDP to a pre-Vista machine. Sick of that? Well, so am I. And luckily, one of my fellow engineers discovered this. Here’s the fix!

You know, this one:

The registry key is a DWORD value at \\HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Terminal Server Client\AuthenticationLevelOverride 

Here are the 3 possible values, at least in Windows Server 2003:

Set the authentication level value to one of the following values:

•    0 This value corresponds to “No authentication.”
•    1 This value corresponds to “Require authentication.”
•    2 This value corresponds to “Attempt authentication.”

I experimented and found that 2 is the default now.  I tested the 3 modes and found that:

0 -> Doesn’t prompt. 
1 -> Gives a similar message but doesn’t allow me to continue.  This is the strictest.
2 -> Gives the message but allows me to accept and continue.

In my case, I don’t even want the prompt so I set AuthenticationLevelOverride to 0 and I’m able to log into my Remote Desktop sessions without that extra prompt.

Warning: this is a decrease in security so should only be changed if you are aware of the what and why of this change.


You could use Visionapp’s vRD or RoyalTS – two amazing RDP managers. Then you don’t have to worry about all that stuff either. Just store your credentials and go!


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.


Let users update their own AD information with the Active Directory Update tool

July 4, 2007

Serdar Yegulalp

Active Directory Update is a .NET Web application written by Active Directory and Exchange Server maven Jim McBee that allows individual end users to update their own Active Directory attributes via a Web page.

Windows and Exchange Server administrators who rely on the GALMOD utility to modify user data in Active Directory should welcome the convenience of the Active Directory Update tool. Users just have to log in to a Web interface to modify Active Directory attributes for which they have been granted update permissions.

The program has a number of customizations that can be applied:

  • Fields like city, state, department, and office can be constrained to dropdown list selection only to prevent mistakes or invalid submissions.
  • Any part of the interface can be hidden to simplify the presentation.
  • All of the help/attribute strings and labels in the interface can be customized.

The program comes with its own installer and requires only that Internet Information Services (IIS) be installed and running, and that ASP.NET and the .NET 1.1 Framework be present. Connections to the program can optionally be made over an SSL connection for added security.

If you want to try out the program, a 10-day evaluation version is available that works without any functionality restrictions and can be easily upgraded to the full version with little effort. The cost to license the full version is U.S. $299 per Active Directory domain.


Customizing warning messages for Exchange storage limits

July 3, 2007

I dealt with this yesterday at one of my clients. The client wanted his users to be reminded more than once a day that their mailboxes were filling up. Since by default this only happens once a day at midnight, some users were actually going over the storage limit after disregarding the warnings that they got when they logged into their computer; and after that sending and receiving stopped for them when they crossed the threshold.

He wanted the warnings to keep hounding the users until they either archived or deleted items in their mailbox to free up some space.

I didn’t think this could be done until I looked a bit deeper at the Limits tab in Exchange mailbox store properties. It can be done to warn users every 15 minutes or every hour, in a time window you specify.

Ok… here’s how you do it:

Go to Exchange System Manager

-> Administrative Groups
-> First Administrative Group
-> Servers
-> SERVER name
-> First Storage Group
-> Right click on Mailbox Store
-> Click Limits
-> Choose Customize button

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How To: Find an e-mail address in Active Directory

June 28, 2007

I used this technote today when creating a mailbox for a user then getting an error saying the email address was used in the organization. I thought, “WTF?”. Anyways, thanks to the Exchangepedia blog for this useful tip!

Every once in a while you try to assign a particular address to a recipient in AD Users & Computers, only to be told someone already has that address!

Here’s how you can find out whether an email address is assigned, and the recipient it belongs to.

– In AD Users & Computers (on Windows Server 2003), right-click Saved Queries container | New | Query.
– Enter a name for the query, and click the Define Query button
– From the Find drop-down – select Custom Search | go to Advanced tab
– In the Enter LDAP Query text box, enter the query:

This returns recipients of all types – users, mail-enabled contacts, public folders, and groups that have the address

Click here to see a Flash demo.