Posts Tagged “2003”

As noted in a previous article I was tasked by a client with figuring out why their Retrospect Backup software for Windows was not working properly. Since I was not familiar with Retrospect I had to troubleshoot from the beginning. I started troubleshooting on the Windows 2003 R2 server running Retrospect and was able to easily see the log files showing the errors backing up one of the companies Exchange servers. When I attempted to manually backup a single mailbox on the Microsoft Exchange server I was receiving the same errors. Below I describe the Retrospect backup error and then explain step by step how I was able to resolve the error.

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I recently had a client who kept complaining that their office server was randomly rebooting through out the night. I knew when I had done the install of server 2003 I had turned off auto updates so that I could control the update procces myself but the problem sounded like auto updates. Once I did a little investigation I noticed that auto updates was still on and when I tried to change it via the control panel all the options were grayed out and I had no control. I then remebered that active directory’s group policy determines pretty much every thing on a domain controller and since I had just reused the existing policy when I did the reinstall, the automatic updates were still on.
In this article I will show how to turn off auto updates on a domain controller running active directory:

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I recently completed a job were the company insisted in powering down the work station every night. This caused a problem because there were shared drives on the server which did not reconnect a boot time. The drives would appear to be disconnected with red X’s however when the user clicked on them they would connect. So although they were working the fact that they did not auto connect was annoying.

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I wanted to disable some keys and rearrange some other keys on my Dell Studio XPS 1340 laptop. The keyboard on this laptop is the most comfortable feeling keyboard I have ever used however there are a couple key locations, one specifically, that have been causing me issues because of the way I type. Before I explain how to make the keys on any Windows computer do whatever you want them to do I also wanted to mention that this is the first laptop I have ever had with a back-lit keyboard so I can finally work in a completely dark room with no windows! Below I describe and display a application that can easily be used to make keys on your keyboard function in any way that you want without having to run a third party application at all times.

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