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1  CompTIA / Security+ / Any one out there still taking this cert? on: August 28, 2007, 11:09:27 AM
Took it and passed it in March 2007. We recently added Security+ to our curriculum, so that was my incentive.
2  General discussions / General Discussion / Just a quick one about groups on: June 24, 2007, 11:20:34 PM
A Domain Local group only exists on a domain controller. So at the least, your AD search has to be focused on your domain controller.

You might have to look through all your groups on the DC to make sure your domain local group really exists.

In my test lab, I was able to locate a domain local group and put it on an access control list of a Windows 2000 member server, but all my domain controllers run Windows Server 2003, and the domains/forest are at the Server 2003 functional level.

This is the best I can do for now.

Hope this helps.
3  General discussions / General Discussion / system resources on: September 15, 2004, 07:35:55 AM
Some thoughts over and above what's already been said in the thread:

1. Limit the amount of space the temporary internet files are allowed to take up, as IE's tendency is to let it grow. Recently on a friend's computer I shrunk the size from 2348 MB to something more manageable (50MB).

2. Copy over msconfig.exe from an XP machine to winnt\system32 on the 2K Pro box, and run it to look for and eliminate unnecessary programs running at startup.

3. Check to see the user profile hasn't become too bloated. I recently shaved my own user profile from over 2GB down to 450MB, mainly by relocating file and iTunes downloads out of the My Documents folder.

4. It couldn't hurt to eliminate spyware and viruses as possible issues.

5. How much RAM is in the 2K box? 256MB would be a reasonable place to start.

Hope this helps.
4  CompTIA / Network+ / can not ping own IP address, Help! on: May 02, 2004, 06:10:08 PM
Quote from yanh2004:

It can not ping its own IP address, but can access internet and ping some other computers' IP address. It can't ping any hostname either. Nothing was changed when the issue happened.

1. No definitive help on why a machine can't ping itself but it can ping the loopback.  

2. It's starting to sound like an internal DNS resolution problem, especially about the part about not being able to ping any hostnames (hostname = FQDN). Run a ipconfig /all on both machines and post the results. We can be more specific then.

3. You said the machines are plugged into a hub. (Echoing what Boulware5 suggested) What's the rest of the path from the hub to your ISP?

Hope this helps.
5  General discussions / Hardware / Problem Machine! Who's going to help? on: March 15, 2004, 02:51:10 AM
For a while, I tried to get away from building computers altogether and concentrate more on troubleshooting Networks, Firewalls and Servers. I told my Customers to get their machines from Dell, Gateway or HP, but they rather pay more to have me build one for them. Go figure‘«™

A custom machine with all the bells and whistles is alluring, but I suspect your customers appreciate not having to navigate a vendor's phone system, wait on hold, get a half-baked answer, ad nauseum.

Congrats on getting a win-win solution, and letting us put our heads together to help you out.

All the best.
6  CompTIA / A+ forum / Random Reboots on: March 14, 2004, 03:09:36 PM
A thought or two:

Buy an UPS.
Check to see if maybe too many devices are sharing an outlet, or if on the circuit controlled by your circuit breaker, you also have power-hungry or electrically noisy devices.

I'm looking at this only from this point: if there is a break in the power good signal from the power supply to the mainboard, your computer will reboot.

Good luck with it.
7  General discussions / Hardware / Problem Machine! Who's going to help? on: March 14, 2004, 02:54:28 PM
Quote from Deja-vu:

"10.try to disable ACPI in Power-management in the BIOS, but the Machine will not boot with it disabled."

Here are some suggestions:

If disabling ACPI from within Device Manager doesn't work, how about reinstalling XP from within Windows, only on the first reboot, get into BIOS setup and disable power management? That way, XP setup should install a standard PC HAL.

Another installation tactic is to hold down F5 when you see the message Setup is inspecting your computer configuration... or F7 on first blue screen immediately afterwards. You're telling the setup program to ignore the power management settings in BIOS and install a standard PC HAL.

Another more conservative approach would be to backup, clean install with ACPI disabled, then restore.

Hope this helps.
8  General discussions / General Discussion / Where to get good info on SMS 2.0? on: January 25, 2004, 05:03:30 PM

Some resources that have been helpful for me:

Steven D. Kaczmarek's book Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Administrator's Companion published by Microsoft Press.

Microsoft Knowledge Base article 269345 has many useful links to SMS resources.

Installing the SMS-relevant portions of the Back Office 4.5 Resource Kit CD.

Hope this helps.
9  CompTIA / A+ forum / DaPunisher's Question of the Day 12/23/03 on: December 29, 2003, 12:49:56 AM
First question: A
Second question: C
10  General discussions / General Discussion / Your job? on: December 29, 2003, 12:33:36 AM
Technical instructor, adult post-secondary education. Have taught A+, Network+, and various courses in Windows 2000 and NT4.

Occasional pro bono and for profit PC repair and networking side jobs.
11  General discussions / General Discussion / When was your first.... on: December 29, 2003, 12:17:33 AM
1988 - first computer I consistently used at work was a Zenith 248 (286 processor, 1 MB RAM, 20 MB hard drive)

1992 - first computer I owned was a Gateway 486/33 with VLB, 8 MB RAM, 255 MB hard disk running Windows 3.1 atop DOS 5.0

"I got better." (From Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
12  General discussions / General Discussion / Sorry Professionals, Need Recommendation on: December 28, 2003, 11:58:04 PM
Reference XP home edition, and according to Microsoft KB article 302894, you can manually install the backup program by double-clicking on the ntbackup.msi file located on the XP Home CD in the \VALUEADD\MSFT\NTBACKUP folder.

Hope this helps.
13  General discussions / General Discussion / Invalid System Disk! on: August 11, 2003, 10:22:00 PM
Dear Cyberdude:

I suspect a safer approach would have been to try sys c: from your boot floppy, as opposed to starting out with FDISK /MBR.

If you want to give 98 another try,
you can bypass the Scandisk (and probably the Registry check as well) with

setup /is /nr

As far as DOS-based recovery products go, something I bought, but never had to use, was Powerquest's Lost and Found.

Hope this helps.
14  General discussions / General Discussion / Invalid System Disk! on: August 10, 2003, 10:04:47 PM
In the interest of being thorough, and having done and supervised my fair share of 9X installs, here goes:

0. Disable Quick Post, at least until you're sure your RAM is good.

1. In one of your screen shots, you have a user-installed 2.1GB hard drive. Has that always been the case? If there's a mismatch between what the BIOS says the HD parameters are, and what the OS thinks they are, that's one potential cause of the "invalid system disk" message.

1a. Basic boot flow: BIOS is told to go to the hard drive. It finds the Master Boot Record, loads its code, and is directed to find the active partition. Once it's on the active partition, the boot code finds a volume boot record, which it loads and in  turn tries to load IO.SYS. Failure to find or load this file is another source of the "invalid system disk" message.

2. General disk setup includes the physical cabling (power and data), proper CMOS detection, partitioning (with FDISK in your case), setting your primary partition active, rebooting the computer, then formatting the hard drive, then loading the OS. Any missed step leaves you dead in the water.

3. As has been pointed out quite well by others already, most 9X CDs are not bootable, and require a suitable boot floppy with the real-mode CD drivers to make them usable.

Hope this helps.
15  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / Server 2003 / Windows 2003 upgrade disappointment! on: August 03, 2003, 05:10:54 PM
Ahpama wrote:

Here is what my new problem is. My server is a Compaq Proliant 1600 with an embedded Netelligent 10/100 TX NIC. I was able to get the driver from for Windows 2000/2003 and I was able to configure it and browse the net. What I noticed is that microsoft does not have it digitally signed and also when the NIC icon is on my task bar it keeps on blinking from connected to unplugged does im kinda irritated because of the frequent message.

Anybody encountered this one?

Yes, with a student's Proliant 1600, where the integrated NIC would do as you wrote, only it did it on a fresh install of 2000 Server. Life being too short, we installed a suitable replacement NIC and went on from there.

Stuff happens....
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