Slow boots and chkdsk errors, bad hard drives that the hardware raid thinks is ok

I had a call a month ago on a Tuesday night about a server that would not reboot. It kept popping up errors and wanted to run chkdsk. It appeared to finally come up and the person who called went home. I tried to remote in to the server and it would not answer. I knew I would have a morning visit. I appeared the next morning and I tried every variation of chkdsk I could come up with. That could be a humorous comment as I know of /f and /r. I called Microsoft tech support and we booted … Continue reading Slow boots and chkdsk errors, bad hard drives that the hardware raid thinks is ok

Lowest user permissions, folder redirection and applications that do not run because of a weird profile

I have a goal sometimes of lowest user privileges. Not often enough though. End users have a much harder time installing junk programs if they are not a local administrator. Drive by malware may have a harder time getting installed. My newsgroup buddies JeffM and SusanB have given me clues and tools to work on making users workstation users. As you may know too many vendors say “make the user an administrator” so their application can work. You can use tools like filemon and regmon to see what is really going on when you run an application. Those two tools … Continue reading Lowest user permissions, folder redirection and applications that do not run because of a weird profile