Replacing NICs on an SBS server

This topic comes up from time to time. In times past, the method of choice to replacing a NIC was to use the loopback connector approach, which went something like this: Install the MS Loopback Adapter Uninstall the real NIC, but don’t shutdown. Configure loopback to same IP as real. Don’t forget to check your binding order. When you throw in the loopback you want it at the top of the list. Shutdown, remove original, install new. Install new drivers. Remove loopback. Configure real to original IP Restart. Don’t forget to check your binding order. The new NIC goes at the top when … Continue reading Replacing NICs on an SBS server

Change Office 2007 Default File Extensions using GPO

By default, Office 2007 saves files in the new XML format (.docx, .xlsx,. pptx, etc.). But these new formats cannot be immediately opened by someone running an earlier version of Office. Microsoft does provide an Office 2007 Compatibility Pack which will allow users of Office XP or Office 2003 (but not Office 2000 or earlier) to open, edit and save documents in the new 2007 XML formats Of course, someone who is using the new Office 2007 apps can also select ‘File Save As’ option and save an individual document in an earlier format (97-2003). But, if you are in the midst of converting, training and … Continue reading Change Office 2007 Default File Extensions using GPO

Clearing up Event Id 1030

I was getting lots of Event Id 1030 errors on a workstation — “Windows cannot query for the list of Group Policy objects”. I know I am not the only one to have seen these errors in their event logs. Microsoft CSS posted the following reg edit patch which cleared up the Event 1030 errors on my workstation: Remove Bad Stored Credentials from the Credential Manager: 1. Run Regedit2. Drill down to HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa3. In the right pane locate the disabledomaincreds key4. Change the disabledomaincreds value to 1 to stop store domain credentials.

2006-12-31 "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"

I’ve been negligent in posting a “song of the week” for quite some time. But, with Christmas a day away, I thought it would be a good time to dust off my lyrical brainpower to give everyone some holiday joy. There are so many Christmas songs I could choose from … but what would fit this newsgroup? And then it came to me — Dr. Elmo’s hit song from 1979:   Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer aka: Bill Gates Got Run Over By His Software YouTube version of the song:   Chorus: Bill Gates got run over … Continue reading 2006-12-31 "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer"

Faster Banana Hack

Do you have a Windows Media Center Edition (MCE) PC you bought, but haven’t been able to add it to your SBS domain. Until now, the Banana Hack was the only suggested way of doing it (without reformatting and reloading MCE from scratch). But, if you’re like me, the Banana Hack, for whatever reasons, did not work. Kudos to James Barrett for posting a much easier method of joining MCE’s to a domain, and to Frank McCallister for finding these instructions. I used my BartPE CD to make the changes and it appears to have work as prescribed. Here are the instructions as posted … Continue reading Faster Banana Hack