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  1. Cheers. I had half suspected that this might be the case - now I can go ahead and do this without fear that I might be neglecting a more elegant or proper solution.
  2. I have a client who is having difficulty setting up a Remote Desktop server in their domain. They have added a number of users to the Remote Desktop Users in Active Directory, but their Remote Desktop server is not respecting this, and is instead only allowing users from the local group to have access. It is possible to add users to this group (either manually using Local Users and Groups, or by selecting users in the Remote Access configuration screen), but this is a workaround rather than a fix. I've tried adding the group DOMAIN\Remote Desktop Users to the SERVER\Remote Desktop Users but this doesn't work as that group simply doesn't appear in the list. I can't see ay relevant group policy settings, and as far as I remember there shouldn't be any need to modify Group Policy anyway. I get the feeling that this is a really simple thing, but I can't figure it out at all.
  3. We have a server running Server 2003 32-bit which is causing us problems. Having recovered the system from a serious crash last week, we now notice that it is only running at 10 MB/s. It is connected to a 100MB/s switch, which as far as we can tell is working correctly. The card is a Broadcom Gigabit Extreme card (not sure of chipset off-hand) We have tried the following: * Changing the speed manually from 'Auto' to '100MB Full Duplex' and '100MB Half-duplex'. This causes windows to think the network cable is disconnected. * Updating the drivers * Changing the cable (it's never the cable) * Disabling the primary Broadcom NIC and enabling the secondary (identical) NIC None of these have worked. There is a third on-board NIC - an Intel 100MB device. We have tried enabling this in the BIOS and using this, but this is also restricted to 10MB/s. Setting it to 100MB/s manually causes the same problem. This is fairly obviously a problem with either the switch or Windows itself. I can't make any changes to the switch at the moment as there are other servers connected to it and I don't want to disrupt access to those servers. Is there anything else within Windows that we can try to fix this?
  4. I've been using Excel 2010 at home to copy and paste some charts from Excel to Word. Now I'm at work, using Excel 2007, and it is giving me all kinds of grief. I have a load of data in a pivot table with a pivot chart linked to it. What I have been doing is changing the filters on the chart, copying the resulting chart and pasting it into Word. Each chart is pasted as a Graphic Object so that I can adjust the formatting from within Word. This is the right thing to happen. However, when I try the same thing in Office 2007, the charts in the Word document change every time I change the filtering on the Excel chart, so I end up with the same chart on every page, which is rubbish. Strangely, it remembers the formatting and title but changes the data and the legend titles. How do I make this work properly in Excel 2007? I've tried pasting as a picture, but that leaves me with no way to reformat the chart once it's in Word. I don't really want to have to do this work at home, but I might have to if 2007 continues to be a b***h.
  5. Is it possible to force automatic updates to install in the background when an administrator is logged on locally? At the moment, it is configured to download and install updates on a schedule using WSUS 3.0.6 on Windows Server 2003. When a non-administrator is logged on, the updates download and install in the background, but when an administrator is logged on it is not automatic - the shield icon appears and prompts the user to start the update process. Unfortunately, I can't rely on the users to initiate the update process themselves, and as every domain user is a local administrator (don't ask, software issues) this means that updates are downloaded but never installed. Ideally, automatic updates would behave in the same way for administrators as non-administrators (ie. they download and install in the background and automatically at shutdown), but I can't find a setting for this in the group policy. Anyone have any ideas?
  6. Thanks. That's how I would expect it to work, but it's always worth checking (especially with Windows)
  7. A quick and easy question about computer accounts in Active Directory: If I reinstall Windows on a group of computers (resetting all the SIDs on the machines), then reset the computer accounts in Active Directory, can the computers then rejoin the domain under the same name?
  8. Is it possible to entirely remove the 'New Shortcut' item from the File > New menu in windows explorer? If so, is it then possible to associate this change with a mandatory user profile? Ideally, I would like to remove everything from the New menu except New Folder, but removing the shortcut entry would be very useful. EDIT: I've removed the ShellNew entry from HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT/.lnk but all this does is prevent the wizard from appearing, it doesn't actually remove the link.
  9. Update: After reading around, I moved the AddScheduledTask.bat file from its original path to the GPO folder. I've also checked gpresult and the GPO has been applied to the computer, but still no sign of the scheduled tasks...
  10. Is there some trick to creating startup scripts that I have missed? Mine is not working and I can't figure it out. I've created a script to add a scheduled task which shuts down the machine at the end of the day. In total I have three batch files: AddScheduledTask.bat, shutdown1.bat and shutdown2.bat AddScheduledTask.bat @echo off schtasks /create /tn "5pmshutdown" /tr "\\server\netlogon\shutdown\shutdown1.bat" /sc once /st 16:45:00 /sd %date% /ru "System" schtasks /create /tn "9pmshutdown" /tr "\\server\netlogon\shutdown\shutdown2.bat" /sc once /st 21:25:00 /sd %date% /ru "System" shutdown1.bat @echo off \\server\netlogon\shutdown\psshutdown.exe -c -f -k -t 900 -m "The computer will shut down in 15 minutes. Please save your work and log off, or press cancel to abort the shutdown." shutdown2.bat @echo off \\server\netlogon\shutdown\psshutdown.exe -f -k -t 300 -m "The computer will shut down in 5 minutes. Please save your work and log off. This shutdown cannot be aborted." The scripts are saved in \\server\NETLOGON\shutdown. I've created a GPO and added the AddScheduledTask.bat script to the startup scripts for that GPO. I've then linked the GPO to a test OU within active directory. I've checked the share permissions for the NETLOGON share and the computer account has the correct privileges to be able to access it. Beyond this, I don't know what else to try. Am I missing something?
  11. never mind, sorted now. I was being silly and looking at the wrong domain... thingy.
  12. Weird problem with file security in Windows Server 2003/Windows XP domain: When a particular user attempts to delete files from a particular folder tries to delete a file from that folder, she gets the message 'access denied'. I have checked the security settings and it all looks correct - the user has full control over the folder and its contents, as does the group 'Users', of which she is a member. The other entries are the standard entries for administrator and the administrators group. There are no rules denying access to any user or group, and the 'effective permissions' window shows the user as being able to delete files. As far as I can tell, there should be nothing preventing the user from being able to delete. I have asked the user to log off, made sure no other users are using the files, and attempted to log on as the user from another machine, all with no success. Does anyone have any ideas about this?
  13. We've had several laptops at work fail over the last few days, all with the same problem and I can't figure out how to fix them. At first they fail at loading windows - the windows xp loading screen appears, then disappears as if windows proper is about to start, then a brief blue screen, then reboot. the blue screen says that one of the registry hives is corrupt - usually either System or Software. I've followed the instructions on KB307545 (all of part one at least) but it still fails. The blue screen no longer shows up, but the machine just freezes at the point where it should go to windows proper (booting in safe mode, it stops at Mup.sys and gets no further). Before fixing the registry as above, I ran CHKDSK from recovery console, which found and corrected one error. It would be possible to reinstall windows, but preferable to be able to repair it as this is happening on several machines now.
  14. I'm not sure what you mean by 'reloading'. It is permanently set at I: so restarting the machine doesn't make a difference, so presumably you meant I should reinstall windows? That would be a major headache, to be honest, so I'd be interested to hear the 'possible' options
  15. Hi all For some reason, this new computer I built has the drive letters all wrong. My main drive, which should be C:, is in fact I:. This hasn't caused too many problems so far, as windows is quite happy to accept I: as its drive, but it causes problems on the network for various reasons. Unfortunately, disk management won't let me simply change the drive letter, and the registry fix I tried ( just killed the machine. I had hoped it would be possible to use recovery console to do it, but I can't find any useful instructions on that. I get the feeling it should be possible, but I'm not sure how. Any ideas?