PDC system drive storage issue

Hi Active Directory System Administrators,

Offlate i faced a strange issue with storage space being eaten away on PDC system drive,
after posting the issue on activedir.org forum.
The issue with PDC system drive storage issue has been resolved.

I had formerly checked with windir, it shows 38gb unknown, as well shadow copies are disabled on both the servers.
The utility TREESIZE caught the culprit.

In fact the “C:\Windows\System32\winevt” had archived “Security” event logs of 300 mb each since 7th Jan 2012, as well other event log files (dns, DS, DFS, ADWS, system, setup, GP, blah blab blab…)
After backing them up those stale events logs i cleared them from the system.

phew!!! what a relief


found that some how in the “Security” event properties were set not to rewrite for some reason.
Although they were not required, i still backed up and cleared those logs and set the security events to overwrite them the oldest first.

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How-To: CTRL + ALT + DEL in Remote Desktop

When you try to reset administrator or any user password on windows server from manage-user/groups it warns that password reset from the mmc console could lead to data loss, instead use Ctrl + Alt + Del and change password.

Well thats easy when you are hooked on to the console physically.
But what about when you are administering the server remotely, i had to figure out how to Ctrl + Alt + Del with RDP.

When working on vmware you can send Ctrl + Alt + Ins, with virtualbox/virtual  there is menu item to send the keystrokes on to the virtual box. Go to the Action menu and select the Ctrl + Alt + Del.

Starting with Ctrl + Alt + (Del / Ins / Home & End) voila Ctrl + Alt + End worked.
Is not it non-intuitive, it worked…

Kill Rogue Malicious Process

Internet Security 201x is a fake antivirus software, displaying lots of fake warning.


If your PC is a victim of such rouge malicious process (yes its not a virus, which remains undetected even with best antivirus security suite).

Then run following command in start–> run

taskkill /F /IM isecurity.exe

follow the syntax and case sensitivity

execute the command few more times to make sure that the process is not running anymore.

Remove these registry entries
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run “Internet Security 201x?

Remove these Internet Security 201x files:
All Users\Application Data\isecurity.exe
All Users\AppData\isecurity.exe

Its now time to install legitimate antivirus.
make a full scan with latest antivirus
make windows update
restart your PC

Moving your OST in Outlook 2007 or 2010

Moving the OST

It’s not to difficult to move the OST from the default location to anywhere you want it

Follow the simple steps (don’t forget to restart Outlook when prompted)…

  1. Go into Tools | Account Settings
  2. [A] On the Data Files tab select the data file for the account
  3. [B] Turn off “Cached mode” on the “advanced” tab
  4. [C] Disable “Offline use” on the “offline folder” settings popup
  5. And then…. you can move the .ost (in Explorer) and reference the new location to have Outlook work with it
  6. When you’ve finished don’t forget to re-enable “Offline use” and turn “Cached mode” back on – otherwise you’ll only be able to work when connected to the remote server

When you have finished this process Outlook may spend a moment re-synchronising your local data with the server, but if you have moved and used a recent OST then the process will be no longer than a normal send/receive.

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Office 2007 crashes on Windows Server 2003 SP2 64 bit, Terminal Server role

When i try to install my install licensed office 2007 STD on our windows
2003 terminal server i get an error. The event viewer shows the event ID 5000:

The description for Event ID ( 5000 ) in Source ( Microsoft Office 12 )
cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry
information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer.
You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see
Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event:
office12setup; {10120000-0f00-0000-0000–0000000ff1ce}; 12.0.4518.1014; x; 2;
x; x; x; NIL; NIL; NIL.

here is the work around http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927476

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Vista and Windows 7

Source/Credit:  here

Here’s how you can deploy Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista remotely:

  1. Download .msu file from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en
  2. Install this by running wusa “blah.msu” /quiet /norestart
  3. Run ocsetup.exe WindowsAdministrationTools to activate windows features
  4. Set these registry keys to activate start menu folder (can be done manually through properties)



For Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7:

  1. Download .msu file from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en
  2. Install this by running wusa “blah.msu” /quiet /norestart
  3. Run dism /online /Get-Features to give a list of all the features
  4. Run dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:RemoteServerAdministrationTools
  5. Then run dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-ServerManager etc. to install the desired features
  6. Set reg keys to activate start menu folder (can be done manually through properties)


Easy Backup, Recovery & Bare Metal Restore

Why Not Use…?

Many excellent solutions such as Acronis and Norton Ghost already exist. However, most backup tools cost money, only save data files (rather than the whole system), or come with restrictive licenses. Many are applications that are designed to run on a specific platform. While there are some open source alternatives, these programs are often far too complex for regular users, and most require knowledge of a command line, or ask too many difficult questions.

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Redo Backup has the most features coupled with the simplest, most user-friendly interface:

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  • Saves and restores Windows and Linux machines
  • Automatically finds local network shares
  • Access your files even if you can’t log in
  • Recover deleted pictures, documents, and other files
  • Internet access with Firefox to download drivers
  • Live CD download size is only about 75MB

How Does it Work?

Most backup and restore programs require your system to be up and running in order to restore. But what if you cannot boot into Windows? What if you have a nasty virus, and you can’t even open Windows to try to restore it back to how it was?

Redo doesn’t need Windows. Download and burn the ISO, place it in your CD-ROM drive, and reboot your machine. The system will load a complete mini operating system with a point-and-click user interface into your computer’s memory, without writing any information to your hard drive. Then you will be able to perform backup, restore and recovery actions—guaranteed—even if you aren’t able to boot into your regular operating system.

Redo Backup and Recovery is a GPLv3 Perl script built with a GTK2+ interface designed in Glade. It is simply a front end to partclone, which performs the actual backup and restore. The live CD is built with xPUD to provide a graphical user interface and unmodified binaries of each program, but the script will run on any Linux platform that has the required programs installed. The Perl source code for the script is contained on the live CD itself. The source code for all other components is available from their respective project homes, subject to their respective licenses.

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