Network Location Awareness Service

Often I am asked about how slow link detection on Windows Vista through to Windows 8, differs Windows XP when relating to Group Policies.  First some background.  When Windows XP attempts to download its Group Policies, it performs a slow link test, which consists of a series to ICMP pings to find out how the…

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Event ID: 12294 Woes

I came across this great error today at a customer site: Event Type: ErrorEvent Source: SAMEvent Category: NoneEvent ID: 12294Date: 3/3/2003Time: 9:42:55 AMUser: (USERNAME)Computer: (COMPUTERNAME)Description:The SAM database was unable to lockout the account of ? due to a resource error, such as a hard disk write failure (the specific error code is in the error…

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UserAccountControl flags

I was messing today with a small script to read the UserAccountControl flags of an Active Directory domain’s user account base, and was tryng to find the correct values that are present there.  I ultimately stumbled upon a KB article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/305144 which is brilliant.. The key info that I needed was below so I thought…

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WSUSScn2.CAB Manual download location

When using MBSA in an offline mode, it is sometimes required to download the catalogue file manually (due to firewall restricitions on some PCs etc) The below link will enable you to download it. I hope you will find this useful as I can never remember where this bad boy is 🙂   http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=76054

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Group Policy Client Side Extension List

So I was on a customer site, troubleshooting a Group policy Client Side extension issue and could not quite figure out all of the Client side extensions that were in use just by GUID.  I was reviewing the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\GPExtensions and there were loads of extensions that was unsure about what they were. …

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Userenvlog for Windows Vista/2008/Win7

If  you like the userenvlog from Windows XP, you may want to know how to get more information from the GPSVR service in Windows 2008/Visa/Win 7.  If so then try this: How to enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file To enable logging in the Gpsvc.log file, follow these steps. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then…

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ADPREP Challenges

I had an interesting challenge last month and figured that this is a great one for my blog.   Being based in England, I had never come across this issue before so it was very interesting.   I arrived on a customer site to help perform a Windows Server 2008 schema update and make sure that all…

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Registry.pol fun

Hi all,     This month, I ran into an interesting challenge to do with group policies.  Specifically, I was trying to figure out why a client was not getting a specific setting.   While it is was the Group Policy Object (GPO) and it the version of the GPT.ini in SYSVOL was in sync, the client…

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GPMC Error

Hi All,           I have been working on some servers recently with my good friend Mohnish and we came across an interesting error with the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) Service Pack 1 (specifically).  It seems that every time the administrator tries to click on the settings tab of ANY Group Policy Object (GPO), we…


Playing with NAP

Hi all,       I have been playing with Network Access Protection (NAP) recently and have a few pointers that may help you all out 🙂 Event ID 204 on the NAP server is raised when clients do not meet policy requirements Event ID 201 on NAP server is raised when clients do not meet the…