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Running HP Recovery CD Creator more than once

Icon Written by Grant on May 30, 2012 – 11:08 pm

HP Recovery CD Creator limits you to creating one set of media. Depending on the age and model of the machine there are two different ways to reset this counter and let you run the procedure again.   1: Look for any HPCD.SYS files – commonly in the WINDOWS\SMINST or PROGRAM FILES\SMINST or on the […]



Remote Desktop Connection Management tool

Icon Written by Grant on April 12, 2011 – 5:24 pm

I constantly have a handful of RDP sessions open at all times – whether it’s to one of my dozen internal servers or to one of the servers at each of my most important customers — up until now I have always relied on the “START | RUN | MSTSC /v:ip /admin” to launch the […]

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Using RUNAS for Control Panel-type applets

Icon Written by Grant on March 25, 2011 – 11:16 pm

Often when I am admining a user’s PC after hours I need to run either the System or Computer Properties applets but the user I am logged in as is not a local admin – while I could logout  and log back in as a domain admin it sometimes confuses the user the next day when they come in […]

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Setting SNTP time source

Icon Written by Grant on November 3, 2010 – 12:34 pm

Now that NET TIME /SETSNTP and /QUERYSNTP have nbeen deprecated, newer versions of Windows require complicated w32tm.exe configuration. If you have one particular machine that you need to reference a SNTP server the easiest way is to modify it’s registry. This key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W32Time\Parameters Set the TYPE : NTP Set the NtpServer : oceania.pool.ntp.org,0x9 Restart w32time […]

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Easy App Install + Offline WSUS Updates

Icon Written by Grant on August 30, 2010 – 9:44 am

    Tip 1: Fast app install with ninite.com If you are like me you often have a set of tools you install on every PC.  I have – Adobe Reader, iTunes/QuickTime, CutePDF, RealVNC, Putty, WinSCP, Java…….    Sometimes I install a few PC’s a week and having to download all these apps individually is a […]



Office – Disabling Business Contact Manager in Office 2007

Icon Written by Grant on July 2, 2010 – 1:15 pm

The Aussie OEM MLK Small Business Edition of Office 2007 includes the Business Contact Manager CRM addition to Outlook.  If unwanted I suggest you ununstall BCM and also any SQL Express/MSDE compoents also installed with this product.  If you expect to use BCM in the future and just want to stop it nagging you for […]

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Event ID 5782 – NETLOGON

Icon Written by Grant on May 22, 2010 – 1:09 pm

I accidentally came across a simple solution for this 5782 NETLOGON problem from a client site. In the Network Connection properties page, TCP/IP protocol, the DNS tab of the Advanced TCP/IP Settings, on the DC/DNS machine, check the “Register this connection’s adresses in DNS” and check also “Use this connection’s DNS suffix in DNS registration.