How to create a local admins group using AD, GPO, VBS in a Microsoft Windows domain

In a Microsoft Windows server domain, in this case a Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2003 Enterprise and Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server mixed mode environment, there was a need to create a local administrators group, add members to that group, and give those users administrator access to either workstations or servers.  Using a Group Policy Object (GPO),…

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Remove Windows 200x Domain Controller from AD in DSRMode

While in DS restore mode open up regedit and navigate to khey_local_machine/system/currentcontrolset/control/productoptions. Change the product type from lanmannt to servernt. Reboot into windows normally. The machine now thinks it’s a member server. Disjoin from the domain, reboot, and do a DC Promo up to a dummy domain. Make sure it’s pointed to itself for DNS resolution, it will aks you…

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Enable Multiple Remote Desktops in XP & MCE 2005 Simplified

Simplified (Tested Successfully) Note: Use Google to find the file. termsrv.dll – 215,552 bytes 5.1.2600.2055 (xpsp_sp2_beta1.031215-1745) Backup original termsrv.dll by renaming c:\windows\system32\dllcache\termsrv.dll to termsrv.dll.bak Copy termsrv.dll to c:\windows\system32\dllcache Copy termsrv.dll to c:\windows\system32\ Open Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 and add the following dword values: Note: MaxInstanceCount can be adjusted to fit individual requirements. Reboot

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Enable Multiple Remote Desktops in XP & MCE 2005 Full

Restart your computer in Safe Mode Turn off/disable Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) and Terminal Services Right click My Computer and click Properties Click on the Remote tab at the top of the window UNCHECK the box next to, “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer“ Click OK Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services Find…

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Video Card Drivers not compatible with MCE 2005

After building a Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 computer, it is quickly discovered that the video card does not have any compatible drivers.  The next obvious option is to use regular Microsoft Windows XP drivers.  Once installed, one may encounter serious incompatibility issues as it relates to DirectX 9 and Microsoft Windows Media Center 2005 will only operate in “safe…

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Video Card Drivers not compatible with MCE 2005 #2

If the video card driver is outdated and no longer supported by the manufacturer, the following website offers tweaked drivers for gamers and enhusiasts. One such driver updated a 2001 driver to a modified 6/2006 driver and MCE 2005 functioned as it should. http://www.tweakforce.com Go to the downloads section.

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