Thursday, December 31, 2009

Supporting Technology with Technology.: Enable 24 bit color in RDP for XP or 2003 Server

Supporting Technology with Technology.: Enable 24 bit color in RDP for XP or 2003 Server

The default maximum color depth for rdp connections to windows 2003 server terminal servers or to windows XP desktops is 16 bits. Although in the drop down in the options sections of the rdp connection program there is true color 24 bit shown as one of the selection options, the connection is never made at 16 bits. That's because the remote XP desktop or windows 2003 server has a default limit of 16 bits. To connect with true color 24 bit rdp a change o nthe remote computer has to be made using group policy editor. This can be done for a whole domain by linking the the policy to a domain OU or per computer by using the local group policy editor. The images show how to change the the pre-defined default color limit on XP or windows 2003 server limits the color depth of RDP connections made to the the systems to a 16 bit maximum. How to configure the "server side" of remote desktop to accept connections at 24-bit true color. Windows 7, Vista, and server 2008 already allow higher that 24 bit color by default.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

What happened to dsa.msc in 2008 windows server.

What happened to dsa.msc on windows 2008 server?

A simple yet effective tool for admins and other tech support specialists that often had to access AD users and computers on the fly. Simply running this command on a windows 2003 member server would open the domain users and computers and allow changes and addition provided the user account with which it was run had sufficient access privileges.

In windows 2008 server this handy little feature is just that, a feature, and needs to be added separately. The image in this post shows which options to select to add the functionality back into the member server. If you used the command a lot then it's worth the several minutes to add it. It could wind up saving you server and user administration time in the long run and it doesn't require a restart. Just install and go.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dell SAS 6/iR RAID Controller

Dell SAS6/iR Integrated SAS Controller Card Storage controller (RAID)- Serial ATA-300 / SAS- 300 MBps

This RAID controller card does not support RAID 5 or RAID 10. In fact it doesn't support any RAID configuration except for RAID 1 and RAID 0, that's it. It's a Plug-in card that's PCI Express x8 with 2 CH for PC and Unix. The Dell SAS6/iR integrated SAS controller card is designed to connect internal physical hard drives in workstations and servers. It's entry level and comes standard in the dell Poweredge r610 server. The SAS6/iR utilizes high performance SAS 3 Gbps technology to connect to the all the physical internal hard drives. It supports two internal x4 SAS connectors, each containing four ports for a total bandwidth of 12 Gbps, per connector. This card also supports for RAID levels 0 and 1 but not any RAID levels that are higher. It features integrated ARM I/O processor for processing all RAID 0 and RAID 1 operations. Up to 10 physical disks are supported by the integrated striping the SAS6/iR provides. The controller is incorporated with global hot spare feature, it can support a maximum of 2 global hot spares one for each virtual disk.

Dell Storage Controllers

Desktop and server remote access support software

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Consolidated HMC 4.5 Server List

Consolidated HMC 4.5 Server List

Microsoft's Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 4.5 platform can be run in a consolidated fashion. Although there's no "official" document that outlines or details the steps involved to detract from the normal deployment. There is an unofficial guide to the HMC 4.0 deployment and that can be used as a basic deployment guide. Although there are differences between the two versions of the deployment and the references in the unofficial deployment document to the Microsoft TechNet doc are all broken, it can give you an outline of deployment.

I have to say that after using this method and indeed after taking making shortcuts to achieve a functioning hosted messaging system, it worked. The collaboration deployment I did not complete. It was required. I deployed only the exchange environment and this is working fine, including outlook anywhere and outlook web access . I'm using the sample provisioning tool and did encounter one awful message when deploying mailboxes for one of the organizations. I was able to create new accounts for the organization but cannot add mailboxes to new accounts. If a mailbox is removed for one of the existing users it cannot be re-added either. Other organization in the hosted environment are not having this problem.

Here's my consolidated server list for HMC 4.5 (10 servers,messaging only).


There's no clustering of Exchange servers nor the SQL servers. Microsoft's Plan is much better than this. This is a watered down version as it is a consolidated incarnation of a well planned, thorough and developed solution from Microsoft. In addition, I am relying on the redundancy and failover achieved from the fact I am running all servers on a virtual platform.

Image below is from Microsoft's Deployement Walkthrough > Architecture

Sunday, January 04, 2009

How to Uninstall Remove ePO Agent

How to remove the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator Agent (EPO agent)

Uninstalling the ePO Agent v3 (Shield icon in system tray)
Open a command prompt and fo to the following product installation location:
C:\Program files\Network Associates\Common Framework\
Ten Run the followign command
FrmInst.exe /Remove=Agent

Other options include:
frminst /remove=agent
frminst /remove=updater
frminst /forceuninstall

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