Posted by: Niko | June 27, 2008


I managed to pass VMware’s VCP exam. Questions were pretty general and quite easy in my opinion. I was prepared to answer trickier and detailed questions.


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Copy following dlls from Exchange setup media or Exchange server and place them in your \Windows\System32 directory.


Files starting with “net” are placed in Exchange server’s \system32 directory and others in \Exchsrvr\bin directory

After you have copied the files run regsvr32 %systemroot%\system32\maildsmx.dll in the command prompt. Note that you need administrative rights so you need to start cmd.exe with “Run as administrator” selection.

After upgrading Windows Vista Business to Enterprise you can find two hidden directories which contains files by the upgrade. These folders are safe to delete if you have not lost any files in the upgrade process.

Windows’ Disk Cleanup tool can also remove this folders and files if you check the “Files discarded by Windows upgrade”check box.

Consider also downloading the CCleaner from which will go beyond Windows’ disk cleanup tool.

Posted by: Niko | December 4, 2007

How to run Windows 2003 AdminPak in Vista

Windows 2003 AdminPak insn’t supported in Vista but it is possible to make it running with few tricks.

Create a reg_admpak.cmd file with following content and place it for example on your desktop.

@echo off

set filelist=adprop.dll azroles.dll azroleui.dll ccfg95.dll
set filelist=%filelist% certadm.dll certmmc.dll certpdef.dll certtmpl.dll
set filelist=%filelist% certxds.dll cladmwiz.dll clcfgsrv.dll clnetrex.dll
set filelist=%filelist% cluadmex.dll cluadmmc.dll cmproxy.dll cmroute.dll
set filelist=%filelist% cmutoa.dll cnet16.dll debugex.dll dfscore.dll
set filelist=%filelist% dfsgui.dll dhcpsnap.dll dnsmgr.dll domadmin.dll
set filelist=%filelist% dsadmin.dll dsuiwiz.dll imadmui.dll lrwizdll.dll
set filelist=%filelist% mprsnap.dll msclus.dll mstsmhst.dll mstsmmc.dll
set filelist=%filelist% nntpadm.dll nntpapi.dll nntpsnap.dll ntdsbsrv.dll
set filelist=%filelist% ntfrsapi.dll rasuser.dll rigpsnap.dll rsadmin.dll
set filelist=%filelist% rscommon.dll rsconn.dll rsengps.dll rsjob.dll
set filelist=%filelist% rsservps.dll rsshell.dll rssubps.dll rtrfiltr.dll
set filelist=%filelist% schmmgmt.dll tapisnap.dll tsuserex.dll vsstskex.dll
set filelist=%filelist% w95inf16.dll w95inf32.dll winsevnt.dll winsmon.dll
set filelist=%filelist% winsrpc.dll winssnap.dll ws03res.dll

for %%i in (%filelist%) do (
echo Registering %%i …
regsvr32 /s %%i

Echo Command Completed

Execute the file with adminstrator rights (hold shift and right click) and wait.

Next you need to make some changes to the Vista’s User Account Control (UAC) because Vista doesn’t provide the option that allows you run AdminPak’s consoles with domain account’s credentials. In Vista, the “Run as administrator” selection runs applications with local administrator rights.

I really hope your personal user account do not have administrative rights for your domain . System adminstrators should always have at least two user accounts: the basic user account for normal work tasks and the admin account for the administrative tasks.

Make the following change to the local security policy and Vista will prompt the credentials like in Windows XP:

Run Group Policy Object Editor (gpedit.msc) and browse for the “Local Computer Policy – Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security Settings – Local Policies – Security Options” branch. Find the “User Account Control: Behavior of the elevation prompt for administrators in Admin Approval Mode” policy and change the value to “Prompt for credentials”.

Posted by: Niko | November 23, 2007

WSUS 3.0 fails to download some of the updates

Sometimes our WSUS failed to download certain updates. Lately the Malicious Software Removal tools and Outlook junk mail filters have been very problematic. The problem is somehow related to the BITS and its download mode. Solution for the problem is to download WSUS Debug Tool and set the download to the foreground mode.

Download the wsusdebug tool:

Run command: wsusdebugtool /tool:setforegrounddownload

Just simply run command DWRCS.EXE -remove at the console

For the For the NT Utilities Client Agent Service the command is: DNTUS26.EXE  -remove

The NSA has always been intimately involved in U.S. cryptography — it is, after all, expert in making and breaking secret codes. So the agency’s participation in the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) standard is not sinister in itself. It’s only when you look under the hood at the NSA’s contribution that questions arise…

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Posted by: Niko | November 16, 2007

Build a Hackintosh Mac for Under $800

If the high price tag for Apple hardware has kept you from buying a Mac but you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get adventurous, you can build your own “Hackintosh”
—a PC that runs a patched version of OS X Leopard. Today, I’ll show you how to build your own high end computer running Leopard from start to finish for under $800.

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Posted by: Niko | November 16, 2007

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixes Critical Windows Bug

The November security updates fix the so-called URI problem, a critical Windows bug that has been exploited by online criminals.

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