Microsoft Windows 2000 Domain to Windows 2003 Upgrade Procedure

Prepared by Ian Matthews August 18, 2003, last updated Sept 20, 2003 Several glossy Microsoft presenters have stated that all you need to do to complete a Windows 2003 Domain upgrade is run ADPREP and then upgrade away.  This may work for very small / simple environments but it is definitely not good advice for most companies.  After upgrading five servers in two unrelated domains and installing many fresh copies of 2003 I can say…

How to Stop Programs (like Google Update) From Starting Automatically

UPDATE: SEPT 20, 2019 – We have a refreshed version of this article available: How To Control What is Starting Up Automatically In Windows We have a related article: Control What Programs Are Starting Up Automatically Using New Free Program From Microsoft Prepared by Ian Matthews June 6, 2010, updated August 28 2010 If you have ever wasted hours trying to figure out how those clever “people” at Google managed to have GoogleUpdate.exe automatically startup…

How to Inject Drivers into Windows PE 3.0 .WIM in 5 Minutes (or into a Windows 7 or 2008 R2 Image)

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 23, 2010 – Last Updated May 10, 2011 MARCH 2014 SEE: https://www.urtech.ca/2014/03/solved-how-to-add-drivers-in-wds-windows-deployment-services/  This is the followup to how to add drivers to a Windows PE 2.0 (Vista) .WIM file.  Today I needed to add a network driver to a Windows 7 PE 3.0 Boot Image I had in my Windows Deplopyement Services (WDS) 2008 Server.  After two hours of banging though half baked explainations a blogs I figured out the…

How to Troubleshoot SVCHOST.EXE 100% CPU Usage Problems

By Ian Matthews December 10, 2007 If you have noticed that your Windows 2000, XP or Vista PC is running slowly and that SVCHOST.EXE is taking 100% of your single core CPU system (or 50% of your dual core CPU system), this is the article for you! SVCHOST.EXE is a generic “host” or holder of services which run from .DLL’s.  Basically .DLL’s are small programs that other programs use, as opposed to .EXE programs which…

How to Create a Bootable Windows CD after Slip Streaming a Service Pack

written by Ian Matthews June 3, 2005 There are many articles which reference slip streaming and many of them provide the basic instruction.  However, most of them do not tell you how to make the resulting Windows + SP CD bootable; the process below will: copy the entire Windows CD to a folder on your PC (i.e. c:\origdisk )   extract the contents of the service pack to a different folder (i.e. c:\spack (see below…

30 Minutes of Search Engine Optimization

By Ian Matthews November 16, 2008, updated August 28, 2010 I am regularly asked by clients how to optimize their web site.  The first thing to know is that, with few exceptions, Google is the only engine you need to optimize for.  Today, all of the other engines will follow their lead.  Below are some of the critical search engine optimization “rules”. The first rule of Search Engine Optimization is that you cannot be indexed/ranked…

What is RAID 10, 0, 1, 5 and 6?

This document is reprinted from “Intel:Build a Real Server” section of a Microsoft “How To Technology Fair” handout dated Aug 2000. Updated by Ian Matthews of Up & Running Technologies on August 28 2010 to include RAID 6. We also have a very simple explanation of SAN, NAS, DAS, iSCSI, FiberChannel updated in November 2016 Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. The term was coined in 1988…

Invisible File Extensions in Windows

Invisible file extensions on Windows By Floydman, Bachelor in Computer Sciences [email protected] [email protected] May 7th, 2001 You can distribute this document freely, as long as no changes are made to the file, or as long as credit for it is not pretended by someone else. All comments and suggestions about the material presented here should be directed at [email protected] If future versions of this document include add-ons coming from other people than me, then proper…

How To Renew a Terminal Server / Remote Desktop SSL Certificate

CREATE A NEW CERTIFICATE REQUEST: Launch IIS Manager and click the SERVER name (not the websites or virtual directories) In the IIS section, click SERVER CERTIFICATES (if you don’t see this, you are likely not at the server level, go click on the server name at the top of the IIS Manager CONNECTIONS tree) Click CREATE CERTIFICATE REQUEST and complete the form. Note that the only things that really counts is the certificate name (like tsg.commodore.ca)…

Windows Server 2008 SKUs, Part Numbers, and Prices

Microsoft has been VERY slow to get part numbers, sku’s and pricing to market on Server 08. I have collected the following list from many retail and wholesale sources. WINDOWS SERVER 2008 STANDARD EDITION RETAIL w/10CAL = P73-03882 $1125 RETAIL w/5CAL = P73-03883 $950 OEM w/5CAL P73-04001 $750 Open License w/0 CAL’s P73-00499 $1400 Academic w/5 CAL’s P73-03881 = $500 WebServer -Unlimited CALS – LWA-00078 = $400 CLIENT ACCESS LICENCES (CALS) OEM – 5 User…