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Netdiag Failed (DNS test, Redir and Browser test, DC list test, Kerberos test)

by on May.27, 2011, under Microsoft

Although Windows Server 2003 has been with us a while I can across this issue recently. This only because most of the 2003 domain controller installations I had seen were 32bit. But recently I found a domain that had a mixture of 32bit and 64bit domain controllers.

You run netdiag on your Windows 2003 64bit domain controller and get many failures like the ones bellow:

DNS test . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Failed
[FATAL] Could not open file C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\netlogon.dns for reading.
[FATAL] No DNS servers have the DNS records for this DC registered.

Redir and Browser test . . . . . . : Failed
List of NetBt transports currently bound to the Redir

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Arduino controlled dishwasher

by on May.26, 2011, under Arduino

Another good application of Arduino. Arduino controlled dishwasher

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IIS Admin service would not start with error -2146893809

by on May.25, 2011, under IIS, Microsoft

In the event viewer you should see error with Event ID 7024.
The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error %%-2146893809.

Here is a possible fix. For the service to start it needs RSA MachineKey and access to it. The Key is stored in C:\Users\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys(for Server 2008)  you should see some files in that location with the size of 2 or 3 Kbytes. Look for the file name that starts with ‘C23’. This is the key that is used by Microsoft Internet Information Server. Check the permissions on that key and make sure that ‘System’ and ‘Administrators’ have full control on this key. Once the permissions are set try starting IIS Admin service.

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How to point a client to different domain controller

by on May.16, 2011, under Microsoft

Here is a useful command that I’ve discovered.
Imagine a situation where you have a domain called domain.local with multiple domain controllers DC0, DC1 etc.
For some reason some clients are not working as expected or working slower. In my case it was when I tried to run gpresult /r on some clients it was taking ages to provide full details. To find out if any of the domain controllers is having problems I wanted quickly to change the domain controller that the affected client is using.
Back in the day when Windows NT 4 ruled the world there was a command called setprfdc (set preferred domain controller) nltest does something similar.

So first I wanted to find out what DC the client is using. Now there are many different ways but here is a command that I’ve used:
nltest /dsgetdc:domain.local
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dns.exe high memory usage in Server 2008 R2

by on May.11, 2011, under Microsoft

Here is an interesting problem with DNS service. I have a new domain with domain controller running Server 2008 R2. I’ve noticed that the server is using more memory than expected. The DNS service is using 605MB of RAM which way too much.

I’ve checked on the other domain which have Server 2003 R2 domain controller and DNS service on these domain contoller are using ~20MB. (continue reading…)

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LED stair lighting based on Arduino, Part 6

by on May.01, 2011, under Arduino

This project has been frozen for some time but I’ve picked it up again, not much progress has been done mainly because I don’t have the electronic components. Buying them in Ireland is a bit expensive so I mainly use Ebay to get them form UK or Asia. The problem with Ebay is that it takes time for the components to arrive.
Anyway I’ve been playing around with shift register 74HC595 as I’ve ran out of digital PWM pins on my arduino. By using only 3 digital pins and 74HC595 I can control 8 LEDs but it is also possible to add more 74HC595 and that means more LEDs without using more digital outputs.
The problem is that  for my application 74HC595 is not suitable as it does not support PWM. It is possible to make LEDs fade using code but I did not like the results that I was getting.

The solution is to use TLC5940 which supports PWM. So back to the drawing board

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