Windows 2003 – Unhide Those Settings
Have you ever been a situation where you cannot find settings that you know should be visible? I call this the ‘Monday morning disease’. Why this strange epithet? Well my training courses usually start on Monday, so every week I get a fresh installation. Each Monday I must remember to set: SHOW ALL FILES otherwise I have a fright that BOOT.INI is missing or I get egg on my face when I try and demonstrate the Default User folder under Documents and Settings. So here is a list of other hidden settings:
View All Those Settings – Show All
Explorer – Tools, Folder Options, View, SHOW ALL Files
I also like to remove the tick next to ‘Hide Protected Operating System Files’
System Icon – Hardware, Device Manager, View, Show Hidden Devices.
DNS (Select the Server Object), View, Advanced.
Active Directory Users and Computer – View, Advanced Features.
a) You get an extra tab called ‘Object’. This is one of the best ways of discovering which OU a user is a member of.
b) What this shows you is the ‘Lost and Found’ folder for orphaned users.
c) If you have Exchange 2000, this ‘Advanced Features’ also shows you one more tab on the user properties: Exchange Advanced.
Talking of Exchange, I also have a Registry Hack so that you can add the Security Tab in the Exchange System Manager.
SolarWinds have produced three Active Directory add-ons. These free utilities have been approved by Microsoft, and will help to manage your domain by:
- Seeking and zapping unwanted user accounts.
- Finding inactive computers.
- Bulk-importing new users. Give this AD utility a try, it’s free!
Tricky Settings to find
Global Catalog: AD Sites, Default-First-N…, Servers, (Name), NTDS, Properties, Global Catalog.
DHCP Proxy: Routing and RAS, Server, IP Routing, General, right-click, New Routing Protocol.
Users connected to a server: Computer Management, System Tools, Shared Folders, Sessions.
Network Monitor and SMTP Protocol, Add Remove Programs, Add Remove Windows Components, Management and Monitoring Tools.
In Active Directory Users and Computers, select View (menu) and Add/Remove Columns… Experiment with different columns such as Display Name.
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