Friday, January 30, 2009

Changing NIC metric to make sure network adapter priortity is in correct order

I wrote about changing the order of network adapters to give wired adapters priority here. But since then, I've found a couple computers that still make the wireless their priority even though you tell it to make the wired the preferred adapter for internet traffic. The solution to that issue is to alter the metric for the wireless adapter. Logically, this shouldn't create a problem as the wireless should only ever be used when the wired is non-operational.

Here is how (in XP):

Start -> Run -> ncpa.cpl

Right click on the wireless adapter -> properties

Internet Protocol -> Properties

Click Advanaced

Uncheck automatic metric and put a value of 50 for the metric. Interestingly, a value of 10 did not work in my test, but 1000 did and so did 50. So I use 50.

Friday, January 23, 2009

removing Sharepoint from an SBS box

Here is a Microsoft article on removing Sharepoint from and SBS box:

This was relevant to me in a certain situation where I was getting tons of STS_Config errors on a box where I had no desire or need for Sharepoint

order to install drivers on Dell machines

Found this small article on Dell's recommended order of installing drivers on their desktops and laptops:

Friday, January 2, 2009

checking hardware problems

On a computer I built, I was getting freezes and the ocassioanl blue screen that gave various memory issues.  My first course of troubleshooting was running memtest86:

After that came up clean, I tried this overclocking testing tool:

That test told me my processor was running so hot that I couldn't complete the test.  After that, I downloaded and ran CoreTemp to continuously check my processor temperature:

In the end, I added an aftermarket heatsink - but I thought it would be worth documenting what I used to troubleshoot what seemed like nonsensical problems.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

You must be a member of the Domain Admins, Schema Admins, and Enterprise Admins" error when you run the Windows Small Business Server 2003 Setup

During a build of Windows 2003 SBS where I was adding replacing an existing server, I got this error:

You must be a member of the Domain Admins, Schema Admins, and Enterprise Admins"

This comes from the fact the SBS server doesn't think it's the holder of the mater roles for the domain.  This knowledgebase article talks about how to address that problem: