Configuring Windows 2003 DHCP for PXE Clients
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Boot from VHD is Wicked Awesome

Boot from VHD is a great technology that enables you to host multiple self-contained operating systems on a single hard drive. Similar to dual-booting, but you don’t have to worry about installing applications over each other or overwriting program file updates because your secondary OS is fully contained within a single virtual hard disk file. … [ Continue reading ]

Exchange 2010 Messages Stuck in Retry status in "MapiDeliveryQueue"
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Exchange 2010 Messages Stuck in Retry status in “MapiDeliveryQueue”

In case your Exchange admin life wasn’t difficult enough, you can always have this problem, manifested with the following symptoms:

  • Mail delivery hung
  • Messages stuck in local delivery “MapiDeliveryQueue” with a status of “Retry”

Classic tactics such as restarting the server or right-clicking the queue and selecting “Retry” have no effect.… [ Continue reading ]

Configuring Windows 2003 DHCP for PXE Clients
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How to Join Windows XP Media Center to a Domain

During an SBS deployment, I ran into a few machines at my customer’s site that were running Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE). As most of you know, the only machines that are technically eligible to join a Windows domain are “Business” class operating systems, such as Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Enterprise (although not technically “business” class, Windows Vista/7 Ultimate Editions are also able to join domains, since they’re supposed to be everything-but-the-kitchen-sink editions).… [ Continue reading ]

More MD3000i Trickery!
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Fun with PIX, Part Deux : PIX Password Recovery

After getting my PIX to boot in my previous post, I decided to run through the password recovery procedures.

Requirements

  • PIX recovery images (available from either the Cisco site individually or here in one ZIP file)
  • PIX firewall software version
  • TFTP server software (I used the TFTP server included in the PacketTrap pt360 Suite in this exercise)
  • Terminal Emulator (I typically use PuTTY)

Steps

  1. Connect Ethernet 0 on the PIX to your local LAN.
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