Archive for April, 2006


Friday, April 28th, 2006

Too bad ASU doesn’t have one of these.

OU Admin Training–Thoughts

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I went to some OU training and found a few gems of information I thought I would share.

To see a GUI version of Group Policies being downloaded:

Start\Help and Support\Use Tools to view your computer information and diagnose problems\Advanced System Information\View Group Policy settings applied\ 

Using the netdom utility:

netdom.exe move computer_name / /OU:OU=m.myou.mysubou,OU=m.myou,dc=asurite,dc=ad,dc=asu,dc=edu /UserD:myusername /PasswordD:*

Adding the asterisk at the end of the command will prevent your password from being echoed on the screen…..Oooohh, ahhhhh…..Isn’t that cool?

Force a user to choose between OS’s:

In the boot.ini file change the timeout to “-1” without the quotes.  The default timeout is 30. 

ASU is complaining that departments are using global groups too much and should be using Universal Groups instead.  Apparently using the former causes more network traffic.  Shouldn’t IT, err UTO be more concerned about the compromised PC’s on campus doing warez file shares and hack attempts?  Oh wait I almost forgot what they told me, “We build our applications and systems with security from the beginning, it’s not an afterthought.”  Silly me.
Well anyway, that’s what I learned from my 16 hours of training.

ATI Card

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I’ve had a huge amount of problems installing Linux on my Apple PowerMac G5.  The problem seems to stem from the ATI X800 video card.  ATI is notorious for having poor Linux support, and this is no exception.  The Linux drivers on their website are kernel specific and only for the x86 platform.  I download and tried to install Fedora Core 5, Gentoo, Ubuntu, and Yellow Dog Linux.  All of the distributions had problems from locking up to erroring out.

Windows / Apple updates

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

In the last few weeks, there have been a lot of updates for both Windows and Mac OS’s. 

The Mac OS 10.4.6 client update breaks quite a few AFS features. (Ex. Breaking shares on 10.3.9 server and Apple shares located on the client)