Re-installing .NET Framework 1.1 Server 2003

I recently (up until a few minutes ago) had a problem with the .NET Framework that is built-in to Windows Server 2003.  I think the version is 1.1.4322.

What happened was, I wanted to make my other server here that was running WSUS and Sharepoint V.3 into another Domain Controller.  Bad idea.  Anyway long story short, don’t do that.

The reason being is that as many of you may already know, .NET runs under a local system account.  That being said, when a member server is promoted to a domain controller, all local accounts are removed and the .NET framework will obviously stop working.  Yes, I know there are a few work around things that you can do, like creating a weak domain login for .NET Framework, then specifying the account in the Machine.Config and setting the password, but it’s a pain in the butt because folders that .NET needs has to have their permissions reset for the new user, and every time a service pack is installed for that version of .NET, it reinstalls the Machine.config file.  Besides, you shouldn’t be running anything on your domain controller anyway, unless you have no other choice.  So, how did I screw things up?  Let me tell you. Continue reading “Re-installing .NET Framework 1.1 Server 2003”


I found a really cool little utility a while back and I thought I’d share it with everyone.  It’s a powertoy made by microsoft called synctoy.  It’s kind of like the old, “briefcase” we had in windows 98 that was used to keep folders synchronized, but this utility is a little bit more powerful.

I plan on using it for my carputer whenever I get enough money to build it.  I’ll use it with a wireless connection to my network, and use the utility to transfer my music files onto the carputer and to keep the two systems synchronized.

I’m also pretty sure that it can be run with scheduled tasks so that you can sync at certain times of the day without intervention. check it out here:

*edit-  I have confirmed that you can schedule syncs from the help menu inside of synctoy.  The instructions are here: Continue reading “SyncToy”

MS Articles

Good stuff to understand….




Restoring Outlook “Special” Icon on the Desktop

A few of you have written in about the special characteristics of the Outlook icon on the desktop. You’ve noticed that this icon isn’t like the other ones on your desktop and you’re right. This icon actually takes you to the program properties dialog boxes when you right click on them and click the Properties command. Sometimes an errant program can wipe out these special icons. Here’s what you need to do to get them back:

  1. Open the Registry Editor (regedt32) from the Run command.
  2. Navigate to the following Registry key:

    HKEY LOCAL MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Desktop \ NameSpace

  3. Once you’re there, click the Edit menu, point to New and click Key.
  4. Change the name of the key to (make sure you include the curly brackets):


  5. Close the Registry editor and right click on your desktop and click Refresh. You should see the Outlook icon appear on your desktop again.