Desktop Wireless problem with Windows Vista

17 July, 2010 (08:40) | Computer | 319 comments

Yesterday I equipped my desktop workstation with a TP-Link wireless adapter, started to use wireless network connection on desktop to get rid of the ACL Control, it’s working fine for a whole day, but after I rebooted the machine this morning, something strange happened, the window require for smart badge PIN to get the smart badge certificate authentication never pop up again when I click the notification windows, after I delete the company SSID wireless profile and manually create a new profile, it’s working again, but after reboot, everything changed back. I tried to update the wireless driver but with empty handed, FINALLY I found how stupid Windows Vista it is! Here is the thing,

When I manually setup a no-broadcasting SSID wireless profile with smart badge certificate authentication, I leave “Cache user information for subsequent…” option’s checkbox blank.

but after the reboot, Windows Vista’s self-assertion kill it, it enables that option without any user’s attention. OK, found the root cause, I un-checked the checkbox and reboot again, everything is working back on track and that option seems not to be checked once again after the reboot if we manually un-check it once, wish this will be a little helpful for all you guys.

To install Exchange 2003 Management Console on Vista

25 June, 2010 (13:36) | Computer | 14869 comments

After we deploy Windows Vista in Company environment, the Exchange Management Console installation failed, it bombs out with an error that the IIS admin console is not installed but it actually does, I’ve finally Google a solution for getting exchange tools to work in Vista with Outlook installed in both MMC and stand alone ESM. Here are the steps.

NOTE: You cannot install ExchangeMapiCdo.MSI with MS outlook installed and you cant install ESMVista with out ExchangeMapiCdo.MSI installed. Hence you have to uninstall outlook component first:

1) Go into Control Panel
2) Select Programs and Features
3) Select MS Office and click the “Change” Button located at the top right.
4) Choose add or remove features and click next.
5) Click the drop down menu next to Outlook and choose “Not Availible”
6) Once Outlook has been removed install ExchangeMapiCdo.MSI
7) After Exchange Mapi Cdo is intalled, install ESMVISTA.MSI
8) The Exchange manager is now installed.
9) Go back into Control Panel
10) Select Programs and Features
11) Select MS Office and click the “Change” Button located at the top right.
12) Choose add or remove features and click next.
13) Click the drop down menu next to Outlook and choose “Run From My Computer”
and click next.
14) Once this process is complete you can have your cake and eat it too.

I have tested all functions of ESMVista and I was able to do everything an exchange admin needs to do their job.

ExchangeMapiCdo.MSI is located here:

ESMVista.MSI is located here:

Additional Notes:

You may need to register the following DLLs to make this work aswell. Just throw them in a text file and rename the file extension to .bat and the batch file with register them for you.

regsvr32 /s adprop.dll
regsvr32 /s azroles.dll
regsvr32 /s azroleui.dll
regsvr32 /s ccfg95.dll
regsvr32 /s certadm.dll
regsvr32 /s certmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s certpdef.dll
regsvr32 /s certtmpl.dll
regsvr32 /s certxds.dll
regsvr32 /s cladmwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s clcfgsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s clnetrex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s cmproxy.dll
regsvr32 /s cmroute.dll
regsvr32 /s cmutoa.dll
regsvr32 /s cnet16.dll
regsvr32 /s debugex.dll
regsvr32 /s dfscore.dll
regsvr32 /s dfsgui.dll
regsvr32 /s dhcpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s dnsmgr.dll
regsvr32 /s domadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsuiwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s imadmui.dll
regsvr32 /s lrwizdll.dll
regsvr32 /s mprsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s msclus.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmhst.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpadm.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpapi.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ntdsbsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s ntfrsapi.dll
regsvr32 /s rasuser.dll
regsvr32 /s rigpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s rsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s rscommon.dll
regsvr32 /s rsconn.dll
regsvr32 /s rsengps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsjob.dll
regsvr32 /s rsservps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsshell.dll
regsvr32 /s rssubps.dll
regsvr32 /s rtrfiltr.dll
regsvr32 /s schmmgmt.dll
regsvr32 /s tapisnap.dll
regsvr32 /s tsuserex.dll
regsvr32 /s uddi.mmc.dll
regsvr32 /s vsstskex.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf16.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf32.dll
regsvr32 /s winsevnt.dll
regsvr32 /s winsmon.dll
regsvr32 /s winsrpc.dll
regsvr32 /s winssnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ws03res.dll

Interview to Scott Woodgate - Win7’s XP mode

1 May, 2009 (12:53) | Computer | 17332 comments

PressPass spoke with Scott Woodgate, director of Desktop Virtualization and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) at Microsoft, to find out how this new advancement is helping ensure a smooth transition for customers planning to migrate to Windows 7.

PressPass: What are you announcing today?

Woodgate: We are announcing the beta release of Windows XP Mode for Windows 7. Small businesses told us they wanted help upgrading to Windows 7. Windows XP Mode, an optional feature of Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions, helps small businesses upgrade to Windows 7 by providing a virtual Windows XP environment capable of running many Windows XP-compatible business and productivity applications. Customers can run many older Windows XP business and productivity applications within Windows XP Mode and launch them from the Windows 7 desktop with just a single click. A beta of Windows XP Mode will be made available on April 30.

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Prepare and Service Windows Images Using the New DISM Tool

19 February, 2009 (15:56) | Computer | 537 comments

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) is a new command line tool that you can use to service a Windows image or prepare a Windows PE image. The DISM tool replaces the Package Manager (pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and Intlcfg tools used with Windows Vista. DISM consolidates the functionality found in those three tools, as well as delivers new functionality to improve the experience of offline servicing.


DISM can be used to service Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008. When used with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you get the added functionality.

You can use DISM to:

  • Add, remove, and enumerate packages and drivers.
  • Enable or disable Windows features.
  • Apply changes based on the offline servicing section of an unattend.xml answer file.
  • Configure international settings.
  • Upgrade a Windows image to a different edition.
  • Prepare a Windows PE image.
  • Take advantage of better logging.
  • Service down-level operating systems like Windows Vista with SP1 and Windows Server 2008.
  • Service all platforms (32-bit, 64-bit, and Itanium).
  • Service a 32-bit image from a 64-bit host and service a 64-bit image from a 32-bit host.
  • Make use of old Package Manager scripts.

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Use Windows 7 to Manage Windows Server 2008 R2 Servers

19 February, 2009 (15:49) | Computer | 107 comments

You can easily manage your Windows 2008 R2 servers from a PC running Windows 7 beta 1. But first you’ll need to download the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7, which you can get here.


Here’s an overview of the tools you’ll get in this download:

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