Windows 2003: Lost network connectivity

Windows95WowYesterday I was working on an old windows 2003 server. I know: Windows 2003 is beyond End-Of-Life and it is dangerous to use it in production environment, but here in genoa we are famous for not wasting anything, and also the server is used in a “sandbox” and run an old legacy software not available for later windows versions.

When I was copying some files server has stopped all connectivity.
– Attempting to ping any ip on the dedicated LAN returns “destination host unavailable”.
– The NIC & Driver looks fine in device manager
– Ethernet connection in Network Properties shows status as Connected
– Link light and activity light are active on NIC
– Using arp -a I can see that the ip-MAC address association works ! Continue reading

Detect Hard Drive Failure in Windows using S.M.A.R.T.

Hd_NSAIn this post I will write about some techniques that can be used in a Windows env. to check the hard disk health status using S.M.A.R.T. You can read about S.M.A.R.T. and other stuff in my post
Detect Hard Drive Failure in Linux using S.M.A.R.T. (see linkografia).

S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology and is a monitoring system for hard disk to detect the low-level indicators of the general health conditions of the device. Note that the raw values are calculated by the drive’s SMART logic internally.

Indeed “S.M.A.R.T Monitoring Tools” exists for windows: did you know ? Continue reading

Create a Forest Level Trust between Windows 2008 ADC

TrustIn this post I’ll show how to create trust between two different Forest each of these based on a single Windows 2008 ADC.

Briefly in Windows Active Directory any type trust allows users in one domain to access resources in another domain it can be either one-way or two-way. In a one-way trust, as the name itself it is one way and unidirectional, one domain’s users access another domain’s resources, not the other way around.

Differente in two-way trust: users in both domains may access the other domain’s resources. Continue reading