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Tricks & Traps: Ask Dr. Bob Your NT Questions - Archive

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March 1999
February 1999
January 1999
December 1998

November 2000

Tricks and Traps - November 2000
Learn about the Net Computer utility, open-port prevention, TrackPoint madness, Oracle memory limitations, video-card resolution tips, source-control tools, hard disk upgrade kits, and a SQL Server workaround.

October 2000

Tricks and Traps - October 2000
Learn about Office 2000 rights recognition, DigiBoard installation problems, NAS limitations, RAID controller glitches, errors following a backbone switch installation, TrackPoint madness, Minolta printer gotchas, Oracle memory limitations, and video card resolution tips.

September 2000

Tricks and Traps - September 2000
Learn about application initialization errors, anonymous and explicit authentication setup, Win2K component-installation customization, the search for the phantom utility, name-resolution conflicts, ICS configuration gotchas, and IMS and ESMTP.

August 2000

Tricks and Traps - August 2000
Learn how to secure your network from infected message attachments, identifying potential Windows 2000 upgrade problems, bypassing a bizarre error message, tricking DNS Manager, navigating the command line, and troubleshooting the Recovery Console.

July 2000

Tricks and Traps - July 2000
Learn about Windows NT's FAT16 conversion, BDC migration without reinstallation, duplicate SID identification, a DHCP issue on laptops, and CNAMEs on DNS servers.

June 2000

Tricks and Traps - June 2000
Learn about the Num Lock key's boot-up status, an alternative to the Scopy utility, a batch file that creates user accounts, Win2K Pro software-compatibility problems, and BDC installation over a WAN connection.

May 2000

Tricks and Traps - May 2000
Learn about an ERD creation failure, Dr. Watson customization, the Setprfdc utility, and mirroring misconceptions.

March 2000

Tricks and Traps - March 2000
In the November 1999 Tricks & Traps, I told you about a noteworthy piece of Symantec software called Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT. This time, I want to tell you about a notebook. Recently, a friend offered to sell me a new Hitachi VisionBook Traveler 600, a subnotebook that comes with Windows 95 preinstalled.

February 2000

Tricks and Traps - February 2000
Learn about IE and Outlook password problems, RAS dialing, unresponsive NT installations, evaluation-version determination, IntelliPoint installation in Win2K, WINS client miscommunication, and the boot.ini timeout value.

January 2000

Tricks and Traps - January 2000
Dr. Bob discusses static electricity perils, Win9x DUN problems, the Microsoft browser service, hard disk upgrade, local variables for Accpac, unresponsive Access 97 database, and a Disk Administrator error message.

December 1999

Tricks and Traps - December 1999
Dr. Bob disucsses adding new services, giving servers and workstations conflicting names, determining average bandwidth for capacity planning, dual-booting Windows NT and Windows 98, troubleshooting an application-installation failure, removing a Win2K installation, receiving a Kernel not found error message during boot, and examining a corrupted NTFS directory.

November 1999

Tricks and Traps - November 1999
Windows NT Magazine's Dr. Bob covers Norton Speed Disk for Windows NT, SCSI CD-ROM device availability, networking on Windows NT 4.0 SP4, FC-AL, Automatic Windows NT backup, renaming a PDC to an existing domain name, removing the arrow from shortcut icons.

October 1999

Tricks and Traps - October 1999
This month Dr. Bob dicusses Windows NT Service Packs, BIOS beep code and SCSI devices.

September 1999

Tricks and Traps - September 1999
Dr. Bob discusses Service Pack 4, Small Business Server implementation and Window NT's boot process.

August 1999

Tricks and Traps - August 1999
Dr. Bob answers WinNT questions: getting WinNT to recognize a RAID volume's size increase; copying files to a drive other than the C drive during unattended installations; removing components such as POSIX and OS2 from WinNT install; and keeping track of APIs and DLLs.

July 1999

Tricks and Traps - July 1999
Dr. Bob answers your WinNT questions: giving users access to IIS accounts; running an unattended installation of SP4; why NT limits partitions to 8GB; can default Windows root directory names be changed; and setting up WinNT to maintain active client s' network connections.

June 1999

Tricks and Traps - June 1999
Dr. Bob answers your WinNT questions: using previous backups to perform a restore; setting up Win98 profiles to default to PDC profiles directory; preventing users from mapping network drives; dual-boot in Win2K; no Win98 fax; triple-booting from boot.ini file; and using swap space.

May 1999

Tricks and Traps - May 1999
Dr. Bob answers WinNT questions: Y2K and WinNT; disabling pop-up messages; setting up Exchange Server to interact with ISP; is NetBIOS protocol in Windows 2000; mainframe vs. client/server; reasons to upgrade; viewing protected Registry hives; and setting up a DRAS connector in Exchange Server that uses at PPTP/VPN connection.

April 1999

Tricks and Traps - April 1999
Dr. Bob answers WinNT questions: controlling synchronization between PDCs and BDCs; unattended install hangs on Dell systems with 3Com NICs; SP4 download doesn't transfer to computer; and setting UDFs for unattended install.

March 1999

Tricks and Traps - March 1999
Dr. Bob answers your WinNT questions: system slow-down; avoiding source routing problems; moving a domain controller, turning off printer notfication banners; converting to NT from Win98 and Win95; and soliving file copy problems during automated install of SP4.

February 1999

Tricks and Traps - February 1999
Dr. Bob answers WinNT questions: uninstalling Internet Explorer 4.0; Y2K and NT 4.0; setting up Microsoft Cluster Server; does NT include modem sharing feature; creating a home directory; copying files and maintaining security atttributes; how NT handles DOS-based programs, and Event ID list.

January 1999

Tricks and Traps - January 1999
Dr. Bob answers your WinNT questions: will Windows 2000 handle unattended installations; disabling creation of My Briefcase; troubleshooting modem installations; explain DHCP; and simplifying the addtion of machine accounts to a domain.

December 1998

Tricks and Traps - December 1998
Ask Dr. Bob your WinNT questions: backing up files; moving printers between servers; moving user profiles to new domains; maintaining Temporary Internet Files directory in a location other than the user profile; and tracking account lockout or incorrect passwork logon attempts.

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