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May 19, 2003—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

  • Q. How can I use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard?
  • Q. How can I stop Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard from starting each time I log on?
  • Q. How can I create a new domain under Windows Server 2003?
  • Q. I've heard about an HTML file that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office. What's in this HTML file?
  • Q. Why can't I hear sound from the speakers on my Windows Server 2003 system, even though the sound device appears to be working?

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4. ANNOUNCEMENTS

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5. EVENTS US

  • Security 2003 Road Show

6. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

This week, I tell you how to use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard, how to stop the wizard from appearing every time you boot, and how to create a new domain under Windows 2003. I also describe an error in HTML syntax that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office and explain why you might not be able to hear sound from the speakers on your Windows 2003 system.

It's been a quiet week around the industry, although Microsoft has confirmed that it will soon begin beta testing its Virtual Server software, which lets multiple virtual machines run on one physical box (similar to VMware's virtual machine software).


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2. FAQS

Q. How can I use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard?

A. Like Windows 2000, Windows 2003 includes a Manage Your Server Wizard that loads each time an Administrator logs on. (You can also manually start the wizard by opening the Administrative Tools folder under the Start menu and selecting Manage Your Server.) You can use the wizard to add or remove the following roles from your machine:

  • File server
  • Print server
  • Application server (IIS, ASP .NET)
  • Mail server (POP3, SMTP)
  • Terminal server
  • Remote access/VPN server
  • Domain controller (Active Directory)
  • DNS server
  • DHCP server
  • Streaming media server
  • WINS server

When you add a role, the wizard guides you through all the steps to install and configure the selected role. You can perform these actions without the Manage Your Server interface, but the wizard simplifies the process.

To use the Manage Your Server Wizard to add a role, perform the following steps:

  1. Open the wizard and click "Add or remove a role."
  2. After the introduction screen appears, click Next to begin a scan of your network to identify other services and servers on your network.
  3. Select the role to add, then click Next.
  4. After the wizard displays a summary of the actions, click Next.
  5. The wizard will install the components and, depending on the service, will restart the computer (the wizard will prompt you to click OK to allow the system to reboot).
  6. After the computer restarts, the wizard will display a dialog box to confirm the installation of the new role components. Click Finish.

Windows 2003 writes changes made from the Configure Your Server Wizard to \%systemroot%\debug\configure your server.log. Whenever you use the wizard to assign a new role for your computer, the wizard appends a list of relevant tools to the .log file to help you maintain the role. For example, if you configure the system to serve as a domain controller--DC, the wizard maintains links to the Microsoft Management Console--MMC--Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, MMC Domains and Trusts snap-in, and MMC Sites and Services snap-in.

To use the wizard to remove a role, perform Steps 1 and 2 as explained above. When you reach Step 3, select a role that you've previously configured, click Next, then answer Yes when the wizard prompts you to confirm removing the role. Click Next, then proceed as instructed.

Q. How can I stop Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard from starting each time I log on?

A. Select the "Don't display this page at logon" check box in the lower-left corner of the Manage Your Server Wizard. You can configure this setting on a per-user basis by performing the following steps:

  1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\srvWiz registry subkey.
  3. Double-click (Default), set it to 0 to not display the wizard at logon or 1 to display the wizard at logon (the default), then click OK.
  4. Close the registry editor.

Q. How can I create a new domain under Windows Server 2003?

A. Windows 2003 includes a new wizard for installing and configuring DNS, which means you no longer have to perform these tasks before adding a new domain. If you have a new server and you want to create a new domain, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the DCPROMO wizard--go to Start, Run, then type DCPROMO
  2. At the introduction screen, click Next.
  3. When you see the warning that Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 SP3 and earlier versions won't be able to log on to Windows 2003 domain controllers (DCs), click Next.
  4. When the wizard asks you whether this domain is a new domain or an additional DC for an existing domain, select "Domain controller for a new domain," then click Next.
  5. Select the appropriate forest option (i.e., domain in a new forest, a child domain of an existing domain tree, a new domain tree in an existing forest), then click Next. (If you select anything other than "Domain in a new forest," the wizard will prompt you to enter the name of the parent/forest domain and an account for the forest.)
  6. If the wizard determines that DNS isn't correctly configured, it will ask you to either configure the DNS client or let the DCPROMO process install and configure DNS. Select "No, just install and configure DNS on this computer," then click Next.
  7. Enter the DNS name for the new domain (e.g., savilltech.com), then click Next.
  8. When the wizard asks you to supply a NetBIOS name for backward compatibility with older clients and servers, accept the default (typically the left half of the DNS domain name) or provide another NetBIOS name, then click Next.
  9. After the wizard displays the locations for the database and log files (by default, these components are located in the \%systemroot%\NTDS folder), click Next.
  10. After the wizard displays the location of the System Volume (SYSVOL) folder (by default, this folder is located under %systemroot%), click Next.
  11. When the wizard asks you to establish permissions for the new domain, you have two options: "Permissions compatible with pre-Windows 2000 server operating systems" or "Permissions compatible only with Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 operating systems." Select the appropriate permissions for your domain, then click Next.
  12. When the wizard asks you to enter a Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password, type the password in both locations as requested, then click Next. Make sure you remember this password--Windows 2003 requires that you provide this credential if you encounter a problem and need to restore Active Directory (AD) or the system state.
  13. When the wizard presents a summary of the options you've selected, ensure that everything is as it should be, then click Next.
  14. The DCPROMO process will begin. (If you asked the wizard to install DNS, the system might prompt you for the Windows 2003 installation media.) When the process completes, the system will display a confirmation dialog box. Click Finish, then restart the machine for the changes to take effect.

This procedure should give you a good grounding for any DCPROMO action you might need to perform.

Q. I've heard about an HTML file that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office. What's in this HTML file?

A. This problem affects any program that uses shlwapi.dll to render Web code. As a result, this bug in IE 6.0 and earlier versions can cause the Web browser and applications such as Office to crash if you access an HTML file that contains the following syntax:

 

The value name after input type can be any invalid type. Microsoft currently offers no fix for this problem. Fortunately, the problem doesn't present a security concern; it's just annoying.

Q. Why can't I hear sound from the speakers on my Windows Server 2003 system, even though the sound device appears to be working?

A. To play sound from your Windows 2003 system, ensure that the Windows Audio service is running. To do so, open a command session, then type

net start

and verify that Windows Audio is listed. If Windows Audio doesn't appear in the list, start the service either from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in or from the command line by typing

net start "windows audio"

or

net start audiosrv

If you want to hear sound every time you start the machine, navigate to the Services branch of the Computer Management snap-in and set the service mode to Automatic start-up.

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  • The first chapter of Windows & .NET Magazine's latest eBook, "Windows 2003: Active Directory Administration Essentials," is now available at no charge! Chapter 1 delves into Windows Server 2003 and focuses on what's new and improved with Active Directory. Expert Jeremy Moskowitz discusses which AD features might be important to you (and why). Download it now!
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    5. EVENTS

  • SECURITY 2003 ROAD SHOW

  • Join Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott as they deliver sound security advice at our popular Security 2003 Road Show event.
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    6. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    • ABOUT THE FAQS — jsavill@winnetmag.com
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    (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

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    May 19, 2003—In this issue:

    1. COMMENTARY

    2. FAQS

    • Q. How can I use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard?
    • Q. How can I stop Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard from starting each time I log on?
    • Q. How can I create a new domain under Windows Server 2003?
    • Q. I've heard about an HTML file that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office. What's in this HTML file?
    • Q. Why can't I hear sound from the speakers on my Windows Server 2003 system, even though the sound device appears to be working?

    3. HOT RELEASE (ADVERTISEMENT)

    • Aelita Software

    4. ANNOUNCEMENTS

    • Get Windows 2003 Active Directory Answers in a New eBook!
    • How Can You Reclaim 30% to 50% of Windows Server Space?

    5. EVENTS US

    • Security 2003 Road Show

    6. CONTACT US

    • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

    1. COMMENTARY
    (contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

    This week, I tell you how to use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard, how to stop the wizard from appearing every time you boot, and how to create a new domain under Windows 2003. I also describe an error in HTML syntax that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office and explain why you might not be able to hear sound from the speakers on your Windows 2003 system.

    It's been a quiet week around the industry, although Microsoft has confirmed that it will soon begin beta testing its Virtual Server software, which lets multiple virtual machines run on one physical box (similar to VMware's virtual machine software).


    SPONSOR: WINDOWS & .NET MAGAZINE

    Microsoft Mobility Tour
    Couldn't make the Microsoft Mobility Tour event? If you were too busy to catch our Microsoft Mobility Tour event in person, now you can view the Webcast archives for free! You'll learn more about the available solutions for PC and mobile devices and discover where the mobility marketplace is headed. BR> http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/mobility


    2. FAQS

    Q. How can I use Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard?

    A. Like Windows 2000, Windows 2003 includes a Manage Your Server Wizard that loads each time an Administrator logs on. (You can also manually start the wizard by opening the Administrative Tools folder under the Start menu and selecting Manage Your Server.) You can use the wizard to add or remove the following roles from your machine:

    • File server
    • Print server
    • Application server (IIS, ASP .NET)
    • Mail server (POP3, SMTP)
    • Terminal server
    • Remote access/VPN server
    • Domain controller (Active Directory)
    • DNS server
    • DHCP server
    • Streaming media server
    • WINS server

    When you add a role, the wizard guides you through all the steps to install and configure the selected role. You can perform these actions without the Manage Your Server interface, but the wizard simplifies the process.

    To use the Manage Your Server Wizard to add a role, perform the following steps:

    1. Open the wizard and click "Add or remove a role."
    2. After the introduction screen appears, click Next to begin a scan of your network to identify other services and servers on your network.
    3. Select the role to add, then click Next.
    4. After the wizard displays a summary of the actions, click Next.
    5. The wizard will install the components and, depending on the service, will restart the computer (the wizard will prompt you to click OK to allow the system to reboot).
    6. After the computer restarts, the wizard will display a dialog box to confirm the installation of the new role components. Click Finish.

    Windows 2003 writes changes made from the Configure Your Server Wizard to \%systemroot%\debug\configure your server.log. Whenever you use the wizard to assign a new role for your computer, the wizard appends a list of relevant tools to the .log file to help you maintain the role. For example, if you configure the system to serve as a domain controller--DC, the wizard maintains links to the Microsoft Management Console--MMC--Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, MMC Domains and Trusts snap-in, and MMC Sites and Services snap-in.

    To use the wizard to remove a role, perform Steps 1 and 2 as explained above. When you reach Step 3, select a role that you've previously configured, click Next, then answer Yes when the wizard prompts you to confirm removing the role. Click Next, then proceed as instructed.

    Q. How can I stop Windows Server 2003's Manage Your Server Wizard from starting each time I log on?

    A. Select the "Don't display this page at logon" check box in the lower-left corner of the Manage Your Server Wizard. You can configure this setting on a per-user basis by performing the following steps:

    1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\srvWiz registry subkey.
    3. Double-click (Default), set it to 0 to not display the wizard at logon or 1 to display the wizard at logon (the default), then click OK.
    4. Close the registry editor.

    Q. How can I create a new domain under Windows Server 2003?

    A. Windows 2003 includes a new wizard for installing and configuring DNS, which means you no longer have to perform these tasks before adding a new domain. If you have a new server and you want to create a new domain, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the DCPROMO wizard--go to Start, Run, then type DCPROMO
    2. At the introduction screen, click Next.
    3. When you see the warning that Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 SP3 and earlier versions won't be able to log on to Windows 2003 domain controllers (DCs), click Next.
    4. When the wizard asks you whether this domain is a new domain or an additional DC for an existing domain, select "Domain controller for a new domain," then click Next.
    5. Select the appropriate forest option (i.e., domain in a new forest, a child domain of an existing domain tree, a new domain tree in an existing forest), then click Next. (If you select anything other than "Domain in a new forest," the wizard will prompt you to enter the name of the parent/forest domain and an account for the forest.)
    6. If the wizard determines that DNS isn't correctly configured, it will ask you to either configure the DNS client or let the DCPROMO process install and configure DNS. Select "No, just install and configure DNS on this computer," then click Next.
    7. Enter the DNS name for the new domain (e.g., savilltech.com), then click Next.
    8. When the wizard asks you to supply a NetBIOS name for backward compatibility with older clients and servers, accept the default (typically the left half of the DNS domain name) or provide another NetBIOS name, then click Next.
    9. After the wizard displays the locations for the database and log files (by default, these components are located in the \%systemroot%\NTDS folder), click Next.
    10. After the wizard displays the location of the System Volume (SYSVOL) folder (by default, this folder is located under %systemroot%), click Next.
    11. When the wizard asks you to establish permissions for the new domain, you have two options: "Permissions compatible with pre-Windows 2000 server operating systems" or "Permissions compatible only with Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003 operating systems." Select the appropriate permissions for your domain, then click Next.
    12. When the wizard asks you to enter a Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password, type the password in both locations as requested, then click Next. Make sure you remember this password--Windows 2003 requires that you provide this credential if you encounter a problem and need to restore Active Directory (AD) or the system state.
    13. When the wizard presents a summary of the options you've selected, ensure that everything is as it should be, then click Next.
    14. The DCPROMO process will begin. (If you asked the wizard to install DNS, the system might prompt you for the Windows 2003 installation media.) When the process completes, the system will display a confirmation dialog box. Click Finish, then restart the machine for the changes to take effect.

    This procedure should give you a good grounding for any DCPROMO action you might need to perform.

    Q. I've heard about an HTML file that can crash Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Microsoft Office. What's in this HTML file?

    A. This problem affects any program that uses shlwapi.dll to render Web code. As a result, this bug in IE 6.0 and earlier versions can cause the Web browser and applications such as Office to crash if you access an HTML file that contains the following syntax:

     

    The value name after input type can be any invalid type. Microsoft currently offers no fix for this problem. Fortunately, the problem doesn't present a security concern; it's just annoying.

    Q. Why can't I hear sound from the speakers on my Windows Server 2003 system, even though the sound device appears to be working?

    A. To play sound from your Windows 2003 system, ensure that the Windows Audio service is running. To do so, open a command session, then type

    net start

    and verify that Windows Audio is listed. If Windows Audio doesn't appear in the list, start the service either from the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Computer Management snap-in or from the command line by typing

    net start "windows audio"

    or

    net start audiosrv

    If you want to hear sound every time you start the machine, navigate to the Services branch of the Computer Management snap-in and set the service mode to Automatic start-up.

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    4. ANNOUNCEMENTS
    (brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

  • GET WINDOWS 2003 ACTIVE DIRECTORY ANSWERS IN A NEW EBOOK!

  • The first chapter of Windows & .NET Magazine's latest eBook, "Windows 2003: Active Directory Administration Essentials," is now available at no charge! Chapter 1 delves into Windows Server 2003 and focuses on what's new and improved with Active Directory. Expert Jeremy Moskowitz discusses which AD features might be important to you (and why). Download it now!
    http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/ebooks/administeringad/index.cfm?pc=adupd

  • HOW CAN YOU RECLAIM 30% to 50% OF WINDOWS SERVER SPACE?

  • Attend the newest Web seminar from Windows & .NET Magazine and discover the secrets from the experts. We'll also advise you on how to reduce storage growth and backups by 30% and how to reduce storage administration by 25% or more. There's no charge for this important Web event, but space is limited so register today!
    http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars/precise

    5. EVENTS

  • SECURITY 2003 ROAD SHOW

  • Join Mark Minasi and Paul Thurrott as they deliver sound security advice at our popular Security 2003 Road Show event.
    http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/security2003

    6. CONTACT US
    Here's how to reach us with your comments and questions:

    • ABOUT THE FAQS — jsavill@winnetmag.com
    • ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER IN GENERAL — warren@winnetmag.com

    (please mention the newsletter name in the subject line)

    • TECHNICAL QUESTIONS — http://www.winnetmag.net/forums
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