Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Administration under Windows 7

I received a new computer with Windows 7, and here are the first impression of doing system administration tasks from this new OS:

1. Windows Server 2003 admin pack no longer works, need to download Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 from here.

2. Even then, Dial-in tab is not available. There is an old workaround from Windows XP time that still works though. Its descrption can be found in many places, including here, but here's brief recap:

  • Copy/Paste the following to a Dialin.reg file:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt]
    @=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt\CLSID]
    @="{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt.1]
    @=""
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\RasDialin.UserAdminExt.1\CLSID]
    @="{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}"
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\NodeTypes\{19195a5b-6da0-11d0-afd3-00c04fd930c9}\Extensions\NameSpace]
    "{B52C1E50-1DD2-11D1-BC43-00C04FC31FD3}"="RAS Dialin - User Node Extension"
    
  • Merge the Dialin.reg file with your Windows XP registry, or run regedit /s dialin.reg.
  • Copy 3 DLLs from a Windows Server 2003 domain controller's system32 directory to your computer's system32 directory: mprsnap.dll, rasuser.dll, rtrfiltr.dll and register rasuser.dll with regsvr32. This can be automated by the following sequence of commands:
    CD /D %SystemRoot%\System32
    copy \\ServerName\Admin$\System32\mprsnap.dll *.*
    copy \\ServerName\Admin$\System32\rasuser.dll *.*
    copy \\ServerName\Admin$\System32\rtrfiltr.dll *.*
    regsvr32 rasuser.dll
    

3. There's no Exchange System Manager for Windows 7 (at least for Exchange 2003). The one from Exchange 2003 doesn't work. The ESM for Vista works, but its installer fails to install it on Windows 7 (it strictly checks for Vista). Some generous soul has hacked the install to work on Windows 7 and made it available for download from this page: http://nwcalc.web44.net/Win7/. See the discussion here

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