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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Enable the (Hidden) Administrator Account on Windows 7 or Vista


Many people familiar with prior versions of Windows are curious what happened to the built-in Administrator account that was always created by default. Does this account still exist, and how can you access it?

The account is created in Windows 7 or Vista, but since it’s not enabled you can’t use it. If you are troubleshooting something that needs to run as administrator, you can enable it with a simple command.
Note: You really shouldn’t use this account for anything other than troubleshooting. In fact, you probably shouldn’t use it at all.
Enable Built-in Administrator Account
First you’ll need to open a command prompt in administrator mode by right-clicking and choosing “Run as administrator” (or use the Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcut from the search box)

Now type the following command:
net user administrator /active:yes

You should see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you’ll now see the Administrator account as a choice. (Note that the screenshots are from Vista, but this works on Windows 7)

You’ll note that there’s no password for this account, so if you want to leave it enabled you should change the password.
Disable Built-in Administrator Account
Make sure you are logged on as your regular user account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as above. Type the following command:
net user administrator /active:no

The administrator account will now be disabled, and shouldn’t show up on the login screen anymore.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

How to Take System State Backup Windows 2003



System state backups are critical on each server because
these are the tools that protect the operating system
itself. There are nine potential elements to a system state
backup. Some are always backed up and others depend
on the type of server you are backing up. They are
identified as follows:

• The system registry
• The COM+ Class registry database
• Boot and system files
• Windows file protection system files
• Active Directory database (on domain controllers)
• SYSVOL Directory (on domain controllers)
• Certificate Services database (on certificate servers)
• Cluster service configuration information (on server
clusters)
• IIS Metadirectory (on Web application servers)
System state data is always backed up as a whole and
cannot be segregated. This is a daily task that should be
automated. To schedule a system state backup:

1. Use the Global MMC Console to open a Remote
Desktop Connection (see Procedure RA-01) to the
server you want to verify. Launch NTBackup (Quick
Launch Area | Backup). Make sure it launches in
Advanced mode.

2. Move to the Scheduled Jobs tab and click Add Job.

3. This launches the Backup Wizard to let you define
the parameters of the Job. Click Next.

4. Select Only backup the System State data and
click Next.

5. Identify the backup location. This should be on
removable media. Click Next.

6. Check Verify data after backup and Use Hardware
compression, if available and click Next. Do not
disable volume shadow copy.

7. Select to Append the data or Replace backups and
click Next.

8. Name the job and click Set Schedule to identify a
Weekly schedule (Monday to Friday). Click OK when
done. Identify the account to run the backup under
and click OK. Click Next. Click Finish to close the
wizard.

Repeat the procedure to create data backups on the same
schedule and add full backups on weekends.

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