for test purposes it could be necessary to backup a computer by an image tool, i.e. Acronis TrueImage, and after the test is completed or in situations of a failure reset the computer back to it’s initial state by restoring the image.
In domain environments this could be a problem, because each computer which is member of a Windows Active Directory Domain is negotiating a password with the domain and this password is changed after 7 Days. If your Image is older the domain member ship is broken and you have to rejoin.
The password change is initiated by the client and this behaviour could be prevented by setting a registry value. Set this value, make an image afterwards and you will be able to restore the image as often you want or need without to leave the domain.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
Set it by command line reg ADD HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\Netlogon\Parameters /v DisablePasswordChange /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
a good friend of mine came to me last week because some services of Windows Vista on his notebook did not run as expect. In detail:
Windows Search service starts but terminates
EventID 7034: The Windows Search service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 4 time(s).
EventID 7024: The Windows Search service terminated with service-specific error 2147749155 (0x80040D23)
EventID 1006: The Windows Search Service has failed to create the new search index. Internal error <4, 0x8004117f
EventID 9000: The Windows Search Service cannot open the Jet property store.
Windows Update service starts, but do not work, some errors are logged in C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log
45c DtaStor FATAL: Failed to initialize datastore, error = 0xC8000247
45c AU FATAL: Failed to get session from datastore, error = 0xC8000247
45c AU FATAL: Failed to Unserialize from data store, error = 0xC8000247
No Windows Update File could installed by double clicking a msu File.
Cryptocraphic service do not run as expected:
Signature for Windows builtin programs cannot be verified, for example mmc.exe. Error Message:
“Do you want the following program to allow changes to this computer?“
Cause: The folder c:\windows\system32\catroot2 is empty or/and some errors are logged in file C:\Windows\System32\catroot2\dberr.txt: CatalogDB: 21:39:37 28.02.2013: JetInit Corruption
CatalogDB: 21:39:37 28.02.2013: catdbsvc.cpp at line #747 encountered JET error -583
CatalogDB: 21:39:37 28.02.2013: catdbsvc.cpp at line #961 encountered JET error -583
CatalogDB: 21:39:37 28.02.2013: catdbsvc.cpp at line #6636 encountered JET error -583
EventID257: The following information was included with the event: -583 the message resource is present but the message is not found in the string/message table
It seems that all services which uses the Window Jet Database engine are affected.
the default setting in Windows Vista, 7 or 8 is to assign a drive letter when you plugin a removable device. But sometimes you want to prevent Windows from doing that, for example security reasons.
You can control this behaviour with the mountvol command. The following command line disable the automatical assignment.
to enable the auto assignment again execute
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