Windows Advisor

Windows 2003 411

Get info on our servers with SrvInfo; plus, those darn Vista shortcut arrows.

Q: How can I easily obtain information about my server, such as product ID, original installation date, build number, server up-time and the protocols that are running on my Windows Server 2003?

A: You can use SrvInfo, the command-line utility that's available in the Windows Server 2003 resource kit tools. The system requirements for this useful tool include Windows NT4/2000/XP/2003.

You can use SrvInfo to gather information about a local or remote computer. If computer name isn't provided, SrvInfo assumes you want information on the local computer. Unfortunately, there's no GUI functionality that corresponds to this utility.

With SrvInfo you can obtain the following types of information:

  • Server name
  • Security
  • Registered owner
  • Registered organization
  • Product ID
  • Original install date
  • Base source path
  • Service pack source path
  • Version
  • Build
  • Current type
  • Product name
  • Product options
  • HAL.DLL
  • PDC
  • Domain
  • Domain GUID
  • DNS forest name
  • PDC site name
  • Computer site name
  • DC flags
  • CPU[0]
  • System BIOS date
  • System BIOS version
  • Hotfixes
  • Drives
  • Services
  • Network cards
  • Protocols
  • System up-time

You should pipe this information into a file and keep it in your server configuration folder. Type srvinfo > srvconfig.txt to copy the server information into a file called srvconfig.txt. Type srvinfo / ? for help.

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Q: How can I get rid of the arrow on the shortcuts that are created in Windows Vista?

A: Getting rid of the arrows on shortcuts is fairly simple by modifying the registry. You can do this by using the following procedure:

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\lnkfile
  3. Delete the entry in the right-hand pane called IsShortcut
  4. Close the registry editor and restart your computer for the change to take effect.

After the reboot, you'll notice that the shortcuts that were on your desktop no longer have arrows; any new shortcuts that you create won't have arrows, either.

If you want to perform this procedure on more than one computer, you can write a .REG file.

About the Author

Zubair Alexander, MCSE, MCT, MCSA and Microsoft MVP is the founder of SeattlePro Enterprises, an IT training and consulting business. His experience covers a wide range of spectrum: trainer, consultant, systems administrator, security architect, network engineer, author, technical editor, college instructor and public speaker. Zubair holds more than 25 technical certifications and Bachelor of Science degrees in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Information Systems. His Web site, www.techgalaxy.net, is dedicated to technical resources for IT professionals. Zubair may be reached at alexander@techgalaxy.net.

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