Microsoft Virtual PC and MS Domain issues

Well I have just butted heads with our domain policy and Microsoft VPC. The summary of the problem is the domain server and your windows PC exchange a secret password, and it’s updated at a random interview (inside a configured window), once the domain server negotiated a new password the old one become invalid. This is fine expect for, when using a virtual PC, where you throw away the changes after each session, which I have been doing as I’m testing my installer, and want it all nice and clean.

There is a registry key option as noted below, but this appears to be required on the server as well as the work station, so the understanding IS guys are not touching it with a barge pole. Which means I’m now rebuilding my VPC image again. Current service pack 2 is been installed, and after that I have ~50 patches for it two install. Yea har!

Anyway, I’ve got a copy of the hard drive image, prior to joining the domain, and I’m going to leave my new image running over the weekends, to hope this is when a new password is exchanged. Otherwise this is the only fly in the virtual machine ointment, which still best the pants of having a ghosted machine.

Here is a VMWare forum discussing the issue (with snapshots) with the registry key been:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINES\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Netlogon\Parameters\DisablePasswordChange REG_DWORD 1

Fast and Furious WolfET Gaming

I’ve been playing on an ogn.com.au Wolf ET server (203.206.95.20:27960) for the last few weeks, and it’s been a real hoot. The server is a etpub mod, tweaked with some cool things and most importantly XP save on, so the game play is quite fast.

Best features so far:

  • In Australia so the ping from NZ is good. In the last week I have noticed my pings go from 100ms to 60ms for most Australia servers, so Telstra must have done something.
  • People can do a double jump, which makes them sitting flying ducks. Not that I have learnt how to do it yet Done by hitting the jump key a second time when in the air, but it changes some maps quite dramatically.
  • knife attack kill really quick, this is good and bad as you can run past someone, and get killed easily, but also people run at you with a knife and kill you faster than you can with a gun, so it make for different game style. But I’m learning how to use the knife, so it is not so much of a minus.
  • They are using a large number of maps, which is good because I was getting bored of the same 5 maps the Orcon had on there server rotation.
  • They have an separate HTTP server setup so you can get the missing map, fast, unlike Orcon, that dribble them via the game server at 10KBs

LiveWriter

Just like the rest of the world (well those in my boll roll), I am now trying out live writer. Seems good so far, all I have done is install and run it, so that’s not really a very indicative test, but your have to start with small steps, before you can run. So I will type a few more sentences about using this new tool and then see how the whole publish part of it work. At which point I might even tell you that it works just great. Or I could skip that bit and assume that is will, but what if it doesn’t, and then you wont even know I tried, and failed, and then … oh look I’ve used more sentences than I had expected, so I better test the spelling check and just post…

Oh no, first spelling mistake on the page “LiveWriter” should maybe be “Inverter”. Maybe someone should have added the word to the dictionary…