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Windows 2003 – How to Enable MSI Service in Safe Mode

Windows 2003 – How to  Enable MSI Service in Safe Mode

To start Windows Installer in Safe Mode:
1. Restart your computer and press F8 before the Boot Menu or splash screen.

2. Open a CMD.EXE window.

3. Type the following commands and press Enter:

REG ADD “HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSafeBootMinimalMSIServer” /VE /T REG_SZ /F /D “Service”

net start msiserver

NOTE: You can use this technique to uninstall an application in Safe Mode.

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How to Sync SBS Windows 2003 to External Time source

How to Sync SBS Windows 2003 to External Time source

You have to be very sure you followed the instructions for using an external time source correctly. I’ve used these instructions on many a 2K3 server without issue, so to recap:

1. Change Windows to use the NTP protocol for time synchronization:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParameters
Value: Type
Data: NTP

2. Configure the AnnounceFlags value:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeConfig
Value: AnnounceFlags
Data: 5

3. Enable the NTP server value:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeTimeProvidersNtpClient
Value: Enabled
Data: 1

4. Specify the NTP server to use:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeParameters
Value: NtpServer
Data: us.pool.ntp.org,0x1

5. Select the NTP polling interval:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeTimeProvidersNtpClient
Value: SpecialPollInterval
Data: 900

6. Configure the time correction settings:
Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeConfig
Value: MaxPosPhaseCorrection
Radix: Decimal
Data: 3600

Key: HKLMSYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesW32TimeConfig
Value: MaxNegPhaseCorrection
Radix: Decimal
Data: 3600

After this, stopping and restarting the NTP service should get you working. If it does not, check the value configured in step 4

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