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General Chat Thread, I do not deserve to be in IT anymore in General; Schoolboy error alert For this, I am truly embarrassed and ashamed. A computer that was domained but now will be ...
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    I do not deserve to be in IT anymore

    Schoolboy error alert

    For this, I am truly embarrassed and ashamed.
    A computer that was domained but now will be working as a standalone. I decided I'd impose some restrictions so jumped into gpedit and off I went.
    Smiled with glee as I stopped people doing this, that and the other. I felt the power. It was immense...


    ... until I rebooted and the sudden realisation that everything had also applied to the local administrator account.
    Nothing.
    No Run, no C: drive, no Win+R. Nothing.
    This computer is now useless to me.

    My name is Paul and I am a total numpty.

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    Passes the Windows Rebuild CD.... and the hobnobs

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    There there *Pats* You can always format the disk and reinstall. It's not a total loss...

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    Can't you boot from the installation CD and open the command prompt (shift+F10) to do some jiggery pokery from there?

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    Anyone got that stick we keep around the place for that?

    Heh, only joking. Happens.

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    I know I can recover from it (reinstall, etc.). It's just the way it ended like this.
    I need some counselling.

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    The great thing about IT is that you can "have a blonde moment" and no one will know (unless you post it on Edugeek!).

    Lost count of the amount of times i've scratched my head over things - why isnt the PC starting (plug the effing PSU in), my remote connection to the server dropped (I've changed network details) etc etc.

    On your note - can you not boot into something like BartPE and tinker with reg settings? might save some time over a fresh rebuild.

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    After I've got over the shame, I'll attempt to recover the thing.

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    It happens from time to time! There's always one or two occasions that make you want to eat your own fist!

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    Everything is saved in the registry, if you've disabled registry editing you will be able to resolve it,

    Code:
    [Version]
    Signature=$CHICAGO$
    
    [DefaultInstall]
    DelReg=Del.Settings
    
    [Del.Settings]
    HKLM,Software\Bla\bla
    Copy and paste and save it as an inf file. Go your limited PC right click on the file and select install. Now press ctrl + alt + del and kill explorer.exe, then start a new one. All policies will now be removed until you reboot

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    What better opportunity to try and hack the computer?

    You can make sure it's properly locked down and see if it's possible to change settings as a normal user with no access to a local/domain admin account.

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    Quote Originally Posted by X-13 View Post
    What better opportunity to try and hack the computer?

    You can make sure it's properly locked down and see if it's possible to change settings as a normal user with no access to a local/domain admin account.
    ..and if anyone asks, that is why you have set the machine like that - so you can test user access.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    ..and if anyone asks, that is why you have set the machine like that - so you can test user access.......
    TBF, this is something that should be tested from time to time.

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    This experience sounds like its becoming more positive. That's this afternoons's project.

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    Lol thats reminds what I have done too

    I have same the same thing on a mac when I was trying to setup restrictions on the Profile Manager. Had to reload it What a pain!

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