Saturday, May 30, 2009

Learnings of Abhinav

It is a great learning for me day by day and the tutor is Abhinav my 15 month old son. Very cute and dynamic. He finds a job for himself when he is not sleeping. The way he is descovering the world makes me think a lot.

His findings are.
1. For every switch you have associated light, fan or AC. So when you press a switch look around to figure out which one is associated with it.
2. World is full of switches, without switches you do not have the world. wondering? He experimented with computer key board and coupe of mouses as well. When you pluck out the keys out, you will agree with abhinav.
3. When you want something, you will get it. But you must want it to get it. (Ofcourse you need to try out, Abhinav uses crying as his best tool).
4. Mother is for feeding and father is for playing. It might be universal. Abhinav believes this and still experimenting.
5. Birds of same feathers flock together. Abhi loves to see and play with other kids. Yes, some times he doesnt care for parents as well.
6. Abhinav believes in surprises. He descovered few missing items in the house. yes. My backup battery of spice mobile and also the extra black catridge that came with my printer. When I lost hope he descovered them.

... lot more..

Well, holding the fingers of your kid and watching him walking, running without falling is a great pleasure.

For all the parents, You may want to read khalil gibran views on children..

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you
with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that
is stable.

-- Kahlil Gibran

Recover windows 2003 Active Directory admin credentials

Hmm, ever wondered what will happen if you forget admin credentials that too of win2k3 server that serves your organization? Silly it shouldn't happen at all, but what if it happens?

I was facing a similar issue few days back. It is like confirmation of my short memory. I forgot the password... :-(

Recovery process is little tricky. Machine password is different and windows 2003 AD administrator password is different (or stored differently..).

If you are the genuine owner and really lost password, here is the solution (compiled from Internet and it worked for me).

1. If you know the local admin credentials, good you can move to step 3

2. If not
a. Download the
b. Unzip the file, it contains ISO image, burn it into CD. (If you are a VMWare or other virtual software user, then just point your vm image CD drive to this ISO image).
c. using BIOS settings, make sure your CD drive is the first boot device.
d. Restart your system.
e. Follow the instructions (system boots from the recovery CD image). and reset password or make it blank.
f. If your win2k3 system is not an AD, you are done now. remove the CD/iso image and restart your system.
g. If your win2k3 system is domain controller then, you are not done, read the step 3.

3. While restarting your system, keep on pressing F8, it will take you to boot options of windows 2003. In case if you are using vmware and if you miss to avail F8 (because of the delay in getting the vmware window opened) try setting the following option.

Set the option "Enter the BIOS setup screen the next time this virtual machine boots". So that you can relax and find the BIOS setup screen. Now just press F10 to exit from there to start the OS. Yes you have to keep pressing F8. It works.

4. Follow the instructions as given in this web page by Seb.

let me reproduce the summary here.
a. From boot options (after pressing F8), choose Directory Restore Service Mode. It disables Active Directory.
b. Login with the local credentials.
c. Download the zip file .
d. Unzip into some folder. Say c:/temp.
e. Also copy cmd.exe from c:/windows/system32/cmd.exe to this folder (i.e., c:/temp).
f. Start a command prompt and type instsrv PassRecovery "c:\temp\srvany.exe"
g. You have installed new service called PassRecovery.
h. It is now time to configure SRVANY.

Start regedit, and open the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services \PassRecovery.

Create a new subkey called Parameters and add two new values:

name: Application
type: REG_SZ (string)
value: d:\temp\cmd.exe

name: AppParameters
type: REG_SZ (string)
value: /k net user administrator new_password (or any password that you want. replace "new_pasword" with your new password).

i. Make sure this new service is "Automatic" one and also allow this service to interact with desktop.
j. restart your system in normal mode. You should be able to login with your newly setup password. If not you might have missed some step or the other mentioned above. If my steps are wrong, then get the right ones from internet :-)
k. PassRecovery service runs once you start the system, so you can remove or disable it as you no longer need it.
l. If you want to remove..
net stop PassRecovery (, then:)
sc delete PassRecovery

Now delete c:\temp and change the admin password if you fancy.

You saved lot of your time and frustration,if you are lucky enough to recover your system. :-).

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mixed results

I am kind of disappointed to see the congress getting power again in the state. While I do not have proper alternative, Future of the state is might be at risk. I have suffered enough while dealing with govt offices. Govt employees are not doing their jobs well. Most of the offices are highly corrupted, if the same trend continues, it might not be good for the state. One of my neighbour was telling that state needs around 30k crores of rupees immediately to put things in place. Is Y.S.R govt going to get rid of the so called welfare schemes to manage the deficit? or new type of taxes?

May be politics are like that, It is difficult to get the right people at the right place. I strongly believe Y.S.R alone cannot make the state better. Throwing money and building some huge canals/dams certainly helps but that is not 100% of what state really needs.

Everyone must have rights and responsibilities. Exposing people to only one side (rights) may not be the right thing.

In may places in the state, it might be difficult to get water, but easy to a beer. There are many things. But I think money has power wins you more power. It might be true in politics.

Attributing reasons for grand alliance failures or congress success is like doing posts mortem which does not help to the state.

At the same time, I am happy to see UPA doing better at the center. What india needs is a stable government. I really do not bother which party is leading it.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Another corruption case - metro water employee

There is one guy called Anjaneyulu, Work inspector, Metro water works department. This guy took 2000/- from each new house in our colony to get water connection as we are getting new roads in colony. In order to avoid digging of the road afterwards we felt it is good to get connection beforehand itself.

This guy came to our colony as if he is on his duty, and took the money. He slowly revealed that he will get receipt for only 500/- and remaining is for expenses ( I do not know what type of expenses cost him that much).

But he didnt get the receipts and also he didnt turn up in the colony for providing the connection.

Incase if you are in Rajendra Nagar circle, please do not pay bribe to this guy. He is worth nothing. If you need any help dial 155313 (prefix 040) for customer care and ask for guidence.

Yes, I am not the task to get this guy punished, will lodge a complaint in their office near Maithrivanam.

btw his contact number is 9010224222, you can call him and shout at him. :-).

Goal is who ever comes to my colony, shouldn't expect bribes.

Ubuntu 9.04, sweet but painful...

I upgraded my laptop from ubuntu 8.10 to 9.04 that is released recently. Downloaded the DVD image and burnt into DVD and upgraded to 9.04. It removed few issues that i felt always with 8.10. Most important one is too much of boot up time. This issue is fixed with 9.04.

But then I had altogether new set of issues. I actually had 8.10 kubuntu, then installed gnome desktop, then it became ubuntu. Also installed Eduntu stuff and lot of community stuff (whether i used it or not, installed lot of software that I felt useful).

So though the migration was easy, 2 days back when I hibernated my laptop, it didn't come up again.
It was a touch thing for me. Used the DVD and tried to rescue the laptop. There was some problem with Xserver and then with usplash.. After few trial and errors it looked fine. Hibernated session was restored back.

This time, i thought of removing software that i am not using at all. But it caused one more major issue, that is blank screen issue. It looks fine while booting but you never get a login screen, few flickerings and then dark screen. Not something to enjoy.

Another few hours of additional effort. removed Xserver, kde, gnome desktop, installed gnome again followed by Xserver. And my laptop is back to normal and it is faster and easier experience with Ubuntu.

If it was not Ubuntu, it would have been very difficult to resolve the issue. Importantly If you are left with no solution other than re-installing the OS which will erase your valuable data from disk (or get another hard disk and take backup before you re-install OS).

I wanted no OS installation as I do not have another hard disk :-(. I am still a poor IT guy.

it was painful comeback, but now ubuntu looks cool. Well, getting software for free itself is like a magic and getting a system that serves most of your needs without paying a penny is always great. :-)

Ubuntu zindabad.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

New road in the colony

At last, some good news now a days even in recession period and despite the election season. We are getting new road in our colony. It is great to see the work progressing last few days. It is difficult to manage the work, rather than getting the approvals.