How To Make a DOS Bootable USB Drive

by Gonzo 31. January 2013 20:11

Every now and then I come across a instance when I need to boot a computer up using DOS, like updating a BIOS on a PC. Sometimes a Motherbaord manufacturer only makes the BIOS update a 16 bit DOS app and your running a 64-Bit OS. It was always a pain to find a nice easy way of doing it, most of the time I found a complicated way of making one. Here is a simple quick process for making a DOS bootable USB drive.

  1. Down load the and extract the files to a folder
  2. Download the and extract the files to a different folder.
  3. Run the hpflash.exe and follow the install instructions
  4. Run the installed. Click Next, I accept the terms of the license agreement, Click Next, after it does a little install routine then click Next, click Yes, select where you want it installed at and click Next and finnaly click Finish
  5. If you are using Vista or a newer OS then do the next 2 steps, if not skip this section
    1. Right click the HP USB DISK Storage Format Tool and select properties.
    2. Click the Compatability Tab and near the bottom check the box marked 'Run this program as an administrator'
  6. Run the program HP USB DISK Storage Format Tool
  7. Select the Device that is your USB stick
  8. Select the FAT32 file system
  9. Choose what ever label you want
  10. Check the box marked Quick Format and the box marked Create a DOS startup disk
  11. Browse to the directory that contains the files you extracted in step 2
  12. Click Start

You have a DOS bootable USB drive now, just copy over any files you need to the USB stick.


How To Map Network Drives using Group Policy Objects

by Gonzo 13. January 2013 21:32

Mapping Network drives is a common administrator task, and in the old days we had to use a login batch file to accomplish this using scripts like below.

NET USE S: \\DC01\Software

Now we can use a Group Policy Object ( GPO ) that makes it much simpler to use and manage. You can create a GPO called Mapped Drives - Accounting and link it to a Security group called Accounting and any users in that group will have the drives listed in that GPO mapped for them.

You first start by opening the Group Policy Management console found in Administrative Tools or you can find it by typing in Group Policy Management in the search box

I will drill down to a Organizational Unit called Groups and right click and select 'Create a GPO in this domain and link it here'

I will type in the name 'Mapped Drives - Accounting' Since I will link this GPO to a user group called Accounting later and a good naming convention always makes life easier in the future.

Now I can right click on the GPO I created and choose Edit

Now you can drill down to User Configuration -> Preferences -> Drive Maps as below

Right click on Drive Maps and select New -> Mapped Drive or you can right click in the white space and select New -> Mapped Drive

YOu have to use a UNC path for the location \\server\sharename and of course select a drive letter to be used. If you notice a list of options appear in Action drop down text box and I see Connect as options which can be useful if you have a share that exist off your domain and the user doesnt have security rights to that share. Read the help file and they have a excellent writeup on the options you can use.

Click Apply and we have one more step to do since we are linking this GPO to a security group. Now go back to the Group Policy Management Counsel and left click the 'Mapped Drives - Accounting' GPO

In the right hand pane look in the area labeled Security Filtering and you will see the a Security Group called Authenticated Users we will add the group Accounting and remove authenticated users as the steps show below

Click Add and Select the Accounting group

Now left click the group Authenticated Users and click Remove. You will be asked if your sure you want to do this.

You now have created a GPO in the Group OU and any users in the Accounting security group will have the Accounting share mapped for them automatically.


NOTE: If you have older clients like XP and 2003, apply the MS KB943729 patch.



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