Windows XP and 2000 Tips & Tricks UPDATE, December 9, 2002

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December 9, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

  • Q. What is the FTP Folders feature?
  • Q. How do I enable or disable the FTP Folders feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?
  • Q. Why do I receive an error when I access some Active Directory (AD)-related Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins?
  • Q. How can I hide core icons from the Windows XP desktop?
  • Q. What is Virtual Network Computing (VNC)?

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1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, [email protected])

This week, I describe the FTP Folders feature and tell you how to enable and disable this feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE). I also explain why you might receive an error when accessing some Active Directory (AD)-related Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, how to hide core icons from the Windows XP desktop, and what Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is.

Around the industry this week, Microsoft has now released Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003 Release Candidate 2 (RC2) to additional testers in the preview program. For details, see the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/windows.netserver/preview/default.mspx. Microsoft has also made several new fixes available at the Windows Update Web site, including IE 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Until next week, take care.


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2. FAQS

Q. What is the FTP Folders feature?

A. Microsoft introduced the FTP Folders feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 5.x and made it a core part of Windows 2000 and later. The FTP Folders feature lets you use the familiar Windows Explorer interface to browse FTP sites. The first figure at http://www.windows2000faq.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=27453 shows the view in Windows Explorer without FTP Folders enabled. The second figure at this URL shows Windows Explorer with FTP Folders enabled.

Be aware that some limitations exist when you use FTP Folders, including

  • FTP Folders doesn't work through certain firewall products.
  • You can't copy files from one FTP server to another.
  • You can't drag files from one location to another.
  • You can't right-click an FTP folder and select Copy from the context menu to paste an item locally.
  • You can't connect to a VAX or VMS FTP server.

If you experience problems using FTP Folders, try using the standard ftp.exe client to confirm connectivity.

Q. How do I enable or disable the FTP Folders feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE)?

A. To enable or disable FTP Folders, perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, then double-click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.
  3. Under Browsing, select the "Use Web based FTP" check box or "Enable folder view for FTP sites" check box to enable the FTP Folders feature or clear one of these check boxes to disable this feature.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Restart IE for the change to take effect.

Q. Why do I receive an error when I access some Active Directory (AD)-related Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins?

A. The AD tools use Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which by default operates on port 389, to contact the directory service servers. If you enable TCP/IP filtering, block port 389, and keep only port 80 open for Web page communication, you might encounter the following problems when you attempt to access AD MMC snap-ins:

  • When you attempt to start the MMC Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, you receive an error message that reads "Naming Information cannot be located because: The Server is not operational.
  • Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently online."

  • When you attempt to start the MMC Active Directory Sites and Services snap-in, you receive an error message that reads "Naming Information cannot be located because: The server is not operational.
  • Contact your system administrator to verify that your domain is properly configured and is currently online."

  • When you attempt to start the MMC Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in, you receive an error message that reads "The configuration information describing this enterprise is not available. The server is not operational."


  • Log-on processing is very slow.
  • To resolve these errors, perform the following steps:

    1. Open the Control Panel Network Connections applet, select the network adapter from the list, right-click the network adapter, and select Properties.
    2. From the General tab, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.
    3. Click the Advanced button.
    4. Select the Options tab.
    5. Select "TCP/IP filtering", then click Properties.
    6. For "TCP Ports", select "Permit All."
    7. Click OK to close all dialog boxes.
    8. Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

    Q. How can I hide core icons from the Windows XP desktop?

    A. In earlier Windows versions, you could use a variety of registry hacks or Microsoft's Tweak UI utility to hide core icons such as My Computer and Network Places from the desktop. With XP, Microsoft provides an interface in the core product that lets you accomplish the same task. To hide core icons from the desktop, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the Control Panel Display applet (go to Start, Control Panel, Display).
    2. Select the Desktop tab.
    3. Click Customize Desktop.
    4. Select the General tab.
    5. Under the "Desktop icons" section, clear the check boxes next to any icons that you don't want to appear on the desktop.
    6. Click OK.

    To delete other icons from the desktop that you can't remove using this method, you can use the Desktop component of Tweak UI, which ships as part of Microsoft PowerToys for XP. However, remember that Microsoft doesn't support any of the PowerToys applications.

    Q. What is Virtual Network Computing (VNC)?

    A. With Windows XP, Microsoft introduced a feature called Remote Desktop that lets you take control of a remote XP machine from any Windows desktop running the Remote Desktop Connection software. A freeware alternative known as VNC has cross-platform capability and is available at http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc. The Web site provides information and clients for the following platforms:

    • Linux
    • Sun Microsystems' Solaris
    • Windows
    • Apple Computer's Macintosh
    • Dec Alpha OSF1
    • Windows CE

    The software uses very few resources and consists of a server process that you install to run as a service in Windows. After the process is running, you can use the VNC client from any platform to take control of your machine.

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