Need to administer a remotely located server that has not enabled remote desktop!?  Sure you can make a GP or do some registry editing, but hey it all takes time, some nice guy has made a util that will deal with this for you, just point and click..

http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/2006/06/remotely-enable-remote-desktop.html

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Nice, Microsoft is about to get some healthy competition to their Softgrid software virtualization.  VMware just bought Thinstall, for those of you who have no experience with Softgrid / Thininstall the brief description of what is is all about would be something like this;  Software virtualization is more or less the same as VMware Server / Microsoft Virtual Server is to OS virtualization, it allow you to run an application without installing it and without polluting the host os with registry entries and config files stored all over, an other cool thing is it will allow you to eg. install Office 2000, 2003 and 2007 all at the same time.. 

Goto http://www.vmware.com/whatsnew/thinstall.html to watch a demo or try http://www.thinstall.com/.  Thinstall has the upper hand over Microsoft as Thininstall does not require client software to be installed in order to use a virtual application, Thinstall also include the option to create .msi files (just as softgrid).

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Visual tour; http://www.thinstall.com/demos/intro_dec11/
Very cool, and pice of pie… thrust me….

If you ever worked with deployment, you know the issue where you need an .MSI file or other driver files but all the vendor is supplying is a SETUP.EXE file.

Well many .EXE files can via some obscure parameters /Extract /B or whatever be extracted, but as all vendors use different utilities to create their .EXE files it can be hard to figure out how to expand them, plus some .EXE files actually can not be extracted (or is not designed to)..  Usually WinRAR is a good bet, it can actually extract many .EXE filetypes..  but not all 🙁

Fear no more, Uniextract to the rescue…  maybe it wont extract ALL but atleast it extracted many of the files I had problems with, so big thumbs up from me..  It is quite easy to use, once installed just right click on the .EXE file and select extract to subdirectory..  Easy as pie 😀

http://legroom.net/software/uniextract

For those who can not afford a copy of WinRAR (www.rarlabs.com) to open .rar files a compatible freeware program is available called LZArc (not to be confused with LHarc from the good old Amiga age).

It will not win any awards for its simple but useful layout, but hey you cant get everything for nothing.

Download it from here
http://www.izarc.org/

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Finally someone got around to writing a useful program to assist in file-copying 🙂

We all know the feeling, we start a ‘drag-and-drop’ file-copy and somewhere along the line an error occur, bad luck if you are using Windows XP (Vista is just a tad better, but still not perfect) you can start from scratch again because you have no way of determining what actually was copied before it failed..

Well this program claims to take care of this along with numerous other nice features (like pause copy job etc).  I have so far only done a quick test, but it seem promising.

Freeware for personal use and a pro version is availabe for corporate use with additional features.

The program adds itself as right click options.
http://www.codesector.com/teracopy.php

I just had a Sharepoint 2007 issue, if you use Sharepoint to store your documents and  then change your file view to “Explorer view” you will get a warning each time you try to open/edit a file stating that it may be unsafe.

I seem to have drilled the problem down and found a solution;

1. This step may not be necessary but still it removed the “mixed zone” warning. You need to add “about:blank” as an “intranet trusted site” (add via: internet options – security – local intranet – sites – advanced).

2. You need to allow for “Launching program and files in IFrame.” found under (internet options – security – local intranet – custom level).

Just finished installing my first Microsoft Windows 2008 Enterprise server, nice 🙂

Most disturbing is that it will actually go into production right away, we need some of the new group policy management features..  oh well..

Looks quite nice btw.

So you cant wait to try out SP3 for XP or SP1 for Vista!?

Well, there is a way to squeeze your way into the MS-Beta program 🙂

http://4sysops.com/archives/download-windows-xp-sp3-rc1-with-this-little-hack/

I am still thinking about it, I had some problems with IE7 beta so I am slightly reluctant.  For XP users however it should according to some posts be quite a boost in performance.

You would not believe it if you did not see it, but after installing Vista and Office 2007, the startup of Outlook 2007 vent from seconds to minutes… It would take up to 4 minutes to get to your inbox, my first thought was the same problem with the spam-filter as I recently had with Outlook 2003.. But I finally got to the ‘lets google’ point and within the first few seconds I got a bite…

It would seem that Windows Vista was the corporate (what a surprise ;-)), something called TCP Windows Scaling (sounds mean), but to my relief the cure is quite straight forward, you issue a single dos command and everything works again (mind you, being Windows Vista you need to issue the command with Administrative privileges)..

Issue this command (using sufficient privileges) and the delay is gone..
“netsh interface tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled”