Managing multiple Remote Desktop/Terminal Server connections using Terminals

by File in: freeware, remote access, utilities, Windows

I manage many Windows servers using Remote Desktop/RDC or Terminal Services. I have an icon saved to my desktop for each server, which contains the configuration settings for each specific connection, such as domain, user name, etc. This allows me to quickly connect to the server by double-clicking it’s shortcut and entering the appropriate password. […]

Interpreting ABEND.LOG using the ABENDLogFilter utility

by File in: freeware, Netware, Novell, utilities

Novell Netware ABEND.LOG files capture abnormal endings (aka abends), which are the equivalent of the Windows Blue Screen of Death.  ABEND.LOGs typically contain a few lines of useful information for us consultant types, while the majority of the data is memory and stack contents, which probably only makes sense to developer types. The ABENDLogFilter utility will parse […]

Howto: silently install VNC onto a remote Windows PC

by File in: freeware, howto

I have a client that wanted to be able to remotely access an employee’s computer, but didn’t want to use Windows XP’s remote desktop (long story why) .  He also didn’t want to pay for commercial software, so I needed to find a freeware solution. After doing some research, I decided UltraVNC was the best solution for my […]

Why I don’t save passwords in my browser

by File in: best practices, freeware, utilities

I’ve long been an advocate of not saving passwords to web sites in my Internet browser.  Why?  Because it’s so easy to view the passwords with simple utilities readily available on the Internet. But now you can view passwords stored in Internet Explorer, Netscape, Firefox, and Opera with one simple line of javascript code: javascript:(function(){var […]

clean up your new computer with PC Decrapifier

by File in: freeware, utilities

It’s seems like every new computer comes with a ton of unwanted software. Shareware, trialware, demoware… cluttering up your new machine.  Whenever I get a new PC I immediately format the thing and reload my OS by hand.  That way I can control exactly what’s installed.   But obviously not everyone has the technical know how […]

Howto: enable remote desktop on a windows xp machine – remotely

by File in: freeware, howto, registry, remote access, utilities

I’ve been configuring my LAN for spiceworks this afternoon. The Windows XP firewall is enabled on most of our PCs, and I didn’t want to visit each station to configure it to allow spiceworks to inventory the machine. I’m also not big into group policy here at the office (what the saying about the cobbler’s […]

Spiceworks – a free IT management system

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Today I finally got around to installing spiceworks. The web site claims the software is an IT manager’s dream – asset management and help desk, all from a simple Windows PC. The installation took all of five minutes to complete. I think the most difficult part of the install was figuring out if my […]