Howto: Use msizap to Remove Orphaned Cached Windows Installer Data Files to Increase Free Disk Space

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Msizap is a command-line tool that can delete the configuration data that Windows Installer maintains for products that it installs, including the directories, files, registry subkeys, and registry entries in which Windows Installer stores configuration data. Running msizap.exe with the G parameter removes orphaned cached Windows Installer data files for all users. Running this command […]

Howto: Generate Many Files of a Particular Size in Windows

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I was recently performing some performance testing that required me to copy many files of a particular size from one Windows workstation to a Windows file server. I had a heck of a time figuring out how to batch generate the test files. Finally I came across the fsutil tool, which is included in all […]

Howto: Edit Network Card Bindings in Windows Server 2008

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Figuring out how to edit the order of NIC bindings on a Windows 2008 Server took quite a bit of Googling. It seems that you need to know a secret key combination to be able to view the Advanced tab, where the option to edit the NIC bindings is located. To edit the network card […]

Howto: Change the IP Address of a Dell 4/P DRAC from the Command Line Without Rebooting

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Normally you configure a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) when a server is initially commissioned. Once the card is set, administrators rarely if ever need to modify the settings. If you do need to change the settings, the server needs to be restarted so the DRAC BIOS can be modified, which obviously results in system […]

Fix for Windows Vista Black Screen of Death, aka KSOD

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Found this solution on the LogBlog after another failed Vista boot up. This issue is being referred to as the blacK Screen Of Death (KSOD), and is described as: “KSOD Defined: Where after a reboot the Windows Vista PC boots up to a black screen with a white mouse cursor and nothing else ever loads […]

Dell Dset Utility Default Password

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I always forget this, so I’m posting this here for the next time I need to review a Dell Dset report, that the default password is ‘dell’. If you are not familiar with Dset, you can download it from the Dell Support site. It’s a nifty utility that provides configuration and diagnostic information for Dell’s […]

Fix for Make Install / Compiler Issues with Intel e1000 NIC Driver in SLES 10

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How I was able to make and install the Intel e1000 NIC driver in SLES 10 Linux: Steps 1 through 3 under Building and Installation are simple enough to follow when making the Intel e1000 network card driver on SLES 10 SP2. 1. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice.  For […]

Fix: Intel PROSet for Windows Device Manager Missing Tabs

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I’ve been building some new Dell PowerEdge 1950 servers for a new deployment running Windows Server 2003 SP2.  I had originally configured the servers to use the integrated Broadcom NICs, but wanted to change to my new Intel Quad Port VT 1000 PCIe card.  I went with the quad port since I was planning on […]

How Much Free Disk Space Do I Need to Install Windows XP SP3?

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Various Microsoft resources have different answers to the amount of free hard drive space needed to install Windows XP SP3.  You’ll see that the amount of free disk space required to install XP SP3 depends on where you’re installing from, as well as other factors. According to KB950717 , we recommend that you have a minimum […]

Howto: Test IMAP Mail Server Availability Using Telnet

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From a command prompt, initiate a connection with the mail server.  Use port 143 for IMAP, port 993 for seucre encrypted IMAPs: telnet 192.168.1.60 143 Authenticate to the IMAP server, specifying username and password: A LOGIN username password Chose a folder: 01 Select INBOX Display  a message using rfc822 specifications.  Here message number 13 is listed: […]