Howto: Mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs

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This post is mainly for my own benefit.  I mount Windows shares on my SuSE linux box so infrequently, I have to dig through past notes to remind myself what the syntax is. To mount a Windows share on SLES linux using cifs: mount -t cifs -o username=jsmith //po5/gwdompri /mnt/po5/gwdompri where: jsmith is the user […]

Reinstalling the McAfee Common Management Agent Framework (framepkg.exe) without a reboot

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Normally reinstalling the McAfee Common Management Agent (CMA) requires a reboot in order for the server to be properly displayed in the EPO management interface.  Here’s how to perform the reinstall, minus the reboot requirement. 1.  Connect to the Windows server console by logging directly onto the server, or by connecting via RDP by running […]

A Portable Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe)

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I ran across Claus’s link to the makeuseof.com article that shows how to run Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection program as a portable application from a USB drive. This lead me to think about how this could be of value in my environment.  I frequently hop from server to server using Microsoft’s Terminal Services client, mstsc.exe, which […]

Howto: Disable the clicking sound in Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer

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The clicking sound that Windows plays when you click on a link in Internet Explorer or open a folder in Windows Explorer can get annoying. Here’s how to disable the sound in Windows XP: Click Start > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices Click the Sounds tab Scroll down the list under Program Events. Under […]

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 […]