Archive for the ‘Windows Vista’ Category

SSH SCP Hyperlink

March 13th, 2010 10 comments

Following on from a previous post about creating and using an RDP Hyperlink on a computer running Windows, I have written another two .bat files for use with SSH and SCP protocols.


RDP Hyperlink

February 21st, 2010 52 comments

I recently started using Zenoss (an open source application, server and network management platform) to monitor servers. One of the options that can be configured for each of the devices being managed is a hyperlink that can open a website or application of some relevance. In a situation where I am informed of an issue with a server/application I instinctively try to open a Windows remote desktop session to the server. This used to involve manually opening the Microsoft Terminal Services Console (mstsc.exe), keying the server name and then clicking the connect button. I wanted a way to click a hyperlink from the Zenoss web console and establish an rdp session to the relevant server.


SCCM Remote Tools firewall ports

February 16th, 2010 No comments

I have been using System Center Configuration Manager to deploy software to clients for a while now but I recently had a requirement to control a client remotely. In order to control clients using the SCCM Remote Tools feature, some ports needed to be opened on the client in the Windows firewall.


Cannot open Compiled HTML .chm on Vista

June 25th, 2009 No comments

I have just tried to open a file with a .chm extension on a computer running Windows Vista. The file is located on my desktop yet when I tried to open it only the table of contents would display and not the actual pages containing any content. Instead I was presented with a screen that said: 'Navigation to the webpage was cancelled'.


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Dell Latitude E4300 CD DVD burning problem

January 5th, 2009 10 comments

I recently bought a batch of Dell Latitude E4300 laptops as replacements for outdated machines at work. I retained one for myself and after a few days decided to wipe Windows XP and install Windows Vista Business. Everything was fine until I wanted to burn a copy of Knoppix from an .ISO image.


Vista IE7 crashes when sending email through OWA

August 21st, 2008 No comments

I have installed Microsoft Exchange quite a few times as a syadmin and since the release of Vista one thing I seem to forget is to address the issue of Vista clients using Internet Explorer 7 that send email through Outlook Web Access.


Run .net application from network share

January 21st, 2008 20 comments

I used to work in a Secondary School and whilst I was there I developed an application using for students to run checks on and upload e-portfolios to a shared resource before submission to the examination board. The application worked fine so I packaged it into an MSI and deployed it. Everything was ok until the e-portfolio criteria was changed. I had to modify the application and redeploy the MSI.


Moving an IDE HDD to new hardware

November 2nd, 2007 1 comment

A while ago I had an old computer with a single IDE hard disk in it running Windows XP Pro with many applications installed. I had a second computer with totally different hardware (different motherboard, vga, lan etc) and I wanted to move the hard disk from the old computer into the second one, retaining my windows installation/applications and boot from it. I was determined not to install Windows XP Pro again so I started looking into why the disk wouldn't boot when moved onto new hardware. It turns out that it's a problem with the driver for the IDE controller.


Windows XP & Vista mount ISO

October 31st, 2007 4 comments

I was recently looking for a utility to mount an ISO so that I could install a program from the ISO image. Most of the applications that I have ever used for this (Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%) require a reboot after installation to initialize the virtual CD-Rom drive before it can be used. I actually didn't want to reboot my workstation so I thought id have a quick Google for an alternative application. It turns out that Microsoft have written an application called 'Virtual CD Control Panel' (I've called it VCP for short).


Server 2003 SP2 problems

September 15th, 2007 No comments

After its recent release I installed Service Pack 2 on all computers running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 at work. I encountered a few strange problems.