Archive for the ‘Windows XP’ Category

vSphere convert VM IDE disk to SCSI disk

June 8th, 2010 32 comments

I recently read a post by Duncan Epping over at Yellow Bricks where he tried to resize the VMDK of a Windows XP VM running on ESX\vSphere. When he used the VI Client to try and resize the VMDK he was actually unable to because it was ghosted out. By coincidence I had experienced the same problem a week before Duncan after building 5 Windows XP VMs for stress testing of a new SharePoint website. As Duncan mentioned, the only other time I had seen this happen was when a snapshot existed for the disk that needed to be resized. Quickly checking the VM's settings I noticed that by default, when you create a Virtual Machine using the 'Microsoft Windows XP Professional..." Guest Operating System container it actually attaches an IDE disk rather than a SCSI disk (Server 2003 and 2008 Guest Operating System containers use a SCSI disk by default.)


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SSH SCP Hyperlink

March 13th, 2010 11 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 54 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.


Windows XP cannot change computer name

February 15th, 2010 No comments

I was trying to deploy some software to a Windows XP SP3 client when I noticed that there seemed to be an issue with network connectivity. For some reason the client hadn't downloaded and installed any software hat had been pushed to it via SCCM. On the off chance, I happened to check the computer name in 'System Properties' (to see who the computer belonged to) and I noticed that the buttons for 'Network ID' and 'Change' were greyed out.


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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.


Create file of a certain size

October 13th, 2008 No comments

Every now and then I find myself needing to create a file of a certain size for one reason or another. This is usually for testing in situations where people are experiencing email attachment issues or disk quota problems, things like that. The quickest way to do this is to use a Windows command line utility called fsutil.exe. This command line tool can be used (amongst other things) for quota management, system info enumeration and some basic file manipulation.


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Install Dell OEM PowerDVD on non OEM system

October 6th, 2008 44 comments

I just had an issue where I was trying to install PowerDVD 5.1 onto a Dell laptop with a fresh Windows XP install. The PowerDVD software was on Dell branded media and I had reinstalled the laptop using a non OEM Dell branded version of Windows XP Professional. It seems that there is a check during the installation process of PowerDVD to verify that the software is indeed being reinstalled back onto a Dell branded computer. As I hadn’t used the original reinstallation CD that came with the laptop I had half guessed that PowerDVD was going to complain.


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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.