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Archive for January, 2009

Can I turn off this server?

01.30.2009 · Posted in Windows 2003, Windows XP

If one day you ever need to restart or turn off a server which you don’t know much about, and would like to know the implications, there is a few things you can do to find out.  Computer Management console –  Under the Shared Folders section, you can find out all the shares available on the server ...

Copying Scheduled Tasks

01.29.2009 · Posted in Windows 2003

I am in the process of decommissioning a server to a newer hardware, and I need to move 10 jobs from the Scheduled Tasks to the new machine. Instead of creating the jobs from scratch again, which can be tedious especially when you have to create multiple schedule times, I’m copying the jobs across. The jobs ...

Outlook Email Signatures

01.28.2009 · Posted in Windows XP

If one day you ever have to backup Outlook email signatures, you do so by copying the Signatures folder in C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\Microsoft. This is particularly useful when someone changes computer or has a new outlook profile. Make a copy of the Signatures folder and restore it back to the User profile folder. And ...

Best free anti-spyware software

01.28.2009 · Posted in Tools

I was wondering what are the best and most effective anti-spyware software available to download for free on the internet. Personally I tend not to stick to one software, and have at least 3 of them scanning my pc every week. The ones I find easy-to-use, and effective are listed below:   Spybot Search & Destroy ...

PowerGREP – string search tool

01.27.2009 · Posted in Tools

This is one useful tool that allows you to search for expressions in files and folders. PowerGrep will output the filenames and the line numbers that match your search expressions. I use it all the time to look for connection strings in web config files. Consider this example below: I need to look the word ...

GNU Wget

01.16.2009 · Posted in Linux, Tools

GNU Wget is an application that allows to retrieve files from the internet – http, https, and ftp. My company uses Wget to download files from an FTP datafeed provider and this is how it is setup:  Download Wget from here Install it on your machine Add “C:\Program Files\Gnuwin32\bin to the path variable in the ...

Active ports – monitoring ports

01.16.2009 · Posted in Networking, Tools

An alternative to netstat command and it’s graphical too! This is a great tool that allows you to monitor what tcp or udp ports are opened in your local machine. You can use it to find out what ports are being used by what applications. It displays a local and remote IP address along with ...

VMware ESXi 3.5 for DR

01.12.2009 · Posted in Backup and DR, VM Ware ESXi 3.5

In case one of the application servers blows up. For servers such as SQL and Exchange, you will need a beefed up server hosting the ESXi server. The BIG picture Convert physical machines (mostly Windows 2003 servers) into virtual machines (.vmx) Save the virtual machines into a central repository Restore the VM image when needed ...

VI Client can’t connect to ESXi 3.5

01.09.2009 · Posted in VM Ware ESXi 3.5

On Monday, I was getting this error “Could not interpret the client’s request” when connecting to my ESXi 3.5 server using VI Infrastructure client v2.5. Without access to the VMware server, I could not manage the virtual machines. I did a bit of research on the internet, and according to a post on the VMware ...

The best remote access tool?

01.07.2009 · Posted in Tools

Being able to administer a server remotely is important. As a matter of fact, most of the servers administration is done remotely, that is you are not physically in front of the machines. I use three main remote access tools to manage my machines. Remote Desktop – this is a free software from Microsoft that allows ...