Archive for 07/01/2011

Push VNC

PushVNC is a free tool that allows admins to push VNC to remote clients and take control of them without end user intervention. The application remotely installs the VNC running file and registry entries allowing the user to connect. One exiting the viewer the application will remove the VNC running file and registry entries leaving no trace of its use. PushVNC can be downloaded from here PushVNCv4

PushVNC

Creating a Domain Controller in Windows Server 2008 R2

 Creating a Windows domain is easier than most people think, especially on Windows Server 2008 R2. this video guide will go through setting up a basic domain controller allowing the use of Active Directory and group policy amongst others. The key tool in this installation is ‘dcpromo’ , by running this tool the domain creation is almost fully automated with only a few options to specify. For this test environment we will be using all default settings.

Installing VMware ESXi on VMware Workstation

Installing ESXi on VMware Workstation  is a great way of building a test lab for a vSphere infrastructure. Emulating ESXi in Workstation offers pretty much all the functionality you would have from an installing directly on you hardware minus the performance benefits. The following video demonstrates how easy this installing is to complete, and begin the steps on build a fully function VMware vSphere test lab. Take a look at ‘Initial ESXi Configuration Guide’ which follows on from this post.

 

Initial VMware ESXi Configuration Guide

After installing the ESXi hypervisor, the network configuration options need setting to allow any connection from the vSphere client. To do so, the management password should first be changed from its default of being blank. Following this the network management options can be configured as demonstrated ion the below video guide.

Windows 7 System Rating

The Windows 7 system rating is a good way to establish your systems over performance. Windows 7 system rating is mark from 1.0 to 7.9 and measures processor, memory, graphics, gaming graphics, and primary hard drive. The overall system rating is taken from the lowest measurement. The following video will demonstrate the steps to perform a system rating.

 

Restarting the Print Spooler Service

The following guide demonstrates how to restart the print spooler service. Performing this action is a common fix for printer issue where the printer queue appears stuck. The following video will demonstrate restarting this service .