The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy:

Microsoft Windows


December 16, 2008  5:48 AM

“MSTSC /console” Where did you go?



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Terminal Services, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

I just noticed this in the last few days, I guess its because of the fact that I waited so long to update to SP1, but it seems that with Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP SP3, and Server 2008 the /console switch is no longer available... Running mstsc /? will give you the following screen

December 12, 2008  7:28 AM

Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 Beta



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Development, IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Networking, service pack 2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

I just read from a TechNet email, Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP2 are out, and its a single update file for both! How you say? Well basically because Windows Vista and Server 2008 share the same code base. You need to already be running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows Server 2008 to install. The...


December 11, 2008  9:10 PM

HP to use “Green Super Batteries”



Posted by: Nathan Simon
green, HP, laptop, lithium-ion, Mobile, notebook

Boston Power Inc created these lithium ion batteries, apparently what they do is act like new for up to 3 years. That and they will charge to full capacity in 30 minutes while delivering longer, on average, run-times. The batteries will provide 4.4 amps per hour as apposed to 2.6 amps from the...


December 11, 2008  3:03 AM

Terminal Services Printing Workaround



Posted by: Nathan Simon
HP, IT professional, Microsoft Windows, net use, Terminal Services, Windows Server 2008

Would you like to print to that HP Printer that just wont connect through RDP? Let me lay out the scenario for you. You have an USB HP Printer of any type. No matter what you have done you cannot get it to map. Well here is a little work-around that I put together a while ago. Take...


December 3, 2008  11:00 PM

Symantec Backup Exec – Backup to Disk Issue



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Storage

By default a backup to disk folder is setup to have a maximum size for backup-to-disk files of 1GB and a maximum of 100 of these. Well what happens if you have a backup of say 265 GB's? It will eventually have written 100, 1GB files, thus provoking backup exec to ask for another drive(which may...


December 3, 2008  10:52 PM

You can teach a Young Pup an Old Dog’s Tricks!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Networking

Well wouldn’t you know it, an old issue creeps up in Vista and it has the same resolution as before.. "The remote session was disconnected because the local computer’s client access license could not be upgraded or renewed. Please contact the server administrator." 1 . Use the Registry...


December 3, 2008  6:06 AM

Taking advantage of Roaming Profiles



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Networking, Storage

Well one thing about roaming profiles is that they can be used to deploy new workstations more efficiently . If done correctly and taking the proper precautions you can harness the power of the all mighty Roaming Profile! When utilizing roaming profiles, you save the time of copying favorites,...


November 24, 2008  5:31 PM

VMware workstation 6.5 new features



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Networking, Virtualization

The newest release of VMware Workstation 6.5 will support for Direct X 9.0c and Shader Model 2, which basically means you will now be able to play 3D games in a VM! Utilizing ACE (Assured Computing Environment) technology you could take your 3D games and apps with you, securely Another Major new...


November 19, 2008  10:40 PM

The Definitive Fix for Internet Explorer 7 runonce issue!



Posted by: Nathan Simon
IT professional, Microsoft Windows

After battling spyware till you have it on its knees begging for forgiveness, you'll breath a sigh of relief, its finally gone, then you go to surf the internet and you get the dreaded Runonce page error. Two of the specific error URLs are below


November 18, 2008  11:33 PM

Microsoft to Challenge Facebook and MySpace



Posted by: Nathan Simon
Microsoft Windows, Mobile, Networking

Well it was bound to happen, Microsoft sees the success of MySpace and Facebook and wants a little piece of that pie. Microsoft wants Windows Live to be the centerpiece of everyones internet experience. Changes will be happening in the next few weeks as they incorperate new revisions of their...


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