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Clearing DNS Server Cache on Server 2008 to clear Internet Access Problems

June 2, 2013 Leave a comment

Take a look at the following link from Chris Stark Mr Stark to see how clearing the DNS Server Cache on Server 2008 could resolve internet access problems on your devices within your domain

Server 2008 R2 clear DNS cache to get Internet working on clients

How to send a Ctr + Alt + Del to a RDP Session

June 2, 2013 Leave a comment

QuestionDuring the week  I had to send  a Ctr +  Alt + Del to a RDP Session.

After a google search the keyboard command  to send is

Ctr + Alt + End

For more keyboard shortcuts for a RDP session check out the following link.


Checking the speed of your Raspberry Pi SD Card

April 21, 2013 3 comments

Note that if you do a  read/write test on volatile memory such as USB or SD Cards then you will lose the data on them.

Having just upgraded the SD card on my Raspberry Pi from 4Gb to a 16GB, I was shocked to find that I was now getting a blank screen when running the start x for a good five minutes before the Raspberry Pi desktop would appear.

So I decided to run a program called HD_Speed from the team over at SteelBytes it measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. in a realtime graphical display

The 80KB utility does not require installation and runs with a click. Select the drive and hit start. The read/write results show up as a graph and also as real values.

Which can be downloaded from the following location –

It turns out that even though the  SD card for the Raspberry Pi was larger than the my previous SD card it was also a lot slower so it looks like I have to purchase a new faster SD card.

Quickly Scan Directory Sizes and Find Big Files

April 14, 2013 1 comment

Today’s blog is about a useful bit of software called treesize that can quickly scan directory sizes and find big files so you can work out where all the space on your hard drive has gone, to quote the develops of treesize about the freeware version.

“TreeSize Free can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. Expand folders in an Explorer-like fashion and see the size of every subfolder. All results can also be drilled down to the file level. Scanning operations run in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize Free is working. The Explorer context menu is supported within TreeSize, as well as the usual drag & drop operations.”

Which can be downloaded from the following location

Also if you want even more information about your directory sizes Take a look at the advanced analysis and management functions of TreeSize Professional.


Windows Activity Monitor – Record PC Activity

February 21, 2013 1 comment

Sleeping At OfficeThe Windows Activity Monitor monitors user’s activity on the computer, tracks active windows and processes and allows table and chart visualization such as

  • Percentage of what applications were being used shown
  • Track individual processes
  • Time Sheet section. (It breaks down the activity of the user down to the minute)

The Windows Activity Monitor installs itself as a system service in the Windows operating system. The service will automatically record PC activity and generate reports that can be accessed with a web browser as the PC with the software installed creates its own webpage with all the information on.

This software can be very helpful for managers to monitor the PC usage of their Staff (of course with HR approval)

Windows Activity Monitor can be downloaded here

Windows Activity Monitor


App Store for Windows XP and 7

February 17, 2013 Leave a comment

While Microsoft has supplied its own app store for the customer’s that use windows 8 it has left its XP and 7 customers out in the cold, Well with the help of allmyapps they can also have their own app store.

Using an App store for windows xp and 7 has the following benefits such as

  • Making software easier for your customer to find
  • When browsing through the software lists and comparing titles,  They can use customer reviews to decide if it is any good.
  • Updates are much easier to deal with as allmyapps will let your customers know.

Run from the website or download the desktop client at

Advanced Tokens Manager to Manage Microsoft licenses

February 14, 2013 Leave a comment
Yesterday one of our remote PC’s after a rebuild was having problems with its windows activation after having a look round trying to find a solution we came across a handy bit of software to activate the system from another identical system.

Advanced Tokens Manager is an easy to use application that helps you with the activation backup and restore.

The application is able to make the full backup of all activation data stored on the computer for a trusted restore without damage or modify the activation system.

The software can be downloaded at the following location

Works with the following Microsoft products

  • Windows 8 Family
  • Windows 7 Family
  • Windows Vista Family
  • Windows Server 2008 / 2011 / 2012 Family
  • Microsoft Office Family from 2010 to 2013
* All editions, versions and Service Packs.
* Requires .NET Framework v4.0.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

February 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Last week in the office we ran a update on a old application on one of the PCs in the environment, but your command doesn’t execute. Instead, an error popped up telling us that the application could not be updated.

So to find the answer I had to refer the “helpful” FAQ section of the application website which did not turn up any results so a quick goolge search turned up the following.

“Software installed using the Microsoft® Windows® Installer (MSI) technology writes certain files and registry settings. If any of those files or settings are missing or corrupted, you may be unable to remove, update, or even reinstall the program. The solution in such cases is to remove all of the Windows Installer information so that the program can be cleanly reinstalled. To do that, Microsoft offers the free Windows Installer CleanUp utility”

Windows Installer CleanUp utility can be download from the follwing location.

Windows Installer CleanUp Utility

The Windows Installer CleanUp utility deletes all files and registry settings associated with a program’s Windows Installer configuration. It’s important to note that the tool does not remove the program’s actual installation files or registry settings. Nor does the tool replace or supersede the Add/Remove Programs command.


RichCopy alternative file copy program to RoboCopy

February 5, 2013 1 comment

Back in 31 march I bloged about WinRoboCopy (WinRoboCopy a handy GUI front end for Robocopy) and is one of most popular blogs on this site which speaks volumes about the program.

HardDriveWinRoboCopy certainly improves on that basic functionality of the copy function but it still has some limitations in terms of granular control and usability. What you need for this problem is a program called RichCopy.

RichCopy is a multithreaded copying tool. That means that rather than copying one file at a time in serial order, RichCopy can open multiple threads simultaneously, allowing many files to be copied in parallel and cutting the total time required to complete the operation several times over. You can also pause and resume file copy operations, so if you lose network connectivity at any point, you can just pick up where you left off.

RichCopy gives you vast array of granular controls that allow you to customize all aspects of your file copying such as filtering files, saving attributes, adjusting cache size, and so on. If you regularly copy lots of files over the network or between various storage devices, these features will significantly ease your daily life.

RichCopy Download Link

Microsoft Office Handy Plugins

February 3, 2013 Leave a comment

A couple of Microsoft Office handy plugins that should help any Frustrated IT Engineer make their IT day work that little bit easier and cut down on those Microsoft Office call’s.

NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In

The primary function of this add-in is to add a few buttons to the Outlook ribbon to prevent people from replying to all the recipients of your message or forwarding it, etc. The add-in uses a facility built into Outlook and Exchange that is more lightweight than information-rights management but is not exposed in the existing UI. The add-in also includes a check for common email errors, such as omitting attachments or subject lines.

The Add-in works with Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013.

NoReplyAll Outlook Add-In

Ribbon Hero

clippyThe next one could say you hours of Microsoft office questions by using the powers of “Clippy V2.0”

The ribbon was Microsoft’s new interface in Office and it caused much confusion and a increse of helpdesk tickets especially when moving from office 2003 to office 2007 and above.

” Cloppy v2.0″ / Ribbon Hero, once installed will help your user base navigate and use the ribbon more effectively and be download from the following link.

Clippy v2.0


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