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How to Mount a VHD in windows XP

Microsoft Virtual PC (VPC) is a great virtualization tool that IT professionals like administrators, developers, and testers are using a lot. It is easy to build a virtual pc on your computer without affecting your host system. On the other hand virtual pc users frequently require to mount vhd file while they used as a virtual disk of your virtual operating system hard disk. In this short step-by-step tutorial, I will try to demonstrate how to open vhd file and mount vhd file using free tool Gizmo + Windows XP First let’s start by talking about “What is VHD file format” VHD or Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Image Format Specificati

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Changing Power plans in Windows 7

Some basic steps to change Windows 7 Power plans. Changing power plan and its related settings can be very effective in ensuring you system is running well yet still saving you money with excess power usage. Here are a few steps to help with selecting a power plan in Windows To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, Click Start, Control Panel, and then Click Hardware and Sound. Click Power Options. In the Select a power plan window, select the power plan you wish to use Close the Select a power plan window. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that manage how your computer uses power. You can use po

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 Installation

Microsoft Hyper-V Server (HVS) 2008 is a hypervisor solution that is based on Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Unlike Windows Server 2008 which supports the installation of many different roles, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is standalone virtualization software that does not support any additional roles. The installation of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 will be very familiar to those of you who have installed a Windows Server 2008 edition because it uses a similar wizard-driven installation. Here are the steps you must follow to install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008. Insert the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 installation CD into your server

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Bitlocker Recovery Key via AD

Usage requirements To view recovery passwords, you must be a domain administrator, or you must have been delegated permissions by a domain administrator. In addition, to use the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer, the following requirements must be met: The domain must be configured to store BitLocker recovery information. The computers protected by BitLocker must be joined to the domain. BitLocker Drive Encryption must have been enabled on the computers. Bitlocker Recovery Password viewer for Active Directory Retrieving a BitLocker key from Active Directory involves using the BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory Users a

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EIGRP tunnel template Cisco

Cisco tunnel template – EIGRP Below is a tunnel template used to provide a single site failover between two remote locations. interface Tunnel[SITE TUNNEL KEY] description —- [SITE] & [REMOTE SITE] —- ip address [SITE TUNNEL IP] 255.255.255.252 ip flow ingress tunnel source [LOCAL PROVIDER INTERFACE IP] tunnel destination [SITE PROVIDER IP] tunnel key [TUNNEL KEY] interface Tunnel[SITE2 TUNNEL KEY] description —- [SITE] & [REMOTE SITE2] —- ip address [SITE2 TUNNEL IP] 255.255.255.252 ip flow ingress tunnel source [LOCAL PROVIDER INTERFACE IP] tunnel destination [SITE2 PROVIDER IP] tunnel key [SITE2 TUNNE

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4 ways to speed up your PC

4 ways to speed up your PC By following a few simple guidelines, you can maintain your computer, help increase your PC speed, and help keep it running smoothly. This article discusses how to use the tools available in Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Service Pack 3 to help make your computer faster, maintain your computer efficiently, and help safeguard your privacy when you’re online. Note: Some of the tools mentioned in this article require you to be logged on as an administrator. If you aren’t logged on as an administrator, you can only change settings that apply to your user account. Remove spyware, and help protect

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The New User Setup Checklist template

The New User Setup Checklist Is probably one of the single most important documents in ensuring that all new users are setup in a consistent and thorough fashion, This in turn ensures that the user has faith in the IT team and in some way the user is made to feel welcome. There are a few key common sense points to be aware of is (1) No equipment should be sitting directly on the floor and (2) equipment should be setup in the “Non Working Area” wherever possible. The main reason for these two points are to mitigate some risk by (1) keeping equipment off the floor in the event of a small flood, Over excited office cleaner

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Out of Office Template Email IT Department

Out of Office Template (Email) – IT Department I cannot tell you how many times iv seem these long-winded Out of office messages. Giving details on fault logging process, where the person is going, etc. or The out of office is a cut and paste from an out of office they received somewhere along the line and its full of errors. Iv even seen in a cut and paste where the engineer has a signature from another employee. This Out of Office template was designed because clearly something as simple as an Out of Office message is something that is often overlooked by a lot of engineers. As an IT Department it is critical that all our communic

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Enable out of office in Outlook 2007 & 2010

Microsoft Outlook 2007 When you go on leave, you might want to let people in your office know that you are away when they send an email to you. This can be accomplished in Microsoft Outlook 2007 using the Out of Office Assistant. In Outlook, click Tools… Select Out of Office Assistant… Select Send Out of Office auto-replies. You can also set a date and time range. Otherwise you can go back to this screen when you return and select Do not send Out of Office auto-replies. Microsoft Outlook 2010 Of you are an  user in an Exchange environment, you can easily set an Out of Office message if you’re going to be away for a few

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Changing Windows 8 power plans

Some basic steps to change Windows 8 Power plans Changing Windows 8 power plan and its related settings can be very effective in ensuring you system is running well yet still saving you money with excess power usage. Here are a few steps to help with selecting a power plan in Windows. Windows 8 may seem very strange at first but all the settings are there “Somewhere” and almost all are only a quick search charm away. Top Tip: The easiest way to get what you need in windows 8, is the search charm. To select an appropriate power plan for your laptop or PC, At the Start screen, type power options to open the Search charm. Select P

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IIS7 restart an Web site / recycle app pool

IIS7 how to restart an individual Web site or recycle app pool. When you use the iisreset command in IIS 7.0, the IIS Admin Service, the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS), and the World Wide Web Publishing Service (WWW Service) are stopped and restarted. You should avoid using iisreset unless absolutely necessary, because the Web server shuts down all applications that depend on these three services until the services successfully restart. This means that you lose existing state in your applications, your Web sites and applications become unavailable, and you risk unpredictable results by stopping processes before they finish.   Inst

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Understanding the Cisco IOS File Name Convention

Cisco IOS naming conventions can seem a bit confusing, however to avoid bricking a device its important that you have a full understanding of the Cisco IOS naming conventions. Before planning an upgrade or install of an IOS file, it is very important that you check the name of each IOS file. The IOS file name is usually similar to this form xxxx-yyy-ww.aaa-bb.bin 1. The xxxx is the platform. For example: c1005 – For 1005 platform c1600 – For 1600 platform c1700 – For 1700, 1720, and 1750 platforms c2500 – For 25xx, 3xxx, 5100, and AO (11.2 and later only) platforms c2600 – For 2600 platform c2800 – For Catalyst 2800 platform c29

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Top 10 keyboard shortcuts everyone should know

Using keyboard shortcuts can greatly increase your productivity, reduce repetitive strain, and help keep you focused. For example, highlighting text with the keyboard and pressing Ctrl + C is much faster than taking your hand from the keyboard, highlighting the text using the mouse, clicking copy from the file menu, and then putting your hand back in place on the keyboard. Below are our top 10 keyboard shortcuts we recommend everyone memorize and use. Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Insert Copy the highlighted text or selected item. Ctrl + V or Shift + Insert Paste the text or object that’s in the clipboard. Ctrl + Z and Ctrl + Y Undo any change. Fo

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What is a Bitcoin / Cryptocurrency Faucet?

A faucet is the name given to any website or app which gives away free coins. There are many bitcoin faucets on the net, as well as many similar service for other coins. The name ‘faucet’ literally means a tap, like the ones you have for your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Following this same metaphor, the small amount of coins that users are able to claim from the site are often called ‘drops’. At most faucet sites a user may claim their free coins by providing a payment address and completing a Captcha puzzle to prove that they are human. Usually your computer’s IP address will be recorded when you make a claim, and you will not be a

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ip tcp adjust-mss causing browsing problems

Cisco Router causing browsing problems after installing a cisco router I saw that users were not able to browse the internet, strangely enough they could open the home page or the landing page of a website but could browse no further, as in click a link on the site or view the next page. after a few hours of troubleshooting it turned out to be a really simple fix all I had to do was make a minor tweak to the mass adjust. ip tcp adjust-mss 1300 What does the ip tcp adjust-mss do. Any packet that contains an initial tcp header flowing through your router will be examined against the mss. The mss in the header will be lowered to this amount if

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