Archive for August, 2007

Command check computer specs and uptime in windows XP

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Ever had a doubt what utilities do what. Windows XP has so many built in features and utilities that most sysadmins do not bother to utilize as they try to find a way of getting by with the same old commands (like ipconfig and stuff) they do not realize that newer OSes often include more utilities that could help in streamlining the support daily tasks and troubleshooting.

Try this command which is built in into Microsoft Windows XP.  

in command prompt, type the following     systeminfo

it will give you good useful information about system configs, system uptime, original install date (windows xp installation) hotfixes installed, NIC card info and so forth. it can be run on another machine remotely.

Here is a systeminfo parameter:

C:\DOCUME~1\aamin>systeminfo /?

SYSTEMINFO [/S system [/U username [/P [password]]]] [/FO format] [/NH]

Description:
    This command line tool enables an administrator to query for basic
    system configuration information.

Parameter List:
    /S      system           Specifies the remote system to connect to.

    /U      [domain\]user    Specifies the user context under which
                             the command should execute.

    /P      [password]       Specifies the password for the given
                             user context. Prompts for input if omitted.

    /FO     format           Specifies the format in which the output
                             is to be displayed.
                             Valid values: “TABLE”, “LIST”, “CSV”.

    /NH                      Specifies that the “Column Header” should
                             not be displayed in the output.
                             Valid only for “TABLE” and “CSV” formats.

    /?                       Displays this help/usage.

Examples:
    SYSTEMINFO
    SYSTEMINFO /?
    SYSTEMINFO /S system
    SYSTEMINFO /S system /U user
    SYSTEMINFO /S system /U domain\user /P password /FO TABLE
    SYSTEMINFO /S system /FO LIST
    SYSTEMINFO /S system /FO CSV /NH

I hope you find this tool useful and helpful. If so let us know and we will post more.

If you have tips to share, please do not hesitate to contribute.

Goodlink stops syncing contacts on Treo Palm or other PDA devices

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

If you have a device running Good Messaging (formerly known as GoodLink) and it stops syncing, the first thing to do is make sure you have a data connection by attempting to go out to an internet site (such as www.google.com) from your device. If that doesn’t work, then contact your wireless provider, because your data connection is not available or you have no data coverage where you are. If you can get out to website, you probably just need to reset the Goodlink software.

 Here are instructions for to reset your goodlink software on a treo or a PDA device:

  1. On your wireless device, go into Good Preferences | About Good Mobile Messaging
  2. Type in “debug” without quotes. You will not see the text on the screen as you type, but it will open a hidden command prompt.
  3. When a command prompt window opens, type in “reprov” without quotes and press the enter key.
  4. You will be prompted that this will erase all data from the handheld. This only refers to data synced with the Good software. Type in “yes” without quotes and press the enter key.
  5. Your device will restart and the Good software will resync all of your emails/calendar/contacts/etc.

This usually does the trick and all should work like a charm.

I hope this tip helped you out.

Computer Wholesaler Network

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Computer market is becoming more and more competitive which keeps the prices down for all consumer business. However, the market is much more competitve in the second hand computers and wholesalers. Many of these wholesalers are dealing in the gray market. We found a great directory where these computer wholesalers and drop shippers are listed and actively interact together releasing their hottest inventory along with their contact info.

if you are intrested in buying second hand computers or brand new computer  from the gray market area make sure you check out the Computer Wholesalers Directory

RSS Readers Sharp Reader

Monday, August 13th, 2007

I remember back in the days when I had two or three favorite sites, but nowadays, with so many different topics, gadget news, website deals, and more, it is hard to keep visit all of them more often, this is where RSS comes to the rescue and offer you the ease of keeping up with all the sites in one simple application with highlights of each website… Not all website have RSS capability, but it is becoming more and more common.

There are two main ways to get the RSS feeds, the first way is through a web application (kind of like different Google Reader where you have to have your web browser open and logged in to your Google account, Yahoo, and MSN offer it too) or a desktop application where you can open it up like Microsoft Outlook… I have been through a few RSS readers and found Sharp Reader to be the best one out there due to its simplicity, new RSS notifications, and most of all, stability (the coolest thing, it is FREE).

Download Sharp Reader Software RSS Reader

PST Password Recovery for Microsoft Outlook Free

Monday, August 13th, 2007

So many passwords, only a few can be remembered, the ones that are hard to remember usually are the ones that are seldom used. This is the case with my friend Jane who setup a password on her PST file a few months ago and now needed to get some emails out of it, the only problem is she could not open it as she did not know the password.

Thankfully, when she called me, I had the PST Recover Password utility available and was able to crack it open. It is a free utility, almost impossible to find one like it for free.

Download Recover PST Password for Microsoft Outlook

Online Training Library Courses for $30/month

Saturday, August 11th, 2007

 There are many online training sites out there these days that offer access to their entire training library for monthly subscribtion. We have done an extensive research on which one has the most selections, more advanced courses and offer latest products.   Virtual Training Company (VTC) by far stood out in all of our comparisons. We compared it to Lynda.com which was pretty much the same price but fewer selections.

VTC Online University is one of the most valuable training resources on the web . For just US$30* per month you will have access to in-depth training on hundreds of today’s most sought-after applications, with over 43,327 narrated QuickTime movies. (And yes, you do have access to ALL VTC VTC Logocontent.) These can be streamed over any connection to the Internet directly to your computer

 

3 Ways To Lock Windows XP

Friday, August 10th, 2007

To lock a Windows XP workstation you can use of the 2 methods below:

 1)  Keyboad Combination:  You can lock your Windows XP workstation by Pressing the Windows key + the letter L to lock.

2)  DOS Command: You can also lock a Windows XP workstation by typing the following DOS command,

rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation

This command can be execute by either click on Start -> Run and typing the in the command, or by creating a shortcut.

3)  Normal way: Click on Ctrl + Alt + Del, and select “Lock”

Honest and independant web hosting review website

Friday, August 10th, 2007

It is very important to search and research web hosting companies before signing up with one. after all it is a service you are receiving from them let alone your data is housed with them. I found web hosting review to be an honest review website on web hosting companies, completely unbiased and straight to the point. check them out.

Free utility to import N2K file

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Microsoft Outlook 2003 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 do not store email addresses you correspond to via email in your address book, what it does, it stores all these email addresses in what is called the cached file called N2K file. The N2K  file cannot be read via a regular text editor nor can it be directly imported into outlook contacts.

Many users get bumped when they find this out, (especially noticeable when they receive a new computer).

The utility we have can open up the N2K file and export all the addresses into a CSV file. Best of all, it is free. 🙂

the N2K file can be located at the following path C:\Documents and Settings\(Your USERNAME)\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.NK2

Download the N2K tool.

If you have similar tools or cool tools please share it with us…. we will credit you for it
Enjoy

Attached is a utility that would extract the nk2 files into csv (so they can be imported into address book) 

Once in a CSV, you can easily delete invalid exchange addresses and maintain the smtp addresses.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

it is a beta version but has always worked for me.  😉

Control ALT Delete in microsoft terminal windows session

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Have you ever wanted to get the control alt delete in windows terminal session and wondered how it can be done (may be to get task manager, change password, lock workstation… etc

In the windows terminal session, press  CTRL ALT END  instead of CTRL ALT Del and that should bring it up for you.

Cool tip huh…. 🙂

DOS IF command to check file if exist

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Simple opertations can seem easy but in some instances it is challenging.

Many network administrators can find this useful when deploying new files to the company computer using batch files.

Here is some good info on how to use the if statement.

Performs conditional processing in batch programs.

IF [NOT] ERRORLEVEL number command
IF [NOT] string1==string2 command
IF [NOT] EXIST filename command

  NOT               Specifies that Windows XP should carry out
                    the command only if the condition is false.

  ERRORLEVEL number Specifies a true condition if the last program run
                    returned an exit code equal to or greater than the number
                    specified.

  string1==string2  Specifies a true condition if the specified text strings
                    match.

  EXIST filename    Specifies a true condition if the specified filename
                    exists.

  command           Specifies the command to carry out if the condition is
                    met.  Command can be followed by ELSE command which
                    will execute the command after the ELSE keyword if the
                    specified condition is FALSE

The ELSE clause must occur on the same line as the command after the IF.  For
example:

    IF EXIST filename. (
        del filename.
    ) ELSE (
        echo filename. missing.
    )

The following would NOT work because the del command needs to be terminated
by a newline:

    IF EXIST filename. del filename. ELSE echo filename. missing

Nor would the following work, since the ELSE command must be on the same line
as the end of the IF command:

    IF EXIST filename. del filename.
    ELSE echo filename. missing

The following would work if you want it all on one line:

    IF EXIST filename. (del filename.) ELSE echo filename. missing

If Command Extensions are enabled IF changes as follows:

    IF [/I] string1 compare-op string2 command
    IF CMDEXTVERSION number command
    IF DEFINED variable command

where compare-op may be one of:

    EQU – equal
    NEQ – not equal
    LSS – less than
    LEQ – less than or equal
    GTR – greater than
    GEQ – greater than or equal

and the /I switch, if specified, says to do case insensitive string
compares.  The /I switch can also be used on the string1==string2 form
of IF.  These comparisons are generic, in that if both string1 and
string2 are both comprised of all numeric digits, then the strings are
converted to numbers and a numeric comparison is performed.

The CMDEXTVERSION conditional works just like ERRORLEVEL, except it is
comparing against an internal version number associated with the Command
Extensions.  The first version is 1.  It will be incremented by one when
significant enhancements are added to the Command Extensions.
CMDEXTVERSION conditional is never true when Command Extensions are
disabled.

The DEFINED conditional works just like EXISTS except it takes an
environment variable name and returns true if the environment variable
is defined.

%ERRORLEVEL% will expand into a string representation of
the current value of ERRORLEVEL, provided that there is not already
an environment variable with the name ERRORLEVEL, in which case you
will get its value instead.  After running a program, the following
illustrates ERRORLEVEL use:

    goto answer%ERRORLEVEL%
    :answer0
    echo Program had return code 0
    :answer1
    echo Program had return code 1

You can also using the numerical comparisons above:

    IF %ERRORLEVEL% LEQ 1 goto okay

%CMDCMDLINE% will expand into the original command line passed to
CMD.EXE prior to any processing by CMD.EXE, provided that there is not
already an environment variable with the name CMDCMDLINE, in which case
you will get its value instead.

%CMDEXTVERSION% will expand into a string representation of the
current value of CMDEXTVERSION, provided that there is not already
an environment variable with the name CMDEXTVERSION, in which case you
will get its value instead.

BlackBerry Wireless syncronization disappeared for Contacts or email

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Blackberry users sometimes encounter a weird issue with their blackberries where the wireless syncronization disappears from the contacts or messages menu (where you can turn it off or on). To fix it simply go into the service book (under Options) and delete the Desktop CMIME) once deleted you can go into the BES server and send Service Book again and that should fix it.  This also fixes the issue when a user cannot send emails where the send option disappears. this happens because the CMIME gets corrupted.

If the issue is with Wireless Syncronization, then you want to delete the Desktop CICAL which is responisble for calendar wireless syncronization.

I hope you find this helpful.