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A few BGInfo VBScripts for my VMs

A few BGInfo VBScripts for my VMs

I saw Ivo Beerens’ blog post about using BGInfo and VMware View: Display the protocol used on the VMware View desktop background and it made me think of some of the scripts I’ve used. I figured I would share them. I’ve used BGInfo for years, and have collected several scripts that I have used for various pieces of info that isn’t always the easiest to get from either the Windows registry or other places.  When I worked for a Service…

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Unsolicited Remote Assistance – Windows Vista/7

Unsolicited Remote Assistance – Windows Vista/7

Several years ago, I came across the need to leverage Windows XP’s Remote Assistance feature. I came across a way, in XP, to do this without requiring any interaction from the end user.  You can find that post here: Windows: Unsolicited Remote Assistance. In Windows XP, loading the following URL (hcp://CN=Microsoft%20Corporation,L=Redmond,S=Washington,C=US/Remote%20Assistance/Escalation/unsolicited/unsolicitedrcui.htm) will present a dialog box allowing the connection to another Windows XP system. I have spent quite a bit of time out of the desktop support side of things,…

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Set Guest OS I/O Timeout Settings via PowerShell

Set Guest OS I/O Timeout Settings via PowerShell

Back in October 2009, I wrote a post on how to remotely set the TimeoutValue for the Disk service in Windows per NetApp’s best practices.  It is kind of a pain to grab a list of VM’s, make a bunch of batch files, call them, and so on. I was playing around with the PSRemoteRegistry PowerShell module, and figured out a better way of doing it… Using PowerShell. To make this work A few things are needed: PowerShell 2.0 vSphere…

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Spyware/Virus Removal Technique

Spyware/Virus Removal Technique

I normally blog about virtualization topics, but I saw a tweet from a guy I follow, and noticed that he spent some money getting his PC cleaned by the Geek Squad. Well, I was shown a method that has worked pretty well for me, and I figured I would share it. The primary component necessary, is Process Explorer from Microsoft (formerly a Sysinternals tool). This tool looks similar to the native Windows Task Manager, but is much more powerful. The…

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Tell the system how you really feel.

Tell the system how you really feel.

Have you ever wanted to put the “truth” in a Shutdown Event Tracker comment box? I’ve had to deal with my fair share of terrible applications/services, that the “Business Unit” (in one of my many positions) has decided to use, but were less than, shall I say “Stellar”. I figured I’d post this, as I thought it was funny to see what it looked like when I followed the spirit of George Washington, in the fact that “I cannot tell…

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