Posted on 23 April 2009
“The Buddy List” consists of best available network admin/IT-related tools. I’ve used most of them in my day to day work and would highly recommend them for any network administrator.
IT System Inventory and Monitoring
Spiceworks – User friendly, easy access to help/support. Windows based software application.
Open-Audit – (previously known as ‘Winventory’) Windows/Linux based application. Can be easily customized. Better than Spiceworks because it can perform additional functionalities, such as adding custom software entries etc.
Royal TS – This application is very user friendly and very reliable. But, It only supports RDP. Revision 1.5 was the last freeware version available.
Terminals – Features support for RDP, VNC, ICA, Telnet, SSH, VMRC and RAS. What more can you ask for?
Logmein – Remote control any PC over the Internet without remote prompting (Free Trail)
Crossloop – Easily access a non-technical user’s computer by installing a single app and having them share their remote access code. Read the full story
Posted on 30 July 2008
Most of Internet connections are working below capacity. A simple bandwidth test would reveal that your own Internet connection is working well below its capacity. some times below 60% of the bandwidth is utilized. Below are some of the tricks I have collected that may help you get most juice out of your internet connection.
Increase bandwidth by tweaking QoS in Windows XP Pro
The following tweak applies only to Windows XP Professional edition. The default system behavior is that all 100% bandwidth is available, however, if there is a running application that indicates to the OS it needs to send high priority/real time data, then as long as it has the socket open, Windows XP will restrict â€œbest effortâ€ traffic to 80% of the bandwidth so that high priority traffic can be accommodated. Basically, applications can make this request to the operating system for QoS support using the QoS application programming interfaces (APIs) in Windows and this only applies if a specific app is requesting QoS.
If you’d like to change how much bandwidth is reserved for QoS (the default is 20% of the total bandwidth), do the following:
Make sure you’re logged in as “Administrator” (not just any account with admin privileges).
Navigate to START>Run and type: gpedit.msc
Navigate to Local Computer Policy > Administrative Templates > Network > QOS Packet Scheduler
In the right window, double-click the limit reservable bandwidth setting
On the setting tab, check the enabled setting.
Where it says “Bandwidth limit %”, change it to read 0 (or whatever percentage you want to reserve for high priority QoS data)
Click OK, close gpedit.msc
Under START > My Computer > My Network Connections > View Network Connections, right-click on your connection and under Properties (where it lists your protocols), make sure QOS Packet Scheduler is enabled.
Posted on 28 July 2008
Some people especially from DOS Era still think that here is life beyond GUI and mouse clicks. Keyboard is still a very productive tool for any OS. It makes life lot easier if you know the right keyboard shortcut for the job. A true IT guy is the one who can use windows just from the keyboard & even without the mouse if the need be so… & It is far less strain on your hand and wrist if you know even a few keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts and high precision mouse skills can become a killer combination and can even set the screen ablaze and leave your friends amazed…. try them … they are worth every minute you spend reading and memorizing them.
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