Archive for the ‘Windows Sys Admin (Registry, Config, Setup, Et al)’ Category

Backup Notes – Windows 7, VSS, TrueCrypt

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

2013-05-19 Updated

2012-01-01 Initial Post

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (x86 and x64)

I started using this a few months ago and it works really well. When I was using XP, I had made up my own backup batch file using XCopy and other commands. That batch file didn't work well with Windows 7, so that's when I started using Windows 7 Backup. And I'm glad I did. Sometimes things don't work and then I find something better, like when my old printer broke and I ended up getting a Canon PIXMA MX350  wireless all-one-device which has worked out so much better. (more…)

Paging File in Exchange 2010, Is It Required?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

2012-08-15 Updated

2011-06-16 Initial Post

Exchange Server 2010 SP1

I contacted MS support the other week to verify if a paging/page file is still necessary in Exchange 2010, given the fact that Exchange 2010 is 64-bit and can utilize well over 4 GB RAM/memory. This was the response:

This question is frequently asked, and my answer is yes, we do need the paging file, and the size of the paging file should be the size of the physical RAM + 10MB.

The article Exchange 2010 System Requirements at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996719.aspx was referenced. The Hardware section states this: The page file size minimum and maximum must be set to physical RAM plus 10  MB.

So for 64 GB, it would be 65546 (65536 MB + 10 MB).

VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi 4.1) Test Lab Configuration Notes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

2012-06-20 Updated

2010-12-22 Initial Post

I've never had a chance to work with any version of VMware at work. My last company was so far behind in its IT strategy that even in late 2009 it had absolutely no virtualization strategy at all. I did manage to set up one Hyper-V server for them so that one department could use it for software testing. Where I work now, they do use VMware, but they don't use them on any of the messaging servers that I support. So once again, I have no chance to work with VMware. (more…)

Dell Dimension 3100/E310, Graphics/Video Driver for Windows 7 (x86 / 32-bit)

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

2012-06-16 Updated

2012-01-06 Initial Post

NOTE: This was NOT tested on x64 / 64-bit systems.

I recently loaded Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 on a Dell Dimension 3100/E310 and it did not properly detect the graphics card. Dell has no Windows 7 drivers for this graphics card. The system runs Windows 7 fine even though it only has 1.25 GB RAM so the only thing holding it back was the lack of a graphics driver which resulted in crappy screen resolution. (more…)

Offline Files in Windows XP and Vista/Windows 7, Misc Notes and How to Move the CSC Folders

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

2012-04-29 Updated

I researched this a while back before Windows 7 even came out, but it looks like Windows 7's offline files feature behaves pretty much the same way as in Vista. (more…)