Jun 22 2009

How to get a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database Out of Standby/Read-Only Mod

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Recently, I helped a customer restore a SQL Server 2005 database. The only problem was that the default restore was leaving [...]

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Jun 11 2009

A utility to get past the “Error Deleting File or Folder” error.

Have you ever run into any of the following when trying to delete a file?

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is [...]

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Oct 28 2008

Free Crossover on Ubuntu FTW!

I had been contemplating getting Crossover for a while because it is an “easier to setup” WINE implementation. But, I don’t like paying for stuff when I could do it myself for free. Now I can get the best of both worlds! In case you are wondering Crossover lets you run some Windows applications on [...]

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Jul 27 2008

How to reset the offline folder cache on Windows XP

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If any of you have ever worked with offline folders in Windows, you know how frustrating it is when a server changes or is no longer available and Windows still tries to keep the offline folders synchronized. This is not only annoying for one user, but is extremely annoying in a shared computing environment [...]

Jun 28 2008

How to configure Windows IP settings from the command prompt.

Google Query: change ip address from command line
As an IT professional, I often have to use a laptop to test software or services on different subnets where I am working. Some of these subnets do not provide DHCP so that I can obtain an IP Address automagically . I would have to go [...]

Feb 25 2008

Five free alternatives for bloated software on Windows

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I have always said that Windows machines would run perfectly fine if it weren’t for all the software that people install on them . There is some truth to this for some of the especially bloated, sluggish, commercial software that is out there for Windows.
In this post I’m going to let you [...]

Jan 31 2008

How to deal with “Login Failure: the target account name is incorrect” on a Windows file share

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Google Query: Login Failure: the target account name is incorrect
This problem had me going for a bit today. As it turns out the [...]

Jan 28 2008

How to redirect users’ favorites folder using VBScript

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Update: wnaquin in the comments below pointed out that the users’ actual favorites were not in the new location. Keep in mind that this script does not actually copy any data to the new location. So this will work for new users, but for existing users you will have to copy their data manually [...]

Jan 18 2008

How to get past the 250 character limit on Windows file copying

Google Query: cannot remove folder filename or extension too long
I was copying some files from an older file server to a newer file server when I ran across the above error. After some Googling, I was reminded of a Windows “feature” that I have not had to deal with before. Apparently there is a 250 [...]

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Jan 9 2008

How to use free ($) software to sensibly protect your Windows PC

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Let’s get right to the point. The big anti-virus products suck! McAfee sucks! Norton sucks! Panda sucks! They infect your Windows-based systems with their sucktitude until you lose all productivity. Isn’t the point of anti-virus to protect you from a loss of productivity? Does this line sound familiar?
“I spent 4 hours last night trying [...]

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