Vista and 2k8: Enabling Debug mode on boot up.

Pre-Vista it could be an issue if you didn’t have debugging turned on via the boot.ini file and your system stopped booting.  Well in Vista and 2k8 you can enable “Debugging mode” on boot by hitting F8 after POST.  You can also turn off driver signing verification on x64 systems, so if you REALLY wanted…


Hey Admins! Don’t be a hater, be a collaborator (Windows Meeting Space)

I have to say I am quite pleased with this little gem in Vista.  Once I started using it I haven’t gone back.  It’s a real easy way to collaborate with another user(s) when you need them to see what you see or let them drive your session.  I’ve used it about a dozen times when…


Net Send in Windows Vista

You might find yourself looking for “net send” in Vista and wonder where it went?  Before you flip out, there is a solution.  Use MSG.exe C:\Windows\system32>msg /?Send a message to a user. MSG {username | sessionname | sessionid | @filename | *}    [/SERVER:servername] [/TIME:seconds] [/V] [/W] [message]   username            Identifies the specified username.  sessionname         The…

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Windows Server 2008: TechED 2007: IIS will be able to run on Server Core.

Watching the TechEd keynote and Bob Muglia just announced that IIS will be supported as one of the roles for Server Core.  This is great news for you web admins who want to reduce your attack surface, uptime, and footprint on an Internet facing web server.   If you couldn’t make it to TechEd this year…

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Hey where did /3GB go in Longhorn and Vista?

If you did not already know there is no boot.ini in Vista/LH.  So how do you set usermode space to 3GBs? If you recall on x86 platforms there is 4GBs of addressable VM space.  So by default that is split up equally.  2GBs for kernel mode and 2GBs for use mode.  Now this is usually…

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