ToolTip: Test Poor Network Connectivity (TMNetsim)

A few days ago I found another utility for testing poor network connectivity. TMNetsim is a FREE utility provided by TMUrgent Technologies. TMnetsim is used to simulate a wide-area network for a single protocol. TMnetsim is primarily used to simulate network delay, however, in some (rare) cases it may be used to simulate packet loss or out-of-order delivery, as well as packet capture. (For more details read the provided tmnetsim.html file). So to simulate an Read More …

Microsoft Open Specifications Documentation for Group Policy

If you want to learn more about Group Policies then I suggest that you download and read the following documents: MS-GPSOD]: Group Policy System Overview Document http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/6/C/C6C3C6F1-E84A-44EF-82A9-49BD3AAD8F58/%5bMS-GPSOD%5d.pdf MS-GPOL]: Group Policy: Core Protocol Specification http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232478(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPDPC]: Group Policy: Deployed Printer Connections Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232156(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPEF]: Group Policy: Encrypting File System Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232218(PROT.10).aspx MS-GPFR]: Group Policy: Folder Redirection Protocol Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232290(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPIE]: Group Policy: Internet Explorer Maintenance Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232356(v=PROT.13).aspx MS-GPIPSEC]: Group Policy: IP Security (IPsec) Protocol Extension http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc232415(v=PROT.13).aspx Read More …

ToolTip: Network Delay Simulator

How long does it take to copy 1 GB over a slow network connection? How fast does my virtual application start? Today I came across a nice FREE utility called Network Delay Simulator. Network Simulator tool allows you to perform network bandwidth and delay simulation (simulate slow/congested links between nodes) on any connection from your computer to any remote node (on the local LAN or remote over Internet). More information and download links can be Read More …

ToolTip: Microsoft Product Support Reports and Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer

If you get tasked to do some system troubleshooting and you just want to get as many information possible from a client, then have a look at the Microsoft Product Support Report Tool and the Product Support Reports Viewer. The Microsoft Product Support Reports Viewer 2.0 can be downloaded from here and the Microsoft Product Support Reports from here First launch the Microsoft Product Support Tool, which is a self-extracting executable (no installation needed). Once Read More …

ToolTip: SoftPerfect Connection Emulator

Today’s ToolTip is about SoftPerfect Connection Emulator SCE. As the name says the software allows you to emulate different connection types. Unfortunately the tool is not for free, but I found the software nice enough to give it a try and eventually buy it especially since I haven’t been able to find a free alternative yet. SCE allows you to simulate different network speeds such as modem, ISDN or DSL. You can either choose one Read More …

ToolTip: Service Trigger Editor

if you found the previous post Windows 7 Service Triggers interesting, then you will like this utility too. The Service Trigger Editor provided by Core Technologies Consulting LLC is a FREE utility providing a UI to list and edit Service Triggers. The Tool can be downloaded from here and is ready to run (no installation required)

Windows 7 Service Triggers

When taking a closer look at the Services in Windows 7 you will notice that many of them are configured to start manually but will be started when needed. For more details read my earlier posts Windows Services, what changed from Vista to Windows7 Part1 and Windows Services, What changed from Vista to Windows7 – Part2. The technology behind starting Services when needed is called Service Triggers that were introduced with Windows 7 and Windows Read More …

WatchTip: Creating a Firewall Rule to Allow ICMPv4 Echo Requests

Windows 7 with the Firewall enabled by default does not allow ping requests, hence when you ping a remote Windows 7 client it will not respond. In this WebCast John Baker explains how to configure the Firewall to respond to ICMPv4 Echo Requests. Watch the WebCast here

App-V Management Server Setup and SQL Server Configuration

During the Installation of the App-V Management Server on a Windows Server 2008 with SQL Server 2008 Express installed I ran into an problem specifying the database server and got an error as shown in the picture below. The installation program could not connect to the configuration data store. Please see the installation log file for more information. I solved the problem by opening the SQL Server Configuration Manager and enabled TCP/IP in the SQL Read More …

ToolTip: SoftPerfect Network Scanner

Just found another nice FREE Utility. As the name says SoftPerfect Network Scanner allows you to scan your network and allows you to find any IP, NetBIOS or SNMP enabled devices. The tool also supports Remote WMI, Registry and Service access that can be customized to your own needs. The Tool does not require installation. Download SoftPerfect Network Scanner from here