VMware ESX/ESXi: no sound through RDP


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Martin over at http://www.emware.nl/ has posted an article about getting sound through a RDP connection:

Working on vmware is great, but it gets even better when you have some sounds.
A straight out the box install gives you a error on the sound card.

  • The audio Service is not running
  • No audio Devices are installed

It took me some to figure out this problem, but at the end … it was really simple.

Let’s make it work !

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.emware.nl/articles/no-sound-in-esx-esxi-through-rdp.html

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Vista: Photo Gallery Yellow Tint Background Problem


I had the same issue with a Samsung SyncMaster 940bw monitor.

When displaying and viewing photos in Windows Photo Gallery of Vista, some monitors or LCD flat panel displays may have a strange problem in which the images will be shown with a orange or yellowish tinge in photos’ background, affecting the display natural color of pictures to become something like Sepia effect. The entire window on WPG appears to be colored in slightly yellowish tint, and is therefore appear darker, including the panels on either side of the photo display which which appear yellow on the desktop but are white in actual.The yellow tinted photos may also affect other default image viewer in Windows Vista

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The first workaround is by removing any existing ICC or WCS color profiles that are been associated with all display devices or monitors. Else, you can also try to change the default color profile for your system’s monitor to sRGB IEC61966-2.1, simply by clicking on Add, and then select sRGB IEC61966-2.1 from the list of profiles installed on system. After adding, click Set as Default Profile button. Exit from all dialogs and reboot your computer, and the color problem on Windows Photo Gallery is fixed.

If your system doesn’t have sRGB IEC61966-2.1 profile under the ICC Profiles, you can download the color profile from Adobe. Unpack the zip file, the right click on each of the .icc files in the RGB Profiles and CMYK Profiles folders (or simply just the one you need to use) and click “Install Profile” on context menu to install the color profile to system.

The first workaround was the solution for my system 😀

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Source: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/07/11/windows-vista-photo-gallery-yellow-tint-background-problem/

Windows: vsp1cln.exe


When you install Vista SP1, a backup of all replaced files is made. This is done so you can roll back to pre-
SP1 if you desire. SP1 has been out for some time now and many of you will no doubt be satisfied with using
it. In this guide, you will learn how to reclaim disk space taken up by the Vista SP1 install.

You can start vsp1cln.exe with the following command:

Start – Run – vsp1cln.exe

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The vsp1cln.exe process is started.

Are you sure??

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After running this tool, you cannot uninstall Vista SP1.

Microsoft: Set Google as default search provider in Internet Explorer 7


Dit kun je doen door het onderstaande registry bestand te importeren.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes]
“DefaultScope”=”{06652DC2-D1BD-4BD1-BACA-EC681D3E6E33}”
“Version”=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchScopes\{06652DC2-D1BD-4BD1-BACA-EC681D3E6E33}]
“DisplayName”=”Google”
“URL”=”
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q={searchTerms}&meta=”

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL]
@=
http://www.google.com/keyword/%s

Je kunt een ook een custom ADM maken om dit via een GPO door te voeren. Hoe dit werkt lees je in KB918238

Scalable Networking Pack Rollup Released


De rollup package vind je hier: KB950224

Meer informatie over SNP vind je hier: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/network/snp/faq.mspx

Verder kwam ik de volgende quote tegen:

As more companies deploy Windows 2008 and Vista, it is crucial, or in my opinion, critical that this hotfix be applied to all Windows 2003 servers that may communicate with these operating systems. One of the main reasons is a new feature called TCP auto-tuning which makes use of RSS to expand and shrink the sizes of your TCP window to increase/decrease throughput based on current network load. This feature greatly increases throughput on your network, but if there is an underlying problem with the network card driver or any of these features between disparate systems, you may experience slower than normal network performance. The good news is that the Chimney feature is disabled by default in Vista/Windows 2008.

Bron: http://blogs.technet.com/mikelag/archive/2008/08/28/scalable-networking-pack-rollup-released.aspx

Microsoft: GPMC and other MMC’s on Windows Vista SP1


Na de installatie van Windows Vista SP1 worden er een aantal MMC’s gedeïnstalleerd. Deed je op je Vista machine zonder SP1 nog Start – Run – GPMC.msc en je kun je GPO’s beheren. Na de installatie van SP1 gaat dit niet meer.

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Speciaal voor windows Vista zijn toen de Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) ontworpen.

Download de RSAT versie voor jouw OS.

 

Voordat je de Remote Server Administration Tools gaat installeren lees eerst de onderstaande quote van http://blogs.technet.com/grouppolicy/

RSAT should not be installed on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack or Windows 2000 Server® Administration Tools Pack. Please remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack from the computer before installing RSAT.

Only one copy of RSAT can be installed on a computer at one time. Before installing a new package, remove any existing versions of RSAT, including any copies that are in different languages.

 

Mocht je geen adminpack van Windows Server 2003 hebben geïnstalleerd, dan kun je de RSAT tools installeren. Vervolgens merk je nog geen verbeteringen omdat je Tools nog aangezet moeten worden. Dit doe je via:

Control Panel – Programs and Features  – Turn Windows Features On or Off – Remote Server Administration Tools

In de Windows Features wizard kun je de verschillende tools inschakelen. Je kunt ook Remote Server Administration Tools in zijn geheel inschakelen.

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Nadat de wizard even bezig is geweest, zie je in de map Control Panel – Administrative Tools de nieuwe MMC’s.

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Vanaf nu kun je ook weer via Start – Run – GPMC.msc  weer het management console starten.

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Meer informatie over RSAT vind je in: KB941314