Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Windows Enterprise 90 Day Trial Has Been Extended

Microsoft’s marketing and advertising strategy for Windows 7 has been well planned and executed. This is another smart move for creating  a stronger customer base.

Read the full article here - 90 Day Trial Has Been Extended

List of Top Free Windows Administration Tools

This is a comprehensive list of Windows Administration Tools available for free. There are some great detailed reviews about tools, all of these review are written by Michael Pietroforte.  I like his reviews as they are informative and honest.

Windows Administration Tools 

Above is a precious collection of any Systems Administrator.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

XP Mode Without Hardware Virtualization

For those who have machines with no Hardware Virtualization support – You can use XP Mode in windows 7. Microsoft has launched an update to Windows Virtual PC that enables running XP Mode without Virtualization support.

Read the following KB for more details.

Download the update from from following locations.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Microsoft previews IE9

After the success of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft didn’t delay the next browser in line. To stay updated with Features and new capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 visit 

You can also download the Platform preview from the above location.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Enable File Content Search in Windows 7

Search is one of the strong features of windows 7, some on us might find it not too useful because by default Windows 7 only search within the file in an Indexed location. So there is no visible option like XP to search text within a file.

To enable File Content Search option there are two options

Option 1 (Searches will be a little slow)

  • Go to Tools –> Folder Options or Organize –> Folder and search options
  • select “Always search file names and contents” option in Search tab.


 Option 2

  • Add the Directory or Drive to Indexed locations from Indexing Options.

Note: If the location is already being indexed and still its not searching the content of certain file types. Use the following option to make sure its being indexed correctly.

  • Click on Start menu and type Indexing
  • Choose Indexing Options
  • Click on Advanced
  • In File Types find the Extension you are looking for and click on it.
  • In the “How should this file be indexed?” select “Index Properties and File Contents”

Friday, March 12, 2010

Error while importing option “6.” while moving DHCP database from Windows Server 2008 to another Windows Server 2008/2003 or 2008 R2


To move DHCP from one server (2003/2008) to another you can use the following steps

  1. At the command prompt type netsh dhcp server export C:\dhcpdata.txt all , and then press ENTER.

Note: You must have local administrator permissions to export/import the data.

Configure the DHCP server service on the server that is running Windows Server 2008

  1. Add DHCP Server Role
  2. Make sure to Authorize DHCP while installing the Role.

Import the DHCP database

  1. Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008-based computer.
  2. At the command prompt, type netsh dhcp server import c:\dhcpdata.txt all and press ENTER

If might receive the following error

“Error while importing option “6.” “This option conflicts with the existing option “” An Internal Error Occurred.”

It is because by default when you install DHCP Server Role, it puts the following entries in Server Options.

006 DNS Server
015 DNS Domain Name

To fix the Error –> Just delete the above two entries from Server options and Run the Import DHCP database command again.