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I originally wrote this article to compare SARDU and YUMI, but have now added Easy2Boot, since that is the one I currently use and find the easiest to create and alter.
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator
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Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you should read this article.
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The article will include the best Data Recovery Tools along with their Features, Capabilities, and their Download Links. Hope you’ll enjoy it and will choose the one as required by you.
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If you are an windows user then you can now recover your personal documents,files from any kind of hard disk drive with <a href = "https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/02/7-best-free-data-recovery-software/"> data recovery software </a> and bring lost data back with safe recovery.
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by:christy latham
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If you are an windows user then you can now recover your personal documents,files from any kind of hard disk drive with <a href = "https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/02/7-best-free-data-recovery-software/"> data recovery software </a> and bring lost data back with safe recovery.
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I use more than 1 computer in my office for various reasons. Multiple keyboards and mice take up more than just extra space, they make working a little more complicated. Using one mouse and keyboard for all of my computers makes life easier. This combined with automation s/w makes my work a breeze.
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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Here are several of the scripts to automate tasks in EndNote.  They currently work for me, but your mileage may vary.
backup.ahk
findrefupdates.ahk
import-file.ahk
savetextfromemail-with-clipboard.ahk
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Pen drive recovery
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data recovery tools work.
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by:Aliaster paine
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You could also go for  Removable Data Recovery Tool providing a late binding feature which is a novelty and may not be present in above mentioned softwares.
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I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
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by:Steve Si
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If the exe contains a bootable image, you can try unzipping it to see what is inside. Sometimes it will work if you use MPI_FAT32 to convert it to a .imgPTN file but it really depends on what is inside it (oftem there is an ISO or IMG file???). EXE files are not normally bootable, they need to be connverted into bootable media somehow...?
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
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I will continue to run them in a windows environment then (UBCD4Win or something similar).  My understanding of Linux is not great, as you may already have ascertained.  I was hired by a NIX person 20+ years ago who sat me down in front of a sparcstation 20/60, gave me the root login credentials and told me to figure it out.  Needless to say, it was  a steep learning curve, and I hold those who are conversant in 'NIX flavors in high regard.
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Windows 10 Recovery Features
In this article we have discussed the manual scenarios to recover data from Windows 10 through some backup and recovery tools which are offered by it.
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I. Introduction

There's an interesting discussion going on now in an Experts Exchange Group — Attachments with no extension. This reminded me of questions that come up here at EE along the lines of, "How can I tell the type of file from its contents?", as well as, "What kind of file has the XXX extension?" Writing an article to address this has been on my to-do list for a long time — the group discussion has inspired me to do it.

II. Determine the type of file from its XXX extension

Here are four links that can help in determining what an XXX file is:

http://extension.nirsoft.net/XXX
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/XXX
http://filext.com/file-extension/XXX
http://www.solvusoft.com/en/file-extensions/file-extension-XXX

Simply replace XXX with the file extension of interest. For example,

http://extension.nirsoft.net/TIFF
http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/AHK
http://filext.com/file-extension/xhtml
http://www.solvusoft.com/en/file-extensions/file-extension-opd

III. Determine the type of file from its contents

Now to the trickier question! An excellent file identifier application called TrID analyzes the contents of a file in an attempt to figure out what type of file it is. It comes in both a command line interface (CLI) version (for Windows and Linux) and a Graphical User Interface (GUI) version (Windows only) called TrIDNet
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by:Joe Winograd, EE MVE 2015&2016
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Hi Bill,
Thanks for the kind words and the upvote — much appreciated! I like your "Dealing With Unknown Files and File Extensions" title — it's better than the one I chose. Regards, Joe
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by:Duncan Roe
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The Linux file command gets the file type right every time (file extensions are a Windows thing I guess)
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I wrote an article some time ago with a reference to nLite slipstreaming software.  I recently changed that link to point to NTLite, the updated version of the same software.  nLite was an excellent tool but was not really compatible with Windows Vista and above.  Recently, when I was updating some machines I decided to revisit the slipstreaming idea, mainly because when I install Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 it still has a couple of hundred updates to do.  This makes a new system seem already slow. 

Afer doing a little investigation I found that the author of nlite had written NTLite for newer operating systems.  Using a combination of Widows Update Downloader, either your current install of windows or a generic installer disk, and NTLite you can slipstream all updates into a single installer device as well as make it unattended (we have a site license), remove or add items during installation, personalize the install, and even run applications after the installation is complete (there is even more included - visit the website to see it all).

The installation was very easy.  I found that the most time was spent downloading updates using Windows Update Downloader.  Although the NTLite app is excellent, there is one downside (at least that I have seen …
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by:LeonGarfield
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I downloaded the unofficial Windows 7 SP2. nLite loaded it but failed to add it to the Windows 7 image. Have you tried adding SP2 to nLite
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I did a while back - when it first came out.  I don't recall what I needed to do, but I believe I just added it as another update instead of a service pack.
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A while back when OPSMGR 2012 was released we were very excited about getting it into our environment and upgrading our 2007 implementation,  we started our planning and we then proceeded with our implementation.

All went as planned & our system was running perfectly until about 3 months into the deployment we started seeing a lot of event id's 26319 and 33333 being logged on our management servers every 5 to 10 minutes which was of great concern to us.

Event ID 26319Event ID 26319 showing the initial error
Event ID 33333The 2 events are always seen together

We then started looking at any custom management packs imported to check that they were all best practice and no funnies. We did not manage to find any problem and all our new custom MP's were running as expected.

We also thought that the SP1 upgrade would sort out our issue but to no avail.

After some time and getting nowhere we logged a request with Microsoft and we started a long journey of trying to get to the root of the problem.

Well to cut a long story short we managed to find out what the problem was and it turned out to be a bug with the way the query works when doing a group search or any other task that uses would invoke a query against the relevant MTV tables.

So they have already tested the fix which will be released in OPSMGR 2012 SP1 UR2 & this will be changed as follows.

The query will be changed so that it is built multipart rather than trying to UNION SELECT across all the relevant MTV tables.
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Learn how to optimize MySQL for your business need
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Learn how to optimize MySQL for your business need

With the increasing importance of apps & networks in both business & personal interconnections, perfor. has become one of the key metrics of successful communication. This ebook is a hands-on business-case-driven guide to understanding MySQL query parameter tuning & database perf

It is a common problem that often server suffers from the lack of space on system volume. Old servers or new ones from vendors come with preformatted small volume - 5-6GB in total and after installing updates or applications the free space on system volumes starts vanishing rapidly. What is the point out from here?

1)The most easiest way is to move some data bases from C: to adjacent data partition, lets say D: and this will free up to 2GB space.
2)Another way, the recommended one is using partitioning tool to reallocate space from D: to C: without threat to data on both partitions. Highly recommended tools here are:
Paragon Partition Manager 9.0 Server Edition, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2009:
www.paragon-software.com;
BootItNG: http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm
Acronis Disk Director: www.acronis.com
GParted: http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php
An old tool Partition Magic 8 and free tool from Paragon again Partition Manager 9 Express:
http://www.paragon-software.com/downloads/free_downloads.html
All these tools can perform the requested action. The difference is in interface and the way these tools perform operation.
Let's stop on first one: Paragon Partition Manager 9.0 Server Edition (in future could be version 10).
How it works? - First of all install the product if you have 500MB free space on system volume. Then restart the server for product driver installation. Start it and get the user interface with drives layout. Then:
a)Right click…
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by:Tolomir
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The point is, commercial backup,defrag and partition solutions for windows servers are very expensive. And the manufacturer took care that the home editions cannot be used on server editions. So in most cases one has to use opensource tools.


Paragon partition manager business edition costs $299 and this is just the 1 server 1 license edition (Technician editions start at $499 for 10 servers...)
Acronis Disk Director® 11 Advanced Server costs $609.00 (For 1 server)
Magic Partition Manager Software - EASEUS Partition Master $159 (unlimited $399) <--- maybe best pick if commercial)

Tolomir
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I select tools depending of the number of features and functionality they offer. Currently PPM11 TL is the best one in my humble opinion.
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Good afternoon all,

We are running a VM infrastructure on a clustered ESX environment with two DELL R710's.  One of our IT Application Support Engineers contacted me and asked if it was possible to extend the partition of a certain Windows 2003 Server running as a VM on the above mentioned infrastructure.  

It was recently converted from a physical machine to a VM, which had unfortunately been built with only a single C: partition of 100GB -- not according to good practice, eh...:-)).  Upon the request to have this partition extended, and after doing much research, I found that the only way possible to do this with a physical server, was to backup, rebuild, extend and restore.  I researched many a Web Site which had many references to other boot partition extenders, such as Partition Magic, etc.  This was also after the disk had been converted to a Dynamic Disk.  Other Web Site articles mentioned that the same methodology had to be used to convert Dynamic Disk back to Basic Disk, i.e. backup, rebuild, extend and restore.

I decided to attempt a different route and made use of the VM Conversion Utility within VCentre.  This allows one to convert your current VM to another VM, with a different name, as the original will still exist, until you either remove it from inventory or remove it from Disk, which would remove the entire VM.

After shutting the Operating System of the original VM down, I proceeded to convert the VM to a different named VM.  When going through …
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Find out what hardware you have and get the most up to date drivers from the manufacturer!

Automatically Get Your Drivers
There is a number of great programs that will detect your hardware and find drivers for you automatically!
Here is a link to a pair of great driver detecting programs:

1. http://www.zhangduo.com/unknowndeviceidentifier.html
2. http://halfdone.com/ukd/

You can take this information to the website http://www.pcidatabase.com and find the specific device information for the drivers, then go to the manufacturer website and see if they make drivers for your OS, some hardware is OS specific and the manufacturer may not have driver support for your OS.

*Once you are in the Vendor and are searching for the Device you can hold CTRL and press 'F'.
-This is the Find feature, type in the Device ID and it will find it much quicker, since some pages are quite long.

Manually Get Your Drivers
1. Right Click on My Computer, Left click on Manage.
2. Click on Device Manager, you should notice on the right hand side icons with a yellow symbol next to them, this shows the device is unknown, or drivers are not installed. (assuming you are looking for drivers you do not have)
3. Right click a device you are looking for, left click on properties.
4. Click on the Details tab on the top of the …
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Thanks, nice work!
Voted "Yes" above.
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nice, yes
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One good source is the manufacturer's web site. Even though the device operating system is changing, the hardware isn't. Going to the support site and looking at the Vista drivers provides a starting point for identifying system hardware for which devices will require drivers. For instance, if there are Vista drivers for a Ricoh 5-in-1 Card Reader or Marvell Yukon 88E8039 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller Driver, the device will need these to function under XP. Manufacturers also sometimes list system specifications as well, and those will help in identifying the system hardware. Additionally, although the system came with Vista, the manufacturer may offer XP media for a small fee.

Third party tools such as System Information for Windows (SIW) can scan a system and create detailed logs of system hardware and drivers. SIW can be downloaded from this site:

http://www.gtopala.com/

If the new Windows XP install has already been completed and some drivers are missing, follow these steps to identify the devices:

Right click on My Computer.
Select Manage.
Select Device Manager.
In the right-hand window, choose a device that shows as Unknown or has a Yellow Exclamation mark. Click on the + next to it to expand on it.
Right-click on it.
Select Properties.
Go to the Details tab.
Select Device Instance Id.
Click once on the string that looks like this:

PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_1229&SUBSYS_00708086&REV_10\4&25296D99&0&50F0

Press Ctrl-C to…
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1. Start | Settings | Printers and Faxes.
2. Go to the File Menu.
3. Select Server Properties.
4. Select the Drivers tab.
5. Select the printer you need information about.
6. Once again select Properties. You should get a list of the files required by this printer. For each item with a description of Driver File, select Properties. Select the Version tab to get information on the Version.
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In its Critical Driver Installation Order document, Intel stresses that this sequence be followed:
 
1       Fresh Operating System Installation
2       Latest Service Pack or Patch
3       Intel® Chipset Software Installation Utility (INF Utility)
4       All other device drivers

This order is more specific:

Pre-Install - Motherboard BIOS - Flash Update
1 - OS - Operating System including drivers for: RAID, SCSI or non-integrated drive controllers
2 - Operating System - Update Packs
3 - Motherboard - Chipset Drivers
4 - Operating System - Multimedia APIs
5 - Final Motherboard Drivers
6 - Video
7 - Sound
8 - LAN Adapters
9 - Modem
10 - Drivers for any other devices not listed above.
Also, make sure you install Java J2SE (J2RE) by Sun Microsystems which will add Java support to your Web Browsers. You can find it here:

http://www.java.com/download
 
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I dissagree

in step 3. get the lan working as you cannot do windows update without that and that is more important these days due to the spam and virus's that affect machines as soon as they go on the internet

Also getting the lan working means you can google search for the correct driver
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