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Server Core : Stripped down version of Windows
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Longhorn Server is now-a-days most talked about. The reason behind this is not about the innovative features installed in to it but because of the stripped down version of the server.

It's called Server Core, and it will take only one-sixth of the disk space of a normal Longhorn installation. It is said to be a version of Windows that does not, in fact, use Windows. It is based on the past experience that fewer "moving parts" in an operating system equates to fewer vulnerabilities, stability and security issues. Reducing the amount of code can help reduce the amount of bugs. And that what Server Core is all about.

Server Core can only act as a file server, domain controller, DNS server or DHCP server. Besides these four core roles, Server Core also supports Cluster Server, Network Load Balancing, the Unix subsystem, the new Windows Backup in Longhorn, Multipath I/O, Removable Storage Management, BitLocker drive encryption and SNMP. Server Core also supports Remote Desktop administration, although you'll only get a command-line window when you connect.

Aprt from this, what the administrator would be missing would be an IE, OutLook Express, Calculator or other basic tools and application(of less importance). However, there would also be no Microsoft Framework, which means no managed code on Server Core.

Server Core would include better Remote, non-GUI management tools, requiring smaller disk and memory requirements. It is said that it would be more secure and stable.

Thanks: Don Jones

For more information you can read this article at RedmondMag.com
posted by Administrator @ 11:21 AM   0 comments
Google Launches new Code Search for SW Developers

Google is taking its search expertise to one of its favorite audiences: Software Developers.

The company has launched a Web site, Google Code Search, which according to the company will help programmers search billions of lines of code. This would help them by providing tips and how to write their own software.

The service, conceived by the Google Labs early technology group, will crawl publicly available code, most of which is made available through open-source projects. It is said that, the search and indexing covers code on Web pages and code that resides in compressed files.

The company expects that the search engine will be used primarily as a learning tool to help students and serious programmers, rather than a way to find and copy another person's code.

For example, a developer or a student may need to write a function as part of an application and search the Web to see other examples.

The search engine will let people do both keyword search and "regular expressions," which allow people to search a specified pattern.

For more information click here

Go to Google Code Search Page

http://www.google.com/codesearch

Google Code Search FAQ

http://www.google.com/help/faq_codesearch.html
posted by Administrator @ 10:55 AM   0 comments
Hot Reboot - Restarting Windows without restarting the Computer
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Many a times while installing some softwares or updating something, you are frequently asked to restart your system. In such cases, you can avoid restarting the Computer altogether from the BIOS and save your time.

When you click on the SHUTDOWN button, make sure to simultaneous press "SHIFT" Button. If you hold the Shift key down while clicking on SHUTDOWN button, you computer would restart without restarting the Computer. This is equivalent to term "HOT REBOOT".
posted by Administrator @ 12:56 AM   0 comments
Faster Access - Increase your bandwidth by 20%
Have you ever wondered, even if you or your applications are using most of the bandwidth, how does Microsoft Updates and other Microsoft services does not get affected. Well Microsoft reserves 20% of your available bandwidth for their own purposes like Windows Updates and for sending and receiving error reports from your PC etc.

However, using the below given tweak you can get that 20% back and utilize 100% of your bandwidth.

Click on your Start button, then go to Run and type "gpedit.msc" without quotes.

This opens the group policy editor.

Then go to: Local Computer Policy
then Computer Configuration
then Administrative Templates
then Network
then QOS Packet Scheduler and
then to Limit Reservable Bandwidth.

Double click on Limit Reservable bandwidth. It will say it is not configured, but the truth is under the 'Explain' tab i.e."By default, the Packet Scheduler limits the system to 20 percent of the bandwidth of a connection, but you can use this setting to override the default."

So the trick is to ENABLE reservable bandwidth, then set it to ZERO. This will allow the system to reserve nothing, rather than the default 20%. It works on Win 2000 as well ( although i have not tried it on windows 2000).

Now you are ready to enjoy 100% of your bandwidth and faster access to Internet.
posted by Administrator @ 12:48 AM   0 comments
Deleting System Software in Windows XP
Windows XP hides many system softwares from the user. Take for example Windows Messenger, you don't see this under Add/Remove Programs or Components, even if it is installed in your system. Reason, nothing special - they want it to be installed.

However, you can edit a file called sysoc.inf and modify it to make the program appear in the Add/Remove Programs list. The file is located under your System Folder (Normally Windows)\inf\sysoc.inf. Then all yo have to do is remove the string "Hide", corresponding to the software you would like to have removed.

For example, if you want MS WordPad to be shown in the Add/Remove Window, then locate the below line in the file

MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,HIDE,7

and modify it to

MSWordPad=ocgen.dll,OcEntry,wordpad.inf,7

Done!!

Now go to Control Panel -> Add/Remove Programs -> Add Remove Windows Components -> Accessories and Utilities -> Accessories, and you will find that you now have an option to remove MS WordPad.
posted by Administrator @ 12:47 AM   0 comments
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