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TL;DR version: Let Windows handle your memory/pagefile settings. The people at MS have spent a lot more hours thinking about these issues than most of us sysadmins. Many people seem to assume that Windows pushes data into the pagefile on demand. EG: something wants a lot of memory, and there is not enough RAM to fill the need, so Windows begins madly ...


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OK, after unsuccessfully trying all methods mentioned here, I finally got it working. Basically, the missing step was to write a proper boot sector to the USB stick, which can be done from Linux with ms-sys or lilo -M. This works with the Windows 7 retail version. Here is the complete rundown again: Install ms-sys - if it is not in your repositories, get ...


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Eric Lippert recently wrote a blog entry describing how Windows manages memory. In short, the Windows memory model can be thought of as a disk store where RAM acts as a performance-enhancing cache.


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You can move the entire C:\Users folder to a different drive pretty easily after windows is installed: Boot to the installation media, and get to the command prompt (press Shift + F10 on the install dialog) Use Robocopy to copy C:\Users to D:\Users: robocopy c:\Users d:\Users /mir /xj /copyall a. /mir tells robocopy to mirror the directories, this will ...


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My preference is Slysoft Virtual Clone Drive. It's great because: you can mount/dismount by right-clicking on the drive the drive remembers what has been mounted before you can mount an iso by right-clicking the ISO itself. No issues with device driver signing, etc. I dumped Daemon Tools a while ago. Using it on Win7 7100 64 bit with no problem. Feels ...


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Don't bother with uninstalling or fixing bloatware. Just reimage the computers. In fact it's pretty easy to setup a reference image, sysprep, capture, and deploy it using WDS + MDT. See the aforementioned for various driver packages: trust me you're not the first person to think of this stuff, it's been solved already. Profiles can be transferred with USMT. ...


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This is a known bug in Window 7, slated to be fixed in SP 1: http://subversion.wandisco.com/blogs/windows-7-bogus-errorfilecorrupt-error-.html There is now a hotfix available: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982927/en-us http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2498472/en-us


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As I see from other answers I am the only one that disabled page file and never regreted it. Great :-) Both at home and work I have Vista 64-bit with 8 GB of RAM. Both have page file disabled. At work it's nothing unusal for me to have few instances of Visual Studio 2008, Virtual PC with Windows XP, 2 instances of SQL Server and Internet Explorer 8 with a ...


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Since I needed this only for development, I ended up using smtp4dev, which is exactly what you need when developing an application that sends emails. The project description: Dummy SMTP server that sits in the system tray and does not deliver the received messages. The received messages can be quickly viewed, saved and the source/structure ...


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Formatting FAT32 volumes on the command line This option should still be in the Format GUI window, but it is not. However, as the other answers suggest, FAT32 is still an option from the command line. Full instructions: Hit the Windows/Start Button -> type cmd.exe in the search box -> press Ctrl+Shift+Enter to get an Administrator Command Line. If ...


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It already does. You can get the RSAT tools from here They include the Hyper-V manager for Windows 7. After installing the above download, go to Windows Features in Control Panel and choose the 'Role Administration Tools'. Select Hyper-V Tools from there. Edit: Link updated to current version.


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N is made for the EU market and does not include Windows Media Player. KN is made for the Korean Market and does not include Windows Media Player or an Instant Messenger. VL are volume license editions for business enterprise customers and uses MAK (Multiple Activation Keys) or KMS (Key Management Server) to activate. Everything else is exactly the ...


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You may want to do some measurement to understand how your own system is using memory before making pagefile adjustments. Or (if you still want to make adjustments), before and after said adjustments. Perfmon is the tool for this; not Task Manager. A key counter is Memory - Pages Input/sec. This will specifically graph hard page faults, the ones where a ...


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I've run my 8GB Vista x64 box without a pagefile for years, without any problems. Problems did arise when I really used my memory! Three weeks ago, I began editing really large image files (~2GB) in Photoshop. One editing session ate up all my memory. Problem: I was not able to save my work since PS needs more memory to save the file! And since it was PS ...


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I just replicated your results. Contrary to Phoebus' comment, it appears you manage Windows 7 FTP sites with the same 7.5 management console as the web services. Also, it appears as if Microsoft does not create an FTP site when the FTP service is created (as was done in the past). After you've installed the FTP Service and IIS Management Console, perform ...


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If you like free open source software, try http://wincdemu.sysprogs.org/ I use it both on Windows XP and Windows 7. Works great and there is no risk of spyware etc. Edit: There is a portable version as well.


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Microsoft use to have a tool called "Steady State" to meet just this need. While it no longer works under Windows 7, Microsoft has an official write-up on how to accomplish the same thing using native Windows 7 features and free tools. This write-up is available directly from Microsoft at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24373. The ...


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Turns out I needed to install "IIS Manager for Remote Administration", which is discussed (and available for download) at http://www.iis.net/expand/IISManager. Why this is not part of the Windows 7 "Remote Administration Tools" I'm not sure. But after installing this I get the additional "connect" options.


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Assuming that you are in an Active Directory domain environment with at least 25 computers on-site (or on your reliable, mission-critical WAN or VPN) running any combination of Server 2008, Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, you will want to use KMS. Detailed pros/cons: MAK: Pro: When you activate a product with a MAK key, it is activated ...


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Monitor the event logs on the domain controllers for event 672. It will show all successful logon events for AD users and which computer they logged on from. Filter by computer to get logon events for only those computers that you are interested in.


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Yes there is an impact. Yes it is recommended that you log off. If you don't log off, all of the resources (such as RAM) that it took to sustain your interactive user session stay in use. You keep one of two administrative connections in use so that others can't connect. What's actually recommended is to not RDP to your servers at all. This is what the ...


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I checked with a developer on the Windows team, and the actual answer is much more innocuous than the other answers to this post :) At some point in the future, as the world transitions from IPV4 to IPV6, IPV4 will be eventually be disabled/uninstalled by companies that want to simplfy network management in their environments. With Windows Vista, when ...


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While the answers here covered the topic quite well, I will still recommend this read: http://blogs.technet.com/markrussinovich/archive/2008/11/17/3155406.aspx He talks about PF size almost at the end: Some feel having no paging file results in better performance, but in general, having a paging file means Windows can write pages on the modified list ...


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Download fat32format It should works fine.


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The easiest way to do this is through the Listen directive. By defaults, there's a line in our httpd.conf that reads: Listen *:80 Meaning it will respond ro requests on port 80 on all of your computer's network addresses. Changing it to: Listen 127.0.0.1:80 Will tell apache only to only respond to requests on the local adaptor, thus ignoring anything ...


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Dominic D's explanation of what is going on is correct: Vista, Windows7, and Windows2008 r2 use NTLMv2 by default. Older implementations of Samba don't support this and will return a password failure. Fortunately you can tell Vista and Windows 7 (and I presume Server 2k8) to use the v1 protocol if the v2 is not available. These are my notes for Vista, they ...


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Here's how I was able to do it: right-click on the directory, go to Properties Security tab, Advanced.. Permissions tab, Change Permissions... Add... Advanced... click Find Now, then find and click on "Everyone", click OK click OK "Everyone" should now show up in the list, with "Read & execute" permissions check the box for "Replace all child object ...


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To summarize, it appears that you are asking whether it makes sense to deploy Windows Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on each desktop computer in order to simplify the process of deploying clean images to client workstations. Answer: no, it does not make sense to use Hyper-V Server on every desktop, for a multitude of reasons including the following: No one else ...


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This is setup with Squid 3.0, has also been tested with Squid 3.1 and should work with Squid 2.7. Your Windows user must be a member of the SQUID_USERS group in Active Directory (for this case anyway). On the Windows side, Windows XP and Windows 2007 have been tested against Windows 2008, and Windows XP against Windows 2003. Note that almost every step ...



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