Windows Keyboard Shortcuts Revisited

For unknown shortcuts in Windows I found the following ones to be most interesting:

  • [winkey]-TAB is similar to ALT-TAB but uses the order of the buttons in the taskbar
  • [winkey]-E brings up Windows Explorer
  • [winkey]-D shows the desktop (minimizes all windows).
  • [winkey]-L locks your workstation
  • [winkey]-R gets the run dialog up
  • Ctrl – [Num Pad +] makes the columns fit their contents (great in Windows Explorer!)
  • When you have a messagebox (a.k.a alert) hitting CTRL-C will copy the text of the messagebox to the clipboard.

For Remote Desktop:

  • CTRL+ALT+END (Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box)
  • ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
  • ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
  • CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
  • CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
  • CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

A huge list of shortcuts can also be found on the Microsoft support site.

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Creating a Bart PE boot CD für Dell Poweredge 2950 Servers with Perc 5/i controller

When I tried to create a boot-CD-ROM (for disaster recovery) with Bart PE for the latest Poweredge 2950 servers from Dell I found that it did not recognize the Perc 5/i RAID controller as well as the network card. After some hours of work I found this solution.

  • Download and install the latest BartPE version (I used V 3110a)
  • Inject the network card drivers into the BartPE environment
    • Download driver for Broadcomm NetXtreme II Family from the DELL website
    • Unzip the driver files and copy only the folder “/broadcom/ris_drivers” folder to the “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\Net folder” (so the two files are stored in “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\Net\RIS_Drivers”)
    • In this folder rename “b06nd.inf” into “b06nd51x.inf” (yes, the .inf file must have the same name as the .sys file in order for BartPE to work)
  • Inject the driver for the Perc 5/I Raid controller
    • Download the driver file “R120960.EXE” from the DELL website
    • Unpack the file and copy the folder “\DELL\drivers\R120960” into your BartPE installation at “\pebuilder3110a\drivers\SCSIAdapter”, so the 11 files are stored in the folder “C:\pebuilder3110a\drivers\SCSIAdapter\R120960”
  • Run PE Builder (Note: for the Windows files I used disk 1 of Windows 2003 Server R2)
  • Burn the ISO file to a CD and walk to your server to test it

That’s it. I finally added the Acronis TrueImage plugin and now I can do a bare-metal recovery for our 2950 servers from a diskimage created by Trueimage…

Grazr: Free blog reader applet for your homepage

Grazr is a publishing tool for feeds. It lets you quickly and easily display RSS, RDF, Atom, and OPML files on any Web page so they can be viewed by any visitor to the site. Grazr is written in Javascript, so no software download or installation is necessary for someone to view it in a browser. As long as Javascript is enabled, it can be used in any modern Web browser.The current version of Grazr is still an Alpha Test, which means that many of the features will change, and many more will be added in the future.

Here is a screenshot of the “Create a Grazr” page

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And here is a link to my personal little multi RSS reader page which uses Grazr.

Running multiple Remote Desktop Logins on Windows XP

Usually only Windows server OSes support multiple simultaneous logins. On XP only one person at a time can log in. Now this hack will allow you to connect multiple times to your Microsoft Windows XP machine using an RDP client.

Tired of creating website screenshots manually? Here is a free service to do it

Just go to the website of Webshots Pro, enter the desired URL and after a few seconds you have your screenshot file ready! They even host the file for you if desired.

Here is a preview: http://thumbs.webshotspro.com/url/http://www.paessler.com
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Foxit Reader 2.0 Released – The Best PDF Reader!

FoxIt Reader 2.0 is just released. This new version introduces many exciting features, including multi-language UI, dynamic downloading of add-ons, form filler, better look and feel and much more.

If you are still stuck in the days of viewing PDF’s using Adobe Acrobat then it must be because you have never tried the free Foxit Reader.

The software is amazing from multiple aspects. Of course the most important feature that it has is the amazingly quick startup time. When I open a PDF it is on my screen for me to read in less than 5-seconds. Can’t beat that!

So if you haven’t tried this PDF reader yet then I highly suggest you give it a whirl. There’s nothing to install so the worst thing that would happen is you download it, try it, and delete it. However, I have never come across someone that doesn’t like it.

WinSnap – ALT-PRINT replacement tool for “screenshots on steroids”

Winsnap is a multi-featured screenshot tool for Windows. WinSnap can enumerate and capture all visible windows of the foreground application and combine them into one screenshot. It can make shots of non-rectangular windows with rounded corners, add a shadow or watermark and much more. It is free for private use.

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