Quicky: Chrome Enterprise and Flash on XenApp 6.5

10 03 2015

I had to install NPAPI (flash plugin for Mozilla) and disable the built in PPAPI used in chrome via the chrome launch command line parameters in the published application configuration.

*also disabled GPU acceleration as we saw chrome crashes with it under XenApp 6.5 sessions.


RE : Software Assurance Pays Off Remote Connection to WinPE during MDT SCCM deployments

25 10 2012

I was trying to use “unattend.xml” to enable remote control using DART 7 Remote Connection tool during WinPE
as demonstrated here:


The “unattend.xml” is residing in the root of the boot.wim – X:\Unattend.xml
The first time the machine boots in to WinPE from PXE it uses this Unattend.xml and everything works great.

However, if a step to restart the computer to the boot image assigned for the task sequence which is the same boot.wim then after the restart the original “Unattend.xml” will not be used, instead a different xml called “winpeunattend.xml” which is located at “C:\_SMSTaskSequence\WinPE\WinPEUnattend.xml”
And that XML is being created “on the fly” or in runtime, when the TS is “Staging boot.wim”
and the SMSTS.log will log: “Creating WinPE Answer File” and “Successfully saved … C:\_SMSTaskSequence\WinPE\WinPEUnattend.xml”

The task sequence is from SCCM 2007 R3 with SP2 and the Advertisement is Mandatory and configured as “Access content directly from Distribution Point”.

I finally decided to go around the problem as even in Microsoft Communities I couldn’t get this answered answered

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Using Aladdin eToken from inside a virtual machine (VirtualBox etc.)

19 06 2010


I’m a real fan of VirtualBox and i use version 3.2.4 on my windows 7 ultimate 64bit,

Today i tried using a usb etoken from Aladdin on my windows XP pro guest and to my surprise it didn’t work,

i looked all over the documentation and tried to filter my usb token, i tried what not and it refused to work,

when performing the command “VBoxManage list usbhost”  i could see all my other usb devices like my usb printer, usb drive etc. and in the filter screen i was offered to filter everything usb But not the etoken,

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Think a process is stuck? Think again

18 06 2010

Sometimes when we run an application and we ask it to do something nothing happens or changes on-screen,

How can we know if an application is actually doing something and that it isn’t plainly stuck or frozen?

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had some sort of indicator as to the application’s activity?

Well, a good way I learned to view an application’s activity is using the windows built-in Task Manager,

To do that we will need to open the Task Manager, you can do that by right clicking on windows task bar and choosing “Task Manager”

Next, we go to “Processes” tab and click on “View” button at the top, we then choose “Select Columns…” we will be presented with a selection screen of various processes information available for us to view in the processes tab,

Check the “I/O Reads” and “I/O Writes” and click OK,

Now it’s possible to see if any In (that’s what the “I” stands for in I/O) or Out activity is going on and two new columns will be added and named respectively, the figures show us how many operations a specific process wrote or read and includes file (Hard Drive) and network (the internet or lan) operations.

That way we able to decide if a process might be doing anything before we end it,

To learn more about windows built-in Task Manager head over to Microsoft’s technet article:


Goodbye for now, IT.Never.Ends…

How to properly defrag in windows XP and improve performance..the better way

13 04 2010

I’m sure you’re all aware of the importance of a monthly/yearly maintenance of your hard drive,

In my experience to achieve the best performance from those fragmented hours it’d be wise to follow along the tips for a better performance of your xp machine,

You’ll notice great improvement in performance of application with large file system I/O

After all today biggest bottle-neck in achieving good performance is the speed of storage (Hard Drives)

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Take Server 2008 R2 64bit on a Joyride on windows XP 32bit

9 11 2009

Hey Again,

After much wait (Tried using MSFT new download manager..) I finally obtained a Server 2008 R2 64bit image for evaluation from Microsoft Here

The evaluation as is the commercial product is in 64 bit only and there’s no 32bit version for Server 2008 R2,

Here’s the story of how i achieved it using my computer setup and VirtualBox Read the rest of this entry »

Remote Desktop with Clear Type on Windows XP

7 11 2009

Hi to all the RDP users out there,

Anyone who uses remote desktop from XP to XP knows how difficult it’s for the eyes when the fonts display all pixelized and if your like me you probably hate it,

Well this trick will make life a whole lot easier for your eyes..

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