Performance Improvements Between Old and New Netbooks (as Compared to a Standard PC)

Intel recently released the new NM10 chipset which enables the newest Atom CPU’s, the dual core + dual hyperthread N550, which support 64 bit Windows.   I already own an LG x110 with a very nice Atom 270 (roughly the same performance as the Atom 450) and I wanted to know the performance improvements between the old and the new netbooks.  Sooo, I downloaded www.passmark.com ‘s free and easy benchmark software and this is what I…

How to Add a Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller (DC) to a Server 2008 Domain

Yes, Windows Server 2008 R2 DC’s are allowed to be on Server 2008 (R1) based domains as long as you do NOT raise the Domain/Forest Functionality Level. Instructions: Below is the process: Install Server 2008 R2 on some hardware, install all service packs and hot fixes Join the new R2 server to the domain Give the new R2 server a static address (yes, this is important) Prep the domain: Determine which existing R1 Domain Controller…

What is the Difference between a Web Application and Site Collection

WebApp vs Site collection.  This is a confusing issue: Basically a WebApp is a container for sites.  Each Web Application must contain at least one Site Collection. Each Site Collection can contain more than one site A site is usually shown as a tab in a Sharepoint page. This applies equally to Sharepoint, WSS (Windows Sharepoint Services), Sharepoint 2007, MOSS, Sharepoint Foundation 2010, and Sharepoint Server 2010. I found a great little table on THIS…

Cannot Adjust Power Settings on Your Samsung Laptop?

To be direct the answer is disable Samsung FAST START program. Samsung’s own software overrides Windows 7 POWER OPTIONS settings and greys out several options, including: REQUIRE A PASSWORD ON WAKEUP POWER BUTTON AND LID LID CLOSE ACTIONS POWER BUTTON ACTIONS SLEEP BUTTON ACTION FAST START is enabled by default and it claims to ‘enable’ the laptop to enter sleep mode whatever the power settings. In fact it forces sleep mode by hard setting all the power-off options…

How To Disassemble Seagate 3TB GoFlex Drive and Use it Internally

Seagate does not sell a 3TB external drive (as of December 2010) but I needed one. The only other drive today is Western Digitals 3TB but it is slower, and I am not a fan of Western Digital… oh ya, and the Seagate 3TB EXTERNAL was $40 LESS expensive that the 3TB WD INTERNAL.  This made my decision to rip appart a brand new Seagate 3TB GoFlex drive an easy one. Check out our video —————–…

How to Clean / Remove and Recover from a Virus From Your PC

This is the complete virus cleaning guide.  There are many ways to clean a virus from your computer and I will list them in from the easiest to the most complex.  Contrary to commonly held beliefs, there are MANY nasty virus’ for Apple Mac’s, iPhones, Linux and Unix, however this document is only intended to be used by Windows machines. By Ian Matthews, Up & Running Technologies Inc, Feb 10, 2010 NOTICE: This information is…

Optimize BIOS Settings Explained

TomsHardware.com October 11, 2005 CPU Level 1 Cache: Enabled. CPU Level 2 Cache: Enabled. Quick Power On Self Test: Enabled. This will skip the repetitive memory count that occurs when you turn on your PC; chances are that if you really do have bad memory, this basic test won’t catch it anyway. First, Second, or Third Boot Device: Set your boot order, and disable any boot device here that you do not want to boot…

Screen Misalignment

Another easy, fast but annoying  IT Gag.  THIS GAG REQUIRES THE USER TO HAVE TWO SCREENS.  If you user has only one, this will not work.  Most people, even techs, do not remember that every version of Windows since Win95 supports a minimum of 9 screens.  The idea was that you should be able to build a 3×3 screen video wall… and you can if you have enough video cards and monitors.  To make a…

How to Convert a Physical Server to a Virtual Server

Prepared by Ian Matthews Feb 16, 2010, Updated March 9, 2010 As with all my documents, there is no warranty on these instructions.  They are based on my training and experiences but are provided without me accepting liability for damage… be careful!  These instructions assume that you know how to create a simple virtual machine using Hyper-V. Everyone in I.T. is abuzz about converting Physical Servers to Virtual Servers and if you are reading this…

Should You Use an IDE or SCSI VHD in Server 2008 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

Prepared by Ian Matthews February 11, 2008, Updated March 9, 2010 The short answer, USE IDE ON HYPER-V.  Read on for details and why many people are confused about this. Today I had to convert a server with a 500GB data drive from a physical to a virtual machine.  This was a problem because I (wrongly) understood that IDE Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) used in Hyper V (on both Server 2008 and R2) was limited…

How to Migrate Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 to SBS 2008

Prepared by Ian Matthews July 13, 2009, last update Unlike the SBS2000 to SBS2003 upgrade process, the SBS2003 to SBS2008 procedures are clean.  The first thing you need is new hardware.  NOTE: This process below is offered with no guarantees and we accept no liability.� To keep an otherwise complex process simple, it is provided in a terse point form. SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration Process PREWORK Backup the Existing SBS 2003 Server Clean…

How to Stop Programs (like Google Update) From Starting Automatically

Prepared by Ian Matthews June 6, 2010, updated August 28 2010 If you have ever wasted hours trying to figure out how those clever “people” at Google managed to have GoogleUpdate.exe automatically startup even after you are sure you disabled all there was to disable, this page is for you. WHERE PROGRAMS STARTUP FROM: STARTUP FOLDER: START button, PROGRAMS folder, STARTUP folder if you want to remove something from here just right click on it and…

HOW TO SOLVE VISTA “ACCESS DENIED” WHEN TRYING TO “POINT AND PRINT”

Written by Ian Matthews November 7, 2007 PREAMLE: Because it is theoretically possible to disguise a Trojan as a print driver, Microsoft has configured Vista to block domain users (or any standard, non-administrator users) from installing new or updated printer drivers.  After more than 11 hours of work with Microsoft techs and 6 hours on my own over the course of four months, I finally stumbled on the answer. PROBLEM:  A non-administrator user attempts to…