Teamviewer – a great ad-hoc support

As I wrote earlier in my blog post Working with Batch, we had a problems connecting to all computers in our branch offices. Since we live on VPN, provided by ISP on his modems/routers, there was always war with theirs technicians.
First of all, we had an old software Symantec PCAnywhere 11 which we used to connect to one computer in that remote office. from that computer we connected to all others. But, PcAnywhare had a problem, you had to setup a port forwarding (PcAnywhere ports are TCP 5631 and UDP 5632) on ISP’s modem to one of those computers. That computer had to have a fixed IP address, or setup DHCP MAC address assignment. But on power outage, thunder struck or clumsy maid, who needed a power source for her vacuum, the modem/router would reset and loose it’s settings. Then you call ISP’s technician to set it up again, hence the war begins. Then we switched to Win7, but PCAnywhere had issues with it. Connection drops, no picture to display and etc.

image Then came the revolutionary Teamviewer (further TW).
The free version, set limited time for sessions, when it discovered that you are using it for non-commercial use.
I suggested to my bosses that we should buy this little piece of software. And we did. We bought TEAMVIEWER 6. I must say it isn’t the cheapest software but it worth’s every €cent.

Teamviewer works on the principal of fixed addresses. TW server assigns 9 digit address ID code to every computer. BE CAREFUL after reinstalling a computer the ID CANNOT be changed back!!

Several TW products are there to use 
TW Full is used to connect to other TW devices. It can be used as a standalone software, or you can install it and use it as installed software. image
TW Quicksupport is standalone program which user starts on demand. It shows him his ID and generates a random password. TW QS can be also edited (for commercial users) with custom logo or text.
TW Host is an installation of TW as a service on a remote device.
TW QuickJoin is a standalone software, with which an user can connect to your presentation.
TW Portable is a standalone program, which allows you to use it on a USB stick and connect everywhere from anywhere.
TW Manager is a product for central managing your partner ID’s. It can use either a file as a database or a MSSQL database.
TW Web is a web service. You must create your username on TW and you use it as a partner list. Then login to TW Web and you can connect also from anywhere.

With TW you can easy set black and white list (BE CAREFUL after reinstalling a computer the ID CANNOT be changed back!!). Set access control, set password complexity, or set permission to change TW settings. You can transfer files,record sessions, transfer audio or video, and even chat. Organize presentations and meetings.
You can even install VPN adapters on each side and connect through VPN.
The TW is a great time and nerve saver.

Good Luck

Setup Win7 or Win8 from USB drive

I have a little Acer Revo without a CD-ROM. External CD-ROM is expensive, so I reinstalled my little PC from USB stick.

First, you have to have a stick not smaller than installation CD/DVD of Windows 7 or 8. Next, motherboard must support Boot from USB so you can boot to setup.
The procedure goes like this, because we must prepare the USB with DISKPART. In my case CD/DVD-ROM is D: drive and USB flash drive is E: drive
SELECT DISK 1
CLEAN
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION
ACTIVE
FORMAT FS=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT

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Next, make USB bootable
Enter to your CD-ROM and subfolder boot
D:
CD BOOT
BOOTSECT.EXE /nt60 E:

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And then copy all from CD/DVD to your USB. I used xcopy, but you can copy it from Windows explorer.
XCOPY * E:\ /E /Y
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Plug in you USB into a computer, and boot from USB.

Good Luck

Space, the final frontier….

We all need space….

Once upon a time I had a 250GB HDD, and it was back then large. Everything I needed was on that disk. But as the files grew, so did my hard got smaller. On that disk, I have lot of pictures and music, maybe some movie and bunch of documents. Suddenly I ran out of disk space…

Quest No.1 – Understand consumption

My first quest was, first to find what consumes so much space.  For that I used a free disk analyzer software called Space Sniffer. It is a standalone exe file.
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You can choose a drive, or a path. works also with UNC paths. Then press Start.image

Very intuitive and practical software. It graphically shows the size of every folder or file. This depends on scaling the details. You go a level deeper by clicking on a particular square. From this screen, you can also open, edit and delete files and folders. Best of all, this software is free, and at the end you can create a log file.

Quest No.2 – Duplicity

As the files grew in numbers, there has also been a problem of some laziness. Some files got duplicated. After googleing and trying couple of software, I found one, also free of charge. Fast Duplicate file Finder from MindGems. Easy to install and easy to work with.
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Works with data files, audio and picture files.
For test I have crated a three folders, and put various duplicate files in them. First add folder, and setup scan properties. If you think files are similar, then choose similar (but slower method) or find 100% identical. I will leave it at 100%. Press SCAN.

After it scanned you get report like this, sorted by duplicate groups.
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Duplicates are automatically checked. So you can probably delete them and save some space.

So, that’s how I got several GB of space free.

Good luck