App In Focus: MoveOnBoot

I was doing some housekeeping on a users (very old) Windows XP machine today and hit a snag when I couldn’t delete a user’s profile folder from the machine – Windows was complaining that NTUSER was being used by another person or program.

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That’s when I came across this neat little software called MoveOnBoot.

MoveOnBoot is designed for exactly the kind of situation I was in. As the name suggests, it can move (or delete) files and folders (that are locked by the OS) to a location of your choice when the PC is rebooted. Continue reading

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App In Focus: SpaceSniffer

I received a call on the Service Desk today from a user who reported that he only has 145GB free space left on a 500GB hard disk but he only had 170GB worth of data. He was very keen to know why the math didn’t add up.

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I used a nifty little program called SpaceSniffer to work out what was taking up all that space. As you can see below the culprits were the hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys files which were taking up 48GB and 64GB disk space respectively.

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For your information, the Hyberfil.sys file is used by the operating system to store data when the computer is Hibernated. This can be deleted simply by turning off the Hibernation feature on Windows. Pagefile.sys is what the computer uses for Virtual Memory when it needs more memory in addition to the physical memory installed. In this particular case the PC had 64GB of physical RAM hence the size of the virtual memory (by default the virtual memory is the same size as the available physical memory in Windows). I was able to reduce the size to a much more acceptable 10GB. Continue reading

Mouse Without Borders

Having upgraded to Windows 8 recently I found InputDirector, a software KVM solution, doesn’t work as well on the new OS – the cursor disappears from view when moving it into the second monitor. I’ve been really happy with it on Windows 7 until I upgraded.

In my search for an alternative software KVM solution which is compatible with Windows 8 I came across Mouse Without Borders from Microsoft which, unlike some of the other products I’ve come across, is really easy to set up.

Start off with the ‘server’ pc –the computer which has the keyboard and mouse connected directly. Once installed, simply launch the software and click NO on the ‘Let’s get started’ screen.

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This will give you a Security Code and the Computer Name of the ‘server’ computer which you will need later on.

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vSphere Client 5.0 for Windows 8

I upgraded one of my computers to Windows 8 today. It seems the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant had falsely led me to believe that vSphere Client 5.0 was compatible with the new OS, when in fact it wasn’t.

Try as I might, I just couldn’t get it to install and compatibility mode was of no help either. I tried a few other things too but let’s cut the chase and get to the point here.

In my search for a solution I came across a blog post with direct links to a number of vSphere Client installation files. I can confirm the vSphere Client v5.0 Update 2 is compatible with Windows 8.

UPDATE: This is also works with Windows 8.1 RTM

UPDATE: This is also works on WIndows 10 1507, 1511 and 1607

SimpleNote (and FlickNote)

SimpleNote is a note-taking app which comes in a Web version along with various third party apps for smartphones which sync with the Web app, making it possible to take your note with you everywhere. Using SimpleNote is as simple as completing the very short online registration and finding a suitable app for your platform.

Having access to your notes everywhere, taking notes anywhere with your phone, access to previous versions of your notes – all that and more for free. What more do you want? Well, there is something actually… an app for your phone.  Continue reading

New Category: Apps in Focus

I come across many software, tools and utilities or even Apps for my phone every now and then when looking for a specific solution – but I always forget about it after using it, especially if it’s a one-off use.

Apps In Focus, that’s the name of a new category for my blog – the idea is to write about these apps, expanding on how it came in use to me and file the posts under this category. I might provide links to external reviews or even a short review of my own, I’m not sure yet. I hope this will, over time, turn into a repository of links to useful software, tools and apps that I’ve come across during my IT support endeavors (for reference and easy access should I need it again).

I initially wanted to write about these apps as I come across them but I’ve got a few listed for some time now which I’ve found really useful in the past. Some of these are more than a one-off solution and I do want to write about them. I’ll write about these as and when time allows as I’ve got quite a few other posts on the cards.