Archive for March, 2009


March 31, 2009

OK so XXcopy – it’s basically xcopy but can cope with longer path strings than 255 characters. This is quite useful as most machines hit that limit.

Go to scroll to the botttom, make sure you are using it for non-commerical use (otherwise I think you have to pay some money or something) and then download, and install.

The arguments are the same as xcopy so you should be able to hit the ground running. Great tool, plus it has a /clone function which I’ve yet to check out but sounds promising 🙂


Ping / Windows Firewall

March 19, 2009

Problem : I’m on a network (same subnet) and I can’t ping a Windows XP Pro machine even from the server.

Solution : Go to Firewall settings (properties on NIC, Advanced Tab, Settings, Advanced Tab, (for the 2nd time), ICMP button). Tick the Allow echo request and that’s it.

If you want to be more specific to the NIC then before you click on the second Advanced tab, click on the NIC you want to configure and then click on settings. You’ll get more choices, like Remote Desktop, File and Printer sharing and also get the ICMP tab if you still want to get pings or not for the specific NIC.

Admin rights on Vsta

March 6, 2009

OMG another reason to hate Vista (perhaps).

So I’m running a virus checker and a Spam checker and I scan the machine (as an administrator I might add) and eventually I get to the point where I need to kill the nasties.

Oh you can’t do that because you need administrator rights.

Wait. I am and administrator. Ok maybe something is screwed up with my account. I create a new admin account and run the scans again. Same message. Grrrrr. After some quick googling I find that you need to right click on the application and choose “Run as Administrator” to actually run it as an administrator. Forget that you are an admin anyway – that doesn’t mean anything.

Sigh… I’m moving to a Mac.