Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows

Some times you need to reclaim space from dynamically expanding vdi images for VirtualBox. If you have a Windows guest, I've found this optional but you can try it if jumping to the actual shrinking doesn't work. Remove all unnecessary applications and files, empty the trash, etc. Do a defrag. You can use Defraggler if you … Continue reading Shrinking VirtualBox VMs Under Windows

CrashPlan and VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) Errors with Fix

I have been getting Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) errors in my Windows Application log every few seconds. I use Crashplan to back up my machine and many others. I found out that Crashplan stores its cache on my main hard drive, it was several gigs in size. Since I keep my temp files on a different … Continue reading CrashPlan and VSS (Volume Shadow Copy) Errors with Fix

The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

When you use your Windows 7 workstation for heavy network file copying the lan manager server tends to run out of memory. By making the following setting changes you can avoid this and enhance the file copy speeds. Set the following registry key to ‘1′: HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\LargeSystemCache and set the following registry key to … Continue reading The server was unable to allocate from the system nonpaged pool because the server reached the configured limit for nonpaged pool allocations.

Outlook: Can’t create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

Error in Outlook 2010: "Outlook: Can't create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder." This is an annoying message. Even after fixing the users profile permissions it made no difference. This is what worked … Continue reading Outlook: Can’t create file : XYZ.pdf. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

How To Remove All Printer Drivers In Windows 7

Let me start by saying that HP has some of the worst drivers for their small office printers. Shame on you! After many rounds with "re-installing", specifically HP drivers, I found that it was better to just manually wipe them from the computer and start over. Open a command prompt with administrative privileges and enter: … Continue reading How To Remove All Printer Drivers In Windows 7

Sending Syslog logs from Ubuntu to a remote syslog server

I don't know why I didn't have notes on this already. I've done it dozens of times. So here's the write up. I use Ubuntu and it uses the syslog facility/daemon called rsyslogd. Its configuration file is located here: /etc/rsyslog.d/50-default.conf This file tells the deamon where to log each type of message. For example the … Continue reading Sending Syslog logs from Ubuntu to a remote syslog server

Oh Windows, why dost thou hate me so?

I understand, having a background in IT, programming and development and other complex systems, that complex systems are, well, complex. I also understand where Windows came from. From version 1.x on the good old IBM PS/2 model 25. Yeah, I had one. One of the first "all in one" computers with, gasp, VGA.... I also … Continue reading Oh Windows, why dost thou hate me so?

Getting Windows Process Command Line

Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 introduced a neat feature in the Task Manager that allows you to see the command line that instantiated the process. This is great for telling processes apart. Especially when svchost and others can have dozens of instances. Just click View -> Select Columns and pick Command Line at the … Continue reading Getting Windows Process Command Line

My Data Sharing

Most people have a smart phone, a laptop or desktop and many are getting tablets. Brands, versions, "ecosystems" and connectivity options abound. Some people choose to stay with one brand for all their devices. Take Apple for example. Apple can supply you with your phone, laptop, desktop and tablet. Going this route gives you incredible … Continue reading My Data Sharing