Why should companies move to Windows 7?


Short Intro

I know, this is quite an awkward post from me because for people who know me know that I support Linux, but well.. Windows 7 is just another perspective..and more people know about it, so i’ll leave my linux skills for Servers and applications tutos..

Top 5 things I like about Windows 7

Notice: Things you read on this post are the personal thoughts of Gulshan Yashveer Beejan, the Author of this article. You may have other GOOD opinions and may post it in comments but the author will at no point tolerate messages that are just ANNOYING.

1. User Interface – Let’s be honest.. I own a mac and I’d definitely say that Windows 7 although seems to be like a rip off of MacOS X+, it is slightly better.. its obvious they copied it but they made it better. The thing I like best, is the way you can adjust where you want to position your applications.

How does this help in a company? Imagine having to run Excel and Firefox at the same time whilst having check details from the web and entering that in an excel sheet. I have stopped using a second monitor with windows 7… It is just that GOOD.

2. Custom Windows 7 Images – If you are good enough with WAIK(Windows Automated Installation Kit.. ITS FREE!! You can easily create your own custom Windows 7 images for installation containing custom applications such as Firefox, Adobe etc and drivers.. all out of one single DVD.

How does this help in a company? This is definitely useful if you are the System Administrator of your company and having to install Windows 7 on user machines every now and then.. you will, at some point, get tired of reinstalling machines for users and moreover if your company has over 20 machines.. Check WAIK + WDS(Windows Deployment Services)

3. Heat/Power Management – I am an ex owner of a Dell XPS M1530.. IT DIED!.. how? OUT OF HEAT(Do not ask me questions about this, it was a very painful loss). Well if I knew, I would never have used it as long as Windows Vista was on it.. Windows Vista was cr*p big time!! I can absolutely say for sure that Windows 7 has better Power management.. it seems that since it manages the GPU as well as the CPU so well, it can increase the lifespan of your machine.

How does this help in a company? My story itself should be self explanatory! LIFETIME MAN!

4. FAST FAST! – Seven is awesome at doing things quickly. It is fast, efficient(not as stable as Linux..”oh here comes Linux again”) but I like.

How does this help in a company? Fast means.. less time loss to open applications(a few milliseconds can build up to a large amount on a daily basis). Productivity!

5. Old and New Technology – It is always up to you if you want to stick to old technology.. I know the story, oh Windows XP SP3 runs so fine and I don’t think I’ll ever want to move again.. Moreover after the CATASTROPHIC Operating System by Microsoft called VISTA, more people are reluctant to move. But trust me on this, Windows 7 comes with XP mode in VM, which is.. wait for it.. SP3 and…. FREE(COMPLETELY FREE LICENSE)! And it runs damn well, you can even get a shortcut on your Seven machine for an application installed in the VM.

How does this help in a company? Guys.. you do scrap desktop PCs after 4 years don’t you? Then why the hell are you still using XP? MOVE MY FRIENDS! MOVE! INNOVATE!!

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Remotely opening a window/process/application of a Linux Server


LINUX

If you are running a distribution of Linux, it usually comes out of the box to remotely open an application  if you run the following:

ssh -X username@server_ip

-X Forwards the X Window to your linux machine

If the above does not work, try to do an xhost + on your linux machine first.

WINDOWS

If you are running windows and access your linux server via putty, you will have to download a software called Xming (Free).

Run Xming server and then go to putty, set the following as per the screenshot below:

And then connect normally to your session.

To test, try xclock

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How-to: Linux/Windows Virtual IP Addresses


Linux

OS Tested: Red Hat Linux Enterprise 4/5, CentOS 5.4

Login as root on the server

cp /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0 /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0

vi /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth0:0

Change

IPADDR=virtual_ip_address

GATEWAY=gateway_ip_address

DEVICE=eth0:0

ONBOOT=yes

ifconfig eth0:0 up

That should do it.

Windows

Start -> Control Panel -> Network Connections -> Right-Click on Local Area Network Connection -> Properties -> Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) -> Properties -> Advanced ->

IP Address -> ADD

Gateway -> ADD


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Partition Failure – Windows home directory


I just recovered a partition from a Laptop which has the Windows XP installed there.

Windows kept rebooting after the boot loader screen. So first thing I did was to boot from my Kaspersky Live CD to check whether it had viruses on it and then noticed that it was mounting only the second NTFS partition on that hard drive.

I then swapped to a Fedora Core live cd to make sure that we had ntfs compatibility to try to mount the first boot partition manually with mount -t ntfs /dev/sda1 /media/e

Error:

NTFS is either inconsistent, or there is a hardware fault, or it’s a
SoftRAID/FakeRAID hardware. In the first case run chkdsk /f on Windows
then reboot into Windows twice. The usage of the /f parameter is very
important! If the device is a SoftRAID/FakeRAID then first activate
it and mount a different device under the /dev/mapper/ directory, (e.g.
/dev/mapper/nvidia_eahaabcc1). Please see the ‘dmraid’ documentation
for more details.

Solution:

Use an external drive to access the disk via usb from a windows based system and run chkdsk /f DRIVELETTER

🙂

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The report server cannot decrypt the symmetric key used to access sensitive or encrypted data in a report server database


Weird error.. everything was working fine a few weeks back and now we’re stuck with this weird error from the reports server on the CRM Dynamics Windows 2008 Server.

Resolution:

Reboot did not work.. lol

Go to Reporting Services Configuration Manager -> Encryption Keys -> Delete

And… it works fine again! : )

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