Archive for January, 2009

Installing too much of software will make your start menu highly cluttered. Though uninstalling the unwanted software may be one of the solution but thats not the right thing to do instead, create folders and group software based on your installation.

For example, you can create a folder (in the start menu itself) and drag and drop menu items in it.

-> Create a folder named Multimedia

-> To create a folder: run -> . and press enter

-> The user profile will be displayed here.

-> In the start menu folder -> create a folder named Multimedia inside it

-> Now goto start menu -> All programs -> you can see the Multimedia folder

-> Drag and drop the photoshop, Winamp, Mediamonkey, VLC media player and things related to multimedia to the Multimedia folder

similarly create folders such as security, programming and reduce the clutters in the start menu.


You may have known about VMware, Microsoft Virtual PC and many other related softwares. All these enable us to run 2 OS at the same time. This is highly useful for developers, learners…to check application compatibility in the 2 or more OS at the same time. Not only for developers but also and mainly for the MCSE learners.

But what I am going to discuss is:

installing a server 2003 inside a server 2003 using VMWare so that you can:

1. Host Windows 2003 can be a PDC (Parent domain controller) and Guest Win 2003 / Windows XP or Windows 2000 can be Client.


2. Host Windows 2003 can be a PDC (Parent domain controller) and Guest Win 2003 can be CDC (Child Domain controller)

So whats all about these things:

1. Now you can logon to a Client with a domain account.

2. you can install ADS (active dir services), DNS (domain name system)…….Virtually everything


Host OS – The actual OS that boots first when you trigger the ON switch physically

Guest OS – Reside inside the VWMare..can boot only after you have started the VMWare.

VMware – VMWare s/w should be installed in the Host OS first then install the GUEST OS inside it.


IMP: while installing the Guest OS inside VMWARE make sure you have checked “BRIDGED NETWORKING” so that Guest OS and Host OS can communicate each other.

1. HDD space atleast 5 GB is required for both OS and VMWARE.

2. Atleast a 512 MB Ram is required for “Normal” running. (I dont know whether it will work in 256 MB ram mine is a 512 one)

3. Windows 2003 server – Standard edition and Windows 2000 or XP or 98 or NT or even vista.

4. I have used VMWare Workstation 4 Edition




I will upload the file later. The WordPress blog currently having a prob regarding file upload. thanks 4 ur patience.

if u r in a hurry then try these..

My comp-> right click -> manage -> select disk management -> here ur entire hdd space will be displayed -> you can partition an unpartitioned space.

You phone or pendrive not connecting with your computer ?

Enable the USB on BIOS thats the solution

How to do:

Restart pc and press delete to goto BIOS.some PC may require pressing function keys instead of delete keys – refer manual

Still having problem:

1. Goto My computer -> manage (right click and select) -> device manager -> enable usb devices.

2. If its a hardware problem then.. clean the mobile data cable terminal and as well as the phone terminal. Simply use a “Pencil Eraser” to clean the terminals its more than enough. (This type of cleaning is always used for cleaning RAM too)


Learning MCSE or other network related things over a single PC is highly impossible because of lack of LAN connection. To overcome this, you can create a virtual LAN – without any LAN cable / switch / hub / Router.

Virtual LAN:

Control Panel -> Add new hardware -> Next

1. Select Yes I have already connected the hardware
-> Next

2. Select Add a new hardware
-> Next

3. Install the hardware that I manually select from the list (advanced)
-> Next

4. Select “Network adapters” from the list box
-> Next

5. Select manufacturer as “Microsoft” and Network adapter as “Microsoft loopback adapter”
-> Next

then press finish…close all

6. Goto Control panel -> Network connections -> select Local Area connection (Microsoft loopback connection) -> right click on it -> Select properties -> select Internet properties (TCP/IP) -> properties
-> Now you can set the IP address here..

Thats all !!!

Now you can install ADS or DNS on your machine [only if its a server 😉 .]
This address setting is tested on Windows XP, 2003 server and some other Windows OS might support this.

There are many cases that some computers root drive wll not be the c:\ troubleshooting will be a problem though if you are unable to identify the root drive.
There are commands available to locate the root drive.
If you are having 2 OSes are more, the command will only show the current loaded OS.


Micrsoft System side exams

MCP  – Microsoft Certified Professional
MCSA – Microsoft Certtified Systems Administrator
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

70-270 – Windows XP                  – MCP  (On completion of any one paper)
70-290 – windows 2003 server
70-284 – Exchange server
70-291 – NIS                                – MCSA (On completion of 4 papers)
70-293 – planning NIS
70-294 – ADS
70-297 – Design of ADS and NIS – MCSE (On completion of all 7 papers)

Detailed information

1. Microsoft 70-270
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional

2. Microsoft 70-290
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2003 server

3. Microsoft 70-284
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server

4. Microsoft 70-291
Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

5. Microsoft 70-293
Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

6. Microsoft 70-294
Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 AD Infrastructure

7. Microsoft 70-297
Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure