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I posted this in the now-uninhabited RootAdmin site, but I don't really expect a response and hope for better here. To wit:
At work we have a local network with 15 or so PCs and a couple of network printers connected to a 24 port switch, thence connected to the outside world via a SonicWall firewall. Since the SonicWall includes several VPN licenses, and I often travel, I thought it would be a snap to construct a protected tunnel from my Win7 laptop to the SonicWall, effectively connecting me to the edge of the network and enabling me to browse and use any of the local network resources.
I had our IT guy set it up for me for my last trip out of town, and I fired it up from my hotel room. All I could see in Windows Explorer was a single Shared folder - nothing else was visible. I checked with the IT guru today and he told me that I could connect to anything I want to, so long as I know the IP address or network name, but that it's impossible to set up the VPN to support browsing and a Network Neighborhood-style view on the remote computer.
I don't think I believe that, but since I haven't worked on PCs and networks for a living in about 10 years, I haven't kept up with what MS has been doing to make life less convenient lately. Can someone familiar with using and configuring VPN connections confirm or deny that what I want to do is possible? Better yet, can someone tell me how to set it up? If it matters, we have servers on the network, but we aren't configured as a domain and don't use Active Directory.
One thing I have done in similar circumstances is to VPN into a "client" PC on the LAN, and effectively inherit its view of the local network. It's a while ago now, so I'm a bit hazy on the details. Effectively running remote desktop off an "inside" PC.
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012
Hm, not sure about that browsing experience, as I normally don't use it.
I can access network shares in a different office (which are mapped to some drive letters) by clicking on them in the Windows Explorer - and only then will their state change from offline to online, and when accessing internal websites, the addresses are already stored in the bookmarks of the web browser.
Here in a branch office, network browsing in Windows Explorer only shows computers of this office, it does not show computers at other offices, though I can access them as described above.
There used to be a couple of hacks from Microsoft called CConnect and LimitLogin[^] that came with Windows 2000 resource kit. I have some doubts that it works on Server 2008.
Another solution is of course to use Remote Desktop.
This is related to software licenses (without a license server (*)) bound to a user name (i.e. only user "Joe" can use the software); this means that "Joe" could log in on different machines and use the software.
Currently, we generate licenses bound to some hardware keys (NIC/HardDisk); so if the machine dies we have to generate a new license (and that bugs a potential client that we really want to have) and they have to get back to use to generate a new license.
(*) We already use hardware USB license key; and will probably look into a proper license server (like flexlm).
I was looking for a confirmation if that was allowed on Windows or not.
Depends on what the local admin allows on his network.
You'll need a server (under your administration), it's that simple. Either one that's online, or on-site. Could be a cheap Raspberri Pi in a lockable box. Then you could have each client tell that server when it is online, and under which user. If a user is already online, simply tell the second instance (over TCP/IP e.g.) that it should shut down. Encrypt your connection and include a timestamp to prevent people from recording and playing back sessions.
Also be sure to implement a heart-beat to your server; that's the easiest way to detect when a connection is dropped, or a process died.
See, access to your application can be blocked; but blocking the machine would be considered a hostile act
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If you can't read my code, try converting it here[^]
Check underneath [(HKLM/HKCU)\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\(Run/RunOnce etc.)] and corresponding entries under Wow6432Node.
Seems like a binary entry of "02 00..." means that it's enabled. The disabled entries is a bit more in a disarray though.
the test page also printing along with other pages
Does that mean: it does always print the "test page" first, and afterwards the document is printed correctly? Well, in that case, it is a configuration issue to be fixed in your specific Linux system; better inquire in a forum of that Linux distribution because every Linux is different from every other distribution...
My work laptop has one hard drive, but I've been wanting to partition it so I can have my work separate from the operating system (Windows 7).
Today I finally got around to trying it. A quick online search provided instructions for using Disk Management to shrink a partition, create a new partition, assign a drive letter, format it. I did all that. It looked good. I moved a bunch of files from C to F (the new partition). And it was good. Until I rebooted.
After rebooting, the F drive (partition) shows as RAW (instead of NTFS) and the system says it needs to be formatted. I know I put files there, so I hesitate to reformat.
More searching hasn't turned up a solution.
Going on the idea that maybe the letters for the partitions on a physical drive have to be consecutive, I reordered the letters so now the new partition is D, but that didn't help.
For a while the DVD drive (previously was D, now E) was also acting strange, but it seems OK now.
Has anyone else seen this? Can anyone point to a solution?
I guess I'll reboot again.
Edit: I still don't know what went wrong or how to fix it, so this morning I bit the bullet and reformatted. This time things seem OK. It survived a reboot and I'm restoring files again.
You'll never get very far if all you do is follow instructions.
Sounds very strange. I have never had a problem doing that; indeed I did it on 2 Windows 7 Professional systems only recently, with no problems. However I did not do (and never have done) it direct from diskmgmt, but by right-clicking "My Computer" and accessing the plugin from the management console. Don't know why or if that would make any difference. I know (you did, didn't you?) you backed up those files before copying them to the new partition.
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