Interesting technical links for Monday June 30

While I was mindlessly surfing I came across a few interesting links I thought I’d share.

Justin Ho posted about the D-Link router emulator pages and Blue Lock.

The D-Link router emulator pages show you what the configuration pages look like for various models of D-Link devices, which makes it nice when remotely supporting friends and family and you can’t see what they see.

Blue Lock is an open source program that locks your Windows PC if a particular Bluetooth device is not detected. For example, if you register your Bluetooth mobile phone with the program but then move away from your desk, the program will detect your phone is out of range and automatically lock your system, requiring the password to be entered to reactivate the system. Full Delphi source code is provided.

Dan Cunningham has released version 1.01 of his Workstation Migration Assistant program. As Dan puts it,

“The Workstation Migration Assistant is a visual wrapper for Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool, designed to simplify the capture / restore process for your end-users, and at the same time being highly configurable so that it can be customised to suit your organisations needs. Some of it’s features include:

  • Migrate via a pre-defined network storage location, external USB drive, or user-specified location. USB drive detection is automatic, and you can decide whether drives below a certain size are ignored (ie, memory sticks)
  • Optional Hard Disk Health Check will run a CHKDSK prior to capture and fix errors if any are found
  • Optional Encryption using a pre-defined company encryption key, or per-user customised encryption (for highly sensitive data that can’t be stored on a server without being encrypted)
  • Use different configurations for “XP Only” (XP > XP) migrations via Standard (XP > Vista and Vista > Vista)
  • Automatically run pre and post-capture / restore scripts and programs (very useful to further configure machine settings)
  • Migrate domain only accounts, or domain and local
  • Automatically exclude certain domain or local accounts from the migration
  • Automatically send log files to an e-mail address via SMTP after the migration
  • On-screen status during every stage of the migration, including ETA
  • Option to limit migrations to a certain size, i.e. if over 20GB of data to backup, then fail and inform user. This is also overridable
  • Automatic checks for USMT installation and optional download
  • Command-line automation
  • Super-pretty UI “

Cameron Fuller writes about his experience with Adding the first Windows 2008 DC running Server Core to a Windows 2003 Domain. I’ve previously used his data posted in Active Directory Stress Testing and Memory as a basis for sizing my virtual domain controller’s memory allocation.

The Sean Blog discusses diagnosing Windows crashes (blue screens), and mentions the Crash Analyzer Wizard. I’ve played with this tool before, since we get it with our Microsoft Volume License agreement. The wizard is a component of the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, which is available from Microsoft as a 30 day evaluation.