How to Scan a Network For Port Vulnerabilities

Have you ever wondered how secure a network that you set up actually is? Today I would like to share a tool with you that will allow you to easily scan a network for external port vulnerabilities. This tool is called ShieldsUp! and is web based which allows your scan to take place outside of…

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How to Mount an ISO File in Windows

Every once in a while I will download a program that is contained in an ISO file.  This is usually because the file was intended to be burned to a CD / DVD first before installing it.  However, instead of having to burn it to a CD / DVD first, there are some great utilities…

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How to Backup Printer Drivers and Restore Them on Another Computer

Back when I had a forum on this site someone posted a utility that allows you to back up printer drivers on one computer and restore them on another.  This utility has saved me countless amounts of time, especially when setting up new computers.  And since I don’t have the forum anymore, I felt like…

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How to Set Up Multiple Spaces in Windows

One of the features that I love about Mac OS X Leopard is the ability to set up multiple desktop workspaces which are called Spaces. Spaces are a huge help when trying to manage lots of windows at the same time or when working on multiple projects at once but wanting to keep them separate.…

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How to Check the Speed of a USB Flash Drive

Quick and Useful Tools to test USB drive speed Many people don’t realize that all USB flash drives are not created equal.  Depending on the type of memory they have, their speeds can vary greatly.  Being in IT, I have accumulated a small collection of these drives and have needed a way to test USB…

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How to Disable Windows Vista Permission Security Prompts

Security IconIf you have been using Windows Vista for a while then you probably know how annoying the security confirmations can be. Any time you install a program, install drivers, run programs that need administrative rights, change certain configuration settings, etc., you are forced to confirm your actions before continuing. Fortunately, there are ways to disable these prompts.

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How to Audit Your Microsoft Software Licenses

Keeping track of Microsoft licenses can be a daunting task when you manage a network with multiple computers. This can be especially true when you are given the task of inventorying computers on a network that you personally did not set up. You could go to each computer and inventory it individually but this could take lots of time depending on the amount of computers. Or, you could use a free program that will scan each computer on a network and do this for you.

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Create a Batch File to Refresh Network Settings

Program IconIf you are an emerging computer tech and you haven’t already become accustom to using the ipconfig command, you soon will.  This command is most commonly used at the DOS prompt to see a computer’s current IP configuration.  Using this command with three different switches also allows you to refresh a computer’s network settings which can be very useful when troubleshooting network issues.  In the following tutorial, I would like to show you how you can create a batch file that will run this command along with its switches to quickly refresh a computer’s network settings.

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