Network Access Protection

Windows 2008 Server has Network Access Protection which is also known as NAP or NPS. This tool serves an administrative purpose to help organizations compare the security level in a computer on the network to the Server 2008’s policies. This comparison helps to determine if the computer is safe enough to join and use the Server. This is another way to help find if the computer’s ‘health’ is adequate as far as policy and the NAP can also analyze both the anti-virus program and if the firewall is installed. In an upcoming series, Windows 2008 Server will be reviewed.

Information on NAP from TechNet

Microsoft’s Deployment Guide

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77 Windows tips

Technet has a list of 77 Windows tips, don’t close the tips out too soon, you’ll find things you may not know how to do.   Although most of these are old if you have discovered Windows 7, many people still don’t know about many of these tips.

Know what Robocopy is?  How about a search connector?  perfmon /report or permon /rel?   Link

Vista, 7 and 8 Networking Woes – Fixed

These tips work on Snap Servers and NAS devices that say they are NOT Vista, 7 and 8 capable and XP workstations that will not connect.

Option 1

When connecting Vista, 7  or 8 to XP, if you have problems, make sure the time is correct on both machines

Option 2

On the Vista, 7 or 8 Computer
select Administrative Tools->Local Security Policy.
Select Local Policies->Security Options->Network security->LAN Manager authentication level.
Select this and use the drop down to change it to:
Use the setting “Send LM & NTLM – use NTLM v.2 if negotiated”

If you go to the UNC Path \\yourcomputer, you will have to use the username:

thecomputeryouareconnectingtoname\usernameonthatcomputer  then enter your password.

Vista, 7 or 8 has great networking features, you just have to know how to use them. Click on Images to Enlarge.
        

Can’t copy a file because your hard drive is damaged?

Over a period of time your hard drive may begin developing bad sectors or bad blocks.  Roadkil has a possible solution for you if you are afraid you are going to lose the data.   Unstoppable Copier copies your files to an alternate drive.

Cannot access computer by NetBios name after replacing NIC card

If you have ever replaced a network card on a server or computer and you can no longer access the computer, you should flush any cache on the workstation that is accessing the server.

Insure no other users are logged in -

Open a Command Prompt as an Administrator (Type CMD in the search box)

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

nbtstat –s

nbtstat -r

nbtstat –c

nbtstat –R

nbtstat -RR

nbtstat –n

nbtstat -a xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx      (replace the x’s with the IP address of the computer you are accessing – the computer with the new NIC card)

Also insure the NetBIOS over TCP/IP radio button is selected. (See Below)

To enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP on Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2:

  1. Click Start, and then click Network. (click Start, type ncpa.cpl into the search box for Windows 7 or Vista, hit ENTER).
  2. Click on the Network and Sharing Center
  3. Click Manage Network Connections.
  4. Right click on the Local Area Connection select Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  6. Click the Advanced button under the General tab.
  7. Click the WINS tab.
  8. Click Enable NetBIOS Over TCP/IP.
  9. Click OK and Exit the settings.

Computer Repair with ToolBox

It’s hard to beat Rick over at Whats On My PC.   He is always finding some of the best tools you can use to keep your computer running like new.  With IOBit’s Portable Free PC Repair ToolBox, this all in wonder tool can help you perform many tasks that usually takes many tools working together to thoroughly analyze and clean your computer.  In its beta stage, this tool is worth looking at.

Some of the features -

More than 20 tools in a portable app that allows you

  • Process viewer
  • Disk viewer
  • Disk Cleaner
  • Registry Cleaner
  • Windows Analyzer that allows you to repair minor problems
  • Undelete
  • Security Analyzer
  • Optimizes Memory
  • and more..

Rick’s excellent review shows how this Toolbox can be used with your computer.   At 14 mb (29 mb unzipped), this tool easily fits on your flash drive.

Backblaze – The best offsite backup solution

backblaze

Want a backup plan that will backup your data at a price that is reasonable?  How about $50 per year and unlimited?     Backblaze is one of the best cloud based backups available.  With unlimited backup capability, security built in, easy restore capabilities and an easy to use interface,  anyone can use Backblaze.   (Features)

Everyone should worry about privacy and security.  With Backblaze, security is protected by encrypting your files on your computer and securely transferring your files to Backblazes’ servers.   Security is further enhanced by your private key (they do not store this key) so your data remains secure until you decide to restore files.  (Security Q&A Roundup)

What kind of extra security do they provide besides military grade encryption?  They also have a stolen pc feature that helps you to locate a stolen or lost computer.

In the event you lose data or need to restore information, you can simply sign in and instantly pick your data and download the information you want.   You can also order a usb or an external drive (very reasonably priced) and have your data sent to you.

The easy to use Windows or Mac application allows for a continuous backup (it takes time to complete large backups based on your upload speeds and internet usage/bandwidth).

Backblaze also offers a very reasonable business plan allowing businesses to securely backup their critical data.

Backblaze

Some of their secrets -

Petabytes on a Budget v2.0:
Revealing More Secrets

A goldmine of resources for PC Techs

Rick over at Whats On My PC has found a website with an amazing amount of resources.  (See Rick’s article here)  To credit Mike over at GE Geek, this website is one of the best references I have ever seen.  Visit Rick for a direct link to this amazing website.

There is also a Toolkit you can download at the top of the page.
(Approximately 1Gb! of information)

1gb download

Bill Mullins’ review on PrivaZer – PC Cleaner and Privacy App

Bill Mullins has an excellent article on PrivaZer.   This excellent software can be used to clean your computer and protect your privacy.

This software can be ran as a portable app or can be installed.

$25 or $35 Computer? – The Raspberry Pi Launch

So which one do you want?  They are by no means a powerful computer to complete architectural drawings on with AutoCAD or FeatureCAM, but the Raspberry Pi is a great hobbyist’s computer that is ultra small (smaller than a deck of cards).   Go over and check out the Raspberrry Pi and see all of the features included with this tiny computer.

Raspberry Pi

Clean your computer correctly with SlimCleaner

SlimCleaner provides a cloud review of services, startup and other items BEFORE you remove items from your computer.  With SlimCleaner, the free cleaning program allows you to take control and THINK with peers and recommendations from the program before you make mistakes during cleanup.  Often you as an end user find services or startup items and wonder if you should remove the program or service.  With SlimCleaner you are in control of what you remove before removing it.

Cleaner screen shots, clean your startup, services, applications and even advanced information tabs.

        

Unsure of a service or other item.  Click more information and see what peers say!

Optimize your computer using the optimization tab!

       

Possible Hijack information – this allows you to see if a program is hijacking your computer.

Need to uninstall programs?  SimCleaner shows you the programs installed and offers an excellent uninstaller.

Browser customization tab

Shredder is available to get rid of sensitive and important daya

Easily access Windows Tools from SlimCleaner’s east to use interface.  Although you may use 3rd party defrag utilities or other utilities, this is a great shortcut to Windows Tools.


SlimCleaner is an excellent software to clean your computer….but remember, research and make decisions on what you should or should not clean by  seeing what your peers are saying before taking steps to clean or optimize your pc.   The aggregated cloud can save you a headache by providing peer and links to the information about your computer’s programs.