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Cyberlink PowerDirector 10 installation

Here’s how I got it to work-

  • Install Demo copy – don’t bother with your license key, but run it once.
  • Install CyberLinkPDR10R_toUltra_1005_GM2_113320_VDE110929-04, and NOW try your license key. I opened an old project that uses H.264 and activated the codec at this step – but I don’t know if you need to.
  • Install CyberLink.110906_ContentP_I_PCP110812-04
  • Install CyberLink.110906_ContentP_II_PCP110812-05
  • Install CyberLink.CL_110829_RomancePackv3_MTP110329-03
  • Install CyberLink.1012_GM2_Patch_VDE110926-01
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Posted October 29, 2011 by mmdmurphy in tips

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PING PXE on Windows Server

Where to start? PING = Partimage Is Not Ghost.  Ok, I get it.

THE biggest hurdle to getting this to run? For some reason, I figured a machine that could get an IP address for the PXE process could get an IP address later on. Not true. Oh, and make sure you have ONE dhcp server on your network – this one! I didn’t make that mistake, but I see how you could. I actually set this up on Windows Virtual PC’s as a pilot for a customer, but I finally got it all working…

So, here’s how it seems to work – or at least close enough to get it working. PXE gets an IP address, then PXE downloads the OS over TFTP. Then it does something like a pseudo reboot and uses the initrd as part of the final “build” on the client computer.

Ok, so, if it can get an IP address to do the TFTP, why can’t {what I am calling} the final build?

Anyway, so what do you do about this? The answer is pretty simple. The file “default” that they ask you to make? Well, you hard code the IP address of both the client computer, the server (where you will store your images) the subnet mask, the default gateway, and, what the heck, you might as well hard code the user name and password there too!. I will post my ‘default’ file.

The second thing I did to get this to actually work? I downloaded their files and put them where I think they belong. Which wound up being 2 separate places. And then it didn’t seem to work. So, I downloaded the PING iso file, and copied all the files from there. So, some combination of files was missing, but now I seem to have them all.

Hint – I now get the PING logo, whereas before I didn’t.

Now let’s walk thru this. TFTPD32 settings – note, I did the ‘service’ install – watch which one you download!

Contents of the ‘default’ file (if you copy and paste, make sure you know what is on one line and what isn’t, and that you get it all!). And NO, I do NOT get a nice menu to pick from. But it does work.

DEFAULT default
PROMPT 1
TIMEOUT 300
DISPLAY boot.msg
LABEL default
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL backup
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL restore
KERNEL kernel
APPEND vga=normal devfs=nomount pxe ramdisk_size=33000 load_ramdisk=1 init=/linuxrc prompt_ramdisk=0 initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 rw noapic nolapic lba combined_mode=libata ide0=noprobe nomce pci=nomsi irqpoll IP=192.168.1.222 Netmask=255.255.255.0 Gateway=192.168.1.201 Server=192.168.1.201 Share=images user=images passwd=images
LABEL dummy
KERNEL kernel

Notes:
Server is 192.168.1.201, subnet mask is 255.255.255.0, the PXE “client” will be 192.168.1.222, the share is called images, as is the user name and password.

In following my “shotgun” approach, all this is duplicated under Create_New_Image.

Good luck!

Posted February 19, 2011 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Linux, sbs2003, tips, windows

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Converting videos to play on iPad

I had some training videos that I wanted to play on my iPad, which were in *.wmv format.
I tried several programs to convert them so they would play on my iPad, and after converting all the files, I synched my iPad. In EVERY case, iTunes said – basically – not copying to iPad cos your iPad won’t play them.

I finally found Videora iPad Converter, and was able to convert them AND when I plugged in my iPad, it copied them from itunes to my iPad without complaint.

One thing I didn’t like so much is the queueing feature – which only shows up after you change the user interface to “advanced”  (and the ‘in application” ads)

Posted November 13, 2010 by mmdmurphy in freeware, Video

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Courion Tip dsquery / dsget formatting output… vbscript…

Courion Tip – Collecting group membership information from Active Directory….
I found this batch file (below) on the internet (and will paste a link whenever I can find where I got it from!!!) HOWEVER, the format of the output was less than idea. What I REALLY wanted was something like this: {Please note that if you copy and paste any of this, you will probably get the wrong quotation marks and the code won’t work. So, paste it into notepad, then manually edit it to put the correct quotation marks back in!!}

GroupName1 Member1
GroupName1 Member2
GroupName2 Member1
GroupName2 Member2
GroupName2 Member3
etc… etc…. etc…

Here’s the code to generate the group membership information

@echo off
if exist membership.txt del membership.txt
dsquery group -limit 0 >groups.txt

pause
::The FOR command is one single line
for /f “tokens=*” %%g in (groups.txt) do @echo Group Name: %%g >>membership.txt && echo Members: >>membership.txt && dsget group %%g -members -l >>membership.txt && echo **************************************** >>membership.txt

::display result
notepad membership.txt

Here’s the visual basic script I wrote to reformat it….

Dim fso
Dim InputFile
Dim OutputFile
Dim keyword
Dim retstring
Dim GroupName
Dim keywordlength

InputFile =”c:\membership.txt”
OutputFile =”c:\outputfile.txt”
keyword =”Group Name: ”
keywordlength = len(keyword)

Const ForReading = 1
Const ForWriting = 2
Set fso = CreateObject(“Scripting.FileSystemObject”)
Set infile = fso.OpenTextFile(InputFile, ForReading)
Set outfile = fso.CreateTextFile(OutputFile, ForWriting)

Do until infile.AtEndOfStream = True
retstring = infile.ReadLine
If (len(retstring)>2) then ‘skip blank lines
If left(retstring, keywordlength) = keyword Then ‘look for whatever text was defined at the top of this file as the keyword
numofchars = (len(retstring)-keywordlength)
Groupname = right(retstring, numofchars)
retstring =”” ‘since this is the GroupName and not a member line set retstring to blank
Elseif left(retstring, 1) = “M” Then ‘skip lines that start with the word Member…
retstring =””
Elseif left(retstring, 1) = “*” Then ‘skip lines that are just astericks…
retstring =””
end if

retstring = Groupname&retstring&VbCrLf
If len(retstring)>len(Groupname)+3 Then outfile.Write(retstring) ‘if the output line would just contain the group name then don’t bother
end if
Loop

infile.Close
outfile.Close

Now I have the output that I want

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Also check out this https://mmdmurphy.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/courin-tip-ldapad-queries/

Posted March 24, 2010 by mmdmurphy in Courion Tip, freeware, tips, windows

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Remove broken links

http://www.digiarch.org/orphansremover.html

Posted September 10, 2009 by mmdmurphy in tips, windows

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