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Designsync dword

I have no result found from Google regarding Designsync dword and i think i should share it out after getting the info from Designsync support.

Command:

grep -H ServerMaintenanceMode=dword:1 /<path>/<port_number>/PortRegistry.reg

dword:1 = Normal operation

dword:2 = Set server to read-only mode

dword:3 = block all read and write access to server

What to do with old small capacity pendrive/thumbdrive – part 1

We are old and small , but still useful!!

We are old and small , but still useful!!

Every time when there  is new pendrive/thumbdrive with larger released in the market, you will buy it for your mp3, movie, porn, iso…..junk files.  It is fun to have small little tiny things with more capacity. End up you will have bunch of pendrive laying around your offices.

I love to reuse the old devices for other purposes. I have few suggestion on for the old pendrive:

  1. Load Linux into pendrive and apply it as rescue disk. Suggest Backtrack 3 on a 1GB pendrive.
  2. Backup device for your Linux and Windows PC

For point number 1 , i have my 1GB pendrive loaded with backtrack3 and Fedora. Backtrack3 is very useful when you need to :

  • Reset windows local administrator password
  • Check volume group data in Live CD mode
  • Copy data from a dead OS(both windows and Linux)
  • many more……


Point number 2 is my favorite part. I have 512GB mounted to my PC as my permanent backup device for my critical documents. You will need:

1.Cygwin installed with rsync

-Cygwin is a powerful opensource developed to simulate *nix environment. You are able to use *nix command in windows and it is powerful.

-rsync is a simple yet powerful script widely used in *nix for sync process.  Please read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rsync for more info.

2. Simple script(bak.bat) to trigger for backup with Scheduler.

bak.bat content

Scheduled Task in Windows XP

Scheduled Task in Windows XP

@ECHO OFF
rsync -avz –delete /cygdrive/c/’Documents and Settings’/tiwlim/’My Documents’/NCS /cygdrive/x
touch /cygdrive/x/done.flag

Line 1

rsync -avz –delete /cygdrive/c/’Documents and Settings’/tiwlim/’My Documents’/NCS /cygdrive/x

-avz means copy everything from source (including the permission and display the output).

–delete means compare source and destination, the destination must have whatever source is having. EG: if destination has b.txt and source does not has b.txt , b.txt will be deleted in destination.

/cygdrive/c/ is the c drive.

/cygdrive/x is my pendrive mounted to “My Computer” as X drive.

Line 2

touch /cygdrive/x/done.flag

create a done.flag once the rsync is completed.This is to let you know when is the last update.

Most of the time, the document did not consume much space. I have only 512MB pendrive mounted as my backup devices.

Dell M710 Windows XP SAS RAID Driver for XP installation.

Dell has a very good Driver support page until recently they forced the user to use Dell Download Manager which is sucks! If you are XP user, you have no choice but to use Download Manager, but they did not provide Proxy setting in the Download Manager!! Firefox and IE both not working! Shame on you Dell!

Luckily my colleague found a loop hole which is to use Linux’s Firefox to download the driver.

So Dell latest M710 come with Intel Nahelem 🙂 which is the latest toy for us to play with, but i have to install Windows XP 64 bits for the organization needs! Dell does not support windows XP in official, so you have to grab the driver by yourself.

Since the RAID controller is LSI SAS 1068E , just goto
http://www.lsi.com/storage_home/products_home/standard_product_ics/sas_ics/lsisas1068e/index.html?remote=1&locale=EN

and download the installer for Windows XP or whatever OS you can find inside.

Go and google how to install Third Party RAID drive , i am not covering it here.

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