Day: December 13, 2010

Track User and Computer Sessions on Windows Server.

You can use Computer Management to track all connections to shared resources on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system. Whenever a user or computer connects to a shared resource, Windows Server 2008 R2 lists a connection in the Sessions node.

To view connections to shared resources, type net session at a command prompt or follow these steps:
1. In Computer Management, connect to the computer on which you created the shared resource.
2. In the console tree, expand System Tools, expand Shared Folders, and then select Sessions. You can now view connections to shares for users and computers.

The columns for the Sessions node provide the following important information about user and computer connections:
User The names of users or computers connected to shared resources. Computer names are shown with a $ suffix to differentiate them from users.
Computer The name of the computer being used.
Type The type of network connection being used.
# Open Files The number of files the user is actively working with. For more detailed information, access the Open Files node.
Connected Time The time that has elapsed since the connection was established.
Idle Time The time that has elapsed since the connection was last used.
Guest Whether the user is logged on as a guest.

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Network Troubleshooting Tools in Windows Operating System

Windows contains an assortment of utilities you can use to diagnose, monitor, and repair network connections. Here’s an overview of the key tools you’ll find in Windows Operating System and what they’re used for.

Get MAC Address (Getmac.exe)
Discovers the Media Access Control (MAC) address, and lists associated network protocols for all network cards in a computer, either locally or across a network.

Hostname (Hostname.exe)
Displays the host name of the current computer.

IP Configuration Utility (Ipconfig.exe)
Displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values, and refreshes DHCP and DNS settings.

Name Server Lookup (Nslookup.exe)
Displays information about Domain Name System records for specific IP addresses and/or host names so that you can troubleshoot DNS problems.

Net services commands (Net.exe)
Performs a broad range of network tasks; type net with no parameters to see a full list of available command-line options.

Netstat (Netstat.exe)
Displays active TCP connections, ports on which the computer is listening, Ethernet statistics, the IP routing table, and IPv4/IPv6 statistics.

Network Command Shell (Netsh.exe)
Displays or modifies the network configuration of a local or remote computer that is currently running; this command-line scripting utility has a huge number of options, which are fully detailed in Help.

PathPing (Pathping.exe)
Combines functions of Traceroute and Ping to identify problems at a router or network link.

TCP/IP NetBIOS Information (Nbtstat.exe)
Displays statistics for NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) protocol, NetBIOS name tables for both the local computer and remote computers, and the NetBIOS name cache.

TCP/IP Ping (Ping.exe)
Verifies IP-level connectivity to another internet address by sending ICMP packets and measuring response time in milliseconds.

TCP/IP Route (Route.exe)
Displays and modifies entries in the local IP routing table.

TCP/IP Traceroute (Tracert.exe)
Determines the path to an internet address and lists the time required to reach each hop; useful for troubleshooting connectivity problems on specific network segments.

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What is the difference between TCP and UDP?

TCP is a connection oriented protocol, which means that everytime a packet is sent say from host A to B, we will get an acknowledgement. Whereas UDP on the other hand, is a connection less protocol.

Where will it be used : TCP -> Say you have a file transfer and you need to ensure that the file reaches intact, and time is not a factor, in such a case we can use TCP.

UDP-> Media Streaming, question is say you are watching a movie…would you prefer that your movie comes..perfectly….but u need to wait a long time before you see the next frame ?..or would you prefer the movie to keep streaming…Yes…The second option is definely better….This is when we need UDP

Filed under: Network (LAN/WAN)Tagged with: , ,

What is ARP/RARP?

ARP: Stands for Address Resolution Protocol…whenever a request is sent by a node on one network to the node on another network the Physical address(MAC) is required and for this the IP address need to be flow over the network..whenver a router with that network (IP) gets the msg. the required MAC address is sent through the network this process of converting the IP address to MAC address is Called ARP..and the reverse thats the convertion of the Mac address to the IP address is called RARP ( Reverse Address Resolution Protocol)

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What is World Wide Name (WWN)

A World Wide Name, or WWN, is a 64-bit address used in fibre channel networks to uniquely identify each element in a Fibre Channel network.

Soft Zoning utilizes World Wide Names to assign security permissions.

The use of World Wide Names for security purposes is inherently insecure, because the World Wide Name of a device is a user-configurable parameter.

For example, to change the World Wide Name (WWN) of an Emulex HBA, the users simply needs to run the `elxcfg` command.

Filed under: Storage (EMC/NetApp)Tagged with: ,

Extending the C drive Disk Space on Virtual Machine (VMWARE)

For Extending the C drive disk space on Virtual Machine (VMWARE):

Step – 1
Adding the additional space on harddisk 1.

Step – 2
Shutdown the system.

Step – 3
Mount the .vmdk file on another virtual machine as disk1 (probably it would
be disk 1).

Step – 4
Configure the disk 1 on second system and reboot.

Step – 5

Disk Part 1

Step – 6
List volumes

Disk Part 2

Step – 7
Select volume #

Disk Part 3

Step – 8
type extend

Step – 9
Shutdown the system

Step – 10
Remove the disk

Step – 11
Start the system A again (now you can see the extended disk).

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HEAT Report Generation (Host Environment Analysis Tool)

The Host Environment Analysis Tool (HEAT) is a Web-based application that Processes the output of the EMCReports script for the Windows Hosts.

In order to generate a HEAT report login to the EMC POWERLINK website:

Once you are successfully logged into the site with the valid user name and password, kindly follow the below link:

Home > Support > Product and Diagnostic Tools > Environment Analysis Tools > Host Environment Analysis Tool (HEAT)

Visit the Host Environment Analysis Tool (HEAT) Website

Upload the latest EMC grab report and then you will find the complete HEAT report. You could also send the same file to your registered mail is.

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EMC Grabs Report Downloads Links

EMC Grabs Reports Latest Version downloads for Windows, Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, REliantUNIX, OSF1 and for Heat Reports as well, find below the download link –

You need to have user id and password to login into

To view this FTP site in Windows Explorer, click Page, and then click Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer.

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