Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

When you download an ISO image of a CD or DVD, you have a few options. One option is to burn the image to a CD or DVD. Another is to use a virtual drive, which presents the ISO image as a drive, like E:, on Windows. Microsoft’s previous download for virtual drives was very primative.

Download Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel.

Sharing and security model for local accounts

Sunday, January 2nd, 2005

Be our guest!

I was using the great psservice tool from Sysinternals to execute some test scripts. It was getting ‘access denied’ when connecting to a local box running Windows XP. This behavior was unexpected because both boxes are in the same workgroup and the user accounts have matching names & passwords.

A little sleuthing turned up the problem. Apparently XP ships with heightened security so by default users are logged in over the network as guests.

It’s easy to switch. To change the default so that users get their own credentials when accessing XP over the network, switch the settings to what Microsoft calls Classic.

Start “Help and Support” on your system and search for “Network access: Sharing and security model for local accounts” to see how to make the change in Local Security Policies.