December 30, 2011
Friday is Free Day, Portfolio
administrator, browser, cloning, dhcp, dosk wiping, fedora, file recovery, floppy disk, fog, fog project, hard drives, imaging, laboratories, linux, network boot, pxe, tftp, ubuntu, virus scanning, web, windows
One strenuous task when you’re maintaining Windows-based machines (computer laboratories) is preparing the machines for use. This includes OS and 3rd-party software installation, updating the machines, and tweaking system settings. This really eats up time and is boring.
The task was then eased up with cloning/imaging software. Before, I had to remove hard drives, connect them as slaves to a source computer, and then run a cloning software using a floppy disk. Removing and installing back hard drives is still tedious for me. Then there was a cloning software that stores and retrieves cloned images via network and uses a disc to boot up a machine(s). Cloning is limited with the number of boot discs you’re using. And then, there’s FOG Project.
FOG is a cloning solution that utilizes the network to store and retrieve cloned images and uses TFTP and PXE to boot machines. Because of this, you can clone multiple machines without any extra cost on discs. It’s Linux-based and is free.
You’ll only have to create a FOG server using Fedora 7+ or Ubuntu. Installation is very easy and straight-forward. After the installation, you can access your server using a web browser. From there, you can manage your machines and tasks. Aside from imaging, you may also use FOG for disk wiping, virus scanning, file recovery and more. A guide/documentation on the implementation is also available from the FOG Project website.
I took a picture of a machine’s screen during the creation of an image from a source computer sent to the FOG server. I’ll try to add the cloning process. More screenshots are found in the FOG Project website.
Saving an image
Download FOG from SourceForge.
December 1, 2011
Tips, Tricks, 'n Tutorials
account, Alerts, browser, Calendar, Code, Docs, Finance, gmail, google, google apps, Google Moderator, Groups, iGoogle, Maps, multiple, multiple sign-in, News, Profiles, Reader, scribd, sign-in, Sites, tabs, Voice, Web Search
If you have multiple GMail accounts (for regular GMail or Google Apps), you might have experienced signing in and out or using different browsers to check your accounts. Google’s multiple sign-in solves this problem as it lets users login and use 10 Google accounts, including their products/services, open simultaneously in a single browser.
Here’s how you enable Multiple sign-in:
1. Click your name/email address on the top right corner of your screen. Click “Account settings”.
2. Under the Personal Settings area, you’ll see that your Multiple sign-in status is off. Click “Edit”.
3. Click “On” and check all the checkboxes under the “On” option. Click “Save”.
4. Sign out for the changes to take effect then sign back in.
To sign in to your other Google account:
1. Click your name/email address on the top right corner of your screen. Click the “Switch account” link.
2. Click the “Sign in to another account” link to sign in to your other Google account which you’ll be adding.
3. After signing in to the other account, it will be added on the list of Google accounts that you’ll be switching to.
Here are the products that support the multiple sign-in feature:
Alerts, Calendar, Code, Docs (Google Apps accounts only), Finance, Gmail, Google+, Google Moderator, Groups, iGoogle, Maps, News, Profiles, Reader, Sites, Voice, Web Search.
Download a printable version of this how-to from Scribd.
June 24, 2011
Friday is Free Day
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When a streaming audio/video links to .asf or .asx files (Windows media), chances are you won’t be prompted to download the plugin if you’re a Firefox or Google Chrome user. To be able to play these streaming media files, you’ll either need to use Internet Explorer as your browser or install the Windows Media Player plugin for your browser.
You may download the plugin from the Interoperability Bridges and Labs Center website. Download and run the installer and start your browser. This plugin works on Firefox (even up to FF5 Beta) and Google Chrome.