Archive for the ‘Networking’ Category

Unable to rename Network Connection (Remove Non-Present Devices)

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Recently I’ve wanted to change a network connection name to one that previously existed, but was prevented from doing it due to the device still being present somewhere in the registery.  To do this you need to see the hidden, non-present device in the device manager.

1) Run command prompt with administrator privilege.

2) type “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1”

3) type “start devmgmt.msc” to start device manager MMC snap-in.

4) Click “Show hidden devices” on the View menu in Device Managers, open network adapters.  The non-present devices will be greyed out.

5) remove the old NIC form network adapters category.

6) You can now rename the Network Adapters to the previous names.

netsh – Amending a Default Gateway on NICs via scripts.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Quick one today.

Wanted to change a servers default gateway in a CMD file. Easiest way to do it is to use NETSH. Its a very powerful tool (All Windows versions after XP) that has many uses from configuring the Windows Firewall to resetting branchcache.

In this instance I wanted to do a simple default Gateway change , so here’s the barebones of it:


Troubleshooting a Broadband connection

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I’ve been having a few issues with my broadband since the weekend…thought it might be good to share what troubleshooting I did with one of the other forum members at my ISP:

Most of the information in there is not Sky specific.

Thanks to Snadge+100 for the help

WMP 11/Vista can’t share media to XBox360 anymore.

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Today I was messing about with TVersity (trying to get streaming to iPods working), and got to a point where I deinstalled the software.

This then caused an issue with the Windows Media Player sharing setup with my Xboxes. Problem is in Vista there is no such thing as a deinstall/reinstall (which probably would have fixed it).

After a bit of searching I found this little gem…

TVersity on its uninstall had stopped the uPnP Device host service. I tried to restart it and that failed. Hmm. After looking at the dependencies of that service I found that it relied on the SSDP Discovery service. So I set that to auto and started it, set the uPnP Device host service to auto and restarted and behold, Media Sharing fires into life again.

Problems with users holding open Remote Desktop Sessions…?

Friday, November 21st, 2008

We have a problem at work when people are remotely adminstering Windows servers with Remote Desktop technology (aka Terminal Services). Instead of logging off, they can leave sessions open but just disconnected. So how do we get round this? (Windows Servers have a connection limit of two users, unless its a properly configured Terminal Server).


How do I make my server visible on the ‘net?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

So you’ve created your new all encompassing server, but you’re not sure how to be able to let it loose on the internet. This article is for you.

I’m assuming that you’ve setup any router port forwarding, opened up network ports and have a proper listening server (e.g. a web server) listening on the other end of it.