For a very long time I was perplexed as to why my old 900Mhz Pentium-3 server outperformed many of my newer and faster machines, even when they all were running with essentially the same amount of memory and had the same 7200rpm hard-drives.
I recently realized that over the years, I had optimized the WindowsXP NTFS registry settings with a variety of software and manual edits, and thus had essentially changed the way that windows works with the drive itself.
Here are the current settings that these machines utilize, perhaps you can try them for yourselves:
WARNING: You need to be confortable making edits to your registry to do these changes, as such I will not document ‘how’ to open the registry itself, you can easily find that info anyways. These are all DWORD settings.
- DisableNTFSLastAccessUpdate = 1
- NtfsDisable8dot3NameCreation = 1
- NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate = 1
- NtfsMftZoneReservation = 2
There often becomes a need to remotely access/administer a Windows machine. While I’d normally recommend using a different method such as an VNC connection over a VPN or a SSH Tunnel, you MAY get away with using the built in services. Even so, using the default port 3389 may prove troublesome with some security mechanisms such as firewalls and proxy servers. Here’s a simple way around it all…To change the default port for all new connections created on the Terminal Server:
- Run Regedt32 and go to this key:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-Tcp
- Find the “PortNumber” subkey and notice the value of 00000D3D, hex for (3389). Modify the port number in Hex and save the new value.
- NOTE: Ports 80 and 443 are recommended because they route well across various networks.
Good luck… now go out and find a “safer” method!
Ever wonder how that ‘security’ statement is put on many corporate PC’s?
Here’s how to do it yourself for Windows (should work on XP/2K/NT).
Edit your registry (not for the non-technically inclined as you could render Windows unusable if you mess up!):
legalnoticetext – By logging on…
legalnoticecaption – Important Notice:
Thats it, the caption is the window name, the text is paragraphs of whatever you’d like it to say!