Create VDI Larger than 2TB XenApp 5.6 SP2 (5.6.102)

I’ve been setting up a new XenServer with a Mirrored 250GB volume, and a RAID 5 volume with three 2TB disks. The mirror is holding the virtual servers, and the Raid5 is to be used for snapshots and the file storage. I’ve looked for a few days now trying to find a solution to exceed the 2TB limit in the new XenServer and I finally found it here.

Credit to Scott Bigliardi for this:

  1. Begin by finding the uuid of the SR:
  2. Get the volume group device name:
  3. Create the new logical volume, with a proper name:
  4. Change 3T to 4T or 5T (etc) to specify the size of your giant VDI

  5. Tell XenServer to scan the SR:

After scanning the SR, the new VDI magically appeared under the Storage tab for this SR in XenCenter.

I then gave it a name and description, and assigned it to a VM just like any other VDI.

True Aero Firefox – Make it transparent!

It’s all pretty easy… Just edit your userChrome.css file found under %appdata%\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<your profile>\chrome to include the below. Of Course I have the All-in-One Side bar (which is awesome), and a few other add-ons which I will list later, but here you go, or download it HERE:
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Run Windows Applications In Elevated Mode (UAC Prompt) sudo for Windows 7

So how do you get a batch file to run as an elevated user? For example, I have a batch file that will copy the contents of an XP user’s profile to a Windows 7 user’s profile. The only catch is that the Windows 7 user profile structure is different, and the batch file must be run elevated in order to read the junctions so as to not fail the copying. So how do you do this without having the user right click and “Run as Administrator”? Elevation PowerToys for Windows Vista 7. This file contains a ton of useful scripts for the admin, or even the average power user. I can’t believe this has been out since June 2008 and i’m only finding it now! Great tool without having to use the runas command, or play with a Power Shell script. This will most certainly be deployed on all my future Windows 7 machines!

The two key files in this package are:

  1. elevate.cmd (+)
  2. elevate.vbs (+)

The CMD is a simple batch file that will pass arguments into the VBS file. The VBS file will prompt the end user with the typical UAC prompt to allow or cancel, or display a usage box if no arguments are specified.

I only made one slight modification, since I would always be launching this from a Run or Command window. I changed the last line in the batch file to read:

I dumped these two files in my C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32 directory, and renamed them to SUDO.CMD and SUDO.VBS. I no longer need the Start++ application for the sudo command!
sudo for Windows 7

Fix PDF Viewer on Windows 7 x64 with Outlook 2007

Followed directions from:

http://www pretentiousname com/adobe_pdf_x64_fix/index.html (LINK REMOVED)

This fixes the PDF Preview Viewer integration with Outlook. This prevents you from having to open the PDF and you can now view it like other office documents. Bug with x64 bit versions of Windows and Adobe.

Download it here: adobe_pdf_x64_fix

Disable or Hide Windows 7 FolderBand (AKA Organize Bar)

Modify your ShellStyle.dll file found under:

to Auto-Hide or disable completely this FolderBand (which I call the Organize bar). Continue reading Disable or Hide Windows 7 FolderBand (AKA Organize Bar)

Sudo for Windows 7 (via Start ++)

User Account Control (UAC) has finally been “fixed” in Windows 7 eliminating the endless prompts to allow something to happen, like simply copying, pasting or deleting files. Since Microsoft had “tweaked” the UAC settings you only get the prompt when making major system changes like Running Programs as Administrators Continue reading Sudo for Windows 7 (via Start ++)

Decrease Hover Delay on Task Bar Thumbnails

Open REGEDIT and navigate to:

Change the MouseHoverTime REG_SZ value to 0 or anything less than 400 to speed it up. You’ll need to reboot for the new settings to take effect.

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