Tag Archives: Vista

CLI configuration of network interfaces

I like GUIs, but I also like getting things done via the command line. I was hunting around to see if there was a way to change the MTU setting for my NICs without having to edit the registry, and I found that the netsh interfaces context exposes this attribute:

netsh interface ipv4 show subinterfaces
netsh interface ipv4 set subinterface "Local Area Connection" mtu=1500 store=persistent

I used this to change the MTU for my Wifi and Ethernet interfaces from 1300 — Cisco’s preferred setting from Win9x days — back to the Windows default. And now the performance problem I was having yesterday has been resolved. 🙂

[ via http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winvista/t1158155937]

VPN trouble in Waterman Café

I connected to Cat’s PAWS in the Waterman Café, and then ran the VPN client. I logged in and got connected. I received a GMail notification of an incoming message, and then started my mail client. Outlook couldn’t connect to imap.uvm.edu. I tried Thunderbird, which couldn’t connect either. Then I realized that none of my network apps were working.

I grabbed a screenshot of the VPN Status window, showing that I was connected. While I was saving that, I received notification from the VPN that my connection had been terminated. Grabbed a screenshot of that, too. Back to my office.

Forwarded the screenshots and the description above to Network Services. Maybe the logs will shed some light…

Clearing Offline Files Cache in Vista

There’s a rather arcane process to reset the offline files cache on a Windows XP system. However, the offline files caching engine was reworked in Windows Vista. After a few google searches, I located some useful blog entries that referenced a KB article and described a process involving setting a registry key and rebooting:

“add the FormatDatabase registry entry to the following registry subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Csc\Parameters
Then, set the FormatDatabase registry entry to 1.
The restart your computer”

I had to create the Parameters subkey. I created DWORD value and restarted the system without a network connection. Indeed, my local cache of my redirected My Documents folder was gone.

Another link:
http://blogs.technet.com/filecab/archive/2006/12/12/moving-the-offline-files-cache-in-windows-vista.aspx

–Geoff