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Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client

For VPN access, normally I just use the Cisco AnyConnect client on Mac OS X. This client was earlier available from my company VPN website (we call it workforce portal).

However, I just realized that the Sharepoint-based Personal Performance Appraisal (PPA) is not compatible at all with either Mozilla Firefox or Safari. I then started my Windows XP Parallel Desktop. To be honest, I haven’t use Windows XP on Parallel Desktop for very long time as I am really stuck to Mac OS X environment. The Mac OS X is just to good to revert back to Windows (though I realize the newly revived Windows 7 that run on my old Acer desktop really run so smoothly).

In Windows XP, I then run Internet Explorer and immediately point the browser to my workforce portal to install the Cisco AnyConnect client for Windows. To my dismay, there is no longer page to allow me to download the client. I then went to Cisco website with the thought Cisco must host it for free download. Unfortunately, Cisco requires client password to access any download stuff.

So, I have to go to Mr Google and after very tedious search, I found one and install it immediately. No my surprise, the client GUI is slight differently from what I saw running on my other Windows 7 client. The name of the client is also different. It still bears the “Cisco AnyConnect” but with additional “Secure Mobility” name. Regardless of that, when I enter my company VPN address, it just easily get connected to the network completely with no error what so ever.

So, I decided to host this hard-to-find Cisco client software. Please download from HERE.

15/02/2011 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | , , | 2 Comments

Make Windows XP and Vista log on automatically

These are 2 method for Windows XP and Vista respectively to make the OS login automatically into your predefined account. This might be useful for your personal laptop or desktop so that the Windows would stop during its start-up routine just to ask you to enter password or for you to just click “Enter” (in case you never set the password).

Windows XP

  1. Go to Start> Run or Just press both the “Windows key+ R” to launch the Run command.
  2. Type “control userpasswords2”
  3. Uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
  4. Windows then will ask you to provide the preferred user name and password for the account that you want Windows to log on automatically.
  5. Enter your user name and password.
  6. Reboot
  7. Windows should log on automatically to your preferred account.
User Accounts

User Accounts

Windows Vista

  1. Go to Start> Run or Just press both the “Windows key+ R” to launch the Run command.
  2. Type “netplwiz”
  3. This command will load the Advanced User Accounts control panel.
  4. In the Users tab, uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  5. Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the User Accounts window.
  6. When the Automatically Log On dialog box appears, enter your password in the two fields where it’s asked and then click OK.
  7. Click OK on the User Accounts window to complete the process.


26/04/2009 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | | Leave a comment

Send your latest computer dynamic IP to email

I was away from my office PC last week when my Outlook email account reached 60 MB (ONLY).  So I no longer can receive or send any new mail from my Windows Mobile phone. Luckily Gmail is always there to save the day.

As usual, I logged in my PC into my company’s Workforce Portal (a generic name would be Virtual Private Network) which is using Juniper Network Connect. Through Workforce Portal we are virtually inside the office.

My intention was to remote into my office PC so that I could archive all the old mails ( Yes, my fault also for not using auto archive).  I launched the mstsc.exe (Remote Desktop Connection) at the Run/Start Menu and just clicked the connect on the IP address already shown there.  And then the nightmare came…It was no longer my IP address! I could not connect!

Not again…My office computer’s IP address was flushed again by the DHCP server!

So, after I start to find a solution on how can I keep myself update to the computer dynamic IP address which so that whenever I want to use the Remote Desktop, I will always know the current IP address.

I tried to find dedicated applications in the Internet for that, e.g IP Watcher, Dynamic IP Monitor but those are just not working as intended. The IP Watcher only email the external public IP (My company WAN IP address, or the Internet IP address).,while the Dynamic IP Monitor for whatever reasons give my internal IP address as 0.0.0.0 which is non-sense.

Out of desperation, I need to have my own solution.

IP address will only dynamically change when the PC start, so if I could make a MS-DOS command line script so that  at each boot,  the computer will send email containg its latest IP address to my Gmail account.

To accomplish that, I need to have an application that can send email with attachment from command line. To do that, all I need is this little piece of applicate, called SendEmail.

Download the file and extract it to your C: drive.
Open Notepad, write the following code:

ipconfig >C:\ipaddress.txt
SendEmail.exe -f FROMADRESS -t TOADDRESS -u SUBJECT -m MESSAGE -s SMTPSERVER -a C:\ipaddress.txt

Save the file as filename.bat maybe at C:\

Create this file shortcut in your Start Menu/Startup so that this script will launch each time when your PC boots.

The first command (ipconfig >C:\ipaddress.txt) is actually to copy your IP configuration into a file called ipaddress.txt in yout C:\

The next command is to send this attachment to your email using the SMTP server. So make sure you know the SMTP server IP address of its DNS name.

So, now each time my computer boot with a new IP address, I will have its IP address in my Gmail account. Now I can use the Remote Desktop from anywhere without worrying on the dynamic IP address anymore.

16/01/2009 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | , , , , | 11 Comments

Read Microsoft Office 2007 files in Microsoft Office 2003

You are using Microsoft Office 2003 and your friend send you a file in docx format (products from Microsoft Office 2007).

To be able to open and view the docx file, you have to install this Microsoft Office 2007 compatibility pack. It can be downloaded from Microsoft website HERE.

21/12/2008 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | , , | 1 Comment

How to store your bookmarks online

This might be the simple tip that I can share to all the netters.

If you have several computers (e.g. one at office, one at home), how do you want to syncronize all the bookmarks from both PCs?

There are a lot of online bookmark websites that you might subscribe to cater for this need. One of my favorite is Delicious.

The good about Delicious is I can tag bookmark to different catergories plus I can easily search the description about my bookmarks.

This tool is very useful if you would like to do extensive research using the internet.

21/12/2008 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | | Leave a comment