Removing Trend Icon from SysTray on Terminal Servers

If you are using Trend Micro for Anti-virus on your terminal servers you should consider applying the following changes to remove the icon from running in the system tray.  It is inefficient and drags down performance to run this for everyone so it works best to remove it.  

Here are the changes:

If you are running Trend Micro on a Terminal Server, you should consider removing the systray process for monitoring Trend Micro on each user account.

notepad C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\Client Server Security Agent\ofcscan.ini
search for NT_RUN_KEY_FILE_NAME=pccntmon.exe and change to

NT_RUN_KEY_FILE_NAME=pccntmon.exe Removed by Admin

search for NT_RUN_KEY=OfficeScanNT Monitor and change to

NT_RUN_KEY=OfficeScanNT Monitor Removed by Admin

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
remove OfficeScanNT Monitor

Faster Windows Defragement

Defragmenting your hard drive is one of the simplest and free ways to prevent performance slippage on your computer.  And while there are excellent tools available such as Diskkeeper which can automate the process, the built in Microsoft Windows Disk Defragmenting Tool (which incidentally is made by the same people at Diskkeeper, but just a “lite” version), can do a great job as well. There are (at least) two things which make the Windows Defrag tool unlikable: First, you must manually run the tool, unless you want to involve some sort of scripting, which is possible; and Second, it is much slower than the commerical tools available.

Today I’m going to point out one way to speed up your disk defragmentation task. And it is so simple, and obvious, your likely going to be wondering why you didn’t think of it sooner: Continue reading “Faster Windows Defragement”

70-290 Concepts: Server Performance and Troubleshooting

graduation·          The event viewer can only open log files stored in the .evt format, but can save as .txt or .csv

·          To sort entries or to view a subset of entries for a log, you can use a filter

·          The system monitor displays both real time and logged performance data via the perfmon.msc – task manager displays a simple subset

·          The performance logs and alert tools is also a node within the performance mmc snap-in and supports logged performance monitoring and alerts through event triggers. Export as .blg .csv .tsv .sql

·          You measure a computers performance y specifying performance objectives, performance counters and instances of those selected performance objects.

·          The system monitor tool opens with three sets of performance objects:

o    Memory: pages/sec – the value should be between 0-20; not constantly higher than 20

o    Processor: % Processor time: _Total: This should remain consistently below 85%

o    Physical Disk: Avg. Disk Queue Length:_Total: This should remain between 0-2; not constantly higher than 2

·          Task manager >  network performance, should be lower than 30%

·          Licensing icon in the control panel lets you configure licensing for the local server. Enterprise version lets you do it site/domain wide; must be an administrator and licensing service must be started – default is disabled.

·          IIS 6 and the Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) must be installed on a server if you want to enable users to connect to printers using port 80 and their web browsers.  (http://server01/printers an http://server01/printername/.print)

·          For Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to work properly, the target computer must have the Automatic Updates software installed. Already installed on (2000 SP3, XP SP1, 2003); NT, ME, 9x are not supported. Two GP settings are required: configure automatic updates & specify intranet MS Update Service – both are under Config\Admin Templates\Windows Comp\Windows Update

·          Use the RUN AS command to run programs and utilities as a different user. (runas /user:domain\username cmd)

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