VMware: Virtual maschine LAN Interface disconnected

Last week a customer had the problem that a virtual machine uses a NAT Network connection but the NIC Adapter in the virtual machine is in disconnected state.


Windows IP Configuration

Ethernet adapter LAN-Connection:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . : localdomain

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VMware: Changing network settings in VMware Player 5

In previous version of VMware Player the NAT and the “Host only” network settings could be change by vmnetcfg.exe.

Since VMware Player 5 this tools is no longer a part of the installation, but vmnetui.dll is available. You can start the virtual network editor using the Windows rundll32.exe.

Open a command line and change  to the VMWare Player installation directory. This command bring the virtual network editor back:

rundll32.exe vmnetui.dll VMNetUI_ShowStandalone


Windows: Could not establish a remote desktop connection. No client licenses available.

Even though you have already installed and configured a Terminal Server license Server, you can not connect to a Terminal Server with the Remote Desktop Client from some individual clients. Some other will work.

The following error occurs:

The remote session was disconnected because there are no Terminal Server client access licenses available for this computer. Please contact the server administrator.
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Windows: How to determine the SID of a User or Group


Sometimes you need the SID of a user or group. For example if you want to set permissions with icalcs in multilanguage environments. icacls needs as input the group name or the SID. If you want to set permission for the builtin groups you have to specify the group name in the current language of the operating system, i.e. “Users” for en-US and “Benutzer” for de-DE. The better choice is the SID, the SIDs for builtin groups are always the same.
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Links: A list of virus scanner Live CDs


if a virus infection was detected or is just assumed, the best way to found all of them, is to boot from a “Clean” medium to ensure no rootkit hide some importend details from the scanner.

There are a couple of Live CDs for this job.

Microsoft Defender Offline – It used a Windows PE. Has a graphical frontend

Avira Rescue System – Linux based with a graphical frontend

Live Scanner Kaspersky Lab – Linux based with a KDE based Desktop

Dr. Web Live CD – not tested yet

F-Secure Rescue CD – Linux LiveCD – text based

Bitdefender Rescue CD – Linux Live CD with a graphical LXDE Desktop
AVG Rescue CD – Also Linux based but with a menu driven text frontend

Panda Security LiveCD – Linux based and simple to use.

Use multiple of them to get the the best possible result to eliminate all infections!


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