If you want to allow non-admin users in Windows to change the IP address settings on their PCs, you can add them to the built-in “Network Configuration Operators” group. This can be done from the command line as

net localgroup "Network Configuration Operators" /add <username>

 

I found out today that HyperTerminal is no longer included in Windows Vista when I wanted to connect to the console port of a switch. You can still get HyperTerminal Personal Edition from Hilgraeve, the company Microsoft licensed the software from. The better alternative is Putty. With Putty you can also have Raw, Telnet, Rlogin, and SSH sessions in addition to Serial. You can download Putty from here.

 

With the new and annoying UAC feature in Vista, if you try to modify your hosts file, it will not let you save it. It tells you that you don’t have permission. To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator, open the host file, edit and then save.

TIP: To open notepad as an administrator, type ‘notepad’ in the search field in the start menu and press ctrl+shift+enter

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