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Diskeeper Tips and Tricks: System Status Icon Control

by Michael 31. August 2006 18:02
Below I'll present some "undocumented" registry qualifiers that control the behavior of the Diskeeper System Status icon (System Tray/SysTray). The need to make these changes is exceptionally rare, though a few of our very large customers have implemented this for specific company purposes. A modified form was previously available in Diskeeper 9.0 as well (though the below steps will not work on Diskeeper 9.0). We've had very little requests to modify this feature in any way, which is why you don't see a user interface button in the product to modify behaviors. I'm providing the information here as a "trick" rather than a "tip". There are 3 levels of control for the Diskeeper 10.0 System Status Icon. They are all related to control for the non-administrative user. System Administrators always have full control. Please note that because this is done via the registry please follow all the usual precautions. I'm also not going to walk through all the steps as to how to make the changes. If you're reading a blog on a file system performance vendor's website, I'm pretty sure you already know what you're doing! The procedure takes less than a minute. All you need to do is create a new DWORD value and assign the appropriate decimal value. Name: UserIconLevel Type: DWORD value Location: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Diskeeper Corporation\Diskeeper Default value: 2 Possible values: 2 = non-admin user can bump schedules via the icon 1 = non-admin user has no control via, but icon is visible 0 = icon is not visible to the non-admin user If no value is present [default], then the code will behave as if 2 is the value. All the usual network-wide registry editing techniques can be used if you need to make broad scale changes. E.g. you can use a batch file with "reg add" and deploy via GPO scripts or Sitekeeper (Sitekeeper can also deploy .reg files). While I'm not personally a fan of apps cluttering the tray, I do like the fact that Diskeeper 10's icon (only visible when actually defragmenting) offers a "total fragments eliminated" incrementing calculation when hovering over it. That's all I ever see of Diskeeper on my production systems (Set It and - but for the SysTray icon info - Forget It).

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Detecting and eliminating Skype on your network

by Michael 24. August 2006 14:59
One of my favorite weekly tech mags, Processor, did an interesting article on a relevant topic -Skype the popular P2P Internet Telephony program. As a general rule, P2P (peer-to-peer) apps, while they may offer valuable functionality, can be a thorn in the side of System Administrators as they don't offer the client/server centralized control often necessary to manage software. In many cases P2P apps serve no business purpose and simply distract workers in the same way I get distracted by Fantasy Football -just during my lunch break of course :). In the Processor article, the author Kurt Marko, does a good job of covering tools available to detect and control Skype. The two technologies he presents are Content Filtering (monitoring the type of traffic on the network) and Network Access Control (quarantining a system that does not follow pre-establish policy). These are excellent technologies to 1a. Prevent Skype from working across a firewall and out onto the Net, 1b. Detect the network traffic, and 2. Prevent a machine with Skype installed from entering the network. In my opinion, it really takes BOTH technologies to mitigate the threat. Another third technology fits into that mix as well.

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Vista RC1 support with Diskeeper beta software

by Michael 24. August 2006 14:17
You've likely heard the news that Vista is about to enter the Release Candidate (RC) stage within the next week or so (after the US Labor Day weekend). It is also supposed to be the next broadly available release since the "beta2" release a while back. While MSDN members (software developers) and select MS testers have had access to interim builds, RC1 is supposed to be available for everyone. The next Diskeeper beta for Vista won't occur until after RC1 is out and we've done the approriate testing on our end. My apologies on not having released supported betas for some of the more recent interim builds of Vista. I know I said that we would, but we've been caught up in the next Diskeeper release and unfortunately, haven't had the time.

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New Partner Portal!!!

by Helpdesk 9. August 2006 13:31
If you currently resell software or have considered reselling, checkout our newly launched partner portal. If you want to partner with Diskeeper, ideally you would register and get a login, but you don't need one. From the main page click the "Software" link at the top, or simply go to this page and follow the nav on the left. We have overhauled the site providing more resources and promotions to make it easier for partners to make money with Diskeeper. As part of our growing effort to extend more personalized service to our partners, we have an excellent page allowing one to rapidly get in touch with the Diskeeper employee that handles your specific needs. -Paul

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