Quick Reminder on bcdedit

For dual (or triple) – boot setups with Windows 7 you will have to change the boot entry and/or the boot order…

To do this, open a command prompt (WITH admin priviledges!) and type


To rename the entry, use

bcdedit /set {GUID} description “Your Boot Entry Name”

to change the default boot os, use

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} default “{GUID}”

The GUID will be shown by the bcdedit command next to the corresponding entry

Use International E-Mail Headers in Outlook 2013

If you use a localized version of Outlook, you will also get localized Message Headers. Especially instead of “Re: <original Subject>” Outlook will add “AW: <original subject>” to any Mail you answer directly….

This is a configurable option which can be switched off, at least for Outlook 2010 and 2013 the Option is located here:outlook_international

For older Outlook Versions, look here

iReport Template for Racktables

Racktables is a really nice tool to keep your Network cabling plan up to date and documented. But I was lacking the possibility to print out a single page which contains all the (to me) relevant information about a single switch or a single patchpanel. iReport is an reporting tool similar to crystal reports but Open Source which takes all information directly from a database and allows you to design a report with the results of your database query. It even includes a visual query designer which helps you with the easier database queries.

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Use Third Party SFP Modules on Cisco Devices

Usually you will need a Cisco – SFP Module for each Cisco device, but there is an undocumented (and unsupported!) CLI command to be able to use (cheaper) third party modules. Although this is not recommended (and should never be used in a production environment) it is a cheap method to set up a lab environment with your spare Cisco devices.

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