Troubleshooting: VirtualBox VRDE Remote Desktop Connections

Running a virtual machine in VirtualBox, you have two options accessing it via a remote desktop protocol (RDP) connection: running a RDP server on the virtual machine itself (e.g. the RDP server integrated in Windows Pro versions) or connecting on machine level via VirtualBox VRDE, which is compatible to Microsoft RDP.

This article should help you troubleshooting non-working VRDE connections.

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Review: ASRock H97M Pro4 Mainboard

This article about the ASRock H97M Pro4 mainboard will summarize some information and test results I collected, including AC and DC power consumption figures. Please note this is not a classical review but more a test report focused on system efficiency.

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Solved: Windows 7 client ignores ping requests

From time to time there is an issue with Windows 7 computers in the network: they do not answer ping requests although everything seems properly configured and other clients in the same network work fine.

This is because only clients with activated “File and Printer Sharing” do answer ping requests by default.

Fortunately this problem can be solved with a little change in the Windows Firewall settings without the need to completely activate “File and Printer Sharing”.

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HowTo: Add BDA hardware support to Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012

If you want to use software such as DVBViewer, DVBViewer Recording Service or MediaPortal on your Windows Server, you may encounter the problem that it won’t recognize any of your DVB devices.

This is because there is no BDA support (Broadcast Driver Architecture) on Windows Server 2008 / 2012. So if you want to use BDA based hardware (i.e. DVB TV cards) it is neccessary to add BDA harware support manually.
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