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    Starcraft 2 on Corporate Firewalls

    Hi, So the place I work allows after hours LAN gaming sessions for people that want to be involved and have registered copies of the games. I am the firewall admin and was asked about SC2. After doing a bit of looking, which included the usesless support from Blizzard I spent a good couple of days running wireshark traces back to IP addresses and so on until I was able to get SC2 working from behind our IP based Firewall appliance. I though it would be worth posting here so that someone else who is in a similar situation doesnt have to screw around doing what I had to. The rules you need to add on the firewall are as follows, I have enabled all TCP & UDP port access from the source addresses to the Server IPs below, if you want to enable only the specific ports I can't help you... basically the statement should be 'PERMIT IP' from 'Source' to :,,,,,,,, Hope this helps some peeps out. By the way, I am not sure if this is the right area to post as I understand that this post includes some networking type stuff, however it is directly associated with Starcraft 2 so I thought here was more appropriate, if there are any issues please move the post to the right area...
  2. Dream build... Id get the following: 1x Lian-Li PC-P80R Armoursuit $449.00 1 x EVGA Classified SR-2 Mainboard $915.00 2 x Intel Xeon X5680 CPUS (6 Cores Each) $2119.00 (each) total $4238.00 2 x CMP24GX3M6A1600C9 Corsiar RAM (48GB) $660.00 (each) total $1320.00 1 x Thermaltake Toughpower 1500W PSU $478.34 3 x ASUS ARES Graphics Cards $1200.00 (each) total $3600.00 1 x Nvidia Tesla C1060 $1748.00 1 x Custom built liquid cooling system (cant be bothered listing the parts...) $297.83? 6 x G.Skill Phoenix 240GB SSD in RAID 5 $829.00 (each) total $4794 2 x Pioneer BDR-205 Blu-Ray RW $199.00 (each) total $398 Noise Blocker Fans to upgrade stock Case fans $297.83? 1 x 60" Sony KDL60LX900 Bravia LED Full HD TV $7000.00 1 x Yamaha 7.1 HDMI Home Theatre system $1588.00 1 x Razer Mumba Wireless Gaming Mouse $150.00 1 x Logitech G19 Gaming Keyboard $149.00 1 x Wireless Xbox Controller with USB reciever $75.00 Total Cost $26000.00 You did say dream right...........?
  3. It depends on who is paying for the course... My work paid for the ICND1/ICND2 courses and I got a lot of value out of them as the course site had the hardware in the classroom that meant you got a hands on look at the gear and then got to use it to make configs, break them and then troubleshoot them. I wouldn't have paid the $5000 odd dollars to do the course myself as it is stuff that with enough time and the right access to certain resources you can teach yourself. I don't think you should be discouraged by the fact that a CCNA is a common cert to see out in the industry, it is basically an entry level certification and is not completely useless as it opens the door to the higher level Cisco Certifications if you wish to pursue a career in Cisco Network Administration (You must have a CCNA to work your way up through to the CCNP and then the CCIE: R&S.) and in order to get the voice certifications and Security certifications you must take the alternate paths to CCNA Voice and CCNA Security. The CCNA shows on your resume that you at least have taken the time out to learn and shows that you are committed to improving your value to prospective employers, The industry isn't so much about what certs you have, its more on what experience you have, but certs help show that you at least have studied and have an interest in the industry. If you were looking for employment in the IT industry and wanted to get into an introductory role you will 9 times out of 10 need to have a mix of certs, the MCITP: Enterprise support is a good intro one for Windows 7 configuration from Microsoft, the CCNA for Cisco, obviously, and then maybe a VMWare one. You just need to diversify your skill set and show that you are committed to making yourself better as employers are keen to see self improvement. In terms of what the fella told you on the phone, he is a training provider, so he is obviously going to try and sell you a Cisco course and tell you that you need it. If you have the time, there is nothing wrong with Self Paced Learning, you can sit the exams only with the provider and as long as you pass, its not important how you learnt the material.

    Scan to File MF8450c

    Are you sure it is not referring to CIFS (SMB - Server Message Block)? CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a method for allowing network communciations between devices. If you are talking about Windows, then you might need to create a folder on your laptop, then SHARE this folder out (Right click the folder and then click Sharing), make sure that you grant the 'Everyone' users group 'Full control' on the SHARING PERMISSIONS. You can confirm the share by clicking start menu then clicking 'Run' (XP) or type into the search area (VistaWin7) \\Localhost\ and press Enter. you should see you shared folder open up in a window. You lock the permissions down on the NTFS side of things if you need to. Then check the scan settings on the printer and see if you can scan to file from the printer, if you can, then use the '\\<computername>\<sharename>' on the printer and test it out. I am not familiar with this model of printer so am making assumptions based on other large MFU printers that I have had experience with...
  5. I have done both MCSA (server 2003) and CCNA + CCNA: Voice. I am studying the CCNA: Security and CCNP material at the moment. My recommendation is, if you haven't done any networking before to do the ICND1 / ICND2 exams to get the CCNA qualification. As some people have said already, the CCNA is a great way to pick up networking concepts however it does bias heavily in some areas on the 'Cisco' way of doing things. The ICND1 goes into the theory of subnetting, the OSI model, TCP/IP and a heap of other things that relate to general networking as well as Cisco specific, if you have not had much exposure to subnetting it can be a bit daunting in the beginning if your maths brain isn't up to scratch, where as the ICND2 goes more into Network switching, VLANs, Rapid Spanning Tree and Dynamic Routing Protocols. If you are going to self paced learn it, there are 2 things I would recommend doing: 1.) Buy the latest ICND1/ICND2 or CCNA (if you want to do a single exam to get the full Cert) books from Cisco Press. You can pick them up pretty cheap on Amazon. 2.) There is an on-line Course site called MeasureUp that allows you to sit an online course on the material. I have used it a couple of times and found it to be quite helpful. The link is: http://www.measureup.com/ and the courses are about $200 from memory. The Cisco Press books are structured very much the same way as the official ICND1/ICND2 courses are laid out meaning that you are learning exactly what you need to answer the exam questions. Another thing that will help with your learning is an application called GNS3 (Graphical Network Simulator). It is a virtual CLI based network simulator based on the Cisco IOS. The only problem is obtaining the Cisco IOS images for the routers that you want to play. Unfortunately the simulator does not cover network switching so it doesnt really help with the ICND2 when you cover VLANs and RSTP etc, but the simulator emulates Cisco IOS very well and allows you to create heaps of different routing scenarios to test out routing protocols, address assignment and generally help you learn the Cisco Command Line. Link for GNS is: http://www.gns3.net/ (Make sure you have a reasonable machine for this as the routers consume a decent amount of resources depending on the number you have switched on at the time.). You need to know you way around the Cisco IOS for the exams as you may get Simulator questions that have you operating in the CLI of the IOS.
  6. I have a TT Spedo Advance, it has 8 expansion slots and has plenty of room. I like the 4 cable management panels behind the case as mine has 8 HDD in it at the moment and the cable management is wicked for keeping it all in line. Plus the case looks pretty cool. http://www.thermaltake.com/product_info.as...ackage&ovid

    Deleting emails from exchange after downloaded

    We have a similar setup in our organization, the email storage limit is 2GB, all users archive their emails to a folder on their local drive (C:\Mail). Our logon script checks the day of the week and every Wed runs a separate script that copies the archive from the mail folder to a network server directory, the network location for the archives is then backed up to tape... The users have a copy of their archives on their local machines, so the only time you need the redundant copy is the untimely event where the client's HDD fails... The exchange server is a VM running on ESX 4.0 and storage for the SAN is a tad expensive for Fibre ATA disks so increasing the storage is a bit more difficult.
  8. Oops my bad, I forgot about the 'ALL' switch. Sledgy is correct, if you want to do a single pass, zeroing the disk, then the All command switch is required. If you simply want to remove the partition tables and MBR then without is fine. As Sledgy also stated, this is only a single pass, hence the requirement to 'Scrub' the disk using a HDD scrubber, 3 times at least just to be safe. Basically it comes down to how worried you are about someone removing the drive out of the laptop and then booting it up in another OS to access the data on it. If it is a major concern, the only solution is to buy a new drive for the peace of mind. You can always remove the data, then scrub it then install Windows (Assuming that is what you will be putting on it before selling) and send the lappy out with a fresh copy of the OS and then run the 'Sysprep.exe' command with the command line switches -reseal and -mini, that way there is an OS on the system and it is in the mini setup stage so the buyer can boot into it, create an Admin account and setup the machine how they wish. Lowers the risk of someone having to pull the drive out to do anything. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/302577 - For XP Sysprep Vista and Win 7 sysprep commands are different so you will need to look them up if you are using those versions.
  9. Windows XP SP3 and above has a built in disk tool called "DISKPART" it is a command line utility that allows you to perform various functions. to erase an XP disk I think you need to plug this disk into another machine and run it, but Vista and Windows 7 allow you to run it using the installer off of the Install CD. To use XP, put the other disk in as a secondary, then boot the machine into the OS. Click start, then run, Type diskpart into the run window and press enter. On the Diskpart> screen type "List Disk" and then press enter, locate the disk that you have inserted, take note of the number. Type "Select Disk X" (where X is the disk number). Type "Clean". Diskpart will remove the information off of the disk and then delete the partition tables and MBR. If you have Vista or Win 7, simply insert the install CD, boot off of it and then when you get to the "Install Windows 7" Screen, press "Shift+F10" and it will open a command prompt, you can type diskpart at the command line and it will open Diskpart. Repeat the steps above to clean the disk out. Software is Free with Windows but it depends how much you trust MS tech as to whether you use it on not, might pay to run a Disk scubber through it a couple of times and then repeat the diskpart process or use another wipe software. Disk scrubber puts thousands of useless files onto the drive to overwrite any of the remaining data. http://summitcn.com/hdscrub.html - Hard disk scrubber. Not too bad software and I think it is also free.
  10. Open a command prompt (Start button > type "CMD", Press enter) type "Netstat -a" and press enter to see what connections your machine has at the moment and see what ports it is listening on.
  11. Hey everyone, I have also got the issue with My TV being an old junker. It is a 50inch Toshiba Rear Pro and only has component video Outputs, No HDMI. depending on how old your TV is (assuming it has at least 1 Component Video out) you can get TV to work using those inputs. I have just had an issue where I have upgraded the Graphics card to a HD5850 which has no component TV out, I had to buy a HDMI to Component converter. You can get them on ebay for about $50.00. The converter has a single HDMI input, that splits the video and audio down to separate channels, being component video for visuals and SPDIF Optical Audio for sound, it also has VGA Output and standard RCA Audio L/R outputs so allows for any kind of setup. The converter works a dream and means that you can use more powerful, new Graphics cards if you so choose. I use the HTPC for playing all of my games on the 50" TV and can run most new ones at 1920x1080 res which makes them look pretty good.

    Dead Space on a HTPC - Problems

    Hey ive tried using 720i on the radeon which runs the game, but as soon as the game initialises the display, the TV flicks to an all blue screen meaning that it hasn't worked. I am going to try plugging the component out on the graphics card onto the AUX port of the Set Top box to see what that does. I think the 720i is forcing the refresh rate to be 60hz, which appears to be runing the game ok but causing the TV display to bomb out. I wonder if there is any way to hack the game files to remove that check of the display properties, I mean as far as I am aware, technically the game should run on the TV if the graphics card is set to run at 1080i HD? refresh rate would only play a part if I was using an LCD screen at that setting but not a TV? Also weird that even running on the HD setting at the 1920x1080 resolution counts for nothing. If anybody finds a way to alter the game files or if there is a way to "trick" the game into thinking that it is running at a higher refresh rate please let me know. I will be going through EA suppoort also but I have heard that they are a tad useless...? I should also note, that when the display settings are set to use 1080i PAL I can max the refresh rate out to 30hz, that is all... I am asuming that it is becuase I am using a Rear Projection TV rather than an LCD or Plasma, the TV is only a Standard Definition hence the reason I am using Component Video over HDMI... Totthead

    Dead Space on a HTPC - Problems

    Hi Everyone, I am a forum n00b so please let me know if this is the right place for this kind of thread... I have been experimenting lately with my Main Gaming PC (Specs Below) on a 50" Rear Projection TV using Compnent Video cables supplied with the Graphics card and have got the screen set to 1080i25 PAL mode through the component video and am running the resolution at 1980x1080 @ 30Hz. This setting works great for UT3, HL2E01, The Witcher Enhanced edition, etc however I have encountered a problem trying to run Dead Space this morning after installing it. I get an error message that says that the Graphics card does not meet the minimum specifications and wont let the game run. After much research this morning I have found that the problem appears to be related to the Refresh Rate. The system is: Vista Ultimate 32 Bit with SP1 Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 mainbaord Intel Q6600 CPU 3GB Corsair XMS2 Memory @ 800Mhz HIS HD 2900XT 1GB edition Onboard Realtek Optical Audio I can confirm the issue is related to the display type as when I plug my 22" LCD monitor into the Graphics card's DVI Output the game runs with no problems at all at max resolution. I am running the latest version of CCC and have checked all of the other drivers which appear up to date, I have tried running the game with a previous version of CCC with no luck, the game does run on the 22" monitor on the DVI output, just not on the Component Video output. Is there any way that i can fool Dead Space into thinking tha the refresh rate is higher than 60Hz which apparently is the threshhold for it. I cannot see how refresh rate can be an issue for gaming but apparently EA thinks so...? Any Idea from others who also play games on their TVs Totthead.