• Automounting Samba Shares over OpenVPN

    So you've got a working OpenVPN setup, but now you want to be able to access the Samba shares hosted on the remote network.

    It's very easy to do manually, but most users don't want to have to learn to map network drives (or shudder use some of that commandline black magic). Thankfully, they don't need to as you can tell OpenVPN to do the legwork for them;

     

  • Howto Encrypt your Harddrive in Microsoft Windows

    Some versions of Windows 7 include Bitlocker, a utility which allows you to encrypt the system drive. This, however, is of little use to those not running the 'Ultimate' version of Windows 7. There is, however, a free alternative – TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista and 7.

    This walkthrough will show you how to encrypt your entire harddrive so that should your laptop be lost, an attacker will be unable to access your sensitive information (unless, of course, you left the laptop powered on!)

  • OpenVPN on Windows 2003

    We all know that Microsoft probably couldn't organise an orgy in a brothel, so I'm not sure why I was so surprised that their "Routing and Remote Access" service was interfering with other applications that may wish to add a route (in this case OpenVPN).

    This tutorial will show you how to install and configure OpenVPN on Microsoft Windows 2003 (including Small Business Server).

  • Republished: A look at the Windows 7 RC

    Originally published on Benscomputer.no-ip.org 06 May 2009 (Images sadly missing at restoration time)

    So, being a fairly well balanced person, I thought I would give Windows 7 at least the benefit of the doubt. So after a surprisingly quick download (either MS prepped their servers, or everyone else has been using Bittorrent!), I started installing Windows 7 Build 7100.

  • Republished: Windows 7: the Verdict

    Originally published on Benscomputer.no-ip.org 25 October 2009

    Windows 7 has been released for all the world to use and abuse, so what do we think of it? You may recall that I wrote a review of the Windows 7 RC back in May I never got quite as far as writing a review of the RTM, which is a pity because there were a number of changes.

    However, the final 'polished' version has now been released. So let's see what the final judgement is.