Quick HOWTO : Changing the location where your offline files (OST Files) are saved in outlook

By Parthiban Ponnusamy

If you want to move Outlook 2007 .ost file to another drive or you need to Change the location where your offline files are saved.

Procedure to follow

1. First you need to close your Outlook.
2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
3. Double-click Mail, and then click E-mail Accounts.
4. Click View or change existing e-mail accounts, and then click Next.
5. Select the Microsoft Exchange Server account, and then click Change.
6. Clear the Use Cached Exchange Mode check box.
7. Click More Settings.
8. Click the Advanced tab.
9. Click Offline Folder File Settings.
10. Click Disable Offline Use, and then click Yes in the dialog box that appears.
11. Click Offline Folder File Settings.
12. Click Browse, go to the location where you want to save your .ost file, and then click Open.
13. Click OK.
14. Select the Use Cached Exchange Mode check box.
15. Click Next, and then click Finish.

Quick HOWTO : TFTP Server Installation in Linux

By Parthiban Ponnusamy

I have provided the simple step by step commands to setup TFTP Server in Linux

Install tftp-server package

mkdir /tftpboot
mkdir /tftpboot/linux-install
cd /tftpboot/linux-install/
cp /usr/lib/syslinux/pxelinux.0
mkdir (os-identifier) --> create no of dir for no of distro's
mkdir msgs
mkdir pxelinux.cfg
cd pxelinux.cfg
vi default ---> provides boot menu configuration
copy /images/pxeboot/vmlinuz and initrd to /tftpboot/linux-install/

Note : do the above step for all different distributions

vi /etc/xinetd.d/tftp ---> Enable tftp if disabled

service xinetd restart
chkconfig --level 345 xinetd on
chkconfig --level 345 tftp on

Configuring DHCP to Boot From TFTP:

In Linux,
1. vi /etc/dhcpd.conf
2.add following

allow booting;
allow unknown clients;
allow bootp;

network xx.xx.xx.xx xx.xx.xx.xx {

tftp-server "servername"
bootfile "linux-install/pxelinux.0"


In Windows,
open dhcp console... Click Configure Options..

set the following options

bootserver --> TFTP Server IP
bootfile ---> "linux-install/pxelinux.0"
bootserver name ---> your tftpserver name

boot the client through pxe booting... You will get the boot menu, which you configured in server

Accessing Linux Console display through VNC - Quick How-To

By Parthiban Ponnusamy

Usually, when you are running vnc to access the GUI in a Linux server, it gives you a fresh GUI session to connect. for example, you need to use <server_name>:2. But this is NOT the display which you can see when you are directly attaching a monitor to your Linux server. right?

But when you are supporting to your end users, you may want to see their monitor console display, to see what they are doing and interact with them. Sometimes, you might want to access the console of your server for some other reasons. what you do?

In this scenario, the real X or console display of a Linux server, can be accessed remotely by running x11vnc on the remote Linux server. x11vnc allows one to view remotely and interact with real X displays (i.e. a display corresponding to a physical monitor, keyboard, and mouse) with any VNC viewer. 

Here, I am going to explain in step by step, how to connect the Real X or console display of a Linux server or workstation using VNC.

Install the required packages:
#rpm –ivh x11vnc-*

#rpm –ivh  vncserver*

Steps to access the Console display using VNC:
  • Login into the server which you want to access the console display, using telnet/rsh/ssh
  • Run the command “vncserver” on the server
  • If already someone logged in the console X session, Run the following command 
#x11vnc -auth <homedir of the user who logged to console X session>/.Xauthority -display:0
Note: You must have read permission for the .Xauthority file of the user who logged into the X session
  • If nobody logged into the console X session, Run the following command  
#x11vnc -auth /var/gdm/:0.Xauth -display :0
  • Run the vnc viewer and use <server_name>:0 to connect 

You can try the same method in any other UNIX flavors like HP-UX, Solaris, AIX to access the console. please note, the package names may vary depends on your OS. you might need to install them correctly.

Access to real console X display can help system admins on remote support calls. This is an easy way to interact with the users session in Linux. you can use the same method to share your vnc session to others as well.

Found any issues in accessing the real x display? visit the x11vnc website 

Any other better ideas? you are welcome to share your ways..!