Monthly Archives: December 2008

MPLS Cheat Sheet

Good old

How to create a free Windows 200x TFTP Server

… how to create a “Free” TFTP Server under Windows 2000. (Haven’t tested this under Windows 2003 Server yet)

Using a fairly standard Windows 2000 install (tested under server, not sure about workstation)

Copy “tftpd.exe” from “c:\winnt\system32\dllcache\tftpd.exe” to “c:\winnt\system32\tftpd.exe”

Get a copy of “sc.exe” from the c:\windows\system32 folder on any windows xp box and place it in “c:\winnt\system32”

Open a command window and type “sc create tftpd binpath= c:\winnt\system32\tftpd.exe ”

The service “tftpd” is now available in the service control panel. Either Open the control panel, find the service, and start it. (If you want it to start automatically, you can set it to do so from the control panel.) or type “net start tftpd”

Open the registry to the following key. \\hkey_local_machine\system\currentControlSet\services\tftpd. Add a subkey “parameters” to the tftpd folder. Add a string value “Directory” to the “parameters” key. Give “Directory” the path location where your boot image file is located. (example c:\tftpd).

Remember to stop/start the tftpd service to persuade it to create the necessary registry keys.

Currently Reading: David Weber

I’ve done my usual trick of starting more than one book.

Currently I’m reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber, the author of the well known Honor Harrington series.

It’s a fascinating premise actually;  Earth is dead, wiped out by an unfathomable Alien species, and this is almost a parallel evolution story of Humanity as it struggles to start afresh on a new planet called Safehold on the other side of the Galaxy, but a planet in which Technology in any detectable form is prohibited in order to avoid detection by the same alien menace that wiped out Earth.  Weber does his usual job of considering Military strategy and politics, but this time he includes Religion, a corrupted Church being one of the chief protagonists, at least as far as I’ve read so far.

The “rules” of the colony having been set by the officers of the colony ships that found the planet, the initial colonists were made to “forget” everything previously, and so the officers were able to set themselves up as Archangels, virtually Gods of the new Church of Safehold.

I’ve added the sequel By Schism Rent Asunder to my Wishlist, but it’s not out on Paperback until mid-2009, so I’ll have to bide my time.  I still prefer paperbacks!

Also on the go is the second of the Runelords series by David Farland; Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords)


This one is a Fantasy work with another interesting hook, the whole Runelords thread which has given way to quite a few sequels, all of which I have lined up ready for when I get to them!

I’m also waiting for Amazon to dispatch my copy of Kris Longknife: Intrepid (Kris Longknife) by Mike Shepherd.  This is another military Scifi series, which I’ll blog about in due course!

Upgrade Delight

Hmm, ok, so I upgraded to WordPress 2.7 and it was so smooth it’s almost unbelievable.
Only problem I can see is the Twitter whatsit is still complaining about a Twitter API Key, and I can’t seem to figure out why!