Cannot drag and drop in Windows 7

Every once in a while when I'll try to drag and drop something like an email in my Outlook Inbox to a sub-folder, or drag and drop files in my GUI FTP program and it just won't work.

My fix was just to hit the Escape key on my keyboard a few time. Poof! I can now drag and drop again.

If this doesn't work for you, make sure that one of the special keys like Alt or Ctrl aren't stuck.

Drag and drop away.

Cannot delete shadow copies

Ever had a server that seems to run out of space only to find the the System Volume Information folder is using a TON of space?

Volume Shadow Copies were the problem in our case. Here is a link to explain exactly what Volume Shadow Copies are:

Getting prompted for credentials when trying to add a reference to a WCF web service in Visual Studio

WCF Web Services, IIS, Kerberos, and Delegation problems are maddening!

Sometimes you implement something exactly as you have in the past, but due to some unforeseen circumstance it doesn't work as you expect. We've seen issues like this when implementing WCF web services on IIS 6.

Some things you can check are:

- Have you setup the proper service principal names for the service account running the application pool?
- Is the service account setup to run the application pool that is running the web service trusted for delegation?

Deploying a Window Server 2008 R2 VMware Template and Joining It To A Domain

Have you been pulling your hair out trying to get a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine deployed from a vCenter template to join a Windows Active Directory domain? Fear not, the solution is at hand and is realtively simple.

After reading the following thread on the VMware Communities site:

I found out that one needs to use the FQDN of the AD domain and NOT the NetBIOS name of the domain, and also the user principal name for a user with proper permissions to join computers to the domain.

Make your Windows PowerShell Prompt Look Like your bash Prompt

Being a Linux admin at heart I want my Windows Powershell prompt to look like my bash prompt (yep, I'm a nerd, or OCD, or may a little of both).

What you'll need to do is place some code in your Powershell profile file. By default Powershell doesn't allow scripts to run unless they're signed. This is good security practice. There are many articles out there on how to sign your Powershell scripts and maybe one day I'll write one and put it up here on the I.T. Nerve Center, but for now I'll just give you the code to change your prompt.

Aero in Windows 7 on a Dell D610 with an ATI Mobility Radeon X300

I use an old Dell Latitude D610 for Windows 7 testing. I still want the Aero interface and the Dell Support web site doesn't have any Windows 7 drivers, let alone Windows Vista drivers.

After some Google'ing and trial and error I have been able to get the Aero interface running in Windows 7 on my D610.

The Dell package that will install the proper driver is R153383.EXE. The package installs the ATI MOBILITY RADEON X300 driver (as displayed in the Device Manager). It shows version 8.360.0.0 and is dated 3/14/2007

Possibly speed up slow Windows TCP/IP connections

A buddy of mine at work showed me this nifty registry addition for Windows that sped up my network connections significantly.

WARNING! Backup your registry before you perform this addition and if you don't know what you're doing, don't attempt this modification without the help of a friend or professional. Incorrectly modifying your registry can cause your system to become unusable.

Add the following this DWORD entry:


with a hexidecimal value of 400 to this registry hive:

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