I have been a huge fan of SysInternals long before Microsoft acquired the company a few year ago and rebadged its founders/super talents Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. If you ever get a chance to see/hear Mark in person I highly recommend doing so. His sessions at TechEd, etc. are always among the highest rated and his depth is unbelievable. In addition to Mark and Bryce’s speaking abilities, they have written some of the best utilities for Administrators and Developers (maybe ever!). Hyperbole intended.
One of my favorite, everyday use, Administrator must-have utilities is SysInternals’ BgInfo. BgInfo is a program that simply places data that typically requires lots of typing or clicking on a computer such as the machine’s name, its IP address, its uptime, disk space free, etc. on top of the computer’s background wallpaper. Here is a screen capture from my Essential Business Server’s Management Server:
You can download BgInfo from here (read the EULA) to see for yourself what it does to your computer(s).
Since I love EBS Administrators, I’ve gone a step further and saved my BgInfo configuration/settings file so you to can display the information in the above screenshot on your EBS servers. Download the settings file, a batch file to load the settings file, and exported a Task Scheduler setting file that enables it to run every morning at 6 AM from here (its a Windows Live Skydrive public folder) and place them on a USB flash drive. The bat file is 130K but the other two are ~3K and completely transparent (no malware).
Instructions to configure BgInfo on your EBS servers:
Note: The background information will not be visible if you’re using Remote Desktop Connection with “low bandwidth” settings. Make sure your RDC settings (Experience | Desktop Background) are On so you can see this info. Otherwise, its a KVM-only solution.