[hemmerling] Remote Access Tools for Computers & Network Clients

Browsers, E-Mail Clients, Newsgroups Reader

Microsoft Internet Explorer ( MSIE )

  • The easiest way to set and change the default browser ( to Firefox, GoogleChrome, MicrosofEdge or MSIE11) on Windows, just if MSIE11 is not yet the default browser:
    • For Germany:
      • “Systemsteuerung” or MSIE11.
        • “Internetoptionen / Programme - Internet Explorer wird geöffnet” - “Internet Explorer als Standardbrowser einrichten”.

Netscape / Mozilla

Tools

Addons for Firefox

Addons for Thunderbird

Mozilla Developer Network

Error Messages, Tips & Tricks

Installation Process for given E-Mail accounts with existing Thunderbird Mail Directory
  • Howto:
    1. Call Thunderbird.
    2. Step 1:
      1. “Configuration / Option” - Select ”[x] Menu Bar”.
      2. “File / New / Existing Mail Address”.
      3. Fill in the data of your mandatory E-Mail account, then press the button “Continue”.
      4. Select ”[x] POP3”.
      5. Press button “Manual config”.
      6. Press button “Advanced config”.
      7. “Account Settings”.
        1. ”[x] Attach the signature from a file instead (text, HTML, or image):” and select a file by the browse button.
      8. “Server Settings”.
        1. Unselect ”[ ] Check for new messages at startup”.
        2. Unselect ”[ ] Check for new messages every XX minutes”.
        3. It is very urgent to unselect ”[ ] Automatically download new messages”.
        4. Unselect ”[ ] Leave messages on server”.
      9. “Composition & Adressing”.
        1. Unselect ”[ ] Compose messages in HTML format”.
      10. Press button “Ok”.
    3. Step 2:
      1. Open the just created profile by mouse-rightclick.
      2. “Server Settings”.
      3. “Local directory”: Press button “Browse” and select the existing mail directory for the account.
      4. Press button “Ok”.
      5. Thunderbird asks you “Thunderbird needs to restart to apply the change of the Local directory settting”. Press button “Restart”.
  • The motivation:
    • During a recent installation of Thunderbird 31,
      • I selected by error a IMAP account for testing my E-Mail provider account :-(,
      • without deactivation of the message download option :-(,
      • and then ( see step 2 ) I selected the existing POP3 mail directory for the account as new local directory.
    • The effect was that my “Sent” directory and a few other directories were emptied :-(, if I remember right the “failure of filtering” bug appeared during the download. But Thunderbird definitively wiped out the contents of some email subdirectories by own activity :-(.
"AppHangB1" with Thunderbird
  • After new installation of Windows and installation of Thunderbird 31, including the creation of a new Thunderbird user profile, Thunderbird did not work properly, but Windows told me that Thunderbird is in Google "AppHangB1" mode. The application was not usable, after 1 or 2 mouseclicks it “hanged” and just showed the Windows sandmill.
    • It did not help to deinstall and reinstall neither Thunderbird 31 nor 24.01 - The “hanging” happended every time.
    • Thunderbird 17 installed properly, but was not able to use the Thunderbird 31 & 24.01 profile properly - so it did not display the mail folders, though it knew about the account.
    • The only help was to delete the Thunderbird profile - the “hanging” did not appear again neither with Thunderbird 31 or 24.01.
How to delete a Thunderbird Profile
Thunderbird: Sending E-Mails by SMTP fails
  • Error message while sending an E-Mail by SMTP, by E-Mail provider GMX:
    An error occured while sending mail. 
    The mail server responded: 5.7.0 Authentification expired (mp016). 
    Please check the message and try again.
  • Solution: Login at the Web portal of GMX. GMX suspended your account ( due to a login attack attempt ) and asks you to setup a new password, by the Web portal. After that, with new password, E-Mail sending works again.
Thunderbird: Restoring messages from .mozmsgs Folder
  • Keeping the default option “Allow [your OS's search engine] to search messages” creates a backup of Thunderbirg messages, in extra subdirectories, but in the same file system path. You may later import these messages into Thunderbird, if necessary.
  • Getsatisfaction - Thunderbird "*.sbd and *.mozmsgs files reappearing on HD" - “The .mozmsgs directories store data that allows Windows Search or Spotlight to index your mail folders. They are filled up if you let your computer remain idle for some time and keep Thunderbird open. You can easily turn it off from Tools-Options or Preferences, in the Advanced pane, General tab. You'll find a checkbox saying 'Allow [your OS's search engine] to search messages'”.
    • “I copied the missing files from the *.mozmsgs folder in my profile to a new folder. Used the command prompt to change the file extension from .wdseml to .eml and then used Import/Export Tools Add-On to import the missing messages back into Thunderbird” :-).
    • “It should be noted that the wdseml files do not contain any attachments that may have been part of the original message” :-(.
Thunderbird 24.1.0 .. 24.5.0..?: Failure of Filtering
  • Error message when receiving E-Mails and sorting it into folders according to filter rules:
    The messages could not be filtered to folder '%S' because writing to folder failed. 
    Verify that you have enough disk space, and that you have write privileges to the file system, 
    then try again
  • Thunderbird 24.0.1 is currently the latest stable release, as of 2014-05, without this bug.
  • Tip: If you switch back from Thunderbird 24.5 to 24.0.1, please compress all folder data by Thunderbird itself, to get rid of the bug.
Firefox - Disable Image Loading, for use with slow ( ISDN / Analog Modem ) Internet Connections
Firefox - Simulation of ( mobile ) Displays
  • English: “Debugger / Responsive Design Mode”.
  • German: “Debugger / Bildschirmauflösung”.
Resources

Opera

The Tools

  • The free browser Opera Software.
  • Full downloads:
  • WinXP/Win7/Win8 with Pentium IV CPU.
  • WinXP/Win7 with Pentium III CPU.
    • FileHippo "Opera 20.0.1387.91" of 2014-04-03 is the latest edition for WinXP/Win7 with Pentium III CPUs. Newer editions either crash during installation or abort the installation by the modal message
      Opera requires a computer that supports SSE2 instructions
      
  • W2k.
    • My Opera "12.50 ‘Marlin’ Holiday updates" - “Distribution note: Starting with this snapshot we are ending support for Windows 2000”.
    • Opera 12.02 ( = Opera 12.02.1578 ), Opera 12.02-1565 and Opera-Next-12.50-1497 are the latest editions for W2k. Newer editions refuse to install on W2k by the error messages
      Opera.exe - Unable ToLocate DLL
      The dynamic link library UxTheme.dll could not be found in the specified path
      
    • and
      OperaError
      Failed to load Opera.DLL because:
      The specified module could not be found.
      

Features

  • Opera's configuration “Settings / Websites / Javascript” allows to enable/disable Javascript. As of 2015, this option is not available anymore with current editions of Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Explorer.

Google Chrome

The Tool

Addons

Installation and Execution on Linux

  1. Set proper link to “libudev.so.0”
  2. Install “libappindicator1”.
  3. Install “libindicator7”.
  4. Install the application:
  5. Execute the application:
    • “google-chrome-stable”.

Tips & Tricks

Simulation of ( mobile ) Displays
  • English: “Debugger / Toggle Device Mode”.

Safari

Safe Exam Browser ( SEB )

WebKit

Network File System (NFS)

Clients for Access of Network File System (NFS)

Free / Commercial

Commercial

Resources

SSH, Telnet and Terminal Clients

VNC, UltraVNC, Intel vPro/AMT

Intel vPro, Intel Active Management Technology ( AMT )

Intel vPro/AMT

vPro/AMT Resources

Selection Criteria for Computers with Intel iCore 5 / iCore7, internal Graphics Card, Intel vPro/AMT Technology

Motherboard
  • Must be shipped with vPro technology.
  • Must provide suitable AMT technology ( AMT 6 or newer ). Be aware of motherboards which provide vPro technology but insufficient AMT technology ( e.g. AMT 5 ).
CPU
  • The motherboard / computer must be shipped with a vPro enabled CPU :-). With many computers, the manufacturers provide optinal CPUs both with and without vPro, without explicte naming of the vPro feature.
  • The bundeling of a vPro CPU with a motherboard is no indictor that the motherboard supports vPro technology. Especially, the support of vPro technology is no indicator that there is sufficent AMT technology.
Your Questions to Motherboard Manufacuters and its Vendors
  • “Does your motherboard support Intel vPro Technology with AMT 6 or newer, with activated CPU-internal HD2000 / HD3000 Intel graphics card ?”.
  • “Definitely, may I address the switched-off computer by Ethernet network, and log on the internal AMT server and the VNC server?”.
Warning
  • There is the mission of Intel, to deliver the vPro technology just to the “system houses” and to the “business” sales channel ( → computers shipped with Windows Professional ), not to “consumer electronics supermarkets and consumer electronics store chains” and the “private users” channel ( → computers shipped with Windows Home Premium ).

Intel Core i5 & i7 CPUs with vPro and integrated Graphics

Motherboards with vPro and AMT 6 or newer

Intel Desktop Boards Executive Series
Asus
Foxconn
Gigabyte
Supermicro

Computers

Dell
    • Dell OptiPlex 755, Dell OptiPlex 760.
      • Dell OptiPlex 990 SF Advanced.
      • There is the rumour that you must order a special option in the online order formular, to activate vPro/AMT remote access, invoiced with 5 EUR. If you don´t do so, the rumour says that then you will get a computer without working remote access. Maybe it is not possible to order this option by the online order process ?! The option might appear in the section “BIOS Configuration Options” in the online order formular. Please contact me if you know what this option is, exactly.
    • Dell OptiPlex 990 SFF.
      • heise online, c't 23/2011 - “Prüfstand. Ferngelenkt. vPro-Rechner Dell OptiPlex 990 SFF. Dells Büro-PC Optiplex 990 Small Form Factor kombiniert die schnellste Sandy-Bridge-CPU mit einem kompakten Gehäuse und lässt sich auch aus der Ferne warten”.
Fujitsu
    • There is a rumour, that you must explicitely choose an order option to get a computer with activated vPro/AMT, invoiced with with 50 EUR .. 100 EUR, in 2012-03.
Lenovo Notebooks and Desktops with VPro

Ultrabook Notebooks

Zero Clients with VNC

Remote Control Software

SIMATIC IPC Remote Manager

TightVNC

UltraVNC

VNC

Reverse HTTP Starter

Windows Remote Control

Windows XP Remote Desktop Connection Software

PowerShell Remoting

SIEMENS S7

Commercial and free Remote Tools

Tools free for personal Use

Just-commercial Tools

Forums, Newsgroups

Resources

 
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