WinHTTP Proxy Settings

11 08 2011

To enable certain network services like the „Windows Update“ service, BITS or the ServerXMLHttpRequest object on hosts behind a HTTP proxy, you need to configure the WinHTTP proxy settings. On Windows XP this was done using the proxycfg.exe utility. On Windows 7 this has been replaced with netsh commands.

Windows XP

Set Proxy Settings

Syntax:

proxycfg –p {proxy address:port} {bypass list}

Example:

proxycfg –p "172.29.240.193:4480" "<local>;172.29.*"

Delete Proxy Settings

proxycfg –d

Verify Proxy Settings

Check the following registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\Connections\WinHttpSettings

Windows 7

Set Proxy Settings

Syntax:

netsh winhttp set proxy {proxy address:port} {bypass list}

Example:

netsh winhttp set proxy "172.29.240.193:4480" "<local>;172.29.*"

Delete Proxy Settings

netsh winhttp reset proxy

Verify Proxy Settings

netsh winhttp show proxy

This information has been copied from:

http://www.bohack.com/2010/08/windows-server-2008-replacement-of-proxycfg-exe/

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Windows 7 Remote Desktop Logon with empty password

11 08 2011

By default, Windows will not allow the logon over a network with a blank password.

You can disable blank password restrictions by using a policy. To locate and change this policy:

Click Start, point to Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK to start the Group Policy Editor.

Open Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options\Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only.

Double-click Limit local account use of blank passwords to consol logon only.

Click Disabled, and then click OK.

Quit Group Policy Editor.
NOTE: By default, this policy is on (enabled).

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http://superuser.com/questions/106917/remote-desktop-without-a-password