I just wanna learn!


Show disk performance in Task Manager

One of the things that bothered me in the past was the fact that Task Manager showed all the required performance graphs, except the disk-related ones. Why is that, I don’t know. OK, you can see the disks through Resource Monitor console or PerfMon, but… I really like using Task Manager, with such nice colors and simple graphs, for a quick overall check.

So, when you’ve opened your Task Manager, you were shown something like this:


No disks. Too bad. Sad smile

But… fear not, my friend! There is a solution for this “glitch”. Even a simple one. Smile

All you need to do is run the following command in your administrative Command Prompt:

Like this:


And now, when you reopen your Task Manager, you will see following:




Windows Firewall blocking pings

A short one this time… Smile

Have you ever had an issue with Windows Firewall blocking your pings on a network using Public profile, although the “File and Printer Sharing” exception is enabled for this profile?
(oh, yes, and don’t you dare to say that Windows Firewall should be disabled by default! Smile)

So, this is what I’m talking about:


As you see in the previous picture, the exception is enabled for both profiles (this PC is not domain-joined, but it would be the same with domain-joined PC on a network which is using the Public profile). When I try to ping it, I’m getting the standard “Request timed out.” message. Why is that? Is this a feature or bug?

Well, I’ve deliberately left-out two things:

  • if I try to ping my machine from the same subnet, the ping is passing through
  • if I try to ping my machine from the different subnet (routing is all set and working OK, in case you’re wondering), the ping is not passing through

The security feature that enables this kind of behavior is set in Windows Firewall by default – by default, Windows Firewall allows ping (and other traffic) only from the Local subnet, for all networks that use the Public profile. Of course, you may want to change this in certain scenarios (and you can… easily).


This is yet another thing that should be kept in mind during troubleshooting, right? (hope it helps) Smile

Have a great weekend!


Resetting the switch – the harder way

Do you remember the (good) old Catalyst 500 series switches from Cisco?
I don’t think that they are something special nowadays (being the end-of-sale and end-of-life products), but if they are in working condition – fine, I can use them.

(if you are wondering what I’m talking about, here’s the picture)


Anyhow, I’ve found one the other day (near mint condition), and wanted to make use of it in my lab. The only problem with it was that its password and IP and everything else was changed from factory defaults, without any note or document saying into what. Smile

So, the adventure begins…

Well, yes, you can say “But the switch works (at least the switching works). Why would any of this be a problem?”. The truth – I’ve had some spare time, and not having the complete access to my newfound piece of hardware was bugging me… Smile

The first thing I’ve tried was browsing the Cisco website for instructions on how to reset this type of switch. Note that this switch doesn’t have the ‘console’ interface, only web management. Soon I’ve found this article, explaining the whole process in great detail. Following the official instructions, I’ve come to the the part where my PC had to get the dynamic IP from the switch, but it was unable to get it (my PC actually got an APIPA address, but the other side wasn’t responding to queries on

As per instructions, my switch could get either or a IP address, and I can easily set fixed IP on my PC and the problem will be solved. The thing that was bothering me is that I haven’t received the IP address from switch, as I should have and the question is why? I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one facing this issue – there’s even an article about this issue on Microsoft Answers. So, the problem seems to be in my DHCP BROADCAST flag on my PC (which is running Windows 10 Technical Preview, by the way). Long story short, the workaround provided didn’t help in my case.

And then I’ve taken another approach:

  • find out which address my switch has at the “setup time” (switch should be “talking” something during the setup, and probably a tool like WireShark or Microsoft Message Analyzer (great and free tool, by the way), can catch this “talk”)
  • set up my PC to the corresponding IP
  • try to access the configuration page
  • set up the router as I want to

So I’ve set up WireShark on my PC and started capturing the traffic... a lot of traffic… traffic that needs to be filtered by something. But what should the filter be?

Not so long ago, when my girlfriend was learning for her CCNA exam, she mentioned something called Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) and I’ve remembered that maybe this thing can help me now... so, I’ve entered the ‘cdp’ as a filter in WireShark and voilà – now I have something that actually seems useful!


From there, I’ve explored the CDP information in these filtered packets. In there, there is something called ‘Management Addresses’, which should be just the thing I’m looking for. And it is! I’ve seen that my switch actually has an IP of! It’s also safe to say that I never would have guessed it… would you? Smile


So, now I have the IP address of the management interface on my switch, and when I try to open it using my browser, I’ve got this:


Now comes the easy part – I’ve erased the system configuration, set the new one and this switch is finally ready to be used for whatever necessary.


And this is the end of this adventure. Switch is set to factory to defaults (and then configured as needed), I’ve been using CDP and WireShark to accomplish the task, and it was such fun! Can’t wait for the next adventure! Smile

Happy reading!


Microsoft – povijest

welcometowindows Da li ste se ikada zapitali kako je Microsoft počeo raditi, kako su nastali Windowsi, što se točno događalo "tih davnih dana"?

Sigurno jeste, mnogi jesu... 🙂


p>Slučajno sam naišao na ovaj članak pa bih ga želio podijeliti s vama. Ukoliko imate nekoliko minuta slobodnog vremena, mislim da se isplati "potrošiti" ih upravo na čitanje članka...