• Tip of the Week: The Power of WMIC

    I'm a huge fan of command line utilities that provide fast, no-nonsense access to information and allow me to perform some basic configuration tasks. Evidently there are some people at Microsoft who are as well, becau...
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  • Tip of the Week: Reread or restart?

    A common question arises when managing a license server. Should I use lmreread to pick up changes in the license file or options file or should use lmdown and then restart the license server?   Over the years, I...
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  • Tip of the Week - Skipping MSVC++ Redistributable Installation

    In most Mentor Graphics PCB releases, the MSVC++ Redistributable software is installed every time you install software. It's useful in the cases where you install new releases, but its not always necessary when re-ins...
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  • Tip of the Week: Use System Restore

    System Restore's job is to keep notes of everything you change on your computer, enabling you to reverse them with a couple of clicks. On Windows 7, right-click Computer, select Properties > System Protection >...
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  • Tip of the Week: Drag a path to your Windows command line

    Did you know you can drag a path from Windows Explorer to the Windows command line? It's true! Watch:  
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  • Tip of the Week: Mentor License Utility v3.0 - 'Server Services' Tab

    The Server Services tab in Mentor License Utility v3.0, provides quick access to almost every corner of your Mentor Graphics (mgcld daemon) license manager service.   Lmgrd.exe/Mgcld.exe version, TCP port and pr...
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  • Tip Of The Week: Configuring license timeout in vNPI 9.5

    vNPI 9.5 can be configured to automatically check the licenses back in when a certain idle period has elapsed. This is done in the Engineering Toolkit window configuration settings. Open vNPI 9.5 Engineering Toolkit...
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  • Tip of the Week: Restarting Windows Without Restarting Your PC

    What do you do when Explorer crashes?  No matter what you do, it won't respond to mouse clicks, the windows white out and all you get is the spinning circle.  Other applications are still working, it is only...
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  • Tip of the Week: Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 next year

    Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003/R2 next summer on July 14, 2015. End of support for Windows Server 2003/R2 means that no more updates or patches will ship from Microsoft.   Microsoft will no ...
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  • Tip of the Week: Create Alias Names for License HostIDs

    If you are tracking and maintaining licenses for multiple license servers and/or users, remembering which server or user has which HostID can be a challenge. The Mentor License Utility (MLU) provides a facility to cre...
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  • Tip of the Week: Never Select "Run as administrator" Again

    When you need to run shell commands on Windows as an Administrator, you typically must right-click the cmd.exe and choose "Run as administrator" in order to elevate the privileges in that shell. Well, it's very easy t...
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  • Tip of the Week: DOS Command Line Productivity Tricks

    Hello Community! Welcome to the first Tip of the Week for 2015.   I've been doing a lot of work in a DOS command window lately and I've learned a few things that have helped me be more productive. I thought I'd ...
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  • Tip of the Week: Important X-ENTP VX.1 Media Installation Information

    There are significant changes in the X-ENTP VX.1 release media and some new options that affect which downloads you should get and how you should install them. We strongly encourage you to carefully read the release d...
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  • Tip of the Week: Getting the MAC address on Windows

    Most of you reading this already know that opening a DOS command shell and entering the command 'ipconfig /all' will return a lot of useful information, including the MAC address. If you use the MAC address as the hos...
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  • Tip of the Week: Parsing the WDIR Variable

    If you have automation for removing the local WDIR in your Windows environment, then you know the challenge is that %WDIR% can be made of up several paths, like this one:   WDIR=C:\WDIR;\\my\corporate\wdir;C:\Me...
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  • Tip of the Week: Testing an Oracle Server Installation

    Testing an Oracle Server Installation Use SQL Plus to verify that the database connection with the Oracle Server is okay.   Note: The Oracle version installed is 11gR2, 11.2.0.3.0   Procedure In Servi...
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  • License File Line-Ending SNAFU

    I recently received a license file for Questa Core, the installation of which had me wrapped around the axel for a few minutes.  Spoiler alert: it was the line endings.   I'm consulting at a painfully small...
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  • Tip of the Week: Two common licensing errors

    What does this license error message mean?   There are two messages which regularly we get asked to explain.  They are similar, but refer to different areas of licensing, and have different solutions.  ...
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  • Tip of the Week: Detecting Application Version Using lmstat

    Sometimes users are running applications that are older than you would like or maybe you're just curious. Either way, you can gain insight into the application versions users are running by looking at the usage status...
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  • Tip of the Week: Use the Custom Tab in InfoHub

    A useful but often overlooked feature in the InfoHub documentation system is the custom tab that allows you to provide access to your own documentation from the InfoHub.   Using the custom tab, you can provide l...
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