Stuck at a Black Screen and Connecting on a vCloud console

On a computer running Windows 7 x64 SP1 Enterprise running Internet Explorer 11 browser, I had issues connecting to the console of Virtual Machines hosted by VMWare vCloud.

vCloud Console black screen

This was resolved by completing the following:

  1. Adding the website to the Trusted Site list
  2. Adding the website to Internet Explorer’s compatibility list
  3. Updating Java on the workstation to the newest

Windows 7 – Authentication prompt for cached credentials in a domain environment

  1. In order to fix this – you need to close all Internet Explorer windows.
  2. Open Credential Manager (start type in: Credential Manager).
  3. Under Windows Credentials – select & remove all associated Username & Passwords.
  4. Once removed log the user out and get the user to login again.
  5. They should now be able to access the Intranet & Internet.


Note: I have come across this when the users – password has reached expiry so when attempting to login again the user is usually asked to reset his or her password.
Note: Also make sure the proxy details in Internet Explorer are set correctly for your environment.
Note: Also – Windows 8 compatible.

Free Internet Explorer – Development Virtual Machines

I have recently found a good web resource – 90 day restricted Virtual Machines, compatible with Hyper-V/VMWare & Virtual box that I thought I would share.

These Virtual Machines are intended for web development testing and include Windows XP machines running Internet Explorer 6 to Windows 8.1 machines running Internet Explorer 11 (as of this post).

  1. To access these Virtual Machines – go to: and select “Get Free VMs” to see the download list.

Note: This website also has a modern interface – with a lot of resources for webpage development in Internet Explorer. Useful for any webpage builder and is developed by Microsoft.

How to create an SSH tunnel with PuTTY

  1. Open PuTTY
  2. Create a new PuTTY session to the remote server
  3. Enter in the server details
  4. Save session
  5. Click on Connection
  6. Click on SSH and select Tunnels
  7. In the source field enter the port you would like to forward.  In the section below, select Dynamic and Auto.
  8. Click Add
  9. Go to the main PuTTY session dialog, and save the changes you have made.
  10. Press Open to open your Putty session and login if it asks for the details.
  11. Now you need to configure the application you are trying to tunnel
  12. For example, in Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options, click Connections, Choose LAN Settings and change the proxy to localhost (SOCKS5 as Proxy type if asked) and enter the port that you were forwarding into the port information.
  13. Save and you should now be routing your traffic through the tunnel


You can use the following command to enable an SSH Tunnel on a Linux machine:

  1. ssh -D localhost:PORT

Setup commonly visited webpage Tab in Internet Explorer


  1. Click on Tools (small gear top right)
  2. Click Internet Options
  3. In the General Tab, click Tabbed
  4. Click Settings in the Tabbed area
  5. Go to the middle of the of the dialog to the “When a new tab is opened, open
  6. Change the drop-down box to select: “The new tab page
  7. Press Ok
  8. Press Ok

Now when you open a new Tab it will display your commonly visited webpages.

Enable Javascript in Internet Explorer

Problems running Javascript and want to enable it? This is how you do it.
  1. Open Internet Explorer 
  2. Click on the “Tools” menu.
  3. Click Internet Options
  4. Click “Security” tab at the top
  5. Click on “Custom Level,” then click on the “Enable Active Scripting” option.
  6. Click “OK”

A program on your computer has corrupted IE8 default search provider settings fix

Nothing causes more frustration, then when your favorite Internet Explorer search engine keeps resetting. This is how you fix it.

” IE8 will reset the search provider setting to default setting of xxx search. IE8 will open the search provider dialog where you can change your search provider”.

  1. Close any instances of Internet Explorer you have open
  2. Click Start.
  3. Click Run.
  4. Type in regedit and press enter
  5. In the editor, expand and navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerUser
  6. Right click User Shell Folders
  7. Select New and then Expandable String value.
  8. A new value is added in right pane
  9. Type in AppData and press enter
  10. Double click AppData
  11. Under value data type in %USERPROFILE%Application Data.  Note: If there is already AppData in the right pane, double click and correct it to %USERPROFILE%Application Data
  12. Exit Registry Editor
  13. Open Internet Explorer