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Correct putty settings for use with SCO Openserver 5.0.7

After so long since it was it was in mainstream use I am still doing regular work for customers with SCO Openserver, gradually they are all coming off the platform, but while it is still in use it’s nice to have the best possible experience.

A lot of the time if I am in a rush I will just use the Windows telnet client to connect to SCO Servers but really putty is so much nicer and you only need to change a few settings to get great compatibility with SCO.

Improve general putty settings first

If you haven’t already taken the time to improve upon the general defaults in putty, you might as well do that now, makes it a much nicer client to use in my opinion:

Specific settings for using Putty as a Telnet client with SCO

Keyboard settings

Change your keyboard settings to:

Backspace Key sends Control-H
The Function keys and keypad set to SCO

Correct keyboard settings for using putty with SCO

Window Settings

Change the remote character set to ISO-8859-2: 1999 (Latin-4, North Europe).

Terminal Type

Set your TERM environment variable to xterm and you should have a decent looking display and emulation when using SCO.

SCOadmin with correct terminal settings


Personally I sometimes like to have a 132 column width display which you can easily do by setting the terminal type to ansi-w in SCO and then changing the number of columns in putty to match.

How to enable Flash Player on Windows Server 2012 r2

If you are trying to view web pages that contain flash content on Windows Server 2012 r2 then you may find that it does not work. You are then led to a page on the Adobe website tells you that Flash player is already installed on Windows 8 and that you do not need to install it. This post explains how to enable Flash Player on Windows Server 2012.

Message from Adobe Website informing you that Flash Player is already installed on Windows Server 2012 r2   The page then goes on to provide instructions as to how to enable Flash, this basically consists of:

  • Ensuring that the flash player add-on is enabled.
  • Checking that Active-X filtering is disabled.

You will probably find that these instructions do not work for you as flash player is not listed in the Internet Explorer Add-ons.

How to install Flash Player on Windows Server 2012 r2

In order to install Flash Player on Windows Server 2012 you need to install the Desktop Experience Feature. To do this, do the following:

  • Go into server manager.
  • Click add roles and features: Using server manager to install flash player on Windows Server 2012
  • Press next until you reach the “Features” page.
  • Tick the box “Desktop Experience” which is hidden under the “User Interfaces and Infrastructure” feature: Installing the desktop experience to enable Flash player in Windows Server 2012
  • You will then have to accept the installation of some other features to support the installation of desktop experience
  • The features are installed and the server is rebooted: Desktop Experience Feature being installed on Windows Server 2012 r2

Or if you prefer, you can install with the simple but so effective Windows Powershell command:

Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience

The reason I wanted to have access to Flash Player on this particular server was so that I could access the vSphere Web client, which uses flash. Hope this helps someone.