QNAP VM and fixed IP address …

What a drama! I found no way to assign the Windows 10 VM host a fixed IP address inside the QNAP Virtualisation Station. I was excercising the virtual switch and software switch settings up and down – to no avail. Finally I found the reason of this treason: Since the Windows VM was migrated from Parallels Desktop (via Virtual Box) it still had two other network cards in its belly. Of course, they were hidden in the Device Manager. But as they had this one fixed IP address already configured, it was not possible to add it to the new VirtIO interface. Once I had made these two other network cards visible, I deleted them and – voilá – the fixed IP address now could be assigned to the VirIO interface without any trouble. Before, only DHCP would work. Maybe this information helps someone who is also trying to get a VM with fixed IP addresses set up in QNAP virtualisation station.

Dual Monitor Setup with Two Different Backgrounds in Windows 10

Ok, this is rather a gimmick, but this was the wish behind: I have a dual screen setup in my office. Normally, the same desktop wallpaper would be shown on both displays. Now I have a list of internal telephone numbers and wanted to display those only on one of the desktops. I created two different wallpaper images, one with the phone number list, the other without. This is the way how you can display two different images without any additional software:

  1. Copy the background images into the path: C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows.
  2. Now use the CTRL key for multiple selection to select both backgrounds.
  3. Right click on one wallpaper image -> Choose „Set as desktop background“.

The selected wallpaper images will be stored under:
%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes
as:
Transcoded_000 and Transcoded_001 without extension

If you want to swap the images, just rename 0 to 1, 1 to 0. Sign out and sign back in or right click on desktop and select: Next desktop background.

(This solution was originally published here.)