showing posts tagged with 'software'
by lunarg on August 14th 2014, at 14:17
In certain cases when deploying machines from a template using deployment customization, parts of this process may fail. As a result, upon each reboot, the system may try to re-run the customization process, and the following message is displayed at each startup:

VMware Image Customization in progress

To remove any pending sysprep customization routine, you can manually remove the reference to it by editing the Windows Registry

Start regedit.exe.

Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\.

Change the value of BootExecute. Remove the part that says sysprepDecryptor.exe. Leave the other parts of the value as they were (so only remove the one w  ...
by lunarg on August 13th 2014, at 09:16

A reminder to myself...

Set a bit:

Var |= Bit;

Clear a bit:

Var &= ~Bit;
by lunarg on July 4th 2014, at 13:59
Several Windows Phone devices, such as the Nokia Lumia series, may have trouble syncing with Zune. The device is correctly seen in Device Manager but Zune simply says it can't connect to the device, and that you need to turn it off and on again. Removing and reinstalling Zune does not help, nor does rebooting the phone.

Most of the time, the problem is caused by an invalid certificate. This usually occurs after updating Zune, or after installing other Windows Updates. You can recreate the certificate by stopping Zune, removing the certificate from the user's certificate store, then start Zune again.

To remove the certificate:

Completely stop Zune if it's running.

Open Certificate Manager  ...
by lunarg on June 25th 2014, at 11:55
There are plenty of tools available, free and otherwise, to provide access to SFTP and SCP servers, with more or less features. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of extensions out there that properly support SFTP/SCP through Windows Explorer itself, providing a somewhat seamless integration in Windows itself. Although there is the win-sshfs project, but this requires installation of several additional prerequisited software components, making this a less attractive solution. Luckily, there's also Swish.

Swish provides SFTP access from inside Windows Explorer. As it installs as an extension, it has no additional requirements, nor does it need to install some driver or library to work.   ...
by lunarg on June 18th 2014, at 13:50
Configuring NTP for time synchronization on Dell PowerConnect switches is similar to that of Cisco iOS, but with the syntax being a little different.

You need privileged console/SSH/telnet access for this to work.

SW#configureSW(config)#sntp unicast client enableSW(config)#sntp server ip-addressSW(config)#no sntp authenticateSW(config)#end

This will set the NTP server's address to whatever you specify (replace ip-address). To verify, you can run these:

show sntp configuration

This will show you the current NTP settings and status:

SW# show sntp configuration

Time zone configuration was missing for a long time, and was only introduced in more recent firmwares. Check on the Dell website  ...
by lunarg on June 18th 2014, at 13:49
From a logging point of view, it's interesting to have your clock set up correctly on your Cisco switches. Your switch should have these capabilities, but network admins usually "forget" to set these up.

To configure these, you need to have privileged access to your switch using SSH/telnet/console. The following works on any device running iOS (i.e. switches and routers).

Time zones are expressed as a name, followed by an offset. The offset indicates the number of hours from UTC, expressed as -hour or +hour. To know the offset for your time zone, you could look at the World Time Zone map.

In my case, for Central European Time, I would set it to this:

SW(config)# clock t  ...
by lunarg on June 18th 2014, at 11:53

The quick and dirty way to set up an NTP server on Debian Linux for your network.

This has been tested using Debian 7.0 "Wheezy".

1. Install NTP server:

apt-get install ntp

2. Edit /etc/ntp.conf: add the networks that are allowed to sync with your time server like so (Adjust parameters accordingly.):

restrict mask nomodify notrap

3. Restart the NTP service:

/etc/init.d/ntp restart

4. Set your device/computer/server to use your NTP server

by lunarg on June 10th 2014, at 16:56
Applications that reside on the network (e.g. \\server\dir\app.exe) usually can't be pinned on the taskbar in Windows 7, due to restriction posed on you by Microsoft. The options for pinning just are not present, even when you first create a shortcut to the app.

A simple solution is to fool Windows 7 that the app resides locally. In short, this is done by pinning a local app (say, Calculator), then changing that shortcut to point to your network app.

Pin any local app to the taskbar (e.g. Calculator).

Navigate to %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar. You'll find a shortcut to the app you just pinned.

Change the properties of the pinne  ...
by lunarg on May 20th 2014, at 15:32
Adds a Shutdown icon to be added to the Windows 8 start menu. Clicking the icon opens the old Shut Down Windows dialog where you can shutdown or restart the computer.

The shortcut points in fact to a VBScript which calls the Shut Down Windows dialog, present since Windows 95.

Download and install the script. An icon will be placed inside the legacy start menu. Because the NSIS installer system does not yet provide ways to handle Windows 8 start tiles, you will probably manually have to add the tile. To do this, go to the start screen, then search for Shutdown, right-click it and pin it to the start screen. Alternatively, you could also pin it to the taskbar if you prefer.

Because it&#  ...
by lunarg on May 8th 2014, at 12:28

When deploying KMS on a Server 2012 R2, you may run into the error message saying nothing more but STATUS_SUCCESS.

The reason for this is that the KMS TCP Listening Port in the wizard, is by default set to 0, which is of course incorrect. Typing in the correct default value (1688) resolves the issue.

by lunarg on March 24th 2014, at 14:00
You can easily set up your proxy settings for Windows Update and other background processes by using the commandline utility netsh.

Show the current settings:

netsh winhttp show proxy

Set up a basic proxy server:

netsh winhttp set proxy ip-or-host:port

Set up a proxy with a bypass list: "ip-or-domain" will not use the proxy:

netsh winhttp set proxy myproxy:80 ";ip-or-domain"

Set up individual proxy servers for each protocol accept for those in the bypass list:

netsh winhttp set proxy proxy -server= "http=ip-or-host:80 ;https=ip-or-host:88" bypass-list= "*"

To import the settings from Internet Explorer:

netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

To clear and reset t  ...
by lunarg on March 6th 2014, at 15:18

When your hyperlinks in your Outlook signature gets replaced by so-called "field codes", you may have inadvertedly pressed the magic key combo Alt+F9:

You can reverse the effect by pressing it again. This only works when the message field has focus.

by lunarg on March 4th 2014, at 13:03
In normal circumstances, Outlook would configure itself using a procedure called Autodiscovery: all server settings and logon names would be configured by downloading configuration settings from a certain site, eliminating the requirement to know any server settings. Office 365 also makes extensive use of Autodiscovery for this and other purposes. In case of migrations, or when Autodiscovery is not available or does not apply (e.g. Outlook 2007), you can also manually configure your Office 365 account. Although this used to be pretty straight-forward, since they moved to Exchange 2013, manual configuration of Outlook has become a bit more complex.

Since its upgrade to Exchange 2013, Office   ...
by lunarg on February 20th 2014, at 00:23

There are some issues with Quake 4 on modern video cards. Even with Ultra Quality enabled, the graphics still looks awful: textures are at their lowest quality, shaders and shadows are missing, etc.

The problem can be resolved by editing q4baseQuake4Config.cfg in your game directory, and overwriting these values:

seta image_ignoreHighQuality "0"
seta image_cacheMegs "512"
seta image_downSize "0"

Also, for Windows 8 and 8.1, you may have to enable compatibility mode on the Quake4.exe and enable Disable display scaling on high DPI settings. This ensures the game display fits your monitor properly.

by lunarg on February 18th 2014, at 11:48

Found this online: ClickYes software. Don't install!

It's supposed to automatically click Yes when a program uses Outlook to send e-mail. In my opinion, it's a very useless piece of software as one could simply disable the prompt in Outlook, or better, install a proper antivirus.

by lunarg on February 14th 2014, at 09:54

If you're running Internet Explorer 10 or later, you may get this error when trying to log on to a computer using RDP through Remote Web Workplace:

You can resolve the issue by adding RWW to the Compatibility View list in Internet Explorer.

by lunarg on February 14th 2014, at 09:33
If you have users that were created in AD but not through the SBS console, you'll notice they will not be present in the SBS console. This can be a nuisance for management purposes when you're used to using the SBS console for administering users, but it can also become a problem for some SBS functionality, such as the SBS POP3 Connector. There is a way for your users to be added to the SBS console without having to recreate them, though.

When querying the list of users, the SBS console in fact looks for a certain AD attribute inside each user. This attribute, when set, will enable listing in the SBS console. So, by setting the attribute, you will in fact "import" the us  ...
by lunarg on February 14th 2014, at 09:31

You can add RDS servers to the list of computers in Remote Web Workplace, making them available to anyone with access to RWW. The process is simple, requires no reboot and is immediately active.

  1. Fire up regedit.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Microsoft\SmallBusinessServer.
  3. Add a new key called RemoteUserPortal.
  4. Under the new key, create a MultiString value called TsServerNames. Edit the value and insert the name (FQDN or NBN) of your RDS server. If you have more than one, add them on separate lines.

Note that this will only work if your RDS server is inside the SBSServers OU or a sub-OU (i.e. you're allowed to create other OU's inside the SBSServers OU).

by lunarg on February 13th 2014, at 12:12
If for some mysterious, unknown reason, your backup suddenly stops working and throws VSS errors, it's usually a good idea to check the following:

If your server is an SBS 2008 or 2011, and have installed updates, you may have to reconfigure Sharepoint:
WSB fails on SBS 2011 after updating Sharepoint (0x800423f0 or 0x800423f3).

If you get errors about VSS failing to create a snapshot, and you have not changed anything on your server recently, it's a good idea to check the presence of a lot of old shadow copies, taking up space. Although old copies will be purged automatically, the VSS Writer doesn't wait around for it, and fails the backup.
So try deleting shadow copies or increase the sh  ...
by lunarg on February 11th 2014, at 13:52

To get this card running on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, you need this driver:

Newer versions no longer seem to support this card.

showing posts tagged with 'software'
« January 2019»
« When a bird does poo poo in your eye, be happy elephants don't fly. »