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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

CloneDVD - Extract and Backup your DVD Movies!

CloneDVD copies movies to create unparalleled picture quality DVD backups, whether it's the main title you're copying or the complete DVD.

CloneDVD will compress long footage at high speed to the highest of quality using specialised transcoding technology, allowing you to select your audio and language settings and also the final target size.

Easy for even the novice user, CloneDVD's intuitive Filmstrip assistant guides you through all the available configuration settings, allowing you to choose which chapters to include and offering the option to trim individual chapters. A visual quality bar shows how your configuration choices affect the quality of the final copy.

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Monday, 23 March 2015

How do I type a Powershell "Pipe"?

This may seem like a very simple thing to most techies out there, but we have had this question asked to us a number of times with people using the incorrect keys to type a Powershell pipe.

So, how do you type a Powershell "Pipe"?

A Powershell pipe can be seen below in the example code:

 Get-RemoteDomain | fl  

It is the line in between the command and the variable. In notepad it can display differently to in Powershell which is where some people get confused. Many people press CTRL+ALT+ the top left key on the keyboard (note that we are working with UK English keyboards!) as below:


This produces a similar due critically different character to what we actually want.

You should press the Shift key and the key to the left of the Z on the keyboard:


This will then produce the correct "Pipe" character that can be used for Powershell commands.

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Mozilla Firefox MSI Downloads Available

You can now download the MSI installer for a huge range of current and previous versions of
Mozilla Firefox internet browser. These MSI installers can be used to deploy Mozilla Firefox easily using systems like Configuration Manager, MDT or Group Policy.

All you need to do is to click the link below to the website that is now providing these MSI files and select from the large list of versions, the one that you want to download. This will immediately start the download of the MSI installer for your selected version.

LINK


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Friday, 20 March 2015

FIFA 15: Knuckleball Achievement

FIFA 15: Knuckleball Achievement with Alberto Costa of Aston Villa against Manchester United in the Premiership. Just run and whack it!

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

How to reset your HP LaserJet P2015 to Factory Default Settings

If you have a HP LaserJet P2015 printer and you need to reset it to factory settings, maybe to remove the statically set IP address for example, you should carry out the following steps:
  • First, you need to turn the printer off
  • Hold down on the Go button (the green button) on the control panel on the printer for around five seconds.
  • Release the Go button and your HP Laserjet P2015 will now revert back at the factory default settings.
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Exchange Server - Why are the emails in plain text format?

We recently noticed an issue with our lab Exchange server where it was sending emails by default in plain text format rather than in HTML format. We could not figure out why the server was doing this, but after some research we found out that it had to do with the settings for the "Remote Domains".

To check this setting, you can load up your Exchange Management Shell and run the following command:

 Get-RemoteDomain | fl  

You are looking for the "Content Type" setting and should be displayed like below:


There are three settings allowed here:
  • MimeHtml - converts messages to MIME messages that use HTML formatting, unless the original message is a text message. If the original message is a text message, outbound message will be a MIME message that uses text formatting.
  • MimeText - converts all messages to MIME messages that use text formatting.
  • MimeHtmlText - converts all messages to MIME messages that use HTML formatting.
The setting you really want here is MimeHtmlText if you want to keep the HTML formatting. As you can see from the image above, we have already changed our Exchange lab settings but this was set to MimeText which explains why the emails were going out as plain text and not HTML.

So you want to change this setting, to do this, staying in your Exchange Management Shell, run the following command:

 Set-RemoteDomain –ContentType {ContentType}  

With {ContentType} being what you want to set it to. So, in our case, we run this command:

 Set-RemoteDomain –ContentType MimeHtmlText  

You should do this for all your Exchange servers if you have multiples in your environment.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Microsoft Exchange - Export Mailbox Sizes to Excel

If you want to export an Exchange mailbox database list to Excel so that you can see how large users mailboxes are, you can do this using the Exchange Management Shell (EMS).

All you need to do is to logon to your Exchange server with your mailbox database on, open up the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) and then run the following command:

 Get-MailboxStatistics -Database "First Storage Group\Mailbox Database" | Select DisplayName, ItemCount, TotalItemSize | Sort-Object TotalItemSize -Descending | Export-CSV C:\MBSizes.csv  

Press enter and this will export the data into a CSV file on the root of your Exchange Server.

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Monday, 16 March 2015

Mimecast Outlook Client 5.3.1139.13090 Released

Mimecast have now released version 5.3.1139.13090 of their Outlook Client.

This version of the MSO client now supports the following:
  • Archive Search optimizations when dealing with large archives
  • SMIME support for Citrix environments
  • Improvements to Managed Senders workflow
  • Minor UI updates
We have tested this version with Outlook being open during the install and although we do not recommend doing this, it does seem to work so long as you restart Outlook at some point to enable the new version to load.

To push this out using SCCM or Group Policy, we recommend using the MSI command below:

 msiexec.exe /i "MSOInstall.msi" /qb /norestart  

What this will do is to firstly run the installer, then the /qb will show a basic user interface without user interaction, but will stop and show the error if, for example, Outlook is still open. The /norestart is fairly simple - this will ensure that your client machine does not automatically restart itself.

To download the latest version 5.3.1139.13090 of the MSO client, you can click the link below:

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

How to Extract a zip file using 7-Zip

We get asked a lot of highly technical questions which we do try our best to answer and post guides on this website, however, sometimes we also get asked basic questions like "How do I open a zip file?".

To most of us this is second nature, but there are a lot of people out there that do not know how to do things like this, so we made a quick video to show you the basics on how to do this.

You can obviously use the built in Windows extracting but we personally hate it and always install and use 7-Zip so this video is based on you having 7-Zip installed.



You can download 7-Zip by Googling it.

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

Adobe Flash Player 17.0.0.134 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 17.0.0.134.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Skype 7.2 Released - MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

Skype version 7.2 has now been released and if you would like to either add this to your Configuration Manager Software Catalog or even have it available through WDS or Group Policy, then you will want to download the MSI file for it.

Skype do provide a direct download link for its Skype software and the installer is packaged as an MSI file. This means that it can be easily used by IT and System Center Administrators for distribution.

The direct download link for Skype MSI 7.2 is below:

DOWNLOAD


If you want to distribute Skype as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

WDS or Group Policy

 SkypeSetup.msi /q /norestart  

Configuration Manager

 msiexec /i "SkypeSetup.msi" /q /norestart

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Thursday, 12 March 2015

Gaming Geeks Home - Website Merge

We have taken the decision to shut down our neglected sister website, gaminggeekshome and we have now merged all the posts from that site into our site here at techygeekshome.co.uk.

Most posts are pretty old so you will have to search through our archive to find them or click the "Gaming" tab on the menu above, but we will now adding more gaming features to our website as well as technical guides, news and utilities.

If you feel you would like to make a contribution on this side of the website, maybe by writing a review of a game you have recently played or any cool gameplay videos, then please feel free to send us an email to gaming@techygeekshome.co.uk and include your details so that we can credit you for the write up.
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

SQL Reporting Services Error - Maximum request length exceeded

When running or trying to create a large report in SSRS, you may come across an error stating the below:

Error 2: There was an exception running the extensions specified in the config file. Maximum request length exceeded.



It took us a while to figure this one out but it is actually very simple. After speaking to our SQL and web development guys, it basically means that you are trying to pull more data than what the system is configured to allow. This is why you get the error, but it is simple to fix if you have a basic understanding of IIS.

You need to amend the web.config file on the reporting server which you should find in the location below unless you have installed it elsewhere:

 C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.2\Reporting Services\ReportServer  

Open the web.config file with notepad and then search for the following line:

 executionTimeout = “9000” />  

After the 9000 text, you can add a maxRequestLength variable to allow more data to flow. 500000 equals 5mb:

 executionTimeout = “9000” maxRequestLength=”500000″ />  

The IIS service then needs to be restarted, so you can either restart the reporting server or type "iisreset" into a command prompt on the server.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Apple Release iOS 8.2

Apple have today released iOS 8.2 - you can get the update now by going into your settings on your iPads, iPhones and iPods and updating your device.

The big news is that Apple have decided to stick an advertisement app on the home screen for the Apple Watch - NOT COOL APPLE!

This is the sort of thing that really pisses people off and we think that this will soon be retracted by Apple and an apology released!

Apart from that, we do not really know much about what the new update offers as we have not really tested it fully yet, but if there is anything worth posting, we will soon. The official Apple changelog is below.

Apple Watch support
  • New Apple Watch app to pair and sync with iPhone, and to customize Watch settings
  • New Activity App for viewing fitness data and achievements from Apple Watch; appears when Apple Watch is paired
  • Available on iPhone 5 and later
Health App improvements
  • Adds the ability to select the unit of measurement for body temperature, weight, height, distance, and blood glucose
  • Improves stability when dealing with large amounts of data
  • Includes the ability to add and visualise workout sessions from 3rd-party apps
  • Addresses an issue that may have prevented users from adding a photo in Medical ID
  • Fixes units for vitamins and minerals
  • Fixes an issue where Health data wouldn’t refresh after changes data source order
  • Fixes an issue where some graphics showed no data values
  • Adds a privacy setting that enables turning off tracking of steps, distance, and flights climbed
Stability Enhancements
  • Increases stability of Mail
  • Improves stability of Flyover in Maps
  • Improves stability of Music
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Improves connectivity with Made for iPhone Hearing Aids
Bug Fixes
  • Fixes an issue in Maps that prevented navigating to some favorite locations
  • Addresses an issue where the last word in a quick reply message wasn’t autocorrected
  • Fixes an issue where duplicate iTunes purchased content could prevent iCloud restore from completing
  • Resolves an issue where some music or playlists didn’t sync from iTunes to the Music app
  • Fixes an issue where deleted audiobooks sometimes remained on the device
  • Resolves an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free
  • Fixes a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered
  • Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT
  • Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom reoccurring meeting to drop from Exchange calendar
  • Fixes an certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway
  • Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten
  • Resolves an issue that prevented some Calendar events from automatically showing as “busy” after accepting an invite.
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Monday, 9 March 2015

Speed Painting Videos

If you are interested in Speed Painting Videos then we came across an excellent YouTube Channel recently with many great paintings on it for you to take a look at.

You can even make a request to the author for them to create your own paintings!

You should go over to their You Tube Channel and take a look around and subscribe to keep up to date with their weekly video additions.

To get to their You Tube Channel you can click the link below:

Arrow Valley Speed Paintings Channel

We might even start to show case some of their work on our site and link to their videos as we are really impressed with this - maybe in the hope that they might do us some free artwork!!

In the meantime, see a selection of their videos below:

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Google Earth Pro - Free to Download

If you were already not aware, Google Earth Pro is now available to use for free! The cost for this product was around $450 a year on subscription but since January 2015 you can now download and login to the service for free.

Google themselves released a blog post about this which you can read here:

Google Earth Pro is now FREE!

You can download and get your licence code from here:

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You can also extract the files from your temp folder to add Google Earth into your Configuration Manager Application Catalog!

This is great news for most people that wish to use this service and you could even have got a refund if you had paid up to 30 days after purchase (which would have now passed).

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Java 7 Update 75 & Java 8 Update 40 MSI Installers for x86 & x64

We have now uploaded to our SourceForge Project site, the MSI installers for the latest Java version.

The versions that have been added are:
  • Java 7 Update 75 x86
  • Java 7 Update 75 x64
  • Java 8 Update 40 x86
  • Java 8 Update 40 x64
You can go and download these new installers by click the Download button below:

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Friday, 6 March 2015

Java 8 Update 40 Released - MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 40 of version 8 of their Java Client software.

The update is available as an offline installer and using our guide below, you can extract the MSI from it and use it for deployment by using Windows Updates to update current machines or add to your Configuration Manager Application Catalog or even deploy using Group Policy. We will also shortly be adding the MSI files to our SourceForge projects (see link below) site for you to download directly.

You can download the Offline Installer from the Java website using the link below:

DOWNLOAD


INSTRUCTIONS

By following the guide below, you can extract the MSI installer to use in deployment and Windows Updates to automatically update machines using WSUS.

How to extract Java MSI File from the Offline Installer

Java MSI Files SourceForge Project Site

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