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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Ultimate Settings Panel - Review by ilovefreesoftware.com

We recently received an email from the administrators at ilovefreesoftware.com telling us that our product - Ultimate Settings Panel, had been reviewed by their website.

It is a great review and we are delighted that our products are being well received and it makes all the hard work that we put into these products worth the time and effort.

You can read the review for yourselves by clicking the link below:

Ultimate Settings Panel Review from ilovefreesoftware.com

If you find any other reviews on any of our products, we would love to know about them so feel free to contact us or leave a comment below to let us know.
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Monday, 20 October 2014

Support Forums Officially Open!

We are pleased to announce the official launch of our support forums.

They will be primarily used for our products that we create if you find any bugs or would like to request any additions in future releases, but we will also be using the system for general chat and a range of support requests.

So if you have any issues that you would like us to help you with or have other forum members help you with, you should visit the forums, sign up and add a post.

You can also post your own guides in there and if they are any good, we will add them to the main site and of course credit you for your work.

Due to the huge amount of spam that we get, we have had to set up the forums so that you have to register and then confirm your email address - we know, we hate that too but it stops the spambots from battering the forums with junk posts.

You can enter the support forums by clicking on the Support Forums button on the top menu bar or using the link below:

TechyGeeksHome.co.uk Support Forums

We look forward to chatting with you in the forums!
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Java Client 8 Update 25 MSI Installers Released

As you may have seen from previous posts, we make available the latest Java MSI files for you to be able to easily distribute and update clients using Group Policy, WSUS and Configuration Manager.

As Java have recently released version 8 update 25, you can now find the MSI files for both the 32 and 64 bit versions on our SourceForge Project site.

You can get this by clicking the download button below:

DOWNLOAD


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Friday, 17 October 2014

Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.189 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 15.0.0.189.

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.

DOWNLOAD


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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Java 8 Update 25 Released - MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 25 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.

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

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

System Center Technical Preview VHD Downloads Available

Microsoft have recently released the System Center Technical Preview Evaluation VHD's for you to to take a look at and launch using your Hyper-V environment.

DOWNLOADS

You can download the VHD's using the links below for the following products:

Data Protection Manager Evaluation VHD

Operations Manager Evaluation VHD

Orchestrator Evaluation VHD

Service Manager Evaluation VHD

Virtual Machine Manager VHD

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Skype 6.21 Released - MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

Skype version 6.21 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 6.21 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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Monday, 13 October 2014

Watch Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII Format through Telnet

This is not our usual thing, but we found this absolutely brilliant so felt the need to share it with our visitors.

You can now watch Star Wars Episode IV in glourious ASCII format using Telnet - see the screenshots below:




You can connect to this through telnet by connecting to:

 towel.blinkenlights.nl  

If you want to view it without telnet you can always visit the website below:

Star Asciimation Wars

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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.2 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.2.

This release now has 8 different configuration tabs including Windows 8 and a total of 206 configuration items.

You can download the new version by clicking the download button below:

DOWNLOAD

Get it from CNET Download.com!

VIDEO DEMO (version 2.1)



UPDATE LOG

In this version we the following changes have been made:
  • Shutdown Tab Added
  • Minor Bug Fixes
  • Code Optimisation
SCREENSHOTS










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Friday, 10 October 2014

Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation Product Keys

This is more as a reminder for ourselves when building evaluation labs for Windows Server 2008 R2 (although most people will be moving on 2012 by now) but we thought we would share this information with our visitors as well.

These product keys can be used to activate the various evaluation copies of Windows Server 2008 R2 for 180 days and have a re-arm value of 5.

PRODUCT KEYS

Windows Web Server 2008 R2

 KBV3Q-DJ8W7-VPB64-V88KG-82C49  

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

 4GGC4-9947F-FWFP3-78P6F-J9HDR  

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

 7PJBC-63K3J-62TTK-XF46D-W3WMD  

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

 QX7TD-2CMJR-D7WWY-KVCYC-6D2YT  

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview Download and Licence Key

Microsoft have now released the Windows 10 Technical Preview for you to try out on an evaluation licence.

You can download the ISO files from the link below but be warned, they are about 4GB in size each:

Windows 10 Technical Preview Download

The serial number that you should use to active your Windows 10 Technical Preview Evaluation is:

 PBHCJ-Q2NYD-2PX34-T2TD6-233PK  

We are looking forward to getting this setup and working in our Configuration Manager lab and seeing what we can do with it, if we find anything useful or fancy, we will post it here on our website.

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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Apple IOS 8 Rant

With the recent release of IOS 8 for Apple devices, the obvious thing to do is to update all your Apple devices all at the same quickly as quickly as you can. So this is what we did on our iPhone's and iPad's. However, as soon as you update, you immediately regret it!

First of all, we have to remove endless amounts of photos and music from our devices to even allow enough space to run the update (yes some of us only have 16GB models!). So once you have deleted everything you have spent the last year saving onto your Apple devices, it then takes ages to download and update your device.

But then it completes, great, lets see what new features it has. Then - it crashes! within 2 minutes of the update completing, our iPhone just froze and we had to resort to the "home button and power button" hard reboot.

When we finally get back into the device, all we notice are a few health apps that have been added - not much use to a computer geek when the furthest you have ever walked is to the car parked on your drive. 

We then noticed that the apps (mainly Facebook) were incredibly slow and clunky and if we asked it to post a message - it crashed. Yes we know this is probably down to the app more than the update, but the app has had to be updated to fit the IOS 8 surely...

Then the worst thing, the battery. We have never had issues with the battery on the current iPhone or iPad we have (for the ones we have now - we have with older models...) but since the IOS8 update, the iPhone barely last four to five hours without completely running out of battery.

IOS 8.0.2

Oh yes we though - a fix! not long after the terrible IOS 8 was released, as usual, within a week or two, Apple admitted that they had cocked up and released IOS 8.0.2 (8.0.1 release must be hanging around with Windows 9 in hell...). This is the solution to all our problems we thought, a fix to the clunky, crashing apps and the battery won't die after I reply to an email.

But no, still no better and even worse - now no sign of any 8.0.3 update to fix the outstanding issues. The apps on our devices are still crashing and very slow and clunky and the only way we can get the battery to last at least through the working day is to turn off all location services, background app refreshing, motion movement and turn the screen brightness right down - might as well get an older Nokia back out of the cupboard!

Anyway, that's the rant over, might be time to go over to the dark side and buy a Samsung Galaxy...
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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Purchase Full Version of DomainWhoIs

If you have been trialing our new product DomainWhoIs, then you may now want to purchase it.

We are currently offering this program for a tiny cost of just 89p (GBP) for the full unrestricted version.

This full version also have the branding removed from it and you will also get a MSI and EXE installer and will will also allow you to install it on multiple machines within your own home or business, although you cannot freely distribute it on the internet.

PURCHASE DOMAINWHOIS

To purchase this full version of DomainWhoIs for just 89p (GBP) please click the "Buy Now" button below and follow through with the PayPal payment.



WHAT DO I GET IN THIS PRO VERSION?
  • Unlimited Use
  • No Restrictions
  • No exit or link backs
  • No adverts
  • No branding
  • MSI and EXE installers for easy mass distribution
  • Distribute to all machines within your business or home
  • All future update releases included
  • Instant download availability
HOW TO GET YOUR DOWNLOAD

All you need to do to get your copy of DomainWhoIs is to click the "Buy Now" button above and go through the PayPal payment process. Once you have sent your payment of just 89p you will see a screen like the one below, here you should click the "Return to TGH" link:


You should then be taken to a screen like the one below and you should then either way 10 seconds or click the "Click Here" link. This will then start the download process and you will receive your file.


SUPPORT

If you require any help with this product or would like to report a bug or suggest anything for future releases, then please use our support forums.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

DomainWhoIs version 1.0 Released - Domain Who Is Lookup Tool

We are pleased to announce the release of a new program called DomainWhoIs.

This is a first version release so if you find any bugs, please report them to us using our support forums and we will get any issues sorted out as soon as possible.

DomainWhoIs is a program that can search for Who Is information about web domains using a number of different Who Is lookup servers. All you have to do is select your lookup server and enter your web domain you want to search information about and click Submit. All information is then presented directly to you within the program.

You can download the new program using the download button below:

DOWNLOAD

Get it from CNET Download.com!

LIMITATIONS

This is an unrestricted 30 day trial but the full version is available for just 89p (GBP) and can be purchased by clicking the link below:

Purchase Full Version of DomainWhoIs

VIDEO DEMO



SCREENSHOTS



SUPPORT

You can use our support forums to report any bugs or request any new lookup servers to be added to future versions.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cisco VPN Client Fix Pro Package for Windows 8 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Cisco VPN Client Fix Pro Package.

This release is in relation to our previous post about us releasing Pro versions for all our freeware.

This is the Pro version of the freeware detailed here (Click here for details).

You can purchase the Cisco VPN Client Fix Pro Package for just 89p (GBP) by clicking the "Buy Now" button below and follow through with the PayPal payment process. Once you have completed your payment, you will immediately receive your download package.

PURCHASE CISCO VPN CLIENT FIX PRO PACKAGE



WHAT DO I GET IN THIS PRO VERSION?
  • No exit or link backs
  • Does not automatically link back to our website on completion of install
  • No adverts
  • No branding
  • MSI and EXE installers for easy mass distribution
  • Distribute to all machines within your business or home
  • All future update releases included
  • Instant download availability
  • x64 and x86 versions included in the package
HOW TO GET YOUR DOWNLOAD

All you need to do to get your copy of Cisco VPN Client Fix Pro Package is to click the "Buy Now" button above and go through the PayPal payment process. Once you have sent your payment of just 89p you will see a screen like the one below, here you should click the "Return to TGH" link:


You should then be taken to a screen like the one below and you should then either way 10 seconds or click the "Click Here" link. This will then start the download process and you will receive your file.


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Monday, 29 September 2014

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3 Released

Microsoft have released Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

The hot fix download is available using the link below:

Configuration Manager 2012 R2 CU3

The full details of the update are below:

Issues that are fixed

Software distribution and application management

Content distribution from a Central Administration Site (CAS) to remote distribution points can take longer than expected. This can occur when multiple applications are updated across all distribution points.

An application that is deployed to a collection is not removed from the software center if the computer is removed from that collection.

The Export Application Wizard finished with errors when the source contains nested sub-folders, and the content is updated. Errors that resemble the following are displayed in the Export Application Wizard:

Error: The target file "C:\Export\A_files\Content_XXXXXXXXXXXX\F2" is a directory, not a file.

Changes to the CIEnforceState value for an application are not saved on the client when an immediate restart is initiated outside Configuration Manager. This scenario affects applications and application dependency chains in which the application has the following option enabled:

Only when no user is logged on / CM client will force a mandatory device restart

Wake on LAN

Wake on LAN requests from a site server to a client may time out in large environments of 30,000 or more clients.

Migration

The data collecting process may time out when Configuration Manager is migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. This issue can occur in sites in which multiple source sites are used, and many (100,000 or more) records exist only in the database at the destination site.

Company portal

Clients may not configure settings for the company portal for sites in which multiple Application Catalogs are installed. Entries that resemble the following are logged in the UpdateTrustedSites.log file:

Updating metro app setting with package family 'Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe', URL 'http://siteserver:80/CMApplicationCatalog'…E_FAIL, HRESULT=80004005Failed to set settings into container 'PolicySettings\CCMSettings' of package 'Microsoft.CorporateAppCenter_8wekyb3d8bbwe'.

Administrator Console

The Administrator Console can quit unexpectedly when modifying the following task sequences:
Join a domain or workgroup
Apply Network Settings

Mobile devices

Policy assignment is not updated a Windows Embedded Handheld device is moved from one collection to another. For example, when a device is moved from a collection for installing an application to an uninstall collection, a rules conflict status occurs. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the SMS_DM.log file:

Uninstall AppPolicy is in conflict with other Install AppPolicy. Bailing out without Processing

A race condition may cause renewing the Windows Intune Connector certificate to fail. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the DMPDownload.log:

Renewing connector certificate... Failed to call SaveAccountInfo. error = Unknown error SMS_DMP_DOWNLOADER is exiting...

The Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol policy may not be delivered to a device that is enrolled in Windows Intune and then later renamed by the user.

State messages are marked incorrectly as corrupted from Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol Configuration Items that are targeted to devices and that contain a user entry of SYSTEM.

Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol certificate requests can fail for workgroup clients that Configuration Manager manages. Entries that resemble the following are recorded in the CRP.log file:

DB returned NULL. Parameters in CSR and DB do not match
Exception: System.ArgumentException: DB returned NULL.Parameters in CSR and DB do not match

Operating system deployment

When an unknown x64 UEFI computer is started by using PXE in a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 environment, the x86 Unknown Computer object is used incorrectly instead of the x64 Unknown Computer. This can potentially cause the computer to receive incorrect task sequences.

Client

The SMS Agent Host service may quit unexpectedly during the processing of task sequences.

Site servers and site systems

The SMS_Executive service may quit unexpectedly when removing a package from a large number (100+) of distribution points. Entries that resemble the following are logged in the distmgr.log file before process termination:

Wait failed while waiting for all DP threads to end. Thread Count = 94, Error = 87
Distribution Manager tried 100 times, it will exit now

Note These log entries do not always indicate a problem state that will lead to a process termination.

Changing the properties of a distribution point on a Windows Server 2012 R2 server can disable date and time logging in Internet Information Services (IIS).

Changing the properties of a distribution that was migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager can result in the upgrade process starting again.

Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell issues that are corrected in Cumulative Update 3 are described in the following article:

2999304 Description of Windows PowerShell changes in Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
Additional changes that are included in this update

Management point communications

This cumulative update introduces a new registry entry for clients. This entry will restrict which management point (MP) a client can communicate with. This can be useful in environments that have multiple MPs in different forests, and the clients can only communicate with a subset of them. Setting the registry value to only those MPs that can be reached by the client can improve overall efficiency. The new registry value is AllowedMPs, a REG_MULTI_SZ (multi-string) type that is under the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\CCM

Each entry is the Fully Qualified Domain Name of the management point(s) with which the client is able to communicate. This value does not affect the selection of any other site systems such as distribution points, software update points, and so on. The value only affects the primary site MP selection.

Note After this value is defined, there is no fallback or other method for clients to communicate with other MPs. This new entry is only intended for permanently located workstation and server clients and is not portable to devices such as mobile PCs or tablets.

Operating systems other than Windows

The following operating systems are added to the list of supported platforms for software distribution:
Debian 7 (x86)
Debian 7 (x64)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (x64)
CentOS 7 (x64)
Oracle 7 (x64)

Software updates

Child sites may perform partial WSUS synchronization when the primary is under heavy load. This partial synchronization occurs when the WSUS Synchronization Manager component on a primary site begins synchronization before WSUS has completed processing all updates metadata. To prevent this scenario, the following registry subkey can be configured to use a new value in seconds:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\Components\SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER\SyncGracePeriod

The default value is 120 seconds, and values between 5 seconds and 10 minutes (5 and 600) are accepted. This setting should not have to be changed in most environments.
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Create a Bluetooth Settings Shortcut in Windows

We have had a lot of people asking us about how to get into the Bluetooth settings in Windows 8.1 without having to go through the charms on the side. Basically, a lot of people want to access their Bluetooth devices and settings just like in Windows 7 - through a window.

So, there is a way and we will be adding this as a new button into our Ultimate Settings Panel on the next release but for now, here is the manual way to create a shortcut to these settings.

You should first create a new shortcut on your desktop by right clicking anywhere on your desktop and then selecting New -> Shortcut:


You will then be asked for the location of your shortcut and you should enter the following:

 %windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{28803F59-3A75-4058-995F-4EE5503B023C}  

Click Next and give your shortcut a name and complete the wizard.

You will now find that you have a Bluetooth settings shortcut on your desktop - you can even change the icon to a Bluetooth icon if you wish.


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VLC Player v2.1.5 MSI Installers Released

We believe that VLC Player is the best media player available on the internet at the moment and has been for some time, but there is no MSI installer for it. MSI installers can be used easily for distribution using systems like Configuration Manager, WDS or Group Policy.

So, we have taken the standalone version of VLC Player v2.1.5 and created a MSI installer from it.

You can download the file from our SourceForge project site and when there are updates, we will carry on to create the MSI installers to match.

DOWNLOAD


INSTRUCTIONS

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

WDS or Group Policy

 VLC Player v2.1.5.msi /q /norestart  

Configuration Manager

 msiexec /i "VLC Player v2.1.5.msi" /q /norestart

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