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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Controller Drivers for your Windows Computer

If you would like to use your Microsoft Xbox One controller with your PC or laptop, you can do this by simply installing the correct drivers on your computer and using the charging USB cable.

So, first of all, you should install the drivers, you can get these from the links below:



Once you have these drivers installed on your computer, take your Xbox One controller and the USB charging cable and plug it into the USB port on your computer.

Your computer will now quickly go through the plug and play hardware installation process and you should now find that you can use your Xbox One controller on your Windows machine.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Windows 8.1 Media ISO Download

If you have purchased Windows 8.1 and you have lost or damaged your DVD media or would simply like a backup, you can now download the ISO from Microsoft by inputting your product key.

All you need to do is go to the website below:

Windows 8.1 Media Download

Then click on the "Install Windows 8.1" button which will download a small utility. Run this utility and fill out all the details by going through the wizard and you will then be able to download your Windows 8.1 ISO file.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

How to add a Secondary Domain Controller to an Existing Domain

If you have a requirement to add a secondary domain controller to your existing domain, then the video guide below should show you exactly the steps you need to take to carry this out.



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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Transfer FSMO roles to a new Server

Continuing our series of YouTube video guides, we came across this one and thought it was very well made and details exactly how to transfer FSMO roles to a new server.

Hopefully you will find this helpful if this is something that you need to carry out in your own environment.



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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Remove a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller from an Existing Domain

We have been viewing some video guides on YouTube over the last few days so we thought that we would share some good ones that we have found that we feel you may find useful.

We have scheduled a number of these videos to be posted to our site over the next few days so make sure you check back here to see whether there is anything here to help you out!

To begin with, we thought we would start with the basics, removing a domain controller from an existing domain is a fairly simple process but if you need a hand with doing this, the below video is an excellent guide on what to do.



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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Remote Desktop Connection Manager version 2.7 Released

Microsoft have released a new version of Remote Desktop Connection Manager taking the latest release up to version 2.7.

New features included in this new release include:
  • Virtual machine connect-to-console support
  • Smart groups
  • Support for credential encryption with certificates
  • Windows 8 remote action support
There is now also support for the following Operating Systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Windows Server 10 Technical Preview
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You can download Remote Desktop Connection Manager from Microsoft by clicking the download button below:


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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Mimecast Outlook Client Version 5.2.1020.11990 Released

Mimecast have now released version 5.2.1020.11990 of their Outlook Client.

This version of the MSO client now supports the following:
  • Large File Sent
  • Large File Receive
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013
  • Other Microsoft Office 2013 Products (like Project and Visio 2013 no longer conflict with it)
  • Windows 8.1/8/7
  • Mimecast Client Exchange Folder Replication
There seems to be a slight redesign of the Mimecast tab but nothing too substantial and as always, some of the new features will only be available to you if you have them as part of your subscription package with Mimecast.

The single most frustrating thing with the new release though is that you have to uninstall version 3 or 4 before you can install version 5. Well if you have 5000+ installations like some of our customers, that is an almost impossible job - especially more so that you have to have Outlook closed to do this entire process. This latest installer will upgrade version 5 clients though.

We have been working on ways of making this easier and the best way we can find so far is that if you are using SCCM, you can use the supersedence method to uninstall the version 3 or 4 of the client and then install this latest client. For the Outlook issue, if you use the correct MSI switches, if Outlook is open it will tell the user to close it to be able to continue the installation. The recommended MSI command you should use in SCCM is this:

 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 5.2.1020.11990 of the MSO client, you can click the link below:

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 Released - MSI Download

Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 15.0.0.223.

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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Saturday, 15 November 2014

A timeline of internet accessibility

The internet has completely transformed our lives. What was once the pet project of a few scientists is now the most important communication tool on the planet. Billions of people around the world are now connected to the web.

Now, people in many countries expect to access the web not only at home and in the office, but also when they’re out shopping and socialising. Public WiFi providers such as Airangel help to ensure that individuals can connect to the internet via their smartphones, tablets and laptops when they’re in hotels, shops, cafes, bars and a host of other environments.

The following timeline traces the evolution of internet accessibility.

1989 - Foundation

The first recorded descriptions of a globally connected set of computers were produced in the 1960s. However, it isn't until 1989 that proposals for the World Wide Web as we know it emerge. At the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), British scientist Tim Berners-Lee begins working on the project. Other names put forward for the system include The Mine of Information and The Information Mesh.

1990 - First website and browser

The following year at CERN, the world’s first website and server go live. They are run on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. The scientist also develops the first web browser, known as WorldWideWeb.

1992 - People start ‘surfing the internet’

The term ‘surfing the internet’ is coined in 1992. Also, the line-mode browser launches. This is the first readily accessible browser. The same year, Berners-Lee posts the first photo on the web. It’s of a band called Les Horribles Cernettes.

1993 - World Wide Web technology placed in the public domain

In 1993, CERN donates its World Wide Web technology to the world and places it in the public domain. The National Centre for Supercomputing Applications subsequently releases Mosaic 1.0. This is the first web browser to become popular with the public.

1994 - Web purchases begin

One of the first known web purchases takes place in 1994. Someone orders a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut. The White House moves online too.

1995 - Microsoft releases Internet Explorer

In 1995, Microsoft releases its first version of Internet Explorer. Another event of note is the launching of Amazon.com. It describes itself as the ‘Earth’s Biggest Bookstore’.

1996 - Nokia releases mobile phone will internet capabilities

A further milestone occurs in 1996 when Finnish technology firm Nokia releases the Nokia 9000 Communicator. This is the first mobile phone that features internet capabilities.

1997 - Millions watch Mars landing

The rising popularity of the internet is highlighted in 1997 when a broadcast of the Sojourner rover landing and exploration of Mars generates over 40 million hits per day. This is also the year that Google.com registers as a domain.

2000 - Nearly half of American web users have made purchases online

By 2000, nearly half of American internet users have made purchases online and over 30 million people have sent e-greetings cards over the web.

2003 - Skype launches

In 2003, Voice over Internet Protocol calling and instant messaging service Skype launches.

2005 - A billion people online

Two years later, a major milestone in web use is reached. In 2005, over a billion people across the world are online. Also, broadband connections surpass dialup.

2008 - One in five mobile phone owners have gone online

By 2008, nearly one in five mobile phone owners have gone online with their phones.

2010 - Two billion people online

In 2010, the two billion mark is reached in global internet users. Also, 35 per cent of adults in America have mobile phones with apps.

2012 - Facebook reaches one billion monthly users

Highlighting the rising prominence of social media, Facebook reaches one billion active monthly users in 2012. The same year, South Korean music star PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ video gets over 800 million views over the web. Meanwhile, ecommerce sales top the $1 trillion mark globally.

2014 - Over three billion people online and counting

Now, there are more than three billion internet users around the world and this figure keeps climbing. The web is now a ubiquitous presence in many societies across the globe and with technology improving all the time, new ways of harnessing the power of the internet are continually emerging.
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Replication Summary on Domain Controllers

If you have a number of domain controllers within your organisation, you should ensure that they are all replicating correctly without any errors at all.

This check should be carried out regularly to be proactive in finding any potential Active Directory issues that you may face.

To do this, simply run the following command on any Domain Controller:

 repadmin /replsummary  

This will then go through your Domain Controllers and bring back all the replication information and will inform you if there are any issues.

If nothing else, it will give you peace of mind that everything is working well!

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

How to Use Windows ACL to Manage User Permissions on the QNAP NAS

If you are using a QNAP network storage device, you may be using the funky Apple-like interface to create shared folders and allocate security permissions etc...

However, if you would like to have the QNAP as pure storage and have Windows control your security options, then you can do this after a few small changes on the QNAP control panel.

To do this, there is an excellent guide on the QNAP website which tells you exactly what to do to allow you to set Windows based security settings on your QNAP shared folders.

How to Use Windows ACL to Manage User Permissions on the QNAP NAS

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Football Manager 2015 - Will not load - Error 55 - Incomplete Installation

We recently had a number of issues with getting Football Manager 2015 to run after downloading the game through Steam. Whenever it tried to update just before starting the game, Steam would pop up an error stating Incomplete Installation Error 55.

Bit frustrating considering we paid £30 for a game we cannot now play!

However, a quick fix is available, all you need to do is run the following command (assuming this is where you have Steam installed):

 C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\bin\Steamservice.exe /Install   

You must ensure that Steam is fully closed before doing this and for good measure, might be worth running it from an elevated command prompt.

After doing this, Football Manager 2015 run with out any issues at all.

The problem apparently is to do with Anti-Virus programs stopping the steamservice.exe from fully installing.
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Add Option 156 to DHCP settings for Shoretel IP Telephony System

If you are using a Shoretel IP phone system, you need to ensure that you add option 156 to your DHCP settings so that your handsets know which options to use, like FTP Server and VLANs.

But, option 156 is not a default option you can add in DHCP so you need to manually add it in and then you can use it to setup your options.

To do this, open up the DHCP console on your server and do the following steps:
  • Right-click IPv4 and select Set Predefined Options
  • Click Add and in the Name field
  • Type IP Phones (or similar identifier)
  • Set the Data type to String
  • Enter the Code type as 156
You can then click OK on this and this will then allow you to add option 15 to your DHCP settings.
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Monday, 10 November 2014

Download Windows 8.1 OEM Restore Media

If you have managed to remove the recovery partitions from your OEM Windows 8.1 machine and are now in a position where you cannot restore your computer back to factory OEM settings, Microsoft now supply a way of downloading the OEM Windows 8.1 media so that you can reinstall a fully legal OEM version of Windows 8.1.

You must download the correct version for your OEM licence and the installation will pick up the licence key from the machines firmware and automatically activate the operating system for you.

So, all you need to do is to download the Media Creator Tool below:

DOWNLOAD


INSTRUCTIONS

Then run the tool on a machine where you have a good internet connection (remember the media can be up to 4GB in size...).

You will first be presented with the language, edition and architecture selection screen, you must ensure that you only download the correct version for your OEM.


Once you have made your selections, click Next and you could then choose whether to have the media put onto a USB flash drive or into a ISO format so that you can burn to DVD at a later date.


For this demo, we are going to use the ISO format. Click Next and you will then be asked to save the ISO file to a location on your machine.

The program will then start to download the media for you.


Once complete, you will have the ISO file saved in the location you stated and you can then burn this to DVD and reinstall your OEM version of Windows. Remember, if you have selected the correct version and have your internet connected the machine you are building, it will also automatically activate.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Java 7 Update 71 Released - MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 71 of version 7 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:

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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, 29 October 2014

Samsung Kies - Silent Automated Installation Process

With Samsung taking over a large proportion of the business mobile sector, there is a bigger need for IT techs to be able to push out software like Samsung Kies.

This has happened to a client of ours recently and they wanted to put Samsung Kies into their Configuration Manager Software Catalog. This is a pretty simple task to carry out, but you must use the correct parameters and installation files to enable it to work correctly.

First of all, you need to download the Samsung Kies self extracting installation file from their website, you can get this by clicking on the link below:

Samsung Kies Software Download

Once you have this file, you need to ensure that you use the exact installation command line as per below, nothing the caps and where the spaces are and where they are not - this is not a typo!:

 Kies3Setup.exe /S /v/qn  

If you use this installation command line with a system like Configuration Manager, you can allow the silent, automatic and successful installation of Samsung Kies.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Support Forums Closed!

Well that did not last long!

Due to the massive amount of uncontrollable spam being posted on our new support forums, we have decided to close them.

We simply do not have the time to keep up with the moderation of the forum and its spam as well as managing this site and updating our programs and continuing to create new releases.

If you do require any help at all, you can either use our Disqus system on any of our posts, or you can click on the Contact button on the top menu bar and send us an email. If we can help, then we will post here on our site with a guide.

Thanks for your continued support.
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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer v1.5 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Windows 7 Lock Screen Changer v1.5.

This utility allows you to quickly and easily change your Windows 7 Lock Screen as you can see from the video demo below:



You can download the latest version using the button below:

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UPDATE LOG

Updates in this version include:
  • Major Bug Fixes
  • Code Optimisation
SCREENSHOTS


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