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November 12, 2014

Lynkype, skync, Lype ?

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 8:43 pm

http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-rebrands-lync-as-skype-for-business-readies-2015-releases-7000035665/

While it makes sense to align the technologies… “skype of business”…. gives the impression of a consumer product with business functionality as an after-thought…..

November 3, 2014

Windows 10 – Wireless with web page auth doesn’t seem to work

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 10:24 am

1 month in, and there has been a few annoyances… but the I’ve now experienced my first “big pain in the arse” issue with windows 10.

I am travelling for work at the moment – and the hotel has the “connect to our hotspot, a web page opens and you auth in the webpage”

I can connect to the hotspot using my phone, a win 8 machine, but the Win 10 machine simply tries to connect for a while, then disconnects with a “could not connect to this network” error message.

This was also then tested at a client site who uses the same method for their guest wireless… same scenario, phone, win7 and win8 clients connect fine – win 10 cannot connect.

At this point, I can only assume that the connection process in Win 10 has changed and there are additional requirements which define “connecting” to a wireless network.

As a side note, a recent update also changed the “click on the system tray network icon” functionality, from the very useful, right side of screen list of Direct Access status, wireless networks available, VPN connections etc…. to a completely useless full-screen view. Disappointing step backwards there.

October 14, 2014

Nokia Lumia 930

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 7:57 pm

I purchased a Nokia Lumia 930 approx. a month ago now, moving up from my HTC Titan.

I found the HTC titan to be quite good overall, but the camera wasn’t the best – and now with a child and a dog doing funny things all the time, I found myself wanting a 1/2 decent camera close at hand quite often.

The main functions I use my phone for are: the phone (duh), txt messaging, music, calendar, email, torch, camera, Bluetooth and occasionally, the maps. I’ve never really been an app user, so the substantially smaller range of apps available on the windows marketplace isn’t a factor for me.

The reception on the phone is substantially better than the Titan, basically because its 4G vs. 3G, but it is nice to have far better reception in areas that used to be black spots.

Txt messaging, email, calendar, torch is all the same – and just works, the way you would expect them to.

The camera is awesome, the quality of shots and video it produces is very good – and obviously being part of the phone is very handy. This is nothing new for anyone else with a current generation phone – and I see there are lots of websites that compare the photo quality in painful detail…. for those of us that don’t expect to take professional quality photos with a phone, in my opinion, this offers a very good “always available” photo and video option.

Every now and again, I get a pop-up in another language (Korean maybe?) – which is prompting for something – and a reboot of the phone seems to be the only way out. Not sure how I am triggering the pop-up.

Overall speed and cleanliness of the interface is great, its easy to customise and easy to use.

For me, the phone has two big downsides :

– Xbox music is just rubbish. It crashes, its slow, when connecting via Bluetooth the phone wont default to playing random songs (which it did on WP 7.5) when pressing play – you have to start the app on the phone first! (Which doesn’t defeat the purpose of Bluetooth audio at all!) selecting “random play” plays all the tracks, but not randomly! you have to select random (again, it worked on WP 7.5). Hopefully an update will come out to give us back the music interface from WP 7.5 and ditch this poorly thought out rubbish.

– Non-removable battery. Apparently, Nokia, under an MS banner, has decided to take the Apple approach and try to lock people into using “authorised service centres” for doing something as basic as replacing a battery… and of course ignoring the situations where it can be handy to have a spare battery with you – and just swap it out. Shithouse design decision there.

Its possible that the music situation gets fixed (although I think unlikely) but not so for the battery.

Overall – its still a good phone, but the fixed battery and music app really lets down what otherwise, would have been awesome.

Windows 10 – 2 weeks in

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 7:10 pm

So far, everything has been pretty positive…. I’ve found one thing that could possibly be a bug – a pretty minor one.

I normally set/raise my task bar to be “two” levels high, this seems to be set ok, but on next logon, it reverts to “one level” high.

Offline files – after realising I had some redundant data in my home drive, I removed it. The local offline files cache was full – and the offline files process doesn’t seem to continue once an error has occurred.

This functionality isn’t any different from previous versions – but it would be nice if there was some robocopy style /MIR functionality, where after an error occurred, the process continues – so deletions can replicate, remove large amounts of data from the cache, then fix itself up on next replication.

That’s about all I have to say about it at the moment…. most of the things I’m interested in will occur when attempting to mass deploy.

October 2, 2014

SCCM 2012 R2 CU3 released, allows specification of MP’s

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 4:40 pm

http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2994331

In our last large project we had a situation where there were two forests with no trust, one forest housed the primary business network and the other forest housed the operational machines which ran a certain utility for our state.

This CU contains the following option…

Management point communications

    1. 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

This would have been exceeding useful a few moths ago for us… but at least it is in there now and available for the next environment.

Windows 10 and SCCM

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 1:19 am

An announcement over at

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2014/09/30/windows-10-enterprise-management-with-sc-configmgr-and-intune.aspx

3 things of note:

Windows 10 will be delivered in a way that allows for more choice and flexibility for businesses

Oh shit – here comes a product which is going to limit choice and flexibility and force me down a specific path for something I previously could make a choice about. (Sales speak hasn’t made me bitter and cynical)

  • The next version of System Center Configuration Manager will deliver full support for client deployment, upgrade, and management of Windows 10 and associated updates.

  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or SP1 – we will provide an update to support Windows 10 deployment, upgrade and management with existing ConfigMgr features.

Some clarity on what the difference between “full support” and “support” would be good…. this could be anything between “2012 R2 will still do everything with Win 10” to “by support, we meant that if you applied 3 sccm patches in a specific order, that require 2 windows hotfixes to be uninstalled while chugging a beer, singing the national anthem and potting the 8 ball in the corner pocket on one leg, then yes, you can view inventory information only in 2012 r2”

Its a given that some version of SCCM will be able to deploy windows 10, but I question the value of posting such vague information. The implication is we will miss out on something if a client doesn’t go to SCCM 201? – which may well be fair enough.

as such we have decided not to ship a Configuration Manager preview at this time, and will do so in H1 CY15.

This is kind of useful-ish…. we now have a, relatively large, window of when we can expect to start testing windows 10 deployment with sccm.

October 1, 2014

Windows 10 announced

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 8:10 am

http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/30/announcing-windows-10/

features etc. have been consistently leaked, so none are a surprise, the main quandary is – what was wrong with calling it Windows 9?

I was/am still keen for this, no matter what the name is. I was one of “those” who placed windows 8.1 in the “its a good OS under the covers – but I don’t like metro” bucket….. there were also some other fairly major issues, such as not effectively being able to manage marketplace apps with any enterprise tool – let alone SCCM and the lack of being able to set “boot to desktop” via group policy.

Keen to get my hands on Windows 10 – and even keener to get my hands on whatever version of SCCM will support Windows 10.

September 29, 2014

hotmail/outlook.com/LiveID constant security prompts

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 7:18 pm

Dear Microsoft – Logging on to outlook.com or a service which uses a Microsoft/Live ID from a different IP address does not fucking constitute “unusual activity”; subsequently blocking access to the account with security measures that

a) are invasive

b) don’t fucking work (the text messages only sometimes come through and when they do – its in 8-16 hours time)

c) are unnecessary for some (if not many) accounts

At least provide the option to opt out of such silly “security” measures.

(oh and I love the irony of the cloud services that are available from “anywhere”…. except if anywhere has a different IP address to the one you used when you last logged on….)

August 13, 2014

Far Cry 3 (Getting through the steam backlog)

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 11:12 pm

As per the title – I’ve been playing Far Cry 3 – not a new game I know, but instead of buying new games (such as elite dangerous) I’m trying to actually play some of the games I have already purchased – generally in steam summer sales.

I know I am not alone in this endeavour, I have a few mates that are the same and I imagine there’s quite a few people out there with large steam libraries – of which they have not played a great deal of.

Anyhoo – I just finished Far Cry 3… and, well, that was impressive and fun… best game I have played in a while.
Some aspects of the story were a bit bizarre, but graphically it was great, the weapon variety and available upgrades were fantastic, the missions and stealth aspects were done quite well, in that you could go in guns blazing, or stealth, or a mix of both… I was a big fan of disabling the alarms via stealth then using the shredder to run around an finish the bad guys off.

In short – for those of you that also have a steam backlog (you know who you are) – I recommend putting Far Cry 3 near the top of your “play it at some stage” list.

June 26, 2014

Downloading using FTM with IE11

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 7:53 am

Work around for getting File Transfer Manager to download from TechNet/MSDN

direct downloads are normally a good thing – and download managers normally suck, but in the case of TechNet/MSDN downloads – where the download sizes are large (up to 6gb generally for me) – Microsoft File Transfer Manager is great.

I think why I like it so much is that it performs basic functions well – and that’s it – none of the additional bullshit and spyware that is so common in most download managers.

Anyhoo – Stealth puppy has an article on putting IE11 into IE9 compat mode to enable the use of FTM. A choice within the site would be nice….

April 26, 2014

Home audio distribution – a solution… ish

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 5:21 pm

Quite a while back I posted on my difficulties in getting a Win7/8 PC to act as a hub for distributing audio through-out the house…

https://hayesjupe.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/home-audio-distribution-another-thing-that-seems-to-be-way-harder-than-it-needs-to-be/

I ended up going down the route of 3 x USB sound cards plugged into a USB hub, hanging off a Intel NUC, then running VMware workstation – assigning a USB sound card to each VM… and voila…. at least in my head.

In reality, this did work-ish, but the audio would skip regularly and the resources required to run that amount of VM’s was a bit beyond the NUC.

After giving it a rest for (quite) a few months due to rather extreme work and family commitments, I got a second wind today and started searching around on a different tact.

Knowing that WMP can specify an output source, I tried to run multiple instances…. no go

But then I found http://www.lukepaynesoftware.com/other/

So now I run 3 or 4 instances of media player, each with a different output and one internet radio station using the “default” audio device.

Performance wise, the NUC handles this ease… I don’t have the hassle of VMware (and quandary as to why allocating usb devices to specific hosts is not a feature of hyper-V…. device re-direction is useless in this instance… as it is for usb hardware license dongles as well…)

Its not perfect by any stretch – as each instance of WMP needs to be configured each time the box is restarted for any reason (such as patches), the WMP config shows that each instance is playing out the same output (when it isn’t) and I can only run one internet radio station at a time – but, its quite a good solution compared to the complete lack of other alternatives out there.

Thanks luke payne. (whom I assume has a brother/father/cousin called max)

October 10, 2013

Windows 7 SP1 sxs cleanup – now built into disk cleanup!

Filed under: Uncategorized,Windows — hayesjupe @ 10:05 am

Its taken a while, but its nice to see a helpful feature added to win 7 SP1.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/10/07/breaking-news-reduce-the-size-of-the-winsxs-directory-and-free-up-disk-space-with-a-new-update-for-windows-7-sp1-clients.aspx

April 10, 2013

OSD driver good practice – updated for 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 6:55 pm

https://hayesjupe.wordpress.com/sccm-2012-osd-driver-good-practice/

 

June 2, 2011

Lync 2010 and wildcard certificates

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 8:17 pm

Hadnt seen this article before – but an employee pointed it out

http://blog.schertz.name/2011/02/wildcard-certificates-in-lync-server/

its quite a good explaination of where wildcards can fall down in a lync deployment

May 23, 2011

WordPress and IE9

Filed under: Uncategorized — hayesjupe @ 8:28 pm

So after a month or so of using IE9, and not being able to update this blog without RDP’ing into a 2008 R2 server with IE8 – wordpress seem to have updated for IE9 – cool…. but… whenever i open the dashboard i get a large warning stating that my version of IE is out of date!

Those whacky wordpress guys!

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