Solutions Through IT

May 20, 2016

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Rollup Package

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 13:36

Thankfully, this update has finally arrived.  This package will install the hundreds of individual updates required to patch a Windows 7 machine, that will typically take many hours to complete, in a significantly shorter period of time.  Download links below and integrated into this article.

However, there are two pre-requisites that aren’t immediately visible.

If you don’t have Service Pack 1 installed, follow the link to download and install.  The second requirement is the April 2015 service stack update.  If either of these is not installed, the rollup will not work.

Direct Download links:

Windows 7 Service Pack 1: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=5842

April 2015 Service Stack Update

WIndows x86: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5db13554-a6d3-40ec-9159-a5a86e85998b

Windows x64: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=5fc4e80d-e1e6-4ea3-9677-5a5f7907d143

Server 2008 R2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=760438c1-0a7c-479f-8cc1-c888e6f610c0

Using Internet Explorer ONLY – the link to the actual rollup is here – http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3125574

March 10, 2016

Review of Moving to Android from Windows Mobile

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 00:16

With three weeks of android under my belt, with almost an entire week on my own Nexus 5X (I borrowed an older Nexus 5 for a trial run) I’m somewhat happy.  I’ve finally got the business information that has been so important to me – full access to call history – along with some rudimentary automation to replicate some of the functionality of my old Lumia 920.  I’d been called a fanboi for the Lumia before, and I wouldn’t argue to strongly with that.

Now that the shine and appeal of the new technology and restrictions of apps has been started to fade, I thought that it would be a good time to pause for some reflection, and bang out a Pros and Cons list.

Pros

  • APPS!  Gone from about three apps on the Microsoft store to EVERY APP.  Seventeen million versions of every APP!
  • Some of the apps are actually good.  The two noteable below
    • Banking App does paywave.  You’ve got no idea the number of people that are amazed, baffled and amused by the fact that I’m paying for purchases by waving a phone at their EFTPOS machine.
    • IFFT automates things.  I’m using this to generate a log of call history to a spreadsheet on my google drive, complete with caller information from the contacts in my device, duration, call direction and a date/timestamp.
  • OK Google – largely better than Cortana, which is better than Siri IMO
  • Better device integration – significantly faster Bluetooth connections, caller ID on FitBit
  • Better version of Office suite (Outlook/Word/Excel) than on a native windows device.  This one still blows me away.  Microsoft have their own platform, and even THEY don’t release their own apps on it.  This still confuses me.

Cons

  • Live tiles.  So much information lost.  I can’t even get an unread message count on text messages or number of missed calls.  I can’t glance (pun intended for those in the know, if not – Microsoft has a feature called glance).  Really miss the lack of active information!  By far, the biggest negative.
  • No standard method for doing things.  One app might have a hamburger menu in the top right corner, another in the left.  Another might have the “More Options” ellipsis happening.  Whilst there are discrepancies on the WM platform, they’re usually the exception, not the rule.
  • APPS!  There are so many apps, that it’s difficult to find a good one.  Most of the time it relies on people telling you about good apps, or them just assuming that you know about them (2-4 people though I’d figure out that the stock android camera app was rubbish – I didn’t until I complained about it).  At this stage, I’m going on the theory that if it doesn’t have at least 4.4/4.5 rating in the play store, it’s probably not good – too early to tell yet!

In Summary

Would I switch still?  Yes, but I’d consider Apple a little longer (but doubt I’d switch) purely for the fact that I can have a little number showing me the number of calls/texts/emails that I need to deal with.  Android users just must have more spare time to constantly check their devices than I’m used to! 😉

(Would love to have any feedback with tips and tricks for squeezing more out of an android device – leave a comment below!)

August 8, 2013

Windows XP & Server 2003 are almost EOL–are you protected?

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 15:35

There are less than 250 days left before Windows XP, Server 2003 and Exchange 2003 servers are EOL (End of Life) and no longer supported. Whilst this DOESN’T mean that they will immediately stop working, they may slowly become a significant security risk. Have you planned for this?

I’ve created a little counter here – http://support.slnit.com.au/wxp.asp

March 27, 2013

Important Telstra Numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 20:25

I figured that I’m starting to need these more frequently, so figured I’d put them up here so that I’ve got an easy reference for them.

General

General / Switchboard 132200

Support

Telstra Business Broadband 132 999

 

Sales Support

Online Sales Support 1300 131 113

November 26, 2012

Resolving Desktop Shortcuts Disappearing on Windows 7

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 13:32

Issue

Desktop shortcuts are being automatically removed. The shortcuts that are disappearing are from mapped network drives or UNC (\\servernaem\share) locations. Local content short cuts (something on the C: drive) are not disappearing.

(Possible) Problem Cause

The Windows System Maintenance Troubleshooter is starting too early, and is not “seeing” your mapped drives, or is running as a user who is not you, and can’t see your mapped drives. It then removes the mapped drives

Procedure

Click Start and Control Panel

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Click Find and Fix Problems below System and Security

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On the left hand side /pane, click Change Settings

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Change the Computer Maintenance from On to Off, and then press OK

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Now close the Control Panel window.

References

MS KB Desktop shortcuts disappear in Windows 7

November 25, 2012

Setting up DSRM Synchronised passwords for SBS 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 18:22

If for some reason you need to update or reset the password for DSRM (Directory Services Restore Mode) then you’ll want to have a look at this.  After backing up your server, download and install the update for your server. 

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Once you’ve installed this, you are now able to execute the following command:

ntdsutil "set dsrm password" "sync from domain account <AccountName>" q q

This will synchronise the password from <AccountName> to the DSRM.

References:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/961320

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2009/02/27/what-username-and-password-do-i-need-to-use-for-directory-services-restore-mode-dsrm-in-sbs-2008.aspx

March 16, 2012

Windows Server 8 Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 18:32

I’ve had the opportunity to have a quick play with Windows Server 8.  I’m not a fan of the “8” UI, but I don’t know if this is my inability to “let go” of the start button, or the flat and boring tiled view.  It does look somewhat dated.

From a feature perspective – WOW!  There are so many features, I don’t know where to start.  Some of the things in Server 8 are (hopefully) going to make like far easier to create, deploy and maintain “big boy” enterprise solutions, with standard software.

I’m hoping that Microsoft are really going to wow us with the UI when they’ve fully baked it.  More to come as I play with this further.

March 7, 2012

GOOOOOGLE SEARCH – I FOUND YOU!!!1

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 17:10

Sorry – pet peeve.  Not being able to add google as the default provider, and I NEVER can remember where to set/get it.

http://www.iegallery.com/en-us/Addons/Details/813

This link takes you to the Google search & accelerator, for IE 8 and 9!

February 22, 2012

Pnordahl Password Reset–USB Version

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 13:57

Wow.  Had to reset a password on an XP machine, and was on site without any DVD/CD’s.  Pulled out a trusty USB flash drive, and was able to simply copy the boot files over, run the bootloader installer (DO THIS IN AN ELEVATED CMD PROMPT).  Yes, I forgot the elevated prompt the first time Smile.

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/ is the link to grab the download from, instructions and documentation a-plenty!

February 16, 2012

Standing Report

Filed under: Uncategorized — solutionsthroughit @ 18:04

Sore Feet and calves, but otherwise feeling great.  Think I’m sleeping better at night (although my sleep routine is in total shambles at the moment).

In the news today, the biggest item that caught my attention was that the costs have been released for subsidising pensioners to get a set top box installed, if they don’t have a new TV. Gizmodo ran an article on this, and I have to disagree.  It’s not about HOW we should subsidise, it’s WHY should we subsidise.  This has been a change that has been on the cards for ten years.  If you haven’t been able to squirrel away the estimated $40 bucks (or the original $100 estimated cost), then you probably can’t afford to be watching TV.  Why does the tax pay have to fork out nearly $60 million dollars for this?

Although – what do you expect?  We’ve got politicians that are so blatently rude, they walk out of a sitting parliament, not to mention the fact that they’re still not legally accountable for election promises.

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