Windows 8 – Folder In Use Apr11

Windows 8 – Folder In Use

Originally posted at adamfowlerit.com Hi, Since using Windows 8, I’ve had continual issues when trying to move folders around. It’s the normal message saying “Folder In Use – The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another...

LinkedIn Security/Information Risks with Exchange Apr09

LinkedIn Security/Information Risks with Exchange

Originally posted on adamfowlerit.com Today after logging on to LinkedIn, I was greeted with a new screen I found rather worrying. It is commonplace for services like LinkedIn and Facebook to scan through your address book, and ask for credentials to do so (which is rather concerning...

Disabling the Windows Update Framework Apr08

Disabling the Windows Update Framework

Over the coming week(s) I may (time permitting) post some how to’s on the ways I’ve gone about securing the systems of several clients that are still forced to XP for various reasons. First things first. If you aren’t already using it, do yourself a favour and grab WSUS...

How To Change IE10′s Default Search Engine Apr07

How To Change IE10′s Default Search Engine

Originally posted on adamfowlerit.com Automating the change of Internet Explorer 10′s default search engine from Bing to Google shouldn’t be a difficult task, but it is. I’ll first cover what we’re trying to automate, then the possible options on how to do it. I found...

Media Player Quest Apr03

Media Player Quest

For the last several years, I’ve been on a quest. A quest that has finally been completed. I can’t remember exactly when it first started, but I remember a happy time. I owned a modded Xbox (the original!) and it had a media player installed on it. It was called XBMC which aptly...

Windows One to offer hope to XP holdouts Apr01

Windows One to offer hope to XP holdouts

Microsoft has performed its most amazing U-turn yet. Today’s turnaround will see the creation of the Windows One brand: a cloudy subscription entitling the user to perpetual support for any version of Windows from Windows XP onward, so long as the bill is paid, of course. Relenting...

Unable to Map Drives from Windows 8 and Server 2012 Mar31

Unable to Map Drives from Windows 8 and Server 2012

Originally posted at adamfowlerit.com I came across this issue recently and thought it was worth sharing. From a Windows 8 machine, trying to map drives to either Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 and failing. It was just the generic ‘Windows cannot access *blah*” but the...

Troubleshooting NIC Drivers in WinPE for SCCM 2012 Mar27

Troubleshooting NIC Drivers in WinPE for SCCM 2012

Originally posted at adamfowlerit.com This is one of the problems that every SCCM (System Center Configuration Manager) admin will come across. You’re trying to deploy an image to a PC from PXE booting, and you can’t get the list of task sequences to show up. The PC will reboot,...

Behind The Servers S1E1 Mar27

Behind The Servers S1E1

Welcome to Episode 1 of Behind the Servers.  In Behind The Servers we take a look at the lives of the people who make keep our world’s technology running.  This month’s podcast features guest sysadmin Phoummala Schmitt, better known as @ExchangeGoddess. Schmitt is a systems...

Practical Group Policy Mar22

Practical Group Policy

Normally when you think of Windows Registry, you’re normally worried about the two sections: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (HKLM) and HKEY_CURRENT_USER (HKCU). It’s fairly obvious that settings under each area apply to either the PC itself (machine) or just to the currently logged in user....