Windows 10 How to make File Explorer open in ‘This PC’ view

I’ve been playing further with Windows 10 and working on little tricks to get it working how we want it. Many people have been complaining that they now have to click on ‘This PC’ to access network drives etc. So I decided to find a way to make File Explorer open with ‘This PC’ as the default view. Luckily I didn’t have to look to far until I came across this great blog post.

http://libsyn.net/how-to-open-file-explorer-to-this-pc-by-default-in-windows-10/

I have used method 3 with a replace command for a user registry setting in the Domain Group Policy. Now when ever users logon this policy is set and the registry is altered to make File Explorer open in ‘This PC’ view by default. More happy customers and another job ticked off the list!

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How to Install System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – A Step by Step Guide

Just a quick post to point you to an amazing site I found this week. After a major server failure I needed to reinstall our SCCM setup. So I decided to take the opportunity to upgrade to the latest versions. As I didn’t have much time to research and read etc I decided to find a step by step guide. After a short time googling I came across this site and found it to be so good that I thought I’d share for others.

http://prajwaldesai.com/sccm-2012-r2-step-by-step-guide/

I hope you find it useful. Enjoy

Simple Guide to Installing Microsoft Office 2013 via Group Policy (GPO)

Today I decided to update our Office from 2010 to 2013. Rather than going round lots of computers to install it though I decided to do a quick ‘Google’ to find a script and I came across this fab site so I thought I’d share it. Enjoy

Deploy Office 2013 with GPO – the simple way

How to update your iPad or iPhone to iOS8 using iTunes

With the release of the much talked about iOS update happening this week you properly want to upgrade to see what the fuss is about. However many people have found that the update is to large to do directly on their device. There are two solutions to this. You could either delete lots of apps, photos and music to free up nearly 7GB of space or you can follow my video below showing you how to do the upgrade using iTunes. This not only saves you from deleting anything it also has the advantage of doing a full backup before upgrading incase anything goes wrong. You just need a windows computer or Mac with the latest version of iTunes installed from here and a usb to lightning cable. Good Luck

If you would like to see whats new in iOS8 before you upgrade, heres the list of updates and features from Apple.

This update contains hundreds of new features, including the following:

  •   Messages improvements
  • ◦  Tap to Talk to send your voice, a video or a photo with just a swipe
  • ◦  Group messaging options to name a conversation, add a contact, remove a contact or leave a conversation
  • ◦  New details view with Do Not Disturb, location sharing and attachments view
  •          Photos improvements
  • ◦  Smart editing tools to adjust light and colour with a swipe
  • ◦  Fine-tune controls to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more
  • ◦  Search by date, location or album name, or use smart suggestions
  • ◦  Smart albums for Slo-mo videos, Bursts, Panoramas and Time-lapse
  • ◦  Third-party photo filters and editing tools supported directly in Photos
  • ◦  Your photos and metadata from iPhoto will be migrated to Photos. Books, Journals and Slideshows will be converted to albums containing only photos. iPhoto for iOS is not supported on devices running iOS 8 or later.
  •          Camera improvements
  • ◦  Time-lapse mode
  • ◦  Capture timer
  • ◦  Adjust exposure with a simple nudge to lighten or darken a photo prior to capture
  • ◦  Burst mode on front-facing camera on iPhone 5s
  • ◦  Panorama for iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display
  •          QuickType keyboard
  • ◦  Predictive typing personalised to your writing style, and customised based on the recipient and the app
  •        ◦  Predictive typing is available in English (Australia, Canada, UK, US), French (Canada, France, Switzerland), German (Germany, Switzerland), Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Spanish and Thai
  • ◦  Third-party keyboard support
  •          Health
  •   ◦  New Health app with easy-to-read dashboard of health and fitness data
  • ◦  Ability to share health data with apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness
  • ◦  Add a Medical ID with information about allergies, medical conditions and more, with the option to make this accessible from the Lock screen
  • ◦  Available on iPhone and iPod touch
  •          Family Sharing
  • ◦  Share iTunes, iBooks and App Store purchases with up to six members of your family.
  •     ◦  Pay for family purchases with a single credit card and approve purchases by children with Ask to Buy
  • ◦  Easily share family photos, a family calendar, locations and more
  •          iCloud Drive
  • ◦  Store all your documents in iCloud and access them from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC
  • ◦  Share the same file across multiple compatible apps
  • ◦  Edits you make on one device update on all your devices automatically
  •          Continuity features so your iPhone, iPad and Mac work together more seamlessly
  • ◦  Handoff to continue what you’re doing as you move from one device to another
  • ◦  Make and receive calls and send and receive SMS or MMS messages on your iPad or Mac
  • ◦  Instant Hotspot to automatically use your mobile connection to get online with your other devices
  • ◦  AirDrop compatibility with OS X Yosemite
  • ◦  Available on iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad Air, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation)
  •          Spotlight improvements
  • ◦  Displays suggestions from Wikipedia entries, places nearby, films (US only), popular web sites, App Store, iTunes Store and iBooks Store
  • ◦  Safari also supports Spotlight suggestions alongside Top Hit and search suggestions
  • ◦  Supported for local languages in US, UK, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland
  •          Mail improvements
  • ◦  Easily jump between drafts and your inbox with a simple swipe down on the draft
  • ◦  Intelligent suggestions for Calendar events and Contacts
  • ◦  VIP threads
  •          Siri improvements
  • ◦  Improvements to responsiveness, reliability and accuracy
  • ◦  “Hey, Siri” option to initiate Siri using just your voice when your device is plugged in
  • ◦  Streaming voice recognition
  • ◦  Works with Shazam to answer “What song is playing?”
  • ◦  Purchase content from iTunes Store
  •          Safari improvements
  • ◦  DuckDuckGo search engine support
  • ◦  Private browsing per tab
  • ◦  Subscribe to RSS feeds in Shared Links
  • ◦  Use Camera to scan and enter credit card info
  •          Maps improvements
  • ◦  Flyover city tours
  • ◦  Maps place cards in Phone and Contacts
  • ◦  Inline map view and travel time notifications for Calendar events
  •          App Store improvements
  • ◦  New Explore tab for easier category browsing
  • ◦  Top trending searches displayed in Search tab
  • ◦  Scrolling search results
  • ◦  App video previews
  • ◦  Editors’ Choice badges
  •          Quick access to key contacts in multitasking view
  •          Interactive Notifications for Messages, Mail, Calendar, Reminders and enabled third-party apps
  •          New Tips app to help you do more with your iOS devices
  •          iBooks app built into iOS, now with auto night mode and new organisation for book series
  •          Podcasts app built into iOS
  •          Battery usage by app
  •          iCloud Keychain can use saved website passwords to easily sign in to associated apps
  •          FaceTime Audio call waiting
  •          Rich text editing in Notes
  •          Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback
  •          Enterprise features
  • ◦  Expanded data protection to Calendar, Contacts, Messages, Reminders and Notes in addition to Mail and third-party apps
  • ◦  Per-message S/MIME email controls
  • ◦  Improved UI to make it easier for users to understand the remote management of their device
  • ◦  Automatic reply for Exchange
  • ◦  Free/busy lookup for Calendar invitations
  • ◦  MDM Managed books can be automatically pushed to users
  •          Accessibility features
  • ◦  Redesigned Zoom with one-handed control and multiple zoom modes including picture-in-picture
  •    ◦  Built-in timer and Touch ID support for Guided Access
  • ◦  Speak Screen to read out contents of the screen via gesture or Siri command
  • ◦  VoiceOver improvements including Alex voice option and Braille input support
  • ◦  Multi-device support for MFi hearing aids to seamlessly switch from one paired iOS device to another
  •          Features for China
  • ◦  Vector-based maps
  • ◦  Turn-by-turn navigation
  • ◦  Lunar calendar support
  • ◦  Improved predictive input
  •   ◦  Improved weather data
  •          Expanded language support
  • ◦  Dictation support for 22 additional languages: Croatian, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese
  • ◦  New keyboards for English (India), Bengali, Filipino, Marathi, Slovenian and Urdu
  • ◦  Hindi localisation
  • ◦  Definitions of a selected word for additional languages: Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai and Turkish
  • ◦  Spanish-English bilingual dictionary
  • ◦  Spell check for Turkish
  • ◦  Hebrew language support for Text to Speech and VoiceOver
  •          New developer capabilities, including
  • ◦  Extensibility, giving apps new sharing options and the ability to create widgets, photo filters and editing tools in Photos, and third-party keyboards
  • ◦  Metal, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices
  • ◦  SpriteKit and SceneKit for improved 2D and 3D games
  • ◦  HealthKit, so health and fitness apps can share their data with each other
  •      ◦  HomeKit, a new way for you to control supported devices in your home using Siri
  • ◦  Touch ID support so you can sign in to third-party apps with just your fingerprint
  • ◦  CloudKit, offering a complete and scalable back-end solution, helping developers eliminate the need for writing server code and maintaining servers
  •          Bug fixes

Some features may not be available in all countries or all areas.

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

 

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Apple Configurator and Locked Device

Today I ran into a few problems when trying to setup an ex employees iPad for a new employee. You could say the problem was caused by myself for not getting the ex employee to remove their passcode but it’s helped me learn a new trick and I thought I’d share it with you.

The Problem
I have an iPad with a passcode on which I don’t know so I can’t access the iPad and I want to use Apple Configurator to set it up for someone else. This problem was made more complicated as ‘Find My iPad’ was enabled on the device. So Apple Configurator came up with an unable to check iOS error.

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The Solution
To resolve this issue I had to put the iPad into recovery mode. To do this you need to follow these steps.
– Turn off the iPad in the normal way and disconnect all wires from the iPad.
– Setup Apple Configurator in Prepare mode making sure to select update this device when in recovery mode and tick erase device.
– Now with the iPad still turned off press and hold the home button on the iPad and plug in the lightning/USB adapter.
– Apple Configurator should now recognise the iPad and the iPad screen should be showing the iTunes icon with a cable.
– Now you can tell Apple Configurator to prepare the device and let go off the home button.
– The iPad will now be configured as a new device but will still not function correctly as the device is still registered with the old users Apple ID. You may get an unable to apply error due to activation error. See image below.

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– If the Apple ID is an email address on your domain you can setup a forwarder or reset the users password to gain access to the email address for the next step. Otherwise you will have to talk to Apple.
– You now need to goto appleid.apple.com and click reset your password.
– Type in the Apple ID and click next.
– Select email authentication and click next. An email will be set to the ex users email address and hopefully you can access this either by logging into their email with a password reset or from a forwarder to yourself.
– Follow the instructions in the email on how to reset the Apple ID.
– On the iPad now work through the setup screen and you will come to an activation message saying the iPad is locked to that account.
– Fill on the details with the Apple ID and password you just reset. Complete the setup process.
– Now the iPad can be used as normal and setup for a new user via Apple Configurator without any errors.

Good Luck

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How To Install Mac OS X Server

Any Mac can be easily updated to have a server roll by installing it from the App Store for just £13.99 or $19.99. For more information about OS X Server click here to visit the Apple OS X Server Website. Below is a simple step by step guide on how to do this.

1. Goto the App Store and search for OS X server.
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2. Click the buy button and follow the normal procedures to purchase an app through the Mac App Store.

3. Once the server app has downloaded and installed you will find an icon for it in the launch pad or you can search for it using spotlight.
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4. Run the server app and you will be presented with a setup screen. Click continue.
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5. You will now be presented with a terms and conditions agreement. You need to agree to these to continue.
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6. Next you will be asked to enter your mac username and password to authorise the app with the mac.
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7. The setup process will now take place and will go through a number of process taking a few minutes.
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8. Eventually the bar will reach the end and server will load presenting you with a simple help screen about the different features in Mac OS X server.
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That’s it, the only option initially setup is file sharing allowing you to customise how you want your server to be configured.

Sysvol not replicating across domain controllers causing group policy to fail. How to fix it.

Today I had a strange issue. My sysvol was not being replicated across all of my Domain Controllers and this was causing Group Policy issues.

My first clue to the problem was that some computers where not applying the group policy settings. I drilled down into the event viewer for these machines and found that I was getting errors with certain policies and files not being found. I checked the main domain controller and everything was there. Strange I thought. So I then checked the other Domain controllers to find that the policies had not arrived in the sysvol folder. So the next step was to run dcdiag in an elevated command prompt. It returned an error with the File Replication Services or FRSEvent error. Event viewer on this domain controller was my next step to have a look at the file replication services log and in there I found an issue with it being replicated. I tried restarting a few services like DNS, net Logon and file replication but still no joy.

So the next step was to check the main domain controller and make sure it was allowing the other controller access. First I ran dcdiag and everything was clear, then I checked the event viewer for the file replication services. Here I found a new error referencing the JRNL_WRAP_ERROR. I googled this to find out this is in fact an outdated message and the steps to fix this have changed. Basically I had to restart the service in a recovery mode. To do this I needed to change a registry setting located here.

HKLM/System/CurrentControlSet/services/NtFrs/Parameters/Backup\Restore/Process at Statup

I needed to change the BurFlags key to D4. I then restarted the service and everything rebuilt, the other domain controllers connected and everything was happy again.

For more information check out this Microsoft Support Article.
support.microsoft.com/KB/290762

Microsoft DPM 2012 Sp1 – How To Migrate Data Source using MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM by ICTtechie

Today I started having problems with a backup source. Unfortunately the drive was failing and I needed to get the data off the device and onto another to prevent any further issues. As I’m using DPM 2012 sp1 for my backups I’m able to use the Powershell module to run some clever commands to move the data to a new source. So here is what I did.

First I loaded the DPM Management Shell.

DPM Management Shell Icon

It loads up like this.

DPM Management Shell

Now I needed to set the the command ‘$disk’ to hold information about my data sources. To do this I ran the following command.
$disk = Get-DPMDisk -DPMServerName NameOfServer
NameOfServer is where you would enter the name of your DPM 2012 server.

DPM Management Shell $disk

After I ran the command $disk to check the result. As shown above.

DPM Management Shell $disk

Each disk data source can be referenced individually by using the command $disk[n]. n is the number of the disk from the list shown by using the command $disk. Where 0 (zero) is the top disk and the next one down is 1 etc. The image above shows my two disks referenced individually.

The next thing I did was to find my Protection Groups and allocate them to the command $pg. I did this as I only wanted to move some of my data and not all of it. I also wanted control over when each Protection Group’s data was being transferred. To do this I ran the following command.
$pg = Get-ProtectionGroup NameOfServer
NameOfServer as before is your server which has DPM 2012 running on it.

DPM Management Shell $pg Protection Group

Again I ran $pg to see the result. As you can see from screenshot I have 3 Protection Groups. As with the $disk command above you can run $pg[n] this will allow you to individually show or reference each protection group. Remember the top one in the list is 0 (zero).

Now I have the the Protection Groups in the command $pg I can now allocate some data sources to the command $ds. By doing this it allows me to have full control over each data source and when and where it is being moved to. The command to run for this is as follows.
$ds = Get-Datasource $pg[n]
Again n is the reference to which Protection Group you wish to get the data sources from.

DPM Management Shell $ds Get-Datasource

Again running $ds will display the data sources and running $ds[n] will allow you to reference the individual data sources.

Ok now I have everything referenced, I can run the commands to start the data migration. To run a migration I ran the following set of commands.
./MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM.ps1 -DPMServerName NameOfServer -Source $ds[n] -Destination $disk[n]
NameOfServer as above is the server which your DPM 2012 is installed to and n is the number of the source.
This command may take a while to execute depending on the Datasource. It’s also worth noting you can transfer whole disk to disk or protection group to disk. Just change the the bit after source. I prefer to do it this way as it gives me more control.

DPM Management Shell MigrateDatasourceDataFromDPM.ps1

As everything went ok I can now look at jobs in progress in DPM management console and see that a post recovery operation is in progress for the Datasource I have moved. After this job has finished a verification job may occur to keep data consistent.

DPM 2012 Sp1 Post Recovery Operation

Something worth noting here is that the data will not disappear from the old disk source until the allotted retention range has passed. So if the retention range is set to 5 days the data will remain on the old disk source until 5 days has passed. You can speed up this process by change the retention range to 1 day.

More Information on the process can be found on Technet using this link.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758200.aspx

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Transferring Photos and Videos from Computer to iPad, iPad to iPad, iPad to Computer using SimplTransfer. How To?

Today a teacher asked how she could get a video file from her computer to the class iPads. You may think just use YouTube but due to the age of the children the school filters YouTube for her class.
So here we go.

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1. First you’ll need a free app called SimplTransfer. You can upgrade this via in app purchase to get more features or to support the developer.

2. Now you need to load the app. On first load it will ask you to allow access to photos and videos. Accept this otherwise the app won’t work. You should now be presented with a screen like this.

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3. If you want to transfer between computer and ipad please read on otherwise goto step 6 for using it between iPad and iPad or iPhone. Leave the app open and running. On the computer you need to open you web browser.

4. In the address bar type the web site address given to you on the iPad screen. It will be something like http://000.000.000.000 (the 0s will be numbers relating to your device . Tell the browser to go.

5a. Now you will be browsing your photos and videos from the iPad on your computer screen. To upload a video or photo to the iPad press the upload button on the top left. Browse to your photo/video and open it. It will now be uploaded to your iPad and saved in the camera roll. If you upgrade the app you can upload to any album or create a new album to upload to on the iPad by selecting them from the dropdown menu to the right of the upload button.
5b. To download click into the photos and find the one you want. You can select more than one by clicking the selection box below a photo or you can select all by pressing the select all button in the top left corner. Once you have selected the photos/videos click the download button at the top left.

6. That’s it for transferring between computer and iPad. If you want to transfer between iPad and iPad or iPhone then read on. First you will need the app open and running on each device. Now at the bottom select device.

7. You will get a new screen on the iPad allowing you to select a device from a list. Press the device you want to transfer to.

8. Now you will need to select an album where the photo/video is stored. In the free version you can only send the top 50 items from an album so if your photo is number 51 or above you will need to create a new album in the photo app and add your video/photo to it. Alternatively you can purchase the upgrade.

9. After touching an album you will see all the photos and videos in the album. Touch each photo/video you wish to transfer.

10. Now press send at the bottom left and all the photos/videos you have selected will be transferred to the other device.

11. Job done, good luck transferring photos and videos between devices.

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