Powerful power supplies

I was building a new PC for a client. The thought came across, how powerful should it be? Here is some interesting info I have found.

A PSU will ONLY use from the source what is being drawn by the system load.

A PSU that runs warm/hot draws more power.

Therefore: It is far more economical to run a higher watt PSU than a lower watt an the system components will always run cooler when there is a PSU installed that is well overrated for the system.

The more efficient your PSU, the less noise it will make, the less power it will draw, and the less it will cost. PSUs are rated at five levels 80 Plus, 80 Plus Bronze, 80 Plus Silver, 80 Plus Gold and 80 Plus Platinum, with Platinum being most efficient. If you use your PC a lot you will want to go with at least a Gold rating.

750 watt power supply here we come!

WSUS Update for Win 10 clients

In your WSUS 2012 R2 server, are you noticing clients are displayed as Windows Vista instead of Windows 10?

Install this patch from MS (kb3095113) which will fix this and also allow WSUS to sync and distribute feature upgrades for Windows 10. This update is not required to enable WSUS to sync and distribute servicing updates for Windows 10.

Stop Cryptolocker

Stop Cryptolocker, or at least get warned if it starts encrypting files on your file server. The link below has instructions on how to setup File Server Resource Manager in Windows Server. By adding in certain file extensions you will be able to setup automatic emailing (and shutdown if you want) to detect when Cryptolocker starts encrypting files on your file server. There are also many other great tips on how to protect your server.

http://jpelectron.com/stopcrypto

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OneDrive Next Gen Sync Client

OneDrive for Business has a new sync client named OneDrive Next Gen Sync Client.

The new client has a few improvements over OneDrive for Business.

  • Improved reliability and performance
  • Selective sync
  • Support for large files up to 10GB
  • Removing the 20,000 file sync limit
  • Instructions for IT pro’s to silently deploy and config the client

It’s available for Windows 7,8 and 10 (8.1 support will be added in the first quarter of 2016) and Mac OS X 10.9 and above.

The Onedrive next gen sync client supports OneDrive for Business only and will add support for SharePoint document libraries in future releases. MS are also working on Office integration to support co-authoring of documents and sharing scenarios.

To download it : https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Get-started-with-the-OneDrive-for-Business-Next-Generation-Sync-Client-in-Windows-615391c4-2bd3-4aae-a42a-858262e42a49?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US&fromAR=1

 

Outlook 2010 safe mode dodgy patch

Microsoft’s patch tuesday 8/12/15 brought update KB3114409.

The patch was meant to fix issues with Outlook 2010 however it breaks Outlook and forces it into running in Safe mode and also prevents the preview pane from working unless you manually turn it on.

The fix is to uninstall the patch. Go into Programs & Features, View installed updates and search for the kb number. Double click it to uninstall.

Microsoft have pulled the update.

Upgrading Cisco Switch Firmware Slow

I recently upgraded a Cisco 3560X switch. I upgraded from 12.2(53)SE2 to 15.0(2)SE8. I thought this would take 5 minutes max. After ten minutes I was worried. I connected a console cable and found the console reporting “Front-end Microcode IMG MGR: Programming device 0…rrrrrrwsssssssssssssssssssssspssssssssssssssssssssspsssssssss”

After googling I have discovered it is quite normal to take up to 40 minutes due to an upgrade to the MCU (Micro Processing Unit). This happens when updating to a higher version with newer microcode.

PHEW! It was a heart stopping 40 minutes.