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Sunday 12/11/2016 at 1PM PT we experienced a database failure that cascaded through all of our redundant systems.
At 2PM PT we started the process of restoring data from systems backup. Unfortunately due to the size of the database
the restore process is taking much longer than anticipated. Once the database restore process is complete, systems
operations will be returned to normal.

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!

Goodbye Azure RemoteApp

Microsoft will “gradually wind down the delivery of Azure RemoteApp over the next year.” in favour for their partnership with Citrix using XenApp “Express”.

“Microsoft customers using RemoteApp will be supported through August 31, 2017, when the service will be shut down.”

MS Link here

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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Windows 10 default printer trouble

I had a client ask me why their default printer keeps changing. I discovered a new feature of Windows 10 automatically sets the default printer to the last user printer.

To fix this:

  1. Click on the start button and type in “Printers & Scanners”
  2. Click on Printers and Scanners
  3. Turn off the setting “Let Windows manage my default printer”

Change MSI location GP

If you need to change the MSI location of software you are deploying through group policy, you will notice you can’t edit it via GPMC. The way around it is to use ADSI Edit.

Read this link for more info.

Uninstall QuickTime for Windows Now

Trend Micro are recommending everyone to uninstall Quicktime for Windows – See here

Apple are deprecating Quicktime for MS Windows. They are no longer issuing security updates for the product.

There has also been two critical vulnerabilities released affecting Quicktime for Windows.

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