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.



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 :


Mac Office 2016 & Webdav

I recently noticed a user with Office 2016 (Mac – El Capitan) and accessing Office files with a webdav connection to a server.

It appears editing Office files on a webdav connection in Office 2016 (Mac) is not supported. See this link.

A workaround was to setup CyberDuck and download the word doc, make the changes and re-upload it to the webdav server.

Win 10 Upgrade & Wifi issue

Upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 and the Wifi does not work.

This could be due to having VPN software loaded in Windows 8 which causes issues with Windows 10.

Have a read here.

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.


Virtualbox resize problems

I had an issue with resizing a Virtualbox .vdi file.

Command used:

vboxmanage modify disk.vdi –resize 40960

Error displayed:

VBoxManage: error: Cannot register the hard disk ‘disk.vdi’ {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} because a hard disk ‘disk.vdi’ with UUID {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx} already exists


vboxmanage modifyhd {abc03a41-794b-4a84-adaf-789436919417} --resize 40960    (e.g 40gb hd)

replace {abc etc with the correct UUID


See the link below for more detail and the solution.

Office 365 Experience w/ changing primary domain and sync.

Scenario: Needed to change the primary domain name of a user from one domain to another.
The user also wanted to continue using OneDrive for Business Sync Client (for Windows).

Experience: Changed the users primary domain name in the 365 portal. Re-setup Outlook profile and also the users iPhone.

Regarding OneDrive for Business, once the primary domain was changed the OneDrive for Business URL did not update straight away. This took roughly 4-6 hours to update. Once the URL updated, all of the data was automatically moved to the new URL path. I then had to stop syncing the old path and resync the new URL path in the sync tool. This of course meant downloading all of the data. I figured this would be quicker then trying to wipe out the data in the cloud and re-uploading all of the data.

20,000 sync file limit?: Later my client discovered he could not sync more then 20,000 files with the windows sync client. This is an actual limitation with the sync client. I have discovered Microsoft are working on releasing an updated version of the sync client later this year. The sync client will also support large files up to 10GB, and allow selective folder sync. There is likely a preview version out at the moment.

Update to El Capitan: Updated from Yosemite to El Capitan. The OneDrive for Business sync client (preview) does not work at all. Office 2016 is also randomly crashing.

Office 2011 Mac Upgrade to Office 2016

So I tried to update a clients mac running Office 2011 to Office 2016. Simple you would think. Maybe not so simple.

When I tried to update it said two services Microsoft Database Daemon and SyncServicesAgent were running and had to be stopped.

I tried to kill the process via Activity Monitor. No luck, it starts back automatically.

Here’s how to do it: Open the Terminal utility on your Mac and paste the following code:

while true; do kill $(ps -ef | grep -i SyncServices | grep -v grep | awk '{print $2} '); done

Now try and you will have success. The terminal will be looping the command to keep it killing the process. Once you have installed Office 2016 you can then press CTRL C in the terminal window and stop the loop. Close Terminal and Office 2016 will be ready to go!

Thanks to the following site for this life saving tip.