Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.239 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 15.0.0.239.

As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog.

The update is also now available to import through System Center Update Publisher (SCUP) so you can inject it into your WSUS or Configuration Manager systems.

You can the download in all formats for all browsers for Windows and Mac directly from Adobe by clicking the download button below.

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Microsoft Xbox One Controller Drivers for your Windows Computer

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If you would like to use your Microsoft Xbox One controller with your PC or laptop, you can do this by simply installing the correct drivers on your computer and using the charging USB cable.

So, first of all, you should install the drivers, you can get these from the links below:

Windows x64 Drivers

Windows x86 Drivers

Once you have these drivers installed on your computer, take your Xbox One controller and the USB charging cable and plug it into the USB port on your computer.

Your computer will now quickly go through the plug and play hardware installation process and you should now find that you can use your Xbox One controller on your Windows machine.

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Windows 8.1 Media ISO Download

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Windows 8.1 Media ISO Download 1If you have purchased Windows 8.1 and you have lost or damaged your DVD media or would simply like a backup, you can now download the ISO from Microsoft by inputting your product key.

All you need to do is go to the website below:

Windows Upgrade Media Download

Then click on the “Install Windows 8.1” button which will download a small utility. Run this utility and fill out all the details by going through the wizard and you will then be able to download your Windows 8.1 ISO file.

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How to add a Secondary Domain Controller to an Existing Domain

If you have a requirement to add a secondary domain controller to your existing domain, then the video guide below should show you exactly the steps you need to take to carry this out.

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Transfer FSMO roles to a new Server

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Continuing our series of YouTube video guides, we came across this one and thought it was very well made and details exactly how to transfer FSMO roles to a new server.

Hopefully you will find this helpful if this is something that you need to carry out in your own environment.

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Remove a Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controller from an Existing Domain

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We have been viewing some video guides on YouTube over the last few days so we thought that we would share some good ones that we have found that we feel you may find useful.

We have scheduled a number of these videos to be posted to our site over the next few days so make sure you check back here to see whether there is anything here to help you out!

To begin with, we thought we would start with the basics, removing a domain controller from an existing domain is a fairly simple process but if you need a hand with doing this, the below video is an excellent guide on what to do.

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Remote Desktop Connection Manager version 2.7 Released

Remote Desktop Connection Manager version 2.7 Released 2Microsoft have released a new version of Remote Desktop Connection Manager taking the latest release up to version 2.7.

New features included in this new release include:

  • Virtual machine connect-to-console support
  • Smart groups
  • Support for credential encryption with certificates
  • Windows 8 remote action support
There is now also support for the following Operating Systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview
  • Windows Server 10 Technical Preview
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Mimecast Outlook Client Version 5.2.1020.11990 Released

Mimecast Outlook Client Version 5.2.1020.11990 Released 4Mimecast have now released version 5.2.1020.11990 of their Outlook Client.

This version of the MSO client now supports the following:

  • Large File Sent
  • Large File Receive
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013
  • Other Microsoft Office 2013 Products (like Project and Visio 2013 no longer conflict with it)
  • Windows 8.1/8/7
  • Mimecast Client Exchange Folder Replication
There seems to be a slight redesign of the Mimecast tab but nothing too substantial and as always, some of the new features will only be available to you if you have them as part of your subscription package with Mimecast.
The single most frustrating thing with the new release though is that you have to uninstall version 3 or 4 before you can install version 5. Well if you have 5000+ installations like some of our customers, that is an almost impossible job – especially more so that you have to have Outlook closed to do this entire process. This latest installer will upgrade version 5 clients though.
We have been working on ways of making this easier and the best way we can find so far is that if you are using SCCM, you can use the supersedence method to uninstall the version 3 or 4 of the client and then install this latest client. For the Outlook issue, if you use the correct MSI switches, if Outlook is open it will tell the user to close it to be able to continue the installation. The recommended MSI command you should use in SCCM is this:

 msiexec.exe /i "MSOInstall.msi" /qb /norestart  
What this will do is to firstly run the installer, then the /qb will show a basic user interface without user interaction, but will stop and show the error if, for example, Outlook is still open. The /norestart is fairly simple – this will ensure that your client machine does not automatically restart itself.

To download the latest version 5.2.1020.11990 of the MSO client, you can click the link below:

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Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 15.0.0.223. As always, you can download the executable file or get the MSI file so that you can load it into your Configuration Manager Software Catalog. The update is also now available to import through System Center … Read more

A timeline of internet accessibility

The internet has completely transformed our lives. What was once the pet project of a few scientists is now the most important communication tool on the planet. Billions of people around the world are now connected to the web.

Now, people in many countries expect to access the web not only at home and in the office, but also when they’re out shopping and socialising. Public WiFi providers such as Airangel help to ensure that individuals can connect to the internet via their smartphones, tablets and laptops when they’re in hotels, shops, cafes, bars and a host of other environments.

The following timeline traces the evolution of internet accessibility.

● 1989 – Foundation

The first recorded descriptions of a globally connected set of computers were produced in the 1960s. However, it isn’t until 1989 that proposals for the World Wide Web as we know it emerge. At the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN), British scientist Tim Berners-Lee begins working on the project. Other names put forward for the system include The Mine of Information and The Information Mesh.

● 1990 – First website and browser

The following year at CERN, the world’s first website and server go live. They are run on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer. The scientist also develops the first web browser, known as WorldWideWeb.

● 1992 – People start ‘surfing the internet’

The term ‘surfing the internet’ is coined in 1992. Also, the line-mode browser launches. This is the first readily accessible browser. The same year, Berners-Lee posts the first photo on the web. It’s of a band called Les Horribles Cernettes.

● 1993 – World Wide Web technology placed in the public domain

In 1993, CERN donates its World Wide Web technology to the world and places it in the public domain. The National Centre for Supercomputing Applications subsequently releases Mosaic 1.0. This is the first web browser to become popular with the public.

● 1994 – Web purchases begin

One of the first known web purchases takes place in 1994. Someone orders a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut. The White House moves online too.

● 1995 – Microsoft releases Internet Explorer

In 1995, Microsoft releases its first version of Internet Explorer. Another event of note is the launching of Amazon.com. It describes itself as the ‘Earth’s Biggest Bookstore’.

● 1996 – Nokia releases mobile phone will internet capabilities

A further milestone occurs in 1996 when Finnish technology firm Nokia releases the Nokia 9000 Communicator. This is the first mobile phone that features internet capabilities.

● 1997 – Millions watch Mars landing

The rising popularity of the internet is highlighted in 1997 when a broadcast of the Sojourner rover landing and exploration of Mars generates over 40 million hits per day. This is also the year that Google.com registers as a domain.

● 2000 – Nearly half of American web users have made purchases online

By 2000, nearly half of American internet users have made purchases online and over 30 million people have sent e-greetings cards over the web.

● 2003 – Skype launches

In 2003, Voice over Internet Protocol calling and instant messaging service Skype launches.

● 2005 – A billion people online

Two years later, a major milestone in web use is reached. In 2005, over a billion people across the world are online. Also, broadband connections surpass dialup.

● 2008 – One in five mobile phone owners have gone online

By 2008, nearly one in five mobile phone owners have gone online with their phones.

● 2010 – Two billion people online

In 2010, the two billion mark is reached in global internet users. Also, 35 per cent of adults in America have mobile phones with apps.

● 2012 – Facebook reaches one billion monthly users

Highlighting the rising prominence of social media, Facebook reaches one billion active monthly users in 2012. The same year, South Korean music star PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ video gets over 800 million views over the web. Meanwhile, ecommerce sales top the $1 trillion mark globally.

● 2014 – Over three billion people online and counting

Now, there are more than three billion internet users around the world and this figure keeps climbing. The web is now a ubiquitous presence in many societies across the globe and with technology improving all the time, new ways of harnessing the power of the internet are continually emerging.

Replication Summary on Domain Controllers

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If you have a number of domain controllers within your organisation, you should ensure that they are all replicating correctly without any errors at all.

This check should be carried out regularly to be proactive in finding any potential Active Directory issues that you may face.

To do this, simply run the following command on any Domain Controller:

repadmin /replsummary

This will then go through your Domain Controllers and bring back all the replication information and will inform you if there are any issues.

If nothing else, it will give you peace of mind that everything is working well!

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How to Use Windows ACL to Manage User Permissions on the QNAP NAS

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If you are using a QNAP network storage device, you may be using the funky Apple-like interface to create shared folders and allocate security permissions etc…

However, if you would like to have the QNAP as pure storage and have Windows control your security options, then you can do this after a few small changes on the QNAP control panel.

To do this, there is an excellent guide on the QNAP website which tells you exactly what to do to allow you to set Windows based security settings on your QNAP shared folders.

How to Use Windows ACL to Manage User Permissions on the QNAP NAS

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