Merry Christmas!

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We would like to wish all our of visitors a very Merry Christmas today and we hope you got everything that you wished for!

Merry Christmas from all at TechyGeeksHome

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How to remove connections on LinkedIn

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Most professional people these days seem to have a LinkedIn account and it is very quickly turning into a marketing persons dream. I get a huge amount of sales and marketing people emailing and phoning me constantly trying to sell me stuff I nor my business want. Whenever I query where they got my details from, the answer is usually “LinkedIn”.

This, of course, is completely my own fault for putting my contact details on LinkedIn and also by blindly accepting anyone that adds me.

So, I have loads of people I don’t know (and don’t want to know!) as connections on my LinkedIn and I want to remove them – but how do you remove a LinkedIn connection?

Mobile Devices

It’s not possible to remove a connection from a mobile device – this is important that you know this as I spend quite some time on my iPad and iPhone trying to figure out how to remove a connection!

To remove a connection from the desktop website:

  • Go to the connection’s profile
  • Move your cursor over the arrow icon next to the button in the top section of the profile
  • Select Remove connection
  • Review the list of effects of removing the connection and click Remove

You can remove several connections at once on the Contacts page:

  • Move your cursor over Connections at the top of your homepage and select Keep in Touch
  • Click Filter by and select Connections Only
  • Check the box next to the connections you’d like to remove
  • Click More above the first connection and select Remove from Contacts
  • Review the list of effects of removing the connections and click Remove

You can also remove individual connections from the Contacts page by clicking More under their name and selecting Remove Connection. Connections you remove will no longer be a 1st-degree connection and will no longer appear in your Contacts section.

Before you remove any connections though, you should note the following:

  • When you remove a connection, they won’t be notified.
  • After removing a connection, any recommendations or endorsements between you and that person will be withdrawn. They will not be restored if the connection is re-established.
  • Only the member who breaks the connection can re-initiate that connection.

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Track Santa with the help of NORAD!

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Its that time of year again where Santa will be loading up his sleigh and delivering presents to kids all over the world. But with all the modern technology these days, even Santa cannot get away from being tracked wherever he goes!

So, get yourself (or your kids!) onto the Track Santa NORAD website and you can see videos of what Santa is up to and also track exactly where he is in the world. Just click the big Santa below to be transferred to the Track Santa NORAD site:

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Filezilla Client 3.9.0.6 Released

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Filezilla Client 3.9.0.6 has been released and you can now download the latest version from the download button below. We will soon we created a MSI file for this version but maybe not until the new year due to other commitments over the festive period. DOWNLOAD COMMENTS If you have any questions or comments, please … Read more

TechyGeeksHome Year End Stats

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As we approach the end of another year, we thought that we would post some figures about our site from the last 12 months.

It has been a pretty good year for us and our visitor count seems to have been rising throughout the year recently peaking at around 5000 visitors a day.

We also started to provide Pro versions of our utilities and we do aim to release a bunch more of these in early 2015, we just have not had the time recently to extend on what we have released already!

We have also created a range of new products, one being Ultimate Settings Panel which has so far proved to be our most successful utility to date with (from what we know of on the few software sites we do monitor our utilities on) around 75,000 downloads in total of the free version.

We do plan on creating many more utilities in 2015 but if you have any ideas – please do feel free to contact us and we will put your ideas into action!

Finally, in December, we posted our 400th post so please feel free to take a good long look around our site and use our archive system to get around. You might just find something interesting!

So what about our vital stats?

Below is a list of our website statistics to date (1st Jan 15 – 19th Dec 2014):

Total Website Hits: 539,975
Direct Downloads from the Website: 53,127
ShareThis Shares: 16,771
Most Visited Page:Bluetooth Windows 8 Fix
Most Downloaded Utility: Ultimate Settings Panel
Country with Highest Number of Visitors to the site: United States (24.15% of all visitors)
Favoured Browser: Google Chrome
Twitter Followers: 61
Facebook Likes: 1201
Google+ Views: 4 Million

We would like to say thank you to all our visitors and we hope that we have helped you out somewhere along the line and made your life a little easier!

How to Transfer Infrastructure Master FSMO Role to a Different Server

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If you want to transfer your Infrastructure Master FSMO Role to a different server then you can follow the steps below to carry this out.

You should first logon to your Domain Controller using an Enterprise Administrator account and then launch an elevated command prompt. You should then enter the following commands within the command prompt:

  1. ntdsutil
  2. roles
  3. connections
  4. connect to server DC2 (DC2 being the server name you want to transfer to)
  5. q (takes you back to FSMO maintenance)
  6. ? – will show the available fsmo roles the domain knows about
  7. transfer infrastructure master
When you have done this, the role will be transferred to the server that you stated in step 4.

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Uninstall Windows and Office Updates using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

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Following on from our recent posts about dodgy Microsoft updates, we thought we should post about how to uninstall Windows and Office Updates using WSUS.

A lot of the issues people fast with dodgy Microsoft updates are when they are automatically or accidentally released through WSUS to your end users machines meaning that on their next “Check for Updates” cycle, the end users machine will end up with the update and then its up to the IT techs to sort the machines out.

Well, WSUS not only pushes out update installations, it can also push out Update uninstalls too and it is incredibly simple to do from an administration point of view.

So how do I uninstall updates using WSUS?

Below we will detail exactly how to tell WSUS to uninstall an update across your environment and also show what the end user machine does once it gets the command to do this, so follow the steps below.

First of all, you should login to your WSUS console. Then go into the All Updates tree in your console to display all the updates available. You should then click the Search option on the top right hand side of the console and enter the search criteria for the update you want to remove. For this guide, we will be using KB3008923 which was released last week and causing Internet Explorer to crash:

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Once you have found the update you are looking for, you should then right click on it and Select “Approve” (yes approve – this will make sense in the next step!):

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A new dialog box will appear and you can then select “Approve for Removal” and then apply that to any child sites you may have:

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Click OK and this will now push out the uninstall command through end users Windows Updates next time they check their local WSUS server for updates. Note that the child sites will need to synchronise with the master site before end user machines on these sites get their own commands to uninstall the updates.

So, what does the end user machine then look like?

If you are using WSUS then the end user actually will not see anything as it should happily uninstall in the background without the user knowing. However, if you want to see what it is like, then on a machine that has the update to be uninstalled, manually click “Check for Updates” on the machine and you should then see something similar to this:

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As you can see from this, the update we want to remove is there and has the prefix of (uninstall): in the name – install this update and it will actually uninstall it.

Simple as that and saves having to manually uninstall rogue Microsoft Updates!

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How to keep databases running smoothly

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Databases not running smoothly can be responsible for bad business performance. More often than not, there’s a simple explanation for why a database isn’t working properly and, with a few simple changes, you can help keep them in good working order.
It can make good business sense to use an IT support provider, such as Ubertas, to maintain your databases but, in any case, it is useful for you to have a good understanding of how they work.
Follow these simple steps to keep things running smoothly.
Keep your database statistics up to date. Most databases use indexes to run so keeping your data in these indexes up to date makes sense. If there’s no information in an index field or they haven’t been updated for a while, chances are it won’t know which information to use or will extract the wrong bits.
Optimise your indexes. As well as keeping your indexes up to date, be sure to optimise them. Creating optimised indexes with more than one field for search queries and clustered indexes which determine the order of results speed up search queries and help your databases run smoothly.
Only pull the columns you need. A lot of database users select more data than they need, resulting in hundreds – or sometimes thousands – of columns being pulled which you simply won’t use. And, not surprisingly, huge, complex queries like this sometimes don’t pull at all. The same thing can happen if you reuse code without thinking about it. For this reason, it is good to be as succinct as you can with your data queries.
Don’t allow user interaction while the transaction’s in progress. Leave the query or transaction to do its thing before you or anyone else goes into it to avoid incorrect data being pulled.
Maintain the database disc regularly. If a database isn’t running smoothly, it might be down to the disc. Make sure out-of-date information and files are deleted and perform a defragmentation of the disc occasionally.
Check your hardware can cope with your databases. Sometimes poorly-performing databases are simply down to a hard drive not being powerful enough or not having enough memory. Adding a bit more or updating it can solve the problem.  You can also select the memory limit on most databases, known as the MAX memory.  If it’s too low, you might find bottlenecks and crashes when multiple users are searching for queries.
Check your input/output device. Can your device adequately cope with your database? Sometimes poor connections or incorrectly configured devices can be to blame for poor database performance, so it’s worth checking all yours are okay.
Most databases require regular tuning to keep them running smoothly, much like your family car. The databases you have now probably don’t need a massive overhaul but making a few tweaks and creating new indexes will usually iron out problems.
Following these tips will keep your databases running smoothly by maximising your system resources, helping you to perform tasks as efficiently and as rapidly possible.

Google Chrome 39.0.2171.95 MSI Released

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Google have now released a new version of their Chrome browser, version 39.0.2171.95.

If you are looking at deploying Google Chrome using systems like Configuration Manager, WDS, SCUP or Group Policy, you will want to use their MSI installer to make it much easier.

You can now download the Google Chrome MSI installer from our download microsite using the link below.

Download

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Instructions

If you are pushing this out, you will want to use the Silent Installer switches, so this is the command line that you should use for this:

msiexec.exe /i “GoogleChromeStandaloneEnterprise.msi” /q /norestart

This means it will install quietly (using the /q switch) and will not reboot automatically (using the /norestart) switch.

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Acrobat Reader 11.0.10 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe have now released an update to their Acrobat Reader software to take it up to version 11.0.10.

You can now download the MSI, EXE and MSP files for this release from their FTP site which you can get to using the download button below:

Downloads

EXE File Download

Version 11 MSI Download

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Version 11.0.10 MSP Downloads

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Skype 7.0 Released – MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

Skype 7.0 Released - MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions 9Skype version 7.0 has now been released and if you would like to either add this to your Configuration Manager Software Catalog or even have it available through WDS or Group Policy, then you will want to download the MSI file for it.

Skype do provide a direct download link for its Skype software and the installer is packaged as an MSI file. This means that it can be easily used by IT and System Center Administrators for distribution.
The direct download link for Skype MSI 7.0 is below:
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If you want to distribute Skype as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

WDS or Group Policy

 SkypeSetup.msi /q /norestart  

Configuration Manager

 msiexec /i "SkypeSetup.msi" /q /norestart

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Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.235 Released – MSI Download

Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.235 Released - MSI Download 11Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 16.0.0.235.

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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