Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.4 Released

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Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.4 Released 1We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 2.4.

This release now has 10 different configuration tabs including Windows 8 and a total of 224 configuration items.

You can download the new version by clicking the download button below:

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VIDEO DEMO (version 2.1)

UPDATE LOG

In this version we the following changes have been made:

  • General+ Tab Added
    • Event Viewer
    • GPResult
    • Presentation Settings
    • System Restore
    • DiskPart
    • DiskRAID
  • Minor Bug Fixes
  • Code Optimisation

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COMMENTS

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How to boot into Windows 8 Safe Mode

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We have had a number of people asking us about how to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode, mostly so that they can carry out the Windows Update fix as detailed in our guide here:

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You should take a look at oiur guide which gives you all the various ways there are of rebooting into Windows 8 Safe Mode:

How to Reboot Into Windows 8 Safe Mode

This should allow any Windows 8 users with the windows update issue to carry out the fixes that they need to on their machines.

If you still are have any problems with getting into Windows 8 Safe Mode, then please feel free to leave a comment below and we will try and help out if we can.

Adobe Shockwave 12.1.6.156 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe have now released version 12.1.6.156 of their Shockwave Player software 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.

Adobe do provide a direct download link for its various software including Shockwave Player 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 Adobe Shockwave Player 12.1.6.156 is below:

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If you want to distribute Shockwave Player as a silent install, then you can use the code as below:

WDS or Group Policy

sw_lic_full_installer.msi /q /norestart

Configuration Manager

msiexec /i “sw_lic_full_installer.msi” /q /norestart

Filezilla Client 3.10.1.1 Released

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FileZilla Client 3.10.1.1 has been released and you can now download the latest version from the download button below.

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NEW FEATURES

  • Fixed wording of some error messages when using FTP over TLS
  • Display subject alternative names in certificate verification dialog
  • If re-editing multiple files already being edited, add a checkbox to apply action to all selected file

Bug fixes and minor changes:

  • Editing the same local file multiple times no longer results in an error message
  • Display SHA-256 fingerprints in certificate verification dialog, no longer display MD5 fingerprints.
  • Disable insecure RC4 algorithm in FTP over TLS
  • *nix: Fix assertion when opening the file exists dialog on some multi-display systems
  • Deleting items in the Site Manager now correctly upates the right-hand side of the dialog
  • Dragging items in the Site Manager no longer makes the default port appear in the port input box
  • OS X: Multi-line text edit controls no longer act like rich-text edit controls and no longer perform quote substitution
  • Fix a crash if a keyfile has been configured for SFTP and this file has become missing or corrupted
  • *nix, OS X: Fix permissions on files uploaded via SFTP

COMMENTS

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KB3023607 – Microsoft Update Breaks Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client

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KB3023607 - Microsoft Update Breaks Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client 8Microsoft have done it again!! They have released another Windows Update which has obviously not been fully tested and this one has caused Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to stop working.

So if you are trying to figure out why your VPN will not connect all of a sudden – this is probably why. The update that is causing this issue is:

KB3023607

The update itself is designed to change the way TLS in Internet Explorer works, but this has also caused “Failed to initialize connection subsystem” errors when trying to start Cisco AnyConnect VPN sessions.

So, what can you do to fix it?

The simple solution is that you have to uninstall it, but you should also ensure that you have declined it in your WSUS or SCCM or other popular Windows Update system and if you are using SCCM, you could create a task sequence to remove it en masse.

If you need to know the command line for removing this update, you should try this:

 C:WindowsSystem32wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3023607 /quiet /norestart  

If you want a workaround, Cisco have given this advice which may work for you:

  • Exit the Cisco AnyConnect software
  • Ensure you close the taskbar icon in the bottom right
  • Right-click vpnui.exe in the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client installation folder
  • Run Compatibility Troubleshooter button
  • Try Recommended Settings
  • Run Windows 8 compatibility
If you then run the program again, it should run in Windows 8 compatibility mode and work.

COMMENTS

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Java 7 Update 75 Released – MSI and Offline Installer

Java have now released update 75 of version 7 of their Java Client software.

The update is available as an offline installer and using our guide below, you can extract the MSI from it and use it for deployment by using Windows Updates to update current machines or add to your Configuration Manager Application Catalog or even deploy using Group Policy.

You can download the Offline Installer from the Java website using the link below:

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INSTRUCTIONS

By following the guide below, you can extract the MSI installer to use in deployment and Windows Updates to automatically update machines using WSUS.

How to extract Java MSI File from the Offline Installer

UPDATE

Update added 26th April 2015 – Please be aware that it seems that the MSI extraction does not always work with the newer versions of Java, so please see the guide below which shows you how to setup a silent install using the standard offline installer:

Java Silent Installation Guide

COMMENTS

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KB3001652 – Another Faulty Windows Update Released by Microsoft

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Microsoft have yet again released another Windows Update which has caused corruption and crashing on Windows computers.

So, having spent a few hours searching for todays culprit, we found that the update causing the issue is this one:

KB3001652

It turns out that its an update for Visual Studio 2010 so it may not affect the huge amount of machines that other corrupt updates have in the past.

So, what can you do to fix it?

The simple solution is that you have to uninstall it, but you should also ensure that you have declined it in your WSUS or SCCM or other popular Windows Update system and if you are using SCCM, you could create a task sequence to remove it en masse.

If you need to know the command line for removing this update, you should try this:

C:\Windows\System32\wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3001652 /quiet /norestart

If you have any questions or comments on this, please feel free to use our comments system below.

Mimecast Outlook Client Version 5.3.1122.13000 Released

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Mimecast Outlook Client Version 5.3.1122.13000 Released 10Mimecast have now released version 5.3.1122.13000 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
  • Active Directory Integration

There seems to be a slight redesign of the Mimecast tab making it smaller in Outlook 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 5.3.1122.13000 of the MSO client, you can click the link below:

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Skype 7.1 Released – MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

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Skype 7.1 Released - MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions 12Skype version 7.1 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 7.1 is below:

DOWNLOAD

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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

COMMENTS

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Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.305 Released – MSI Download

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Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.305 Released - MSI Download 14Adobe have released another update to their Adobe Flash Player software, this time taking it up to version 16.0.0.305.

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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Twitter Follower Campaign

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We use social networking sites to push out updates on our latest posts so that our visitors can keep up to date and not miss any information that they may want to see.

We have a huge following on Facebook and Google+ however for some reason we hardly have any Twitter followers at all!

So, we are starting a short campaign to raise our Twitter follower count so if you are on Twitter, please use the follow widget before to join us and keep up to date with our latest guides, utilities and news.

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If you are interested in our latest social media stats then they are below and up to date as of 1st February 2015.

Facebook = 1249 Likes
Google+ = 4,532,014 views / 32 Followers
Twitter = 70 Followers
Feedburner = 121 Readers

If you wish to follow us on any of our other social media networks, you can by looking at the right hand side of our site for all our links.