Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September

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So it’s the start of a new month shortly and Xbox Live Gold members can again download some free games!

This month is split into the first half of the month and the second half, so from 1st September until 15th September you can get Forza Horizon and then from 16th September until 30th September you can get Mirror’s Edge. These are both on the Xbox 360 console.

For the Xbox One console you can get Earthlock: Festival of Magic from 1st September until 30th September and then from 16th September until 15th October you can get Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.

So, remember to check and get downloading your free games!

SCSM – How to delete all incidents

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If you are using System Center Service Manager (SCSM) you may want to delete all your incidents. This may sound strange but if you are setting up and testing and then want to remove all those test incidents – this can sometimes be the case.

So, all you need to do is to start up your SCSM PowerShell and run the script which you can download using the button below:

Download SCSM Remove Incidents Powershell Script

This should then go through and remove all the incidents giving you a nice clean start.

Skype v7.27 Released – MSI Download Link & Silent Install Instructions

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Skype version 7.27 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 download link for Skype MSI 7.27 on our Skype MSI Archive microsite is below:

DOWNLOAD

Skype MSI v7.27

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

WDS or Group Policy

 SkypeSetup.msi /qb /norestart  

Configuration Manager

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

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Filezilla Client 3.21.0 Released

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FileZilla Client 3.21.0 has been released and you can now download the latest version from the download button below.

DOWNLOAD

NEW FEATURES

Fixed vulnerabilities

  • Fixed a string format vulnerability introduced in 3.20.0-rc1 when listing directories using SFTP

New features:

  • SFTP: Added support for AES-GCM ciphers as implemented in OpenSSH
  • OS X: Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab can now be used to switch forward and backward between opened tabs

Bugfixes and minor changes:

  • Reduced time between TCP keepalive packets to 15 minutes on supporting platforms
  • Fixed saving of directory listing filters with an attribute condition

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900th Post

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This is our 900th blog post.

When we first started this blog about four years ago, it was simply a place for us to pretty much store guides for ourselves to refer back to. Over the years it has grown and grown and we are on average now seeing around 6000 visitors a day as well as over 2000 likes on Facebook and over 700 followers on Twitter.

We could never have imagined getting that sort of traffic and its a nice feeling to know that we are able to help people with our guides.

So we would like to thank each and everyone of our visitors in making continuing with this site worth it.

How to add VK.com to your Jetpack Sharing Buttons

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If you want to add a VK.com Jetpack sharing buttons then there is a very simple way of doing this.

Just login to your WordPress administrator site and navigate to Settings > Sharing:

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You should then scroll down to the Sharing Buttons section and click on the “Add a new service” link:

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You should then have a lightbox pop up and you will need to enter the following details into the fields:

Service Name: Вконтакте

Sharing URL: https://vk.com/share.php?url=%post_url%

Icon URL: https://vk.com/images/vk16.png

Once completed it should look like this:

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Click on Create Share Button and you should now see the button appear as an option to add to your sharing buttons:

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SCCM – How to Create a DCM Item to Detect If the Firewall Is Off

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We recently came across a great guide on how to setup a DCM item to detect if any users machines had the Windows Firewall turned off and how to report on it.

So, we thought we would share this guide with our visitors, so head on over to MyITForum to check out how to carry this out.

SCCM – DCM item to detect Firewall settings

Russian VK.com Social Media Site

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We have now joined VK.com which is a massive Russian social media site.

We do tend to get emails from our Russian visitors who inquire about sharing our posts on VK.com so we have now also added a VK.com sharing button at the bottom of all our posts.

You can see the sharing button at the end of all posts here:

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Clicking this will enable you to share to your own VK.com profile.

If you wish to add us as a friend on VK.com then please click the button below:

TechyGeeksHome VK.com Profile

Add VK Share Button to your WordPress Site

If you want to see how you can add a VK.com sharing button to your WordPress blog, we have created a step by step guide on how to do this. Simply hit the button below to go to the guide:

Add a VK Share Button

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SCCM Task Sequence Error – Can’t find script engine VBScript

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We have recently started to have problems with running a CScript command in one of our SCCM task sequences where we send the local computer description to Active Directory to automatically set the Active Directory computer name description.

It has always worked fine but seemed to have stopped working after the latest hot fix. So, after many hours of Googling, we found an excellent guide to resolve this issue.

Go over to Lars Lohmann Blem’s Blog and you will find the instructions on how to fix this annoying error.

WSUS Installation Errors on Microsoft Server 2012

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We have recently been installing WSUS on a rebuilt Microsoft Server 2012 and found that although the role would install without any issue, when we tried to run the configuration wizard we were getting an error and in the log file it stated:

“Config file did not contain a value “ContentDirectory””

So, first of all, we needed to fix this problem of the role not knowing where to create our WSUS datastore on the server. To do this, go to the following location on the server:

 C:WindowsSystem32ServerManagerComponentConfiguration  

Then you need to edit the following file:

 UpdateServices-Services.xml  

In this file, you need to add the location of where you want your WSUS datastore to be, in our case it is “S:WSUS”, so we will open the XML file and add that into it just after the “PROPERTY” line within a VALUE like below:

 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-16"?>  
 <INSTANCE CLASSNAME="ServerComponent_UpdateServices_Services">  
 <PROPERTY NAME="ContentDirectory" TYPE="string">  
 <VALUE>S:WSUS</VALUE>  
 </PROPERTY>
 <PROPERTY NAME="ContentLocal" TYPE="boolean">  
 <VALUE>true</VALUE>  
 </PROPERTY>  
 </INSTANCE>  

Once you have made these changes, go ahead and save the XML file. You can then try and run the configuration wizard again. This time it should create the “S:WSUS” folder and this may be the end of your issues. However, there are more steps for other issues you may encounter which we did. So, if you run the configuration wizard and it still does not work after the above change, you may then get an error stating the following:

“Config file did not contain a value “InstanceName””

So, this time you will need to edit the following file:

 C:WindowsSystem32ServerManagerComponentConfigurationUpdateServices-DB.xml  

You will need to make a change in that file. You will need to enter the name of your WSUS database, so if we take the default that is created which is “SUSDB” and add that into the XML file just after the “PROPERTY” line within a VALUE like below::

 <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-16″?>  
 <INSTANCE CLASSNAME=”ServerComponent_UpdateServices_Database”>  
 <PROPERTY NAME=”InstanceName” TYPE=”string”>  
 <VALUE>SUSDB</VALUE>  
 </PROPERTY>  
 </INSTANCE>  

Then you should go ahead and run the configuration wziard again. Again, this may now fix your issues, but it may not as there are some more changes that may need to be made as in our case!

So, the configuration wizard process may look like it has got further this time but not fully completed and you are now getting an error stating:

“System.Net.Sockets.SocketException (0x80004005): No such host is known”

So, this is where you have to run the configuration process manually using PowerShell. So, go ahead and start up PowerShell but make sure that you have “Run as Admin” so that it is elevated to allow it to make the changes it will need to carry out.

Once you have PowerShell open, you should browse to the following location on the server:

 C:Program FilesUpdate ServicesTools  

You then need to run the “WSUSUTIL.EXE” program within the PowerShell command box with the parameters that you require:

 wsusutil.exe postinstall CONTENT_DIR=S:WSUS SQL_INSTANCE_NAME=SQLSERVER.domain.local  

where:

  • wsusutil.exe – the utility to start the process
  • postinstall – post install configuration
  • CONTENT_DIR=S:WSUS – the location of your WSUS datastore
  • SQL_INSTANCE_NAME=SQLSERVER.domain.local – your WSUS SQL server name

You should now find that your WSUS console will open and is ready to use!