Archive for the 'Microsoft' Category

Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Updates

Using PowerShell to Manage Windows Updates:  PSWindowsUpdate Often we have to update computers that have not – for whatever reason been updated in a long time. AND we often have to create new deploy images using sysprep. What usually happens is that Windows update will hang at ‘checking for updates’ for a very long time […]

Windows 8.1 news

If you are buying a new PC or laptop and you’ve been holding off because of the new Metro interface you might be in luck. It looks like Microsoft is pulling a ‘New Coke’ here and admitting that the ‘Metro’ desktop and lack of ‘Start’ button was a VERY BAD MOVE. Especially for those in […]

Install/Downgrade to Windows 7 from Windows 8 – HP laptop adventures

I’ve been without a good working portable/laptop computer for some time (had a couple liberated and another fail) and decided the time was nigh to purchase a very good one for my needs. I did loads of research on specs and ratings etc. of course, that’s part of what I’ve been doing for a few […]

Critical February Security Patches

Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday is next week. And it’s going to be VERY important Microsoft’s security patches are due to be released at 1:00pm EST on Tuesday 12th February. [Read more here from MS  ] The longer you take to update the security patches on your computer, the greater potential risk you could find yourself in!! […]

Moving Outlook files and Settings to New computer and error (0x8004010F) : ‘Outlook data file cannot be accessed

So after setting up new PC I’ve been going through some things that might help some others. I needed to transfer my Outlook profile to my new machine. AND I didn’t want to have to create all my connection settings over again. Yes I know I could just copy over my .pst file over to […]

How to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using VirtualBox

Here I am going to show you how to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview into a Virtual Machine using VirtualBox. I will be showing the method for Check out my previous article on ‘Getting Started with Virtualization’ first for a good primer.Make sure you have plenty of free hard drive space – probably 30GB should […]

Windows AND Mac System Security News 04-12-2012

For OSX users: Apple just released Java for OS X 2012-003, an update to the Java implementation in OS X. The update removes “the most common variants of the Flashback malware.” Check that out here. You should definitely update your Java NOW! For Windows users. It’s even scarier again. Trend Micro has found some scary […]

Exchange 2003 P2V and drive expansion fix

It’s been a long few weeks. I Had an Exchange 2003 server whose physical hardware was failing – drive and drive controller errors and the physical disk was running out of space on the system drive. Which happened to be the ONLY drive in the server. Yes I know that the system, log and dbase […]

Virtualization 101 – Getting started

It’s no secret I like Virtualization technologies a lot. I have written several other articles on some of my tips and tricks mostly involving creating Virtual Machines of OS X. You can read some of those here, here, here or simply just search my blog. For those who support multiple operating systems or simply have […]

Improving productivity and fun with browser add-ons and scripts

I spend all day working online and managing information systems. I was asked again how come I don’t have the same ‘bad experiences’ others do when browsing the internet. Why I don’t get things like getting ‘drive by Trojans’, bogus Anti-virus pop-ups, and obtrusive music or videos that play no matter what. I mentioned that […]