HOW TO: Use Powershell to obtain PC Serial Number

Open powershell and enter the following :

Which will return the system’s serial number registered in the BIOS.

:-) Enjoy.

 

Autumn Clean/Update

I’ve spent sometime this morning cleaning up the broken area’s of this site.

The tabs plugin I was using in the Toolbox area wasn’t working and I’ve yet to figure out why or find one that I like, so, for the time being I have returned to the list format. Nice and simple.

The “What’s My IP Plugin” stopped working, there was a naming conflict.  I’ve now resolved this and submitted it to the WordPress Plugin Directory, which should prevent it from happening in the future. I have also moved it from “Incubator” to the “Toolbox” menu as it’s really completed.

I’m not getting around to posting as much as I would like and I do have things I would like to post, lost of articles started and unfinished. :-( I’ve been really bust of late with family and work life and any spare time that I have had has been used catching up on the latest going’s on around Windows 10 and ASP.NET.

Thanks for reading and if you have any suggestions or notice any issues with the site then please do use the contact form and let me know.

Until next time, Happy Computing. :-)

 

Windows 10

Download

You can Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise Direct here once it gets published on the Windows Insider Program on October 1st 2014. The download will offer a burnable/bootable ISO-file of around 4GB.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-technical-preview-for-enterprise

  • Windows 10 will bring back a full featured Start menu as a mix of the traditional one found on Windows 7 combined with Modern UI tiles of Windows 8.
  • Microsoft plans to add many features found in Windows Phone 8.1, like the Cortana digital assistant. Other possible apps might be Storage Sense, Wi-Fi Sense might and a Notification Center.
  • Cortana will be included into later builds of Windows 10. The Windows 10 Technical Preview for Enterprise will come without Cortana.
  • Windows 10 will allow Windows Store apps to run inside realizable windows on the desktop.
  • The charms-bar will be disabled on installations for desktop pcs and stay activated on touch-based devices. Microsoft wants to avoid annoyances of users that are not interested in the modern UI interface and mostly use desktop-programs.
  • “Task view” is a new button on the taskbar. When you click task view it launches multiple desktops at the bottom of the interface that show all the apps that are currently open, like on OS X’s Exposé. You can switch between different desktops with multiple apps running in their own separate areas.
  • Windows 10 improves the App switcher of Windows 8.1 that gets activated when swiping with the finger into the screen from the left side. This gesture also activates task view using big preview windows on the screen.

Microsoft have version jumped before, with Word from 2.0 to 6, way back in 1993, yes I’m old enough to remember that far back! :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Word

 

Windows 9 Leaked Videos

Not much to add really, apart from I like the changes and can’t wait to play around with it. The question is do I dare install this on to my Surface Pro 3?

 

Site Down!

I upgraded to version 4.0 and it took my site out last night, I was too sleepy to fix it last night, now it’s fixed.  Sorry about that folks. :-)

 

Windows Phone Update Error 0x8188308

The latest update from Microsoft for Windows Phone, the one that added app folders, would not install on my device Lumia 920.  According to Microsoft resetting you phone wouldn’t work, so after waiting for Microsoft to fix the issue and getting fed up of the update prompts, I took the plunge and reset my phone.   I backed up first of course. :-)

After resetting the phone and it rebooting it started updating, which was a little odd as it wasn’t part of the development program yet as I hadn’t re-registered it via the Preview for Developers App.

I didn’t re-enter my Microsoft credentials for my Microsoft account, I just wanted to see what I could do before having to restore and then to find that I had to wipe again… I was happy with it as it was, but couldn’t see a way of restoring from a backup without factory resetting again, so this is what I did.

Again when it restarted it installed another update…. odd.   This time I did enter my Microsoft Account and allowed it to restore from backup, then I re-registered the phone via the Preview for Developers App and it downloaded two updates 8.10.14147.180 and 8.10.14157.200 and it all installed fine.

So this worked for me, it may work for you, good luck and if you have any success then let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

Halo: Nightfall

First trailer of Halo nightfall has been released. Here’s the official description from Microsoft:

“Halo: Nightfall follows the origin story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra. Led by Locke, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) agents are forced to coordinate with a Sedran commander with a remarkable history and deep-rooted mistrust of ONI. As the plot unravels, they’re drawn to an ancient, hellish artifact where they’re forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives. Agent Locke is a new character in the Halo universe poised to play a major role in Halo 5: Guardians releasing on Xbox One in 2015.”

 

Hyper-V 2012 : “no active network adapters found”

So your playing… sorry… learning/working with Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and installing/configuring virtual switches.   Your configuration doesn’t take and in the Job’s windows from VMM, you see something like the following: –

HyperVVMMJobsError

 

You log onto the physical console of the server and see that the network connection, now reads  “no active network adapters found”.

Of course the next step is to Google the error, you most likely found lots of posts informing you how to install drivers, etc.   If like me you also Google for a powershell command to remove the device of device manager, in the hope that when you next restart, it will be re-installed and start working again and come up empty handed.

If only you could access device manager and remove the card as you can when you have access to the GUI.  Well you can access device manager from the command line, but not using powershell command, a good old “.exe” is in order.

The version of DevCon.exe required to function with Windows 8/2012 is located in the Windows Development Kit.  Which can be downloaded here.

See here for usage of DevCon.exe.  Useful to know.

 

Clicking Links from Word/Excel doesn’t launch IE

Had an irritating issue, when clicking http links from within Word and else where, you receive something like :

“This operation has been canceled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”

“Your organization’s policies are preventing us from completing this action for you. For more info, please contact your help desk.”

This appears to happen after Chrome has been uninstalled.  You can go into the regsitery and update the correct key, etc.  I found a handy Microsoft Article, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310049.

 

DirectAccess

I’ve been wanting to play around with Microsoft Direct Access since it was first released with Windows Server 2008.  The issue back then way the requirement for multiply public IP Addresses, which was out of reach for my home broadband connectivity at the the time.

If you haven’t come across Direct Access, it’s a VPN from client to server, without the VPN Client.  I tend to think off it as VPN over HTTP just like Exchange (Outlook Client) Over HTTP. It allows the user to just work on the company network at all times as long as they have a internet connection.

With the introduction of Windows Server 2012/R2, Microsoft have reduced the requirements of Direct Access to a single public IP Address. Which allows it to be used by SME’s, right?  Well kind of, it Direct Access is only supported in Windows 7/8 Enterprise.  Such a dumb move by Microsoft.

We (YourIT Pro) rolled out Direct Access (In our office) to take a look how it all works and how well.

We configured it as per the guides and it should of just worked, but it didn’t, we couldn’t get a connection.  That evening I duplicated our office configuration in my home lab environment and continued the next day, still not getting a connection and after Binging/Googling, I found this update (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929930) and a reboot later I got a connection from my laptop to my home lab.

Yet the office configuration just wouldn’t work, the only thing that was different between the Office configuration and the Lab configuration was the router.  In the Office we were using a Draytek Vigor 2820 in the Lab we were using a DrayTek Vigor 2830.  We switch the router and it all started working. :-)

The only reason I can think why this resolved the issue is that the DrayTek Vigor 2830 supports IPv6.

Below are the various links that we used troubleshooting and configuration guides.

Troubleshooting tool : - http://directaccess.richardhicks.com/tag/windows-7/

Hotfix We Installed : – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929930

Installation Guide: – http://robertsmit.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/directaccess-on-windows-2012/

Once we got this all working, we were very impressed on how it all works.  Group Policy settings work, file shares appears immediately.

I hope this post helps if your looking to deploy this technology. Feel free to fire any questions that you may have. :-)