Tag: Windows

Windows Preview – Running Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

This is something that hit the news in the last 24 or so hours and is a in my opinion a game changer. I expect this will have significant impact in the way a lot people might work.

Just click the image below to be redirected to the site/video.

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I’ll admit, I would probably configure this myself on my Windows 10 computer(s) if and when it becomes available.

Simpana 10 – Windows File System iDA installation on Windows Server 2008 R2

Just a quick demo of installing Windows File System iDA on Windows Server 2008 R2.

There is no audio in this clip, so you won’t hear me discuss any aspect of the installation and/or options being used.

Documentation for this operation available here. (Interactive Install – Standard)

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Crucial 256GB m550 SSD

I’ve been in the market for a new SSD, as the one I had was a little small. Just as I was about to purchase one I saw a special come up for Crucial 256GB m550 SSD. So I ordered one.

This has been installed into my Intel Celeron based NUC and it makes a massive difference over a traditional drive. I’d previously been using a Corsair 120GB SSD so I knew what to expect.

I still want to purchase another one for everyday machine, which will also be my gaming machine too. Not sure what brand I will buy for that machine when it comes time.

Transporter Sync – Use case

As previously posted I bought a Transporter Sync, as after some review I could see a use case for it and felt it could be a good addition for me and my environment.

Below I am going to talk about my use case and provide insight on how I am using it, so that others might get an understanding of some of the capabilities of the device. This is merely a sample of the capabilities, as when you have 2 or more units you can sync data between them (including data contained in the Transporter Library folder).

First thing I should mention is the folders associated with the installation of the software, and this is something they cover on every client installation performed, however it can seem a bit confusing, but it’s really simple.

Below is a screen grab showing the welcome message from the installer.

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Transporter Folder is files/folders that will exist on any computer where the client is installed, unless your use selective sync to turn them off to stop syncing on that computer.

It will also contain a folder called Transporter Library, which if any data is copied to this path will ONLY exist on the Transporter, and will not remain on your computer. So if your computer dies or the Transporter dies, data in the Transporter Library goes with it. HOWEVER, Transporter Library folder can be configured to sync to another Transporter device associated with your account.

Example below, on what this Transporter Folder might look like, note I have created several shared folders, hence I have a number of additional folders shown, blurred out for privacy reasons.

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For example the folder above named Public, is a shared folder I created using the Web Portal that allows me to drop files into this location, and send web links to people so they can view the file and/or download the file.

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The next screen from the Web Portal is the properties for the shared folder, you will note that it has Transporter Require: No, so I can create web links to any content from my Computer of any content on this shared folder.

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Below is a demo showing me right clicking a file and showing the Transporter content menu for creating a link to a file.

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Below is a link to the file as created above, so you can see what it looks like;

Click here.

Created links can be viewed/managed from the Web Portal too, as shown below;

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From here you can delete them, and set an expiring for it.

The feature of the product which I was most excited about, was Special Folders. Below is a screen capture as taken from the Transporter Windows Client where I am looking at the Preferences, where this is configured.

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In this example, I have selected “My Documents” and what happens when I do this is that the existing files/folders in “My Documents” are moved to a folder that is named after my machines host name. Soon as that is complete, it starts to sync the entire contents to the Transporter hard drive.

At this point, if I save anything into the “My Documents” folder structure top level, and the newly created folder with my machines host name. It instantly syncs to the Transporter.

Now the magic happens when I install the client on another computer that I use, and enable this feature again on the next computer. It will again create a folder under “My Documents” that is based on the machines host name, and move all the data below this. It of course instantly syncs this data to the Transporter.

However, you will also see the folder and data from the first machine appear too. Like wise when I go back to the first computer, it will show the data from the 2nd computer’s “My Documents” folder.

The creation of the folder based on the machines host name, is stop file conflicts where both machines might have the same file name, and allows you to manually merge it all. i.e. move content back to the My Documents top level folder to create a true single pane.

Now when you save any files/folders into My Documents on either computer, both machines instantly see this due to an immediate sync, and transporter gets a sync too. Now you could access this data from the iOS and/or Android device too, once you log on with your user account used on the Transporter Desktop client installs.

Selective Sync is an option that can be used to limit what shared folders sync on other machines, so if you had 3 shared folders, you might not want all 3 shared folders to sync on your 2nd computer, so you could turn them all off, or just individual ones. As shown below;

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I’ll post more info and screen captures in the coming days, but I wanted to post out something to account for what I have used so far.

Transporter Sync Ordered

After some careful consideration and additional research, as noted from my previous blog post. I ordered a Transporter Sync yesterday, as I really wanted to get my hands on one so I could honestly evaluate it.

I was a little disappointed to get a promo email after signing up that was targeted to the US market only that they can buy 2 units and only pay for the price of 1. If only we had those sorts of deals in Australia (APAC region). I also thought why send me advertising/promo emails after I signed up for a region in which I am not even the target market for. Seems a bit silly. I provided this feedback to them directly, so hopefully they improve that.

Simpana 10 – MySQL on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Video example

Just a quick demo of installing MySQL on Windows Server 2008 R2, followed by the installation of Simpana 10 MySQL iDA.

We also enable Binary Logging on MySQL so we can perform Log backups, configure the MySQL instance in Simpana and run some backup tests.

You can watch the following video for the demo/example.

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Simpana 10 – PostgreSQL on Windows Server 2008 R2 – Video example

I know it’s been a little while since I did one of these, but I suddenly found myself in a position where I could do one so I quickly put this together.

Unfortunately its in 3 parts, so if you watch the 3 clips below end to end it will make sense.

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

You’ll notice I even made some mistakes in part 3, but I worked with it and used it to demonstrate how you can troubleshoot this type of issue.

If you find this valuable and/or have any questions, just drop me a comment. Always love to hear feedback.

Continued success with Intel DN2820FYKH NUC

Readers (if I have any *hehe*) will remember that I have been using Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s. You can check out my previous posts about these from the link here.

Earlier last month I mounted them using the Vesa mounts onto the back of my LG 24″ displays. Picture below will show you what it looks when this has been performed, as the LG monitors have stands that don’t use the Vesa mounts.

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Intel DN2820FYKH NUC mounted on Monitor Vesa Mount

As you can see from the above picture, this is a rather good way to position the NUC, and is now the way I have been using them since early December.

I’ve running Windows 8.1 Pro on one of my units now for a good period of time and must say I still like it. Sure it’s not the faster machine in the world, but for light duties it works very awesome. Just don’t go try and stream 1080P content from youtube with it.

Both my Intel DN2820FYKH NUC’s have 8GB ram and an Intel 802.11ac (dual band) cards. One unit has traditional 500GB notebook drive, and the other has a 120GB SSD.

If you have any questions at all regarding these units, feel free to contact me. Happy to share my experience with them.

Below is a screen capture from Windows 8.1 Pro Task Manager showing my typical usage after a few days.

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Touching on Linux for a moment, the Ubuntu 14.04 when booted on the units detects all hardware, including the bluetooth/wifi card combination.

VMware Workstation Bridged Networking failures post install of Citrix Access Gateway

I’ve been a long time user of VMware Workstation and it’s Bridged Networking features for guests.

It was my surprise that once I installed the latest Citrix Access Gateway (which we need installed to use work’s VPN) that the VMware Workstation Bridged Networking between my guest and my physical client stopped working.

Guest can get DHCP IP from my router on my network no problem and access the internet and other computers/resources. Except it cannot talk over the bridged network interface to the IP being used by the physical host. Nor can physical host talk to guest over the bridged network IP address.

This all use to work fine on previously releases of Citrix Access Gateway, but since going to version 10.1.121.10, this no longer works. I’ve reinstalled Windows twice and both times no change. Soon as the VPN software goes on the communication breaks. You can uninstall it and it comes good.

I’ve narrowed it down to the DNE Lightweight Filter that gets installed onto the primary network card.

Currently awaiting confirmation from Citrix as I asked my work to log a support call to them to confirm if this condition is known and/or possible to workaround at this time.

I tried with VMware Workstation 9 and 10. Same condition.

How to turn off Windows 7 sharing wizard

I know Microsoft tried to make Windows 7 and other OS versions easier with each release, however by implementing wizards to guide a user can sometimes be a little annoying, as it hides the good options you’d sometimes want to use. Not to mention make the steps to do something longer.

If you find yourself needing to turn off the Windows 7 Sharing Wizard, you can do it via the process below. Watch the video to see this process played out.