I don’t have a fix of my own for this, but I am seeing a lot of people finding my site through various search engines from my previous Windows RT fix. This is not an issue I have experienced and at the moment is not something I am looking into.

If you need help then the following Microsoft article has some details on a fix.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2982791

If you know of another site with more “friendly” instructions, let me know and I’ll link it here. If this problem persists, or if I encounter it myself I will look to post my own fix if nothing else appears from Microsoft.

Looking for a quick way to migrate your server files and shares to a new server while keeping all the permissions in-tact?

This blog has the simplest method I’ve found. A simple xcopy (could substitute robocopy with /mir for increased functionality) and a simple reg export/import for the shares. Brilliant.

http://www.techieshelp.com/migrate-files-and-shares-to-server-2012-guide/

 

This has bugged me for YEARS.

Take a column full of US dates in Excel that have been formatted as text and convert them to a “proper” format that can actually be used to sort by… i.e. the date format used by the rest of the world.

While annoying, this is relatively easy if all your dates are in fixed width mm/dd/yy (e.g. 03/12/14) or mm/dd/yyyy format, you can just use simple mid/left/right formulas to extract them knowing exactly where each will be.

If on the other hand the dates are in m/d/yy (e.g. 3/5/14 or 25/11/14) or m/d/yyyy format then it gets a bit messier as you now need to start finding and splitting the text at the slashes.

Today I found a really simple way to do it.

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Have you noticed that the Metro / ModernUI Internet Explorer has gone missing or only starts the desktop version?

If you don’t like the “full-screen” Metro / Modern UI version of Internet Explorer, then this post is for you.

If you do like it, then this post is for you also.

I for one do like the ModernUI version of IE, both on the desktop and on my Surface. On the desktop I mostly use it when reading news sites and such, but it still serves a purpose for me.

Today I noticed it wasn’t working anymore. When I click the big ‘e’ icon on the Start Screen it would switch over and start the desktop version. I tried doing a search on my desktop for Internet Explorer, but still, only the desktop version would appear. Most peculiar.

After a bit of digging around I found the following option to “Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop” under the IE options Programs tab, but it was greyed out and I couldn’t change it. Most peculiar

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After 4 years of trusty and indestructible service from my Samsung Omnia 7 I’ve finally upgraded my phone. Although I would *love* to get the latest shiny thing as soon as it comes out, I also have an issue with the whole throw-away mentality that consumer technology seems to have created. I tend to use my technology to the point where it is no longer able to do what it’s intended purpose is. Essentially, I will use it to death.

So after going through the pain of deciding if I was going to stick with Windows Phone or make the jump to Android (iOS really doesn’t appeal to me) the Lumia 930 was released. So I folded and decided to give MS one more go. Fingers crossed they don’t abandon me again like they did with WP7.

I’m not reviewing the phone in detail here, just listing my observations and comparisons against the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) environment I’m coming from.

(Updates added to the end of the post as I go)

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Another one of those “this has been bugging me for ages” things. Sometime *ages* ago one of my servers had an unexpected shutdown (crash/bugcheck whatever). After it came back up and all the various repair and recovery stuff completed it was back to normal… more or less.

One thing that started happening was that the task scheduler would throw an error “Task Scheduler is not available. Task Scheduler will attempt to reconnect to it.” every time it was opened, and some scheduled tasks didn’t always seem to trigger.

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Overall I didn’t bother about it too much as I planned to decommission the server anyway. One and a half years later, the server is still going :sigh:

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When working with new packages, in particular very large ones, or when performing an action with a wizard that insists on adding distribution points (e.g. Software Update download) I find it helpful to use a “dummy” Distribution Point Group.

The reason for this is simple. For example, I want to create a new Software Updates deployment package that will contain a lot of updates, and using the wizard it requires me to select a target to distribute this new package to. I plan to add other updates or make further changes so I don’t really want (or need) it to be sent to an actual DP just yet. This is especially true when creating temporary update source content (another issue for another post).

To work around this, I just create a “Blank”, or testing Distribution Point Group with no members. This DP Group is perfectly fine to use in the wizard and allows the package source to be created and downloaded without then needing to wait for it to be sent to the DP.