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Double key encryption

Microsofts latest addition to the Information Protection ecosystem, allows for total control over corporate data and could for some companies allow for critical data to flow through the Office365 platform. But there are some caveats and before immersing into the solution we recommend being very aware of these. From the

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Non-Destructive PIN reset

When we use Windows Hello for Business and a user forgets the PIN, it can be reset directly from the sign-in page. By default, this will be a destructive PIN reset, the existing PIN, and underlying credentials, including any keys or certificates added to their Windows Hello container, will be

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PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit – Fundamentals

When you automate your application stack, have you really made the standard you need for your colleagues to be on the same level as you? Are your company fit for application management the cool way? In this demo I will give you a well proven framework to automate applications to

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Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.5.10018

Citrix has released a new version of Citrix Receiver for Windows, new version is 4.5.10018: You will find ADMX/ADML files in the installation folder (C:Program Files (x86)CitrixICA ClientConfiguration) or here https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver/windows/receiver-for-windows-latest.html Starting with Version 4.5, all Citrix Receiver for Windows template files are merged into a single file called receiver.adm

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Where to download Makecert.exe or Certmgr.exe?

You may need Makecert.exe or Certmgr.exe to deal with certificates, but where to download? There are more than one way to get your hands on these files, but one way is to start a virtual Windows 8.1 client and install Windows Software Development KIT (SDK). Go to the address https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/bg162891.aspx

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KMS update for Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7

  Until now KMS support for Windows 10 clients has only been available on Windows 8, 8.1, 2012 and 2012 R2. But now Microsoft has released an update that enables Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2 KMS hosts to activate Windows 10. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3079821 http://larslohmann.blogspot.dk/2015/07/windows-10-kms-keys-and-kms-server.html

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There was an error connecting to VMware vSphere Update Manager

You might see this error after installing VMware Update Manager plug-in. There was an error connecting toVMware vSphere Update Manager. Database temporarily unavailable or has network problems. The problem here could be that you installed Update Manager with a remote SQL 2005, 2008 or 2012 database using Windows Authentication and

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VMware vCenter Server SQL problems

When installing vCenter server and you plan to use a external SQL 2012 server, you might see this error even though you already created the required System DSN: No system DSNs were found on this machine. Please create a DSN for your external database, and click the refresh button. One

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Office 2013 and OCT update

I know that this is for some old news, but I still see customers struggling with this problem. When you use the ISO Office Professional Plus 2013 with Service Pack 1 or Lync 2013 with Service Pack 1 from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), and customize installation with a

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VSphere client unable to connect to vCenter 6

You might be unable to connect from your vSphere client to your new vCenter 6.0 server: The vSphere Client could not connect to xxxx. Connecting to Virtual Center is not supported by this client. You can use it to connect only to ESX server. But wait a moment we know

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Acrobat Reader add-on gets disabled periodically in Internet Explorer

I have started to see sporadic problems whit the Adobe reader plug-in in Internet Explorer 11. The problem is that the plug-in will at some point in time be added to a registry key blocking the plug-in: HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExtSettings{CA8A9780-280D-11CF-A24D-444553540000} Deleting the key or if the user disables and then enables the

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Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.3

Citrix has released a new version of Citrix Receiver for Windows, new version is 4.3.0.5014 At last this version includes ADMX support files (still need some improvements ) Download installation file: https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver/windows/receiver-for-windows-43.html Changes is this version: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX138197 And finally documentation: http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/receiver/windows/4-3.html

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Identify VMM RU6 installation (Update Rollup 6)

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager If you manually download the update packages from the Microsoft Update Catalog and install them by double-clicking the packages, you have to install the Virtual

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Citrix Receiver for Windows 4.2.100.14

Citrix has released a new version of Citrix Receiver for Windows, new version reported is 4.2.100.14 Download installation file : http://www.citrix.com/go/receiver.html Changes is this version: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX138197 Spring Forward to Receiver for Windows 4.2.100 (The Citrix Blog post) http://blogs.citrix.com/2015/04/14/spring-forward-to-receiver-for-windows-4-2-100/ And finally documentation: http://support.citrix.com/proddocs/topic/receiver-windows-42/receiver-windows-42-wrapper.html  

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Identify VMM RU5 installation

Update Please note this update released after RU 5 Hotfix for known issues in Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Original Post Microsoft has release Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Description of the security update for Update Rollup 5

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Identify VMM RU4 installation

Microsoft has release Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager http://support2.microsoft.com/kb/2992024. Let’s take a look on how we identify the versions installed. First the administrative console, you can see the current version by selecting about in the console: After the RU4 update for the console has

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Server Error in ‘/edgesight/setup’

You might see this error when you try to configure EdgeSight after installation. Server Error in ‘/edgesight/setup’ Access is denied This error is related to the problem with configuring Report Services http://larslohmann.blogspot.com/2013/12/ssrs-user-does-not-have-required.html The solution is once again to start Internet Explorer as administrator. And the we are able to start

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Operations Manager Failed to connect to server

You might see this error when you try to start the console 180 days after the installation of System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1. If you scroll down in Additional Information you will find the message: You have exceeded the evaluation period of this product. Please upgrade to the retail

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Office 2013 KMS keys

The default KMS keys used for volume licensing editions of Office 2013 are shown here: KMS Client Setup Keys Product KMS Client Setup Key (GVLK) Office 2013 Professional Plus YC7DK-G2NP3-2QQC3-J6H88-GVGXT Office 2013 Standard KBKQT-2NMXY-JJWGP-M62JB-92CD4 Project 2013 Professional FN8TT-7WMH6-2D4X9-M337T-2342K Project 2013 Standard 6NTH3-CW976-3G3Y2-JK3TX-8QHTT Visio 2013 Professional C2FG9-N6J68-H8BTJ-BW3QX-RM3B3 Visio 2013 Standard J484Y-4NKBF-W2HMG-DBMJC-PGWR7

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Old Versions and Release History

I often need to know what has changed in a software package since the last version. but just as often I need to debug with different versions of the same program. So here is a short list with links to old versions and version history/change logs. This is list is

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Latest version of VMware tools

I sometimes need to have access to the latest version of VMware tools or to a version matching a specific ESX version. This is for example the case when packaging the tools for use in a SCCM task sequence. VMware provides all the versions here: http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html You will be able

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Your Java version is insecure

This is an update I have personally been looking forward to for a very long time. When using Java in an enterprise environment the automatic Expiration Date has been a very big issue for many. Now with Java 7 Update 40 it looks like this warning can finally be disabled.

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Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon customizations

In Office 2013 the default location of Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon customizations is still saved in to AppDatalocal folder by default and because of these settings do not roam. In order for Quick Access Toolbar and Ribbon customizations to follow the roaming profile we can set a GPO. User

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Protected mode warning

If you disable protected mode you might see warnings like this when starting Internet Explorer Protected mode is turned off for the Internet and restricted sites zones or Protected mode is turned off for the Internet zone. One way to disable or hide this warning is to set a registry

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