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Vista Recorded TV

Posted in I.T. Support, MCE (Vista) by Chucky on the March 27th, 2007

I’ve Googled this one, to death! A shout out for help. I have 1TB of disk space for recording TV. Great idea, right? Well, whenever anyone goes into Recorded TV, they have to wait at least 15 seconds while Vista goes and refreshes all the Thumbnails. This makes watching TV a nightmare, expecially with kids who can’t wait!

So if anyone knows how to force Vista to STORE these thumbnails and NOT refresh them continuously, please tell me! (They’re just too pretty to turn off - I can’t figure out how to turn them off anyway!)

Otherwise, I can’t wait for Vista Service Pack 1!

Go Broncos!

Posted in I.T. Support by Chucky on the March 25th, 2007

You may have seen this Ad on TV. It is great! Full credit to NRMA and the Broncos for their efforts. It is important though, as there are a lot of “Dodgey” companies out there that may resort to doing this to your server! Take care in choosing your new I.T. Service Provider! And of course, I just had to mention, we’ve just launched a new range of IT Support Plans that give you unlimited access to a full team of IT Support professionals for a fixed monthly cost. Contact us for more info. Go Broncos!
Go Broncos!

New Server

Posted in I.T. Support by Chucky on the March 17th, 2007

So we took the leap and bought a new server. The need for more serious grunt warrants the cost! So I decided to setup the box myself, during spare time, and tonight it decided to show me this message:

OS/2 !! SYS01475
OS/2 !! SYS02027

So I Googled it and came up with the solutions to fix the boot sectors, do this, do that. Then I read some more and some intelligent person posted “Make sure there is no floppy in the drive..”. This guy deserves a gold medal because that’s all it was. So I pushed that little button and woosh, back on track.

This brings me to my next point. Why are we still using floppy drives?? Try and install Windows Server 2003 on a machine with any sort of RAID controller, you better make sure you have a floppy drive! But if you’re tech in this industry, you already have your own USB floppy drive, right? Get one! You WILL need it and you don’t want to be hunting for a computer shop in the middle of a Sunday during your big weekend setup!

The next version of Windows (Whatever breed it be) better be able to accept USB sticks, CD-ROMs, whatever when it comes to installing custom drivers.

And finally, where is my boot-cd from Microsoft (I’m not paying for this by the way) that you just put in, and it does a CHKDSK (Auto-magically) without even asking anyone, anything. This would save at least $1 Million dollars in IT Support calls in Australia per year alone.

“MMC cannot open the file C:\windows\system32\gpmc.msc”

Posted in SBS 2003 by Chucky on the March 13th, 2007

If you’ve been fiddling around with your Server and the various service packs, release packs and jet packs (that is a joke) then you may have come across this problem the message above.

What’s happened is, the snap in has gone and saved how you use that snap in. But, since you’ve been stuffing around, that customisation file dosn’t match your current version of the .MSC.

Easy fix is to remove (Rename first please - you might need it??) the file(s) from the following folder:

?? \ APP DATA \ Microsoft \ MCC

You’ll find a bunch of files in here. Rename the one(s) that you’re having isues with.

MYOB and Forms and and..

Posted in I.T. Support, MYOB by Chucky on the March 13th, 2007

I know next to nothing about MYOB, and that is the way I like it. But if you have clients that use MYOB, you should learn how to use it, right?

Well, if you have custom Forms in MYOB and you actually want them to work, remember to set the user as an Administrator. It may well be enough for them to be a Power User, but you can test that yourself.

Sometimes, software should just be scrapped, and re-written from the ground up. This program just keeps getting a new number after its name each year, with a couple of new features here, couple new features there, but in reality, you’re just re-buying the same thing every 12 months. Fun isnt it!

And those changes that do actually mean something, like when the Australian Government introduced this thing called GST, well those updates should be FREE! People invest good time and money into buying the package, all the extras and training staff. Stop ripping people off!

Migrating from SBS 2003 to SBS 2003 (Hardware Upgrade)

Posted in Active Directory, Exchange Server 2003, SBS 2003 by Chucky on the March 11th, 2007

You’d think it would be a simple task, moving SBS Server 2003 to a new machine. Well, it isn’t. I ended up doing a lot of research and discovered lots of people wanting money in exchange for an easy to use guide in doing this. Well, it isn’t that hard!

1. Backup your server to another computers hard drive (tapes take too long for this)

2. Build your new server, load all the software, drivers, etc.

3. Jump on your current SBS server and rename it - it’s as simply as renaming a workstation!

4. Rename your new server as the old one was, same Name, Domain, IP, etc.

5. Unplug your old server from the network - they fight like cats and dogs if you leave it connected

6. Transfer your Active Directory to the new server - there are many ways to do this, whether you restore it from a backup (this wipes all your new hardware drivers, so last resort people), demoting/promoting etc.

7. Restore all files, shares, etc

8. Reboot, another one won’t hurt, hey

9. On the new server, find the Exchange data folder that you created during the setup wizard (make sure its the same drive/folder as the old server). Now you want to disable the MS Exchange Services. Go into services manager and stop them all.

10. Plug in your old server and copy across the exchange data to the folder in step 9.

10. Reboot.

11. Done.

12. No need for fancy Swing’s or Forklifts, or fairy’s with magic wands. Copy paste!

You may have to fiddle about a bit, google a few errors, but thats the basics. Enjoy!

Hidden devices

Posted in I.T. Support by Chucky on the March 11th, 2007

Ever upgraded a computers hardware, but the device drivers are hidden, still hanging around? This is a neat trick to rid it from your system:

  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269155

1. Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
2. Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
3. Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
4. Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
5. Expand the Network Adapters tree.
6. Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall.

TIP: Those items listed under “Non Plug and Play Devices”, the ones that are greyed out, you will need those, don’t delete them!