Today we had an odd message in System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager. Software updates synchronization for the Software Update Point role failed
Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 7 64bit
We had an interesting issue with Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 7 64bit today – when opening a PDF from an untrusted website on the Internet, IE would display a grey/black ‘broken page’ icon in the top right with an ‘infobar’ message at the bottom: The webpage wants to run ‘AcroPDF.dll’. If you […]
Fun with Open DNS Resolvers (DDoS Amplification Attack)
I recently took on a new client who was having problems with a server on their site. They have a 1gbps dedicated connection to the Internet that was being saturated by an incoming DDoS attack. Opening Resource Monitor on their gateway yielded some interesting results – there were thousands of DNS queries being performed per […]
“Bloody hell”. I actually said that out loud whilst testing the new version of Opera’s browser ‘Opera Next’ (http://www.opera.com/developer/next) I would post a video of it installing, but it would only be about three seconds long!
New Approaching Nirvana Album Out!
Those of you who know me will know that I’m a massive fan of Approaching Nirvana. First heard them on a soundtrack for a YouTube video. Anyway – check out their new album on bandcamp here: http://music.approachingnirvana.com/album/group-12
Technical Stuff – SYSVol DFS Replication Annoyances
So today I just happened to notice that one of our DCs at work didn’t have the latest version of a GPO. I was creating a new policy using Group Policy Preferences (amazing bit of kit btw – have a look at Alan Burchill’s how to get rid of your logon scripts video here: http://www.grouppolicy.biz/2012/09/teched-2012-video-how-to-get-rid-of-your-logon-scripts-the-easy-and-free-way/), […]
Technical Stuff – Windows 8 Console Lock Timeout
Windows 8 has a fantastic lock screen that displays the time and a picture of your choosing. That is until 60 seconds are up, and Microsoft decided that this would be a great time to turn the screen off, especially when there’s already a setting that does something similar in power options.
The Internet Explained – Bandwidth
BT recently announced its plans to get rid of bandwidth caps and traffic management on all but their entry-level broadband packages.1 We ask the questions: ‘What is Bandwidth?’; ‘What is Traffic Management?’ and ‘What does it mean for me?’.
Technical Stuff – Deduplicated Data Backup with DPM
One of our backup technicians escalated an issue to me today after they noticed it in the Data Protection Manager console recently. Nothing out of the ordinary I thought – Replica is inconsistent. Usually happens when the server is switched off incorrectly or crashes.