Category: Technology

Installing Sony LocationFree Player on Windows x64

You can’t buy me anymore. I’ve been running 64-bit versions of Windows since Vista was released. Most software works perfectly fine but on occasion you find some weird software that just won’t install. One of these is Sony’s end-0f-life LocationFree Player software. It’s fairly obvious why this won’t install – they use a hard-coded batch file …

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Long delays when joining Lync conference call

Here’s the situation: You have your Lync conferencing set up to require dial-in users to record their name before joining a conference call. After they record their name and hit the # key, they are stuck in limbo, waiting for up to 70 seconds to join the call. There is no hold music or any …

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Windows Phone 7 for the IT Guy

I picked up an HTC Arrive the other day. This is the first Microsoft Windows Phone 7 (WP7) released by Sprint. I had been toting around a barely functional HTC Touch Pro 2 for the past 6 months. This old phone of mine would randomly reboot, not fire up applications, not properly refresh the screen …

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Determining VMWare hosts in SCOM

Out of the box, System Center Operations Manager tracks Hyper-V VM’s. But since most people use VMWare, it’s kind  of a useless feature. Below are the steps I used to determine my Windows VM servers and how to produce a report showing which of your SCOM managed servers are Windows VMWare VM’s. These 2 posts …

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Determining VMWare hosts in SCOM

Out of the box, System Center Operations Manager tracks Hyper-V VM’s. But since most people use VMWare, it’s kind  of a useless feature. Below are the steps I used to determine my Windows VM servers and how to produce a report showing which of your SCOM managed servers are Windows VMWare VM’s. These 2 posts …

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Fixing Polycom CX700 Device Update

We are in the process of implementing OCS 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition. One thing we never got going is updating a phone device (Specifically, the Polycom CX700). Updating the software (ie, the Communicator client) worked just fine. So below are the various things I tried in order to fix the issue, which I finally did.  …

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SCOM 2007 R2: File Name field

When creating a recovery script in a Process Monitor, you can enter things like the full script you want to run, the timeout (presumably, how long the script should maximally take to run) and parameters (to send a command line parameter to the script.) Then there is the “File Name” field. How does this field …

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OCS 2007 R2 “Limited External Calling” Error

The OCS Client shows an exclamation point. When you drill into the error, you see the following: Some calls to and from people outside of your corporate network may not connect due to server connectivity problems. Try signing out and signing back in. If this problem continues, contact your system administrator with this information If …

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Hacking a Linksys DCS-5300 Webcam

For reasons that I won’t get in to, I had to change the default HTTP port on my Linksys DCS-5300G wireless web camera. The camera has wireless networking built in so, if you can provide it power and keep it in reach of a wireless hub, you can set it anywhere you want. For example, …

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Exporting SSL Certificates from an F5 to IIS

This should work to export from Linux/Apache to IIS as well, but I haven’t tested it. Certainly, the paths will be different.  Essentially, you just need to run the following at the command line on the F5:  Openssl pkcs12 -export -out file.p12 -inkey /config/ssl/ssl.key/<domainname>.key -in /config/ssl/ssl.crt/<domainname>.crt  where <domainname> is the name of the certificate you want to …

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