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  1. Goodbye old boy - Retiring our HTPC

    by , 29th December 2012 at 10:41 AM
    It’s a sad day today. Ever since Christmas morning and the kids began to play with their new (well, second hand but new to them) Wii, it has become obvious that it was now redundant.
    The media PC, the stalwart of living room entertainment for well over 4 years has to go. To be honest, it’s been on the cards since we got a Tivo box earlier in the year.
    We’ve had a media PC in the house since about 2004 when I used an old Athlon powered Shuttle PC to run Media Portal (MEDIAPORTAL - a HTPC Media Center for free! - MEDIAPORTAL) ...
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  2. Improving the Remote Desktop / Thin Client experience

    by , 26th December 2012 at 04:32 PM
    Those who follow my blogs will know that I run a Thin Client section of my network - powered by Windows Thin PC (aka Windows 7 lite... it runs NT6.1) with Server 2008 R2.

    This post follows http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/thescar...nt-part-2.html and

    Introduction
    Last time out on RDS, we set up Single Sign on, so that our users would log onto a Windows Thin PC as themselves, and changed the shell from "explorer.exe" so that instead a Remote Desktop session ...
  3. Upgrading the SCCM 2012 client to SP1

    by , 23rd December 2012 at 06:00 PM
    For those who have just upgraded to the final release of SP1 you will have found the client needs an upgrade. You can do this my one if these methods:

    1. Auto upgrade SCCM 2012 Clients
    2. Use the client upgrade package

    Step 1 would be easier, but for devices that go offline for long periods will not upgrade as well. If you use the deployment package and let the software install outside of maintenance windows it will get to all your machines better. Also step 1 will ...

    Updated 23rd December 2012 at 08:11 PM by FN-GM

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  4. Squid Proxy and Youtube for Schools

    by , 14th December 2012 at 04:24 PM
    Getting Youtube for Schools to work is something that is either easy, or an extreme PITA; which is entirely dependent upon what you use for a proxy. If you're reading this, then you know Squid falls in the ladder of those two scenarios.

    There are two ways to go about doing it: adding a custom HTTP header, or rewriting the URL on the fly. The cleanest way is using the custom HTTP header, but as of Squid 3.1 it doesn't natively support adding custom headers. You can only change existing ...

    Updated 14th December 2012 at 04:40 PM by Duke5A

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  5. Disable spell and grammar check for Office 2010

    by , 10th December 2012 at 10:30 AM
    It's that time of the year again when I have to start looking at disabling spell check on Word for various Mock Exams. If only Wordpad had headers and footers, I wouldn't need to go through this every year...

    Anyway, having updated to Office 2010 over the summer, my previous group policy objects aren't going to work with Office 2010, so time for a new way of doing things.
    First of all, I'll credit the website where I got the info, and feel free to follow them rather than my ...
  6. Pro's and Con's of SIMS implemented as a virtual server

    by , 10th December 2012 at 09:45 AM
    Hi,

    Basically we are looking into getting SIMS and we are wondering if anyone has any experience of running SIMS on a virtual server, Pros and Cons?

    The server we will be using is a file server will this cause any issues such as overloading?
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  7. Windows 7 shutdown through Group Policy Preferences

    by , 6th December 2012 at 05:20 PM
    Shutting down Windows 7 has been a bit of a bug bear, with some PCs refusing to shut down, or settings not quite working the way I wanted them to. In an ideal world, I wanted a situation where computers would attempt to shutdown at 3.15, and only stay on if someone was using it. The PC would then wait until 10 minutes after it had gone Idle, then shut itself down. In reality, the first part usually worked fine, the second part, not so much.

    My preferred method of shutting down is ...