View RSS Feed

All Blog Entries

  1. Getting the UUID from a running Windows machine, or a computer's AD object

    by , 25th September 2012 at 04:27 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Duke5A View Post
    I was having issues with this too using WDS. The UUID is stored in the netbootguid property in the machine's computer object. If you were ever curious enough to want to find out what it is you can use this script:

    strLDAPComp = "LDAP://CN=machinename,OU=example computers,DC=example,DC=com"
    Set objComp = GetObject(strLDAPComp)
    Msgbox "AD UUID:" & ConvertObjectGuidToString(objComp.netbootguid)
    Function ConvertObjectGuidToString(ByVal
    VB Script
  2. 'nComputing corrupt' error

    by , 21st September 2012 at 11:17 AM
    Just had a problem where our thin nComputing L300 clients went blank.

    The Multipoint Server 2011 said that nComputing was corrupt.

    I went to reinstall nComputing but I got an error Failed install: HydraTS/HbHydrats getlasterror 0x2

    The problem was that the filewall was preventing the install. I turned the filewall off, the install went fine, picked up the old configuration and licencing and the thin clients came back up.

    Updated 21st September 2012 at 01:38 PM by Dos_Box

  3. question?

    by , 19th September 2012 at 07:57 PM
    I need to know how to freeze the screen on the projector but still be able to use my computer. Can you tell me how to do this?
  4. First Day Back.

    by , 5th September 2012 at 05:59 PM
    Wowsers. Sitting here now glad today is over in a sense.
    It's not been a bad day - users thoughts seem largely positive or non-existent. NM made it very clear at a training day session that we've got a whole new network built from the ground up and there *will* be glitches, there *will* be niggles and there certainly will be missing bits of software. As and when you find those bits of software that used to be buried away deep in the depths of the old system, give us a couple of weeks to get ...
  5. End of Summer - Progress Report

    by , 31st August 2012 at 06:46 PM
    So, it's the last Friday of Summer and our task is far from complete.

    Not sure why - bad planning, bad luck, best intentions etc. It'd certainly have been easier if we were allowed to stay for full days but on the other hand I think all of us were appreciative of half days when it was nice out!

    We were severely held back by an email hack; we believed at first it was easy passwords but further probing of the staff involved showed this wasn't the case. That was about ...
  6. VB Script for network printer deployment

    by , 20th August 2012 at 01:48 PM
    VB script may be showing its age, but it's still incredibly useful. Printer deployment at my district is handled by means of a VB script that collects various bits of information that is then used to determine who gets what printers; said bits of information include: username, user group membership, user LDAP path, AD site name, computer name, computer group membership, and computer LDAP path. Obviously you don't need to use all of this, but this script will still pull it out for you and you can ...

    Updated 4th September 2012 at 09:16 PM by Duke5A

    VB Script
  7. Advertisement Wars

    , 18th August 2012 at 11:00 AM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    As a browser nomad, I find it hard to keep up-to-date with extensions and remembering to install even the basics when I jump from one browser to another. In the case of my work computer I have no say in the matter, but at home I have used no less then four different browsers since installing my OS. One extension I have routinely forgotten about is AdBlock, as you can probably tell from previous hilarious failures in targeted advertising.

    Unfortunately the landscape of advertising ...

    Updated 18th August 2012 at 11:03 AM by CAM

  8. Exporting SQL Logons

    by , 15th August 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Another diversion from my usual blog posts - but this one came out of necessity, when I had issues with my SQL databases for SIMS and FMS. Many of you may know that FMS has its own "SQL" logins, as does SIMS - but at least with that, you can set it to use Windows Authentication.

    Anyway, my problem - I was greeted by FMS with the lovely "Cannot rollback atomic" error whenever logging in. It turns out this error (after some digging) has lots of causes - none of them ...
    Tags: fms, sims, sql
  9. VB script for creating student drop boxes

    by , 7th August 2012 at 07:24 PM
    A lot of our staff use drop boxes pretty heavily for student assignments. A drop box is pretty much a share that looks somewhat like this:

    -Building 01
       -Staff Member A
         +Drop Off
      +Staff Member B
      +Staff Member C
      +Staff Member D
    +Building 02
    Every staff member of a particular building (or group) will have a folder on a share named by their last name, and under said staff name will ...

    Updated 20th August 2012 at 02:02 PM by Duke5A

    VB Script
  10. Network Managers Event - 11th July 2012

    by , 7th August 2012 at 12:32 PM
    On Wednesday 11th July, I was pleased to be able to welcome collegues from the Plymouth area to a “pilot” meeting – where we could discuss and collaborate on the various challenges we faced. We were also fortunate to be joined by a number of industry specialists to offer their advice and details of emerging trends.

    The event started with Paul Harris, from the Micrsosoft Schools Business Team. Paul opened with the advert for Microsoft Surface – and that is the new Microsoft Surface, ...
    Tags: event, plymouth