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  1. Internet Explorer 9 and You (Tube)

    , 2nd March 2011 at 10:31 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    I am currently testing out Internet Explorer 9 64-bit on a copy of Windows 7 Home. Very smart looking, I like the Facebook web slice and the browser seems fast. Visiting YouTube however was less then enthralling as it starts demanding me to install Flash.

    But wait, doesn't IE9 support HTML5 meaning Flash isn't required for YouTube? Correct, but it takes an extra step to get it to work courtesy of YouTube putting obstacles in the way.

    To enable the YouTube HTML5 player ...
  2. It must be time to renew our domain name....

    by , 2nd March 2011 at 06:23 AM
    ...And how do I know this? Simple, because the wonderful people at the Domain Renewal Group send me a reminder that I should. As they do every year. All I have to do is fill out the form they send through the post and hey presto they've taken our domain for 5 times the price of our current tag holder. the Domain Renewal Group are (almost) a scam. They send out an official looking invoice inviting you to renew your tag and make it look like they are the official holder of it hoping people will be ...
  3. Fine Grained Password Policies

    by , 27th February 2011 at 10:51 PM
    Ok, something we are just about to implement - Password Policies for Staff. However, I hear you cry, you can only have one policy per domain - the "Default Domain Policy GPO". Yes - pre Server 2008 that is true...

    With Windows Server 2008 you will now be able to define different password account lockout policies within the same domain. Previously this was not possible and this was also one of the reasons many of our customers implemented multiple domains in their forest. ...
  4. Windows 7 Updates which break things...

    by , 24th February 2011 at 03:05 PM
    OK - I know SP1 is now out - but in case you havent applied it yet, and arent going too - watch out for these two...

    Note - These are supposed to be rolled into SP1, supposed to be!

    Issue 1: If your Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 stops responding at the “Please wait” screen before you are requested to press Ctrl+ALT+DEL.

    Lets say you try to start a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

    However, the operating ...
  5. Spring Cleaning your AD

    by , 24th February 2011 at 01:35 PM
    That time of year again (well - for us anyway), after doing a load of machine rebuilds - and name changes etc - your AD may look a bit cluttered. Even more so as we moved from using RIS (groan - old tech alert) to SCCM...

    So - rather than resurrect some old threads, here is a collection of highly useful powershell scripts to hunt out those old computers and remove them or move them to another OU so you can spot them all together.

    Credit to original posters: Boz_l and ...
  6. Customizing SharePoint Usage Stats - Part Three

    by , 23rd February 2011 at 09:43 AM
    Revisiting this, we may now be going down a completely different path (which I feel little, if any, regret about). We're looking at a third party solution which would do exactly what I want it to do. The only problem is the price, and the fact that only the Enterprise license provides the required API. On the other hand I think I can justify the price tag as to build anything more than simple, static reports ourselves, let alone coming close to what this one provides, would take six months at a ...
  7. Off to Reading!

    , 22nd February 2011 at 04:39 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Soon! I'll be heading off tomorrow, time to get packing I guess. Should get my gadgets charged just in-case, and find the charger for my netbook. Those universal ones are useless.

    Hmmm, DSi with Advance Wars will keep me occupied on the train. If my next blog post is from Wales you will know I missed my stop because of it.

    Geeky T-Shirt, got plenty. Which one to pick!

    Have I forgotten something? Oh yes, a pen and notepad so I actually remember what was ...
  8. Sharepoint 4GB limit

    , 21st February 2011 at 10:50 AM
    I came in the other morning to loads of reports of errors with sharepoint 2010.

    After a while I found out the errors were only showing when people tried to add things to the database like files or announcements. On looking at the logs we have this error message

    CREATE DATABASE or ALTER DATABASE failed because the resulting cumulative database size would

    Updated 21st February 2011 at 10:53 AM by zag

  9. Windows Movie Maker (the non-Live) version on Windows 7

    by , 21st February 2011 at 12:23 AM
    OK, I know the "old" XP version of Movie Maker wasnt the best - but as far as quick (ish), easy, and user friendly and FREE movie editting goes - it ticked the boxes. It also follows all the rules for Group Policy etc with no irritations unlike some commercial offerings.

    Problem, Microsoft upset the EU Anti Trust bods, so no longer is it in newer versions. Ok, no biggy - lets use the new "Live" version. Er... no - its full of "Live" links and upload and ...
  10. Bored kids III

    , 19th February 2011 at 11:12 PM (100 Grades Per Minute)
    Following on from the previous posts in this series, I am continuing to find weird things in the school library. The kids appear to be slowly building a menagerie of animals created from bits and bobs found round the school during after hours study, though I'm not sure what they made this out of.

    Do you Moodle?-dsc00246.jpg

    And what is with the words kraken along the top?

    Me and my library co-worker think it may be a cake decoration but we didn't want ...
    Tags: bored kids