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    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Replacement Switches in Hardware
    Unlikely, our HP switches are very fussy about the GBICs and SFP+ copper cables that they take.
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    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread [WDS] fail to deploy image in O/S Deployment
    Why not? :) I guess because is not a character that's used in English that often, the installer doesn't recognise it or know what to do with it...
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    Yesterday, 02:02 PM
    It's not that unusual, generally speaking a company either makes decent hardware or it makes decent software. It's rare to find one that does both. I...
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    In all fairness, this isn't the vendor's fault. It's Intel's fault. They haven't (or hadn't until fairly recently I think) got sleep and instant...
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    Yesterday, 01:37 PM
    Norphy commented on blog entry Office 2013 & KMS Activations in FragglePete
    I have. It just doesn't seem to be showing.
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    Yesterday, 11:18 AM
    Norphy commented on blog entry Office 2013 & KMS Activations in FragglePete
    If there were a thank button on blog entries, I would be pressing it right now. Thank you for this, very useful.
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    Yesterday, 11:10 AM
    I cleaned my desk once. I found out it was made of this strange wooden material rather than the layers of crap that's usually on it :) Oh and ...
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    Yesterday, 11:05 AM
    You're probably right in terms of performance. In terms of actual functionality though, it makes no difference.
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    I'm paying the better part of 900 in rent for a two bed flat in Harpenden. In London you'd probably pay at least 40-50% more. There are cheaper...
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    Yesterday, 08:58 AM
    That would enable some SATA features such as hotswapping and NCQ but would make no difference in terms of the drive's caching to flash ability. ...
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    Yesterday, 08:36 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread [Joke] Would you rather in Jokes/Interweb Things
    Facebook because I deleted my account years ago. It would be no skin off my nose if their servers imploded tomorrow :) WYR be exiled or imprisoned?
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    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    It's handled entirely by the drive. No setup aside from plugging the thing in is required. I have one of the 2.5" models in my old MacBook at home.
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    Yesterday, 07:49 AM
    We're using TaskForce CO2 to shutdown our PCs at the moment. The user can postpone the shutdown and it won't shut the PC down if its idle. It's...
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    31st July 2014, 02:11 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    You can set up workflows using the System Image utility too but yes, DeployStudio is considerably more powerful. We were using it until we started...
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    31st July 2014, 10:27 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
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    30th July 2014, 07:32 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Looking for a new San in Hardware
    We have five Equalogic SANs of various ages on site. Performance is good, support has been fantastic when we've needed it and our next SAN will...
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    30th July 2014, 04:24 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    Sounds promising so far!
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    30th July 2014, 04:11 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    That's correct, yes. This is what the configuration for the data VLAN looks like for one of our HP switches: vlan 20 name "{VLAN Name}" ...
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    30th July 2014, 02:05 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    Oh and just for the record, I'm sure you realise this but it's worth mentioning just in case. To boot from a network image you either need to hold...
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    30th July 2014, 01:48 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Your Desk! in General Chat
    We're in an open plan office. I share with my five colleagues in Tech Support, two more in the Data department and about another ten or so from the...
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    30th July 2014, 01:44 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    Or you could connect the master Mac to the server Mac and take the image on that. That would eliminate that step. The only reason I don't do that is...
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    30th July 2014, 01:38 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    That's certainly the simplest way. You don't necessarily have to move it to the same VLAN as your lab but there would need to be an IP helper in your...
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    30th July 2014, 09:34 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread Scanning for USB printers in Windows 7
    Lansweeper It's the daddy. Or if you're using SCCM, that will inventory PCs and you'll be able to run a report.
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    30th July 2014, 08:35 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread [Joke] Would you rather in Jokes/Interweb Things
    Siberia. It's considerably easier to warm up when you're too cold than it is to cool down when you're too hot! WYR be well fed but have to eat one...
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    30th July 2014, 08:31 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    The native Microsoft SCCM client for the Mac is extremely limited. It can't do OSD. There is one from Parallels which can but it is expensive....
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    30th July 2014, 07:25 AM
    Norphy replied to a thread Mac imaging in Mac
    Macs cannot use PXE to boot from your network. However, they do have their own network boot protocol called NetBoot. There is a NetBoot server built...
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    29th July 2014, 03:10 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Your Desk! in General Chat
    You and I clearly have a different opinion as to what constitutes a "mess" :)
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    29th July 2014, 01:49 PM
    Norphy replied to a thread Your Desk! in General Chat
    Had to break out the old panoramic function on the camera... not wide enough to take it all in one:
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Adventures in Streaming - AppleTV vs Chromecast

by Norphy on 24th March 2014 at 10:29 PM
So, in the fruity corner we have the Apple TV. In the red, green and yellow corner we have the Google Chromecast. Which is better? There's only one way to find out!



Ahem, sorry.

I've owned an AppleTV since just after Apple released the second generation iOS version so probably for two and a half years. It's been sitting underneath my TV ever since doing stirling

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Further Adventures in Macland - Parallels SCCM Agent a few months later

by Norphy on 24th February 2014 at 03:23 PM
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Assuming that you're interested in this, I would suggest that you read my previous three blog posts first. This will put this new post into some context and it saves me having to write it all again! Links to the previous posts:

http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/norphy/...cs-part-1.html
http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/norphy/...cs-part-2.html
http://www.edugeek.net/blogs/norphy/...onclusion.html

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Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Conclusion

by Norphy on 15th May 2013 at 12:36 PM
So, At the end of my last blog entry I asked which agent is better: The Microsoft or the Parallels one? This isn't really very clear cut but lets try to answer the question.

So in the blue corner, we have the Microsoft native client. Its advantages are:

  1. Native Solution
  2. On the whole, easier to create and add applications to the ConfigMgr console
  3. A Client side GUI


Disadvantages are:
  1. Treats the Macs as mobile clients so therefore requires

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Updated 15th May 2013 at 12:41 PM by Norphy

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Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Part 2

by Norphy on 14th May 2013 at 06:19 PM
I actually started writing this just after I finished my last blog entry. However, a nasty bout of the flu and other things have got in my way since then and I just hadn't gotten around to finishing this post. Well, no more!

Introduction
In Part One of this blog, I talked about the new Mac client for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 (God, that's a mouthful!). I talked about my impressions of it and how well it's been working so far. I also mentioned that

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Adventures in Macland... my experiences with ConfigMgr 2012 and Macs Part 1

by Norphy on 22nd March 2013 at 06:12 PM
I've mentioned on the forums a few times that we're in the planning stages of implementing System Center Configuration Manager 2012 SP1. I'm now at the end of the planning stage and am moving towards implementation.

During the planning stages, we have been evaluating the Mac component of the product. My colleague @Roberto has written a little about it on his blog at It's Always My Problem. You should go read it. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Have you

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