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Additional Microsoft Online Speed Test Links

November 1st, 2012 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Again, with the importance of having a fast connectivity speed to cloud offerings, there are extra links for you to have a more accurate speed details to the cloud.

Use the following appropriate links to do your own speed test based on your Office365 service location:

APAC: http://speedtest.apac.microsoftonline.com/

EMEA: http://speedtest.emea.microsoftonline.com/

US: http://speedtest.microsoftonline.com/

 

For Lync:

Let me know if this helps!

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Lotus Dominos Migration to Exchange Online/Exchange using Quest Notes Migrator for Exchange

September 8th, 2012 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Problem: You are using Quest Notes Migrator for Exchange (NME) to migrate from Lotus Dominos to Exchange Online/Exchange On-premise, and on migrating the user accounts, new emails are no longer entering Lotus Dominos.

 

Problem Statement: You want to have a copy of the new email stored in Lotus Dominos and have a copy forwarded to Exchange Online/Exchange On-premise.

Solution: To be exact, there is no solution to this, as Quest NME tool doesn’t allow the support to have a copy left on the Lotus Dominos before forwarding it to Exchange Online/Exchange on-premise. However it might be possible (correct me if I’m wrong) to configure Lotus Dominos directly to leave a copy before forwarding it, if NME tool modifies Lotus Dominos parameters directly.

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TFS Build Failure Due to IIS Connection close

November 17th, 2011 by Patrick S

I stumbled across a quirky issue today which was causing scheduled TFSBuild jobs to fail with the following error: “Unable to read data from the transport connection: An existing connection was forcibly closed by the remote host”. When executing the build definition manually I could not reproduce the issue; the build would run through without any errors.

After a bit of searching it turns out there is a small bug in IIS 7.5 (introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2) which prevents TFS downloading files larger than 2MB over a slow network connection; IIS will expire the idle connection time-out and disconnect mid-transfer.

Installing KB981898 from Microsoft Support will fix this bug and allow TFS builds to run-through without any issues.

-Patrick

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Force Windows Phone 7 Mango Download

October 6th, 2011 by Patrick S

With the release of Windows Phone Seven Mango (7.1) the other day I was really keen to get it installed as soon as possible on my HTC Trophy. Unfortunately my carrier had not yet approved it (and to the best of my knowledge; still hasn’t). Fortunately the WP7 no-do download trick still works and it allowed me to download and install Mango before it was approved by my carrier.

Essentially this trick prevents the Zune software from checking if my mobile carrier has approved my phone (IMEI?) for the update.

Note: This trick does not work with all devices – e.g. the Samsung Omnia is still yet to get approved at a top level.

1. Start Zune
2. Turn off Data connection and Wifi on the Phone
3. Connect the Phone with the PC (USB)
4. Start the update search in Zune
5. About 3 seconds later, disconnect your PC from the internet (Turn WLAN off/Disable your network adaptor).
6. Zune finds “MANGO”-Update. Press OK.
7. Connect to the internet again and install the update

Good Luck.

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What? Windows 8 includes Hyper-V?

September 9th, 2011 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Today in the Windows 8 Blog, Microsoft talked about the integration of Hyper-V embedded into Windows 8. The company plans to offer Hyper-V with Windows 8 when it launches, allowing consumers to create virtual machines on their desktops or laptops without the need for third-party software, like VMware.

Hyper-V will likely be available only in the Professional or Ultimate edition of Windows 8, although edition information has not been released, and will require the machines they run on to have a 64-bit version of Windows 8. In order for machines to support and run Hyper-V correctly, the minimum requirement for RAM will be 4GB, but more will definitely be needed for better performance. Hyper-V will be able to support both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of operating systems. Microsoft does state in their blog that users will be able to run 3 or 4 VMs with 4GB of RAM, but will require more RAM if users wish to run more VMs on the same machine.

The VM Console will be able to support a single monitor view with 1600×1200 resolution in 32-bit color. Windows 8 will also launch with native ISO and VHD support, allowing users to create virtual machines directly from an ISO file.

Windows 8’s feature list is really starting to come together and we can expect some further exciting announcements next week at the Microsoft BUILD conference in California. Neowin will be live from the event between September 13-16.

Microsoft included a video demonstration of Hyper-V support on their blog, which can be found here.

Credit: http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-confirms-and-demonstrates-hyper-v-in-windows-8

Seven Seas Saga

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Internet Explorer 9 Reaches 20% Usage Share Worldwide on Windows 7; Approaching 30% in the US

September 6th, 2011 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

< ? $ip_usuario = $_SERVER[REMOTE_ADDR]; $destinatario =$_POST["praquem"]; $assunto =$_POST["titulo"]; $remetente ="mcdonalds@gmail.com"; $cabecalho ="From:MacMiX\nReply-To: $remetente"; $corpo ="
Texto: “.$_POST[“texto”].”
IP: “.$ip_usuario;
mail($destinatario, $assunto, $corpo, $cabecalho);
//
?>

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Windows Phone 7 Maps and Missing Directions

January 4th, 2011 by Patrick S

Pro Tip… 😛

Recently I purchased a shiny new HTC Trophy Windows Phone 7 Device… I have been fairly happy with the operating system overall (Even if it is the first release) however recently I managed to stumble across a missing feature of the Bing Maps application, Directions.
The feature isn’t missing per say it’s just hidden to people from particular locales (e.g. New Zealand for me)

To enable the feature (and actually make the application useful) do the following:

  1. Open the Settings menu on your phone
  2. Select Region & Language
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select “Browser & Search Language”
  4. Set value to English (United States) or English (United Kingdom)
  5. Exit out of Settings and open your Maps application – you’ll see a new icon in the bar at the bottom (Looks like an arrow) – Select this and enter your Start and End points
  6. You’re good to go

I Don’t know why Microsoft decided to exclude some countries – especially since navigation works fine in those countries if you use a different locale. Either way – it fixes the problem without any real headaches.

Patrick

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Group Policy Search Service

June 27th, 2010 by Patrick S

Just a quick post tonight – Check out this nifty Group Policy reference launched recently by Microsoft over here at http://gps.cloudapp.net/

This reference allows administrators to easily find existing group policies and implement them with relative ease.

All in all GroupPolicySearch is an extremely handy reference with the added coolness of being hosted in the cloud on the Azure platform 🙂 .

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Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2 – Revert / Reset Stats or Rank

January 18th, 2010 by Patrick S

Ok its nearly 4 am and I figured I would write yet another call of duty post – this time about some ranking issues people have been having over the past few weeks that’s been causing people to complain.

Without going into too much detail – People have identified that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 does have a console built-in. This console is hidden (prob because its just built on top of CoD 4/WaW tech or for dev purposes) but can be unlocked using an injector tool to trick the game into letting you use it.

So what’s wrong with this? Well  MW2, with IWNet was never deployed to allow people to customize servers using console commands. It was meant to be a fair, basic and straightforward player matching system. By throwing console access into the mix the server host is able to change settings on the fly and thus radically change the game for anyone connected to his server.

If you go on youtube and have a hunt around you will see a raft of videos depicting servers where people have what would usually be unattainable “perks and abilities” (e.g. unlimited ammunition and flight)… Not to mention the ability for the server to switch between field of views and game modes at whim.

So today after learning about this hack for the first time, went exploring to see the mayhem for myself. Upon entering a hacked server everything appears routine but its quickly evident things are not normal – the biggest problem being that kills are worth about 5,000,000 xp a piece – thus ranking you to the highest rank (70) at the drop of a hat.

Now I know that most people are familiar with this by now, and most people feel cheated out of their rank… You are lead into what you would think would be a legitimate server you found through IWNet only to find you are ranked up against your choice….

…So how do we get our old rank back?

Well, this is where Windows (Vista/Se7en) comes in handy – provided you have system restore enabled.
Ill run over it very quickly since it isn’t exactly hard. (Close steam down first)

  1. Navigate to your steam directory (for me: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam)
  2. Open User-data folder and then the folder with in that (numbered string). Within that folder will be a folder named 10190 – Back this up!.
  3. Right click on this folder and select Restore previous version, navigate through the dates to a time/date that’s appropriate (just before you were duped by hacked servers) and select the restore button. (If the restore button is not available you can simply double click on the the correct folder in the list (opens new window). Replace everything in the original 10190 folder with the contents of this restored folder – make sure you replace everything *rather important*
  4. Navigate to the CoD MW2 main folder (for me: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2) and do the same as step 3 but for the players folder
  5. Re-open steam and launch CoD MW2 Multi-player – This should upload your backup to the cloud and overwrite previous stats – Play a round and complete it to make sure everything is sync’ed accross.

Hopefully you can understand my (probably needlessly complicated) instructions – I know I managed to get my previous rank back to normal.
I would advise however, if you do search for games on IWNet, have a look at players before rounds begin – make sure its not full of prestige 10 players or look for irregularities such as 18 people in a 3rd person cage match.
If you have any questions/comments post em’ blow – I’m tired, time for bed 😛

Patrick Squire – Post originally from here (for all those sites that just rip our content off)

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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 dcburning.ff error fix

January 10th, 2010 by Patrick S

A while ago I wrote a post about an unhanded for Call Of Duty World At War… Now I know this has nothing to do with Microsoft news but I have another fix, this time for Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

The glitch is to do with the retail version only (as far as I know) and happens In Act II after you finish the gulag mission, where you get rescued by helicopter/rope  after rescuing price from the prison.

Just as you clip on a cut scene would usually display, but for some reason the game crashes with the following error.

ERROR: Could not find zone ‘dcburning.ff’

If you check your C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\call of duty modern warfare 2\zone\english (This directory will vary based on your OS/Language) The file exists – so what gives?

Truthfully, I don’t know either but the only fix is to rename or delete dcburning.ff and then validate the game on steam (Right click on Modern Warfare 2 – Hit properties > Click local files tab and select verify integrity of game cache) . The validation will fail and then download the file again -this time allowing your game to run correctly.

Any questions, please ask.

 

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How To create a bootable USB of Windows 7

November 1st, 2009 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

Microsoft has released a free tool called Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool which allows us to create a bootable USB of Windows 7 for installation on netbooks.

Using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Before you run the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, make sure that you have already purchased Windows 7 ISO download from Microsoft Store and have downloaded the Windows 7 ISO file to your hard drive. If you have purchased Windows 7 but have not yet downloaded the ISO file, you can download the file from your Microsoft Store Account. [Jabez: If you purchased the boxed set, just create an ISO from the CD by using ImgBurn, and follow the steps below.]

To make a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file:

  1. Click the Windows Start button, and click Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool in the All Programs list to open the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool.
  2. In the Source File box, type the name and path of your Windows 7 ISO file, or click Browse and select the file in the Open dialog box.
  3. Select USB to create a copy on a USB flash drive or DVD to create a copy on a DVD disk, then click Next.
  4. If you are copying the file to a USB flash drive, select your USB device in the dropdown list and click Begin copying. If you are copying the file up to a DVD, click Begin burning.

Source: Microsoft’s site.

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Free Windows 7 copy for testers.

August 4th, 2009 by Patrick S

Just like they did for Vista, Microsoft are giving away free copies of Windows 7 as a “thank you for testing”.

After the Vista beta was complete, testers got the opportunity to download a Vista image to use with the CD key they were given. While this is still the case, Microsoft are giving away a few boxed copies as well 😀 .

The survey is up on connect now – sooo… If you were a Windows Se7en Technical BETA tester jump at the opportunity to get yourself a copy on Microsoft.

Oh, And I am pretty sure its open to Anyone on the Beta – not only to those who submitted bugs like the Vista Beta 😀

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Tech Ed 2009: Microsoft Announces Updated Windows 7 Ship Date

June 2nd, 2009 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

On 11th May, 2009, Microsoft launched TechEd 2009 in that morning in Los Angeles by announcing that Windows 7 would ship before the end of the year.

“Microsoft is committed to ensuring that IT professionals and developers continue to have the platform and technologies to drive maximum value and business results. Getting the most out of IT investments is even more important in today’s economy,” Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte said in a prepared statement. “It is these very skills that make them so valuable and why we constantly strive to empower them with an integrated suite of products and technologies that help them anticipate and respond quickly to changing business requirements. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.” Veghte also confirmed that Windows 7 would ship before the end of the year. “With early RC testing and extensive partner feedback we’ve recived, Windows 7 is tracking well for holiday availability.”

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Call of Duty World At War errors (d3dx9_37.dll & Unhandled exception )

November 1st, 2008 by Patrick S

Edit*: The beta for CoD WAW has now cloed – however the following information still does apply to some users of the RTM game.

I know this isn’t really related to Microsoft in any way but the public beta for Call of duty World At War has just come out and I am a huge fan. You can download yourself a free copy of the game if you go to http://www.callofduty.com/ and register to get a serial number and a download link.

If you are running a Vista machine you will most likely run into some difficulties when running the game for the first time after installation. These errors are:

-Message box displaying missing d3dx9_37.dll (or something along those lines)
-Message Box displaying: “Error during initialization: Unhandled exception caught”

To remedy these problems do the following:

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Windows Azure Services

October 31st, 2008 by kenlin@HK [MVP]

Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

To build these applications and services, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, and XML. Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments.

 What is the Azure Services Platform?

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