The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

March 30, 2011  2:10 AM

Firefox 4 for Android Released

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One of the worlds more predominant browsers has been up on the Android market for quite some time in BETA form, at which time it supported ARMv6 and ARMv7 processors, since its full release it is now only supported for ARMv7 processors. The final release also does not support Flash, although the intention is to support it in future releases.

Firefox 4 Mobile currently runs on Google Nexus One, the HTC Evo, and the Motorola Droid X, and don’t forget about the Android Tablets, Firefox 4 is fully supported on the Samsung Galaxy and Motorola Xoom.

Here is in insert from The Register

Firefox 4 for mobile includes Mozilla’s Firefox Sync service, which lets you synchronize browser data across multiple devices. Originally known as Firefox Weave, the service syncs bookmarks, history, “Awesome Bar” data, passwords, form-fill data, and open tabs. Mobile Firefox can also accomodate those famous Firefox add-ons, and it offers a new phone-centric interface that hides the browser controls when you’re not using them.

Read the full story here.

March 24, 2011  11:32 AM

Server 2008 R2 Robocopy New Features

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Robocopy has been around for a long time, but there are 2 switches that you want to start incorporating into your scripts, they are /ZB and /DCOPY:T

/ZB :: use restartable mode; if access denied use Backup mode. When you use the /ZB option, this command uses Restart mode. If access is denied, this command uses Backup mode. Therefore, a user account in the Backup Operators group on a computer can run the command successfully.

/DCOPY:T :: COPY Directory Timestamps.This command will make sure that all timestamps for folders is retained, having archive folders with dates that do not make sense, will most definitely confuse the average end-user.

Adding these two switches to your existing scripts will help you migrate files and folders with confidence.

Good Luck!


March 22, 2011  6:00 PM

BlackBerry PlayBook Available for Pre-Order!

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If you like your BlackBerry, I mean if you love your BlackBerry and want to have the latest and greatest toy then you should get on the bandwagon and order now!

PlayBook has a 7″ 1024×600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen, a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, 1 GB of RAM memory, a 1080p HDMI output, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera on the back, as well as a 3-megapixel one on the front for video chats. The aforementioned $499.99 will get you the 16 GB variant, and you’ll have to dish out $599.99 or $699.99 for the 32 GB and the 64 GB model, respectively.

I figured I was going to order one in the past, but i have decided since I have my iPhone, I don’t really need one.

The next thing that I do want to add to my collection is a Nettop, stay tuned!

March 22, 2011  5:51 PM

Asus Eee Slate EP121

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With all the tablets out there, here is one to watch out for.

A tablet device shouldn’t have to skimp on powerful hardware just because of its size. Accept no compromises on performance and portability with the ASUS Eee Slate EP121, the world’s most powerful tablet device featuring an Intel® Core™ i5 processor. While most tablet devices have lesser processors, the EP121 i5 processor takes productivity to a whole new level —meeting all your needs and more, giving you the power to run Office applications or view videos on sites like YouTube and Hulu.

Check out the specs below.

Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 
Display 12.1″ LED Backlight WXGA Screen
Capacitive and Electromagnetic Panel (1280*800) with AFFS
Intel Dual-Core i5 470um
2/4GB DDR3 Memory
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V3.0
2.0 M Pixel Camera
Hi-Definition Audio CODEC
Stereo Speakers
Digital Array Mic

1 x Digitizer pen
2 x USB 2.0 port
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Head Phone /Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI port
1 x Card Reader: MMC/ SD(SDHC/SDXC)
1 x DC-IN
Battery Battery Life: 4.5hrs
Play 1080p video: 2.4hrs
34W/hr Polymer Battery
Power Adapter Output: 19.5V 60W with USB charging port
Input: 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz universal
Dimensions 312 x 207.2 x 16.95 mm (WxDxH)
Weight 1.16 kg

1 x User Manual
1 x Warranty Card
1 x Support DVD
1 x Foil Case (with support function)
1 x Power Adaptor
1 x Bluetooth Keyboard ;
1 x Cleaning Cloth
5 x Refill Nibs
1 x Nib Remover
2 x AAA Battery for KB

If you want a device that can do it all with no limitations, then this might be the device for you. A tablet that can do anything! You can pre-order it from online stores, just search google and you’ll be sure to find it.

March 22, 2011  3:21 PM

How to get Public Folder Statistics in Outlook 2007 and 2010

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You cannot use the EMC to retrieve public folder statistics.

This example returns the statistics for the public folder Marketing with a piped command to format the list.

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Get-PublicFolderStatistics -Identity \Marketing | fl

The value for the Identity parameter must include the path. For example, if the public folder Marketing existed under the parent folder Business, you would provide the following value: \Business\Marketing

Using the following commands and comparing to Exchange 2003/2007 you can make sure that each of the folders are replicated fully.

Of all the migration tasks in Exchange, Public Folders take the most amount of time!

Good Luck

March 19, 2011  4:49 PM

License Issues when Upgrading Veeam 4.1 to 5.01

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What do you do if you upgrade from Veeam 4.x to 5.01 and all your jobs are failing, you’ve applied the proper licensing, you can see that there are licenses available, but you cannot get your hosts licensed. Well i figured out a workaround, basically what is happening is that licensing is bound to the backup job, so to reset this you have to get creative. Lets start with creating a new VM, it can be a plain VM with no disk allocated to it. Now create a new job in Veeam Backup and Replication 5.01, choose that “shell” of a VM and run the backup. This will add the ESX host that the VM is being run by to the licensed servers. After the job has been completed, Veeam will recognize all hosts and you will then be able to resume your backups successfully. Please leave a post or comment if this helped!





March 19, 2011  4:39 PM

How to Disable Windows 7 Automatic Update Restart

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How often have you sat down at your computer and your logged off? What happened you say to yourself? You log back in and Windows kindly mentions to you that it had restarted because of Windows updates. Well what if you had a bunch of stuff open? Yeah Windows doesn’t care, it just reboots. Well I am here to help solve all your problems and put a smile on your face. Lets start with Enabling the No Automatic Restart if User is logged in option.

Click the Start menu and type “gpedit.msc” (without quotes) in the search line and press the enter key. This will launch the Local Group Policy Editor. On the left side of Local Group Policy Editor, expand to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components. Then scroll down and select Windows Update. Double click “No auto-restart with logged on users for scheduled automatic updates installations” option. In the properties window that appears, change the option from “Not Configured” to “Enabled”. Click “OK” and close Local Group Policy Editor.

Here is the Microsoft Explanation of the Group Policy Object

Specifies that to complete a scheduled installation, Automatic Updates will wait for the computer to be restarted by any user who is logged on, instead of causing the computer to restart automatically.

If the status is set to Enabled, Automatic Updates will not restart a computer automatically during a scheduled installation if a user is logged in to the computer. Instead, Automatic Updates will notify the user to restart the computer.

Be aware that the computer needs to be restarted for the updates to take effect.

There is also a switch that lets you modify how often Windows reminds you with a pop up that a restart needs to be performed. The setting is called, ” Re-Prompt for restart with scheduled installations” Set this to enabled and specify say 60 minutes.

Now open command prompt and type “gpupdate /force” like below.

C:\Users\n8dog89>gpupdate /force
Updating Policy…

User Policy update has completed successfully.
Computer Policy update has completed successfully.

Your PC will now NOT restart automatically, but will remind you every 60 minutes to restart. Much better than coming to your PC and its restarting, or you see that it has restarted, so annoying sometimes!

Have a great weekend!


March 14, 2011  12:53 AM

6 Series Motherboards now Shipping

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As of Friday this month, manufacturers have started shipping new revisions of their mainboards.

Fremont, California (March 1, 2011) – As part of an overall recovery plan following the detection of the Intel® 6 Series chipset design error , ASUS expedited the manufacturing and delivery of new products containing the revised B3 stepping of the Intel 6 Series chipset (Cougar Point). Along with this rapid delivery plan, ASUS also implemented extensive product return and
replacement options along with a dedicated service hotline for its valued North American customers.

Limited Quantities will be available as people scramble to get replacement boards. I am going to wait till Mid-April when stocks should be plentiful. If you have an ASUS board like I do, specifically the P8P67 then check this PDF out for Free product replacement.

March 12, 2011  9:15 PM

1TB per Platter

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Lots of storage, that’s what everyone wants and needs.

Remember when the hard drive industry tried to convince us they would never be able to pump out hard drives bigger than 100GB? Well according to Samsung the platter density war is still alive and well, and a new breakthrough has allowed them to hit 1TB per platter density well ahead of schedule. What does this mean for us as enthusiasts? Lower cost high-speed 3TB drives, along with 4TB versions in the not too distant future.

Remember you have to weigh the consequences of having so much data on a single drive… better have some kind of backup as loosing 4TB of movies, games, pictures, and music would cause one a lot of stress! 🙂 I would prefer to purchase 4x 2TB drives and add them to a NAS device, so i can have RAID5 redundancy. That’s just me though.


March 12, 2011  9:03 PM

Exchange Management Console fails to Launch

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You get the following error message.

‘The following error occurred when searching for On-Premises Exchange server:[myservername.local] Processing data from remote server failed with the following error message: The user “domain\username” isn’t assigned to any management roles. For more…. It was running “Discover-ExchangeServer – USeWIA $true -SupressError $true’

Now the reason this would happen, is if you are not a member of “Organization Management”, and this happens mainly if you were not the person that did the Exchange 2010 install. ie. Exchange 2010 was installed with a different userid.

All you have to do is add the proper userid’s to the “Organization Management” Group and you will be good to go.

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