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

May 5, 2010  10:18 PM

Apple iPad running Windows 7 via Citrix

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Well there you have it, even iPad users can’t stay away from Windows 7! With Windows 7 running through Citrix users will actually get to multitask!

It turns out the 9.7 inch display on the iPad with a 1024×768 screen resolution works great for a full VDI XenDesktop. Windows applications run unmodified and securely in the data center, and even multiple applications at once.

The iPhone restrictions of screen size and small keyboards are overcome with the iPad. The iPad looks to be an ideal end-point device that can empower users to be productive wherever they are and IT will be able to safely deliver company-hosted virtual desktops and apps without worry.

Mind you i personally will not bother with a iPad, I might go for an HP Slate, or a touch screen netbook…


April 30, 2010  11:06 PM

Android 2.2 to fully support Adobe Flash

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Good for Google, embracing Adobe Flash is great for everyone, I’m sick of hearing about Apple and the fact that they just won’t accept Flash onto their device. I hope that the Android picks up steam and take the iPhone out!

Android 2.2, code-named “FroYo,” will fully support Adobe’s Flash platform,  Andy Rubin, Google’s vice president of engineering, told The New York Times’ Bits blog Tuesday. Google’s show of Flash support came weeks after Apple, Android’s rival, announced changes that made it more difficult for Flash application developers to create apps for its iPhone.

What is an smart device without flash anyways? There is just so much rich content out there developed using flash, how can one ignore it. Apple, why don’t you give up? We are onto you!


April 30, 2010  5:26 AM

Exchange Server 2010 SP1

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So Exchange Server 2010 SP1 details are out, there are many great new features…

The following new features for high availability and improvements to existing high availability features are available in Exchange Server 2010 SP1:

Continuous replication – block mode
Active mailbox database redistribution
Improved Outlook cross-site connection behavior and experience
Enhanced datacenter activation coordination support
New and enhanced management and monitoring scripts
Improvements in failover performance

These features are discussed in greater detail in this blog post. But more general details about Exchange Server 2010 SP1 can be found here on Microsoft’s official blog.


April 28, 2010  2:56 AM

Best Practices Analyzer for Windows Server 2008 R2

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A buddy passed this onto me…

In Windows management, best practices are guidelines that are considered the ideal way, under normal circumstances, to configure a server as defined by experts. For example, it is considered a best practice for most server technologies to keep open only those ports required for the technologies to communicate with other networked computers, and block unused ports. While best practice violations, even critical ones, are not necessarily problematic, they indicate server configurations that can result in poor performance, poor reliability, unexpected conflicts, increased security risks, or other potential problems.

Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that is available in Windows Server® 2008 R2. BPA can help administrators reduce best practice violations by scanning one or more roles that are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2, and reporting best practice violations to the administrator. Administrators can filter or exclude results from BPA reports that they do not have to see. Administrators can also perform BPA tasks by using either the Server Manager GUI, or Windows PowerShell cmdlets.

Check it out here.

April 28, 2010  2:23 AM

Cisco VPN Client Now supports Windows 7 and Vista 64-bit

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The Cisco VPN Client v5.0.7 has been released with Windows 7 & Windows Vista 64-bit platform compatibility.  Until recently, if users were using 64-bit editions of Windows 7 /Vista they could not use the Cisco VPN Client to create an IPSec VPN tunnel to their Cisco ASA.  The only solution was to purchase SSL VPN licenses that used the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client software. Read the release notes here. If you would like to download the software check here, you have to have a CISCO SMARTnet enabled login.

April 23, 2010  5:14 AM

Microsoft releases Office 2010 to TechNet and MSDN Subscribers

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If you have been using Office 2010 Beta like I have, you’ll be please to know that you can now download Office 2010 Retail Plus from your MSDN or TechNet subscription service.

If you have an MSDN or TechNet subscription, Office 2010 is now available for download. In addition, Microsoft has made SharePoint 2010 and the Office Web Apps 2010 package (which requires a SharePoint Server) available for subscribers of both services.

Currently, two downloads are available at each site: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions of the Professional Plus Retail edition.

Subscribers to each service get a single product key for the Office 2010 download. If past history holds true, this key can be used to activate two copies: one on a desktop PC, the other on a portable PC that is used by the same person as the desktop PC.

Normally, subscribers get 10 product keys for this retail SKU, plus an additional key for use on Volume Licensing copies. A notice at both MSDN and TechNet Microsoft says additional product keys for subscribers will be available on April 30.

And for all you retail purchasers out there, know that if you purchase Office 2007 now, you are eligible for a free Upgrade to Office 2010.

All you need to be eligible for this program – Office 2010 Technology Guarantee – is the following:

  • Purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010.
  • Have, or create a Windows Live ID.
  • Redeem your Tech Guarantee before October 31, 2010 by visiting

The Office 2010 Technology Guarantee will be fulfilled online, via download, at no additional cost.

April 18, 2010  7:30 PM

iPad Competitors – Android Tablet – HP Slate

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Well we knew it was coming, a Goolge Tablet running the Android OS. This might be something i would want to get my hands on, considering the Android device will be much more customizable than the iPad. As below, working with the Android Tablet in the cloud is much easier, which would make life easier, never bound to a usb cable and iTunes.

Also watch out for the HP Slate which had more connectors, more ports, and more options than the iPad. The Slate will run Windows 7 with a custom user interface. Click here for the spec comparison.

April 16, 2010  12:44 AM

Your Account is configured to prevent you from using this computer. Please Try another computer

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When a user tries to login to Windows Server 2008…

Find the user in Active Directory Users and Computers, right click on the account, then click on the Account Tab of that User’s Properties, click the “Log On To” button, the change the option, “The Following Computers” to “All computers” or just add the Computer Name you want…

After that you should be able to login with the affected user.


April 9, 2010  2:19 AM

Nvidia Optimus

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Hey everyone, I had reviewed the alienware laptop a few posts ago, here is the technology being utilized.

“With Nvidia’s Optimus technology, you get the best of both worlds, as general application and multimedia duties are handled by Intel’s HD graphics for improved battery life, and demanding applications like gaming and video transcoding can be handled by Nvidia’s GT2xxM and GT3xxM discrete graphics processors on the fly,” Asus spokesperson Gary Key told TechNewsWorld.

“This provides the user with a seamless experience that delivers the best graphics performance and energy conservation at the same time.”

So you get the best of both worlds, intense gaming graphics(for laptops) and a fluid 2-D experience with Intel HD graphics, capable of watching HD videos, without initializing Optimus. Check it out here at

April 9, 2010  1:12 AM

iPhone / iTouch OS 4 Introduced

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Well Apple finally touts a new operating system for their iPhone and iTouch devices.

The iPhone OS 4 multitasking functionality is not as advanced as some smartphones can deliver, he added. It is based on a multitasking tray that lets users switch between software or a certain service — say, continuing to listen to streaming music while purchasing a song from iTunes or downloading an app or checking email.

“Basically, this is catch-up to what is available on the Android and other platforms,” said Jackson.

Since I don’t own an iPhone I cannot speak for anything, but I gather it will make the device much more useful, i love BlackBerry multitasking, who could go without? Obviously Apple users! Along with multitasking, the mail client now is able to handle multiple accounts in one folder, along with drag and drop abilities.


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