Zoom video chat.

If you spend a lot of time doing video conferencing, there are quite a few options, but they all have limitations. For $10 a month, Zoom[1] provides a combination of video chat (with 25 participants), remote desktop sharing and whiteboarding that are currently the best combination that I have found for consultants that need to both communicate and do software training. The only limitation is that it won't work in a technical support role as it suppresses UAC prompts entirely from remote view (a reasonable choice for compromising between usability and security).

Team Foundation Build Server

Installing the 2013 SP 4 version of Team Foundation Build Server is very easy to do; the wizard will lead you through the steps and fire up a build server instance in under twenty minutes. Where things get interesting is once you want to actually do builds and get your dependencies installed.

The most obvious dependency will be the SDKs that you are using. Microsoft makes them available via a single page[1] which is nice, because you probably will need more than one of the SDKs if you are using third party libraries.

Concrete5 blogging software admin password reset.

It isn't uncommon to have a client approach you with an existing content management system where they have lost the admin account due to a change in web developer or simply the mists of time. Concrete5 uses a MD5 hash, but you can't use the MySQL hash to generate it as the salt is installation specific.

I found a workaround for thisvia Nabtron[1].

First, write a snippet of PHP on a PHP page on the host that Concrete5 is running on that reads:

Google App Sync and the Insane Notes Choices

The recent versions of Google App sync include the ability to sync Notes along with the more traditional Calendar, Email and Tasks. The only problem with this is that the method for doing so does not appear to be sane: I have 87GB uploaded (among hundreds of thousands of files) in a folder that Google decided (for reasons which remain unclear) to search for notes.

Adding a disk to an existing scheduled Windows Server Backup

Windows Server Backup has an issue with altering the scheduled backup when the prior backup drive is not available. The recommended solution by Microsoft can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2009365 and the first two solutions can be viable, but the third solution is the most effective at avoiding disrupting your schedule.

Enabling Windows 7 machine

Spiceworks is a great tool for managing a small business network. Unlike other tools that are "enterprise grade network monitoring" that can cost more than the entire cost of the PCs being monitored, Spiceworks is advertising supported, meaning no direct costs to the user.

Diagnostics via netlogon.log

We had a user with an account that kept being locked out from the domain. Our policy is to lock accounts on the fifth failed attempt and this would happen within seconds of resetting the lockout status. Finding which machine is the source of this lockout can be a pain without good use of the logging available in Windows.

Obsolete nuget in project.

Sometimes a Visual Studio project will report the error "The schema version of '[Some Component]' is incompatible with version N.N.NNNNN.NNN of NuGet. Please upgrade NuGet to the latest version." The message is not talking about your Visual Studio version of NuGet! Instead, within the .nuget subfolder of your project there is an obsolete version of nuget.exe.

The fix is easy... drop to the command line, change to \your\project\path\.nuget and run nuget.exe update -self

Rebuild your project and the errors will vanish.

Windows 8/8.1/2012 and .NET 3.5 installer problems.

If the standard methods for installing the .NET 3.5 platform are reporting errors (that they can't access the installation source files and they can't be downloaded from Windows Update either) then there are three updates that probably are blocking the installer. These are KB2966826, KB2966827 and KB2966828. Removing these updates and then using the standard methods should succeed. You may then reapply the updates (and the new ones that .NET will require) to secure the machine.

Clearing ClickOnce App Cache

ClickOnce was frequently used for custom WinForms apps that were deployed within small to medium business environments. The ease with which the installer can be created combined with auto updating being a base feature made it attractive. However, it can fail to work with alarming frequency. When that happens, there is a simple command that will improve the chances of a reinstall succeeding:

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