Installing Microsoft Windows onto DigitalOcean Droplet

Installing Microsoft Windows Operating System to DigitalOcean’s Droplet is impossible using conventional methods due to the inability to mount an installation ISO and lack of a KVM providing a virtual keyboard (ie. Send Ctrl + Alt + Del, etc.).

WhatUpTime have built special templates allowing Windows to be installed via DigitalOcean’s Recovery ISO; their Recovery ISO is available with all of their droplets, however you need to request it to be mounted via support ticket.

The guide below will walk you through the entire process, from beginning to end. Once you have reached the end of the guide your server will be successfully running Microsoft Windows Operating System.

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Remote Web Access: Connect button stops working on SBS 2011

Sometimes the button for connecting to the computers stops working. If you have tried using the site in Compatibility Mode, made sure the ActiveX component Microsoft RDP Client Control browser add-on is present and enabled and/or added the site to the Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer. It seems that because of the memory use for Exchange and SQL exceeds what is generally available, things get a little messy. Try this workaround and see if it helps:

1. Edit (via Notepad) the file called web.config located in C:\Program Files\Windows Small Business Server\Bin\WebApp\RemoteAccess

2. Find the line (near the bottom):
<serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled=”true” />

3. Replace with:
<serviceHostingEnvironment aspNetCompatibilityEnabled=”true” minFreeMemoryPercentageToActivateService=”0” />

4. Save the file

5. Start Command Prompt (with Administrator rights) and type: IISRESET

6. Reload your site on the client computer and try to connect. That’s it!

Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 slow and laggy – FIX!

One of the new features in Office 2013 is Hardware Graphics Acceleration which is supposed to improve performance. It doesn’t always work well on older computers (and even some new ones). Symptoms include slow switching from views such as Mail, to Calendar, to Tasks, etc, cursor hangs randomly, and Outlook freezing for a few seconds (or even longer and finally stops responding).

The solution? It’s quite simple actually. Just disable the hardware graphics acceleration via Outlook Options -> Advanced -> (Display) Disable hardware graphics acceleration. Restart Outlook and it should be snappy again!

Disable-Hardware-Acceleration

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Exchange Server 2013 – Mail stuck in drafts

If your e-mail gets stuck in the Drafts-folder when you try to send an e-mail from either OWA or Outlook, there are a couple of things you should check. I’m guessing you already have checked the settings under ECP – mail flow -> accepted domains/recieve connectors and send connectors. Including the Exchange 2013 HelpConfigure Mail Flow and Client Access (TechNet) for any other settings you might have forgotten.

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Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

This free ebook provides comprehensive coverage of the platform for Windows Store apps. Since its second preview in August, we’ve added the remaining chapters on live tiles, notifications, background tasks, background transfers, networking, devices, printing, WinRT components, accessibility, localization, and the Windows Store itself. The final ebook contains 17 chapters. And of course all of the earlier chapters have also been reviewed and refined—over 800 pages in total, along with new and updated companion content.

 

You can download the ebook in PDF format here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270056 (17.9 MB)

The ebook’s companion content is here: http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=270057 (59.9 MB)

Source: Microsoft Press

Meet the new Windows Phone 8

Meet the new Windows Phone 8.

The new Windows Phone is the only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. Pin your favorite people, apps and more. Arrange your Start screen just how you want it and see everything that’s going on, as it happens. Only Windows Phone has Live Apps— a delightful innovation that makes apps easy to use and more amazing than ever. They bring the information you want right to your Start screen. Windows Phone is the smart phone built not for all of us, but for each of us. It’s the smartphone reinvented around you. Continue reading “Meet the new Windows Phone 8”

Manually run PSCONFIG after installing SharePoint 2010 patches

Patching SharePoint is a two-step process. The updated binaries are first installed and then psconfig must be run to update the SharePoint databases. SBS 2008 uses Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and updates automatically run PSconfig when installed via Automatic Updates or Windows Server Update Services. SharePoint Foundation 2010 changes the method in which patches are installed. PSconfig no longer runs automatically after an update is installed. The SharePoint binary files are updated with the patch but the databases are not automatically upgraded. SharePoint runs in a compatibility mode that still allows the sites to function with the older version databases. Continue reading “Manually run PSCONFIG after installing SharePoint 2010 patches”