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How to move your iTunes Library

April 13th, 2010 No comments

I'm personally not a big fan of iTunes but I recently noticed an issue where a couple of users had installed it and it had defaulted to saving their music library to their Home Directory. This usually wouldn't be an issue for most people but I redirect Home Directories to a share on a file server. In order to mitigate against what could have potentially been a requirement for additional disk storage I decided that advising users to change the location of their iTunes library from the default (which unknown to the users was a file server) to a local location on their computer was the best option. Here is a generalized version of the instructions I gave to network users.

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Install Dell OEM PowerDVD on non OEM system

October 6th, 2008 44 comments

I just had an issue where I was trying to install PowerDVD 5.1 onto a Dell laptop with a fresh Windows XP install. The PowerDVD software was on Dell branded media and I had reinstalled the laptop using a non OEM Dell branded version of Windows XP Professional. It seems that there is a check during the installation process of PowerDVD to verify that the software is indeed being reinstalled back onto a Dell branded computer. As I hadn’t used the original reinstallation CD that came with the laptop I had half guessed that PowerDVD was going to complain.

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Close Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) session remotely

July 23rd, 2008 No comments

I have a server located in a data centre miles away from where I work. It currently runs Windows 2000 Server. Every now and then when I try to connect to the server I get the following message about the number of Remote Desktop connections being exceeded:

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Run Compiled HTML .chm from network share

February 11th, 2008 2 comments

Way back in 2002 Microsoft released a security bulletin regarding what they called a 'vulnerability in HTML Help that Could Allow Remote Code Execution'. The issue is related to help files that many software vendors use in the form of compiled HTML help files that use the .chm file extension.

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Run .net application from network share

January 21st, 2008 20 comments

I used to work in a Secondary School and whilst I was there I developed an application using VB.net for students to run checks on and upload e-portfolios to a shared resource before submission to the examination board. The application worked fine so I packaged it into an MSI and deployed it. Everything was ok until the e-portfolio criteria was changed. I had to modify the application and redeploy the MSI.

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Uninstall Symantec AV with an unknown password

November 15th, 2007 5 comments

Here is a tip to uninstall Symantec Antivirus (I use the corporate edition) when the uninstall password has been forgotten (NOTE: the default password is symantec) OR you are using a Symantec Antivirus Server to manage clients and the server has been reinstalled or corrupted thus losing the server group root certificate (stored in the 'pki' folder located in C:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus, this should always be backed up!).

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Windows XP & Vista mount ISO

October 31st, 2007 4 comments

I was recently looking for a utility to mount an ISO so that I could install a program from the ISO image. Most of the applications that I have ever used for this (Daemon Tools, Alcohol 120%) require a reboot after installation to initialize the virtual CD-Rom drive before it can be used. I actually didn't want to reboot my workstation so I thought id have a quick Google for an alternative application. It turns out that Microsoft have written an application called 'Virtual CD Control Panel' (I've called it VCP for short).

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Install MySQL 5 for Windows – IIS

July 8th, 2007 No comments

This is how I installed, tested and currently use MySQL 5.0.41 on Windows. At the time of writing MySQL version 5.0.41 is the current release, but I expect this to work with future releases to.

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Installing PHP 5 for IIS 6

July 8th, 2007 No comments

This is how I installed, tested and currently use PHP 5.2.3 with IIS 6. At the time of writing PHP version 5.2.3 is the current release, but I expect this to work with future releases to. This article assumes you already have IIS installed.

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