Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Windows Phone Lumias Gets Static IP Feature

It seems the lastest firmware update for Lumia phones got a nice feature.
It's now possible to define a static ip address, subnet and gateway. It's not used massively nowadays but in some environments may be needed.

For what I know at leat Lumia 625, 925 and 525 are receiving this update.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Disk Cleanup Wizard addon lets users delete outdated Windows updates

Here's a nice tip from a colleague of mine (Nuno Silva).

Microsoft launched an update package that installs a plugin to the Disk Cleanup Wizard which allows users to cleanup outdated Windows Updates.

This update package it's only available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 2008 R2 SP1.

To find more info and download the update package, go to:
Disk Cleanup Wizard addon lets users delete outdated Windows updates on Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Windows 9 - Notification Center Appears on Video

In an huge leaked video shot this week from WinFuture, here's a new one about the notification center.
Notification Center that it's also available on Windows Phone 8.1 it's a nice to have feature that appears on the right side of the desktop with the latest messages and notifications about your system, emails, and a lot of other stuff.

Windows 9 - Alleged Start Menu Video Leaked

The future Microsoft's operating system keeps getting rumors over the internet.
One of the most talked topics it's the possibility of the return of the start menu to the desktop.

There's a big chance of that to happened and a video showing the features available on this new start menu make it even more credible.
The video it's of an alleged early build of the new OS code named "Threshold" shows up some features like the possibility to quickly change the logged user and it seems to be divided on 2 parts. The left side, similar to a Windows 7 or early versions and a right side with a kind of Metro style finish.

Another thing that this video shows it's the possibility to launch metro style apps in window mode instead of fullscreen.

WDS and VMware Paravirtual SCSI Drivers

On a VMware VDI environment VMware Paravirtual SCSI driver it's recommended as the SCSI controller for your virtual machines.

In my environment the main template it's created using WDS (which also serves the physical machines).
By default the boot.wim (used to boot machines into WDS and deploy reference images) doesn't have the drivers necessary (or up-to-date) for a VMware environment. For example boot.wim doesn't come with the necessary network drivers for VMware VMXNET3 so this example will serve both for network or scsi drivers.

So, to boot up to WDS and be able to deploy successfully a reference image to a VMware virtual machine which is configured with a VMware Paravirtual SCSI controller, follow this steps:

Getting and injecting the drivers

  • First of all, get a working virtual machine that already has a paravirtual controller installed and be sure that you have the latest VMware Tools installed
  • Login to that vm and go to "C:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\VMware Tools\"
  • Copy "pvscsi" folder to your WDS server
  • Now you just need to open your WDS console and inject the drivers like shown in the video bellow
  • And your done.
You can now boot a VM with VMware paravirtual scsi controler.

Just keep in mind that if needed, you'll have to get the drivers from a x86 and a x64 machine.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Steve Jobs Speech it's an Easter Egg on Mac

Steve Jobs was one of the most notable thinkers of our times.
It's fingerprint not only on Apple but in everything's technology was incredible in our present and probably on our future.

One of his most iconic speeches was held at the University of Stanford and Apple decided to transcript the all speech as an Easter egg on the operating system.
To read the full speech, follow these steps:
  • Press Command + Shift + G at Finder
  • Open Go To Folder
  • Write down //Applications/Pages.app/Contents/Resources/
  • Open the file Apple.txt
And there you go.
A simple but nice tribute to one of the brightest minds of our times.