Category Archives: Windows

Free ebooks: Windows 10 IT Pro Essentials, Microsoft Azure Essentials and SharePoint Hybrid

Having taken a sabbatical over the summer I’m back and have a little bit of catching up to do! In my absence Microsoft Press have been busy this summer with a number of free ebooks which look like they will be really useful to the seasoned IT professional. Continue reading

Veeam Availability Suite 9 New Feature: Standalone console

Veeam it just works

Last week Veeam released the latest version of the Veeam Availability Suite v9. Over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be looking at some of the new features included in the latest release, and to kick off I’ll take a look at the Standalone console.

Veeam have added many ground breaking features to the product; Scale-out Backup Repository, Bitlooker, EMC Snapshot integration, Direct NFS Access, ROBO enhancements, Tape enhancements, Veeam Explorer for Oracle, Cloud Connect Replication, and Standalone console to name just a few of them.

But after upgrading our Veeam Cloud Connect infrastructure the first thing I tried was the Standalone console. If you are a Managed Service Provider or Value Added Reseller, then the convenience of being able to launch a local Veeam Backup & Replication console from your desktop to connect to a remote Backup & Replication server will save so much time if you have to manage a large number of clients backup infrastructures. Continue reading

How to delete hiberfil.sys in Windows 10

Windows Hibernate

In this post I’ll look at how to delete the Hiberfil.sys file from your computer.

If you are reading this then you are probably trying to free up some diskspace on C:\ and have noticed you have a large file called Hiberfil.sys.

The Hiberfil.sys file is a file that Windows uses to write the contents of memory to when you ask your computer to Hibernate. The more memory you have in your computer the larger the Hiberfil.sys file is likely to be. Continue reading

Windows 10: How to stop drivers installing from Windows Update

Windows 10

I’ve recently upgraded my home lab from running Windows 8.1 to running Windows 10. It wasn’t an inplace upgrade, as I replaced the OS drive so it was a fresh install onto an SSD, all was going swimmingly until i hit an issue with Windows Update replacing some of my drivers.

While the initial installation went ok, Windows Update ran and patched without a hitch. I then spent some time putting on the latest vendor drivers from Asus for the motherboard and AMD for the graphics card. The system ran perfectly for a couple of days until the next round of Windows Updates. After that Internet connectivity was intermittent, pings were dropping left, right and center making remote access impossible. On further investigation the network card driver had reverted from my Intel 82579LM to a Microsoft driver!

Well after unisnstalling the Microsoft driver, a scan for hardware changes and reinstalling the network card driver, the system was working well again, but I wanted to stop Windows Update from installing drivers for me in future.

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How to connect to and manage Office365 using PowerShell

Office365

In this post I’ll look at how to connect to Office365 using PowerShell.

I’m working with a few more companies now who use Office365 so I thought I would look at how to connect to Office365 using PowerShell so that I can manage and maintain them more easliy.

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How to fix “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013” on a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Server

Windows Server 2012 R2

After deploying an RDS (formerly Terminal Server) server for a client recently, every time a user started Outlook 2013 they received the message “Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office 64-bit Components 2013”.

This slows up the Outlook load time by a second or two and doesn’t look very good, so let’s look at how to resolve it.

Office 2013 - please wait while windows configures microsoft office 64 bit components 2013

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