20.8.14

How to change default TCP/IP from IPv6 to IPv4?

Many of us were disabling IPv6 protocol on a system, where it was not used. You can find many blog articles, where people are recommending disabling IPv6 (unfortunately the procedure in most of these articles is not correct).

Times are changing, and more organizations are preparing for IPv6 implementation. At iRangers we see this more often, especially on large-scale projects for government offices, banks, and other enterprise level companies.

Personally, I still prefer to have IPv4 protocol to be a default protocol on a task critical servers (by default, since Windows Vista IPv6 is a default protocol). So, here is a small trick on how to change the default TCP/IP protocol from IPv6 to IPv4. Execute the following command through command line or script:...

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24.6.14

Cloud – Is it Good? Is it Secured? Do you still need to have your own Backup Solution?

Cloud – Is it Good? Is it Secured? Do you still need to have your own Backup solution? All those questions we get almost everyday.
BTW, while I was writing this post, I’ve got an IM message that contained the following: Exchange Online ( Office 365 ) is down :-(
Many cloud users know the vendor story: multiple datacenters, geograpically distributed; multiple version retention; checksums to ensure data integrity; and synchronization across devices. What could possibly go wrong?
But, what would you do, when you read something like this:...
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24.5.14

iRangers - #1 Team of Certified and Experienced IT Professionals in Canada


#1 Team of Certified and Experienced IT Professionals in Canada
Dear Community, 

I am excited to announce the opening of a new IT company "iRangers International Inc." specializing in business technology consulting. iRangers is highly skilled and experienced team of certified consultants. iRangers already work for leading organizations in public, private and legal sectors. iRangers would enjoy the opportunity to do a project for your organization or to enter into partnership with companies engaged in IT business. iRangers is focused on: Microsoft and Citrix products, Networks and UNIX, Databases and Development, Storage. 


Extended profile at corporate web site: iRangers.com
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4.10.12

Live Migrate VMs on Shutdown in Windows 2012 (Hyper-V 3.0)

Back in the days, I've published here the "Improve your Hyper-V Virtual Availability - Live Migrate VMs on Shutdown" article.
By default, if you shut down a cluster host, say, because you're deploying a Windows Update, or a new version of a backup or monitoring client, the situation is different. Windows will use Quick Migration to move the virtual machines from one host to another. "Improve your Hyper-V Virtual Availability - Live Migrate VMs on Shutdown" article describes how to use PowerShell and Group Policy and  take all the virtual machines on thr host and distribute them across the cluster.

Recently, I've upgraded all my Hyper-V host in my lab to Windows 2012 and I realized, that this solution doesn't work anymore out of the box.....

Continue at source: www.curuit.com
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11.9.12

TeamViewer alternative. Why would we need another one

I know, I know. There is already too many remote access tools on the market. Some of them are powerful and thorough, with well-deserved solid reputation among the IT crowd. So why wasting time by talking about another one? And still, I believe there is a reason.
 
Recently,  I started noticing a not very healthy tendency in the remote support tools realm. Almost one half of the applications transformed into some kind of web services, while a great share of the rest became overloaded do-it-all solutions. As a result, many IT Admins and Support Departments got stuck with slow and glitch-prone browser-based services that in addition require registration for every single client. Others ended up deploying monstrous software packages that allow you to access remote computers, organize meetings, create whiteboards, share handouts, host audio and video conferences, and even order pizza online (well, maybe not exactly this one, but the tools are getting close!).
 
Some tools have managed to keep their relatively slim shape but at what price? They've built their brands and started charging premium fees (looks like Apple pricing model to me).
 
Does it mean that there is no neat, streamlined, and affordable alternatives in the new brave world of remote support? The situation is not quite that desperate. And I must admit that I picked TeamViewer's brand for no particular reason other than its deserved popularity and well-known name. After all, it's a solid tool and  there is nothing wrong with being feature-rich. Actually, If you have justified needs for all those bells and whistles and you have deep pockets to afford them - great, go for it.
 
However, if you are looking for a high-performance lightweight remote support tool that would not require hours to deploy and learn,  and then days to train your clients, then take a closer look at Inletex Easy Remote Control (ERC). Inletex is not a new player in the remote support world. It's been around since 2003 and has pretty solid and loyal user base. I've been a technical advisor for Inletex since their early days and I can definitely endorse the Easy Remote Control.
 
The idea behind this product was to provide a sleek high-performance tool that is really easy to use. In version 4 Inletex has delivered what I consider the ultimate client's experience: tiny one-file Client module that your clients download and run with no installation. After they started the application - no more clicks required. Yup, not a single extra click. Believe me, it continuously amazes customers to whom you provide remote support. I witnessed it first hand on more than a few occasions.
 
If the following feature set covers all your needs then consider Inletex Easy Remote Control a viable and more cost-effective alternative to TeamViewer and others.
 
  • HTTP transport – works fast and seamlessly behind Firewalls, Proxy Servers, and NAT
  • No installation required
  • Client receives support in just one click
  • Data encryption and compression
  • File Transfer using simple Drag & Drop
  • Windows logon screen control
  • UAC dialog full control
  • View overlay video (for video software and video codec troubleshooting)
  • Automatic clipboard sync
  • Sending Ctrl-Alt-Delete and any custom key combinations
  • On-premise Gateway module available for private networks (Enterprise version only)
 
Free version with stripped-down functionality is available for personal use. Give it a try and let me know what you think
 
Product page: http://www.inletex.ca/products/inletex-easy-remote-control/
 
P.S. Inletex is currently running a promotion for the latest Easy Remote Control 4.2 release. By downloading the free version you'll get a promotional code for 20% discount on the awesome Pro version (which, in my opinion, is  already fair priced! ). According to the insider info, the promotion will be over by the end of September.
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10.11.11

NetMeeting for Windows 7: Delivered

Hi folks! Recently I started getting more and more questions about NetMeeting replacement for Windows 7. Personally, I haven't used NetMeeting much so I didn't even realize that Microsoft removed NetMeeting from their latest OS's . Apparently, that caused some issues for many of you.

In Vista Microsoft offer some sort of replacement for NetMeeting called Windows Meeting Space so those 3 of you who still use Vista should have less worries . However it's not available in Windows 7 and that can become a real issue. Running a virtual Windows XP machine in Windows 7 just for NetMeeting doesn't look to me as a graceful solution. Another option would be SharedView from Microsoft. It can actually work if you don't care about going via Internet and registering a Live ID. I decided to try it myself and it was painfully slow.

So I started looking for some free peer-to-peer lightweight tool that I could recommend to my business clients. Enterprise users are usually not at liberty to leave their private local networks. They also don't particularly like complex tools which require a significant learning curve. After some research I found nothing that would satisfy my requirements. At that point I felt your pain and I had to do something about it.

As some of you may know, I've been a technical advisor for Inletex - a neat Canadian company specializing in remote support solutions. These guys have once followed the principle "if you want to do it right - do it yourself" and that's exactly how their Easy Remote Control tool came into existence. I talked to their core team and in one month (these guys are fast!) the first version of Inletex Easy Meeting Classic was released. Currently it offers just a basic NetMeeting desktop sharing functionality. But it's simple, fast, peer-to-peer, and FREE! For those who merely want to share their desktop with others it is definitely worth to look at.

Some features:
  • Greenware: No installation required. Zero footprint.
  • Peer-to-peer for LAN/WAN: No Internet required. All information stays in your private network.
  • Ease of use: Whether you share your desktop or join a shared session – one application, one click operation.
Product and download page: NetMeeting for Windows 7

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5.8.11

CURU.ca–Blog about Exchange and Lync

logo-curu-caAs many of you know, I do a lot of IT projects. Here, at ITSTUFF.ca and CuruIT.com I’m publishing lot of posts about many deferent IT areas, like Active Directory, System Deployments, SCCM, Scripting, Exchange, Scripts and Tips.

I've launched a brand new blog dedicated to Microsoft “Unified Communications” and related technologies like Exchange and Lync.  It called: CURU.ca.

At CURU.ca I’m going to publish news, articles, tips and tips mostly about Exchange and Lync. 

So if you are planning, piloting or deploying Exchange or Lync, please visit to http://www.curu.ca, have a look around. Think you are an Exchange or/and Lync expert already? Great! please join Curu.ca and ask to become news-poster by  contacting me: admin at curu.ca.

Oh and promote this new www.curu.ca endeavor by spreading the word!
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