We have a Lenovo iX2 NAS in our network that we purchased for the comms team to store their media stuff on, and even though the NAS is setup with a RAID 1 ( mirror ) configuration I don’t think that is enough to protect the data from a system failure. My original plan was to buy another NAS to replicate the data between the two devices, but after doing some research I realized that dumping a copy of the data to Amazon S3 would be better. That way we have a copy of the data off our network, and…

Headphones

Headphones are supposed to work every time you plug them in to your computer right? unfortunately no, these little nagging things are still present even when using Windows 10. I get many support tickets related to headphone issues from users quite frequently even from those using Windows 10. In this tutorial I will  give you a run down of troubleshooting tips you can follow to fix your headphones issue. Please note If you are using headphones with the 2.5 mm input jack like this: And the sound isn’t working for you then the first thing you should do is reinstall…

I only write tutorials for this site, but I’ll make an exception today, and sneak in a review for this laptop. I’ve been wanting to write this review for awhile, but I didn’t feel it was appropriate for the site, but what the hell, I’ll just do it. As the “go to” IT guy at work I’m the one that orders and configures new equipment for new employees or existent employees needing an upgrade. The other day I got an email from a former colleague asking me for a recommendation of what laptop to buy. Here is her email (…

Active Directory has changed a lot since it’s birth in 1999. The first time I used Active Directory was around 2004 on a Windows 2003 server. We had an Exchange 2003 server, and I remember using active directory to create e-mail accounts. Back then, AD was basically just the “Active Directory Users, and Computers” snap-in, and a few other components. Up to this day, when I think about AD the thought of account authentication, users and computer management, etc. are interchangeably, but as we will see, AD is not just about authenticating users or managing resources anymore, it has become…

If you want to inject some branding to your Lenovo laptops by customizing the BIOS splash screen image then here is a quick tutorial on how you can do that. Download the BIOS update utility Download the BIOS Update Utility from the Lenovo support website and extract the files: Click Next and accept the agreement: Take note of the path where the files will be extracted to: Click Next again and the click on Install: Make sure you do not install the BIOS update on the last screen: click on Finish. Prepare the image guidelines for the creation of the…

Its surprising but Microsoft is playing nice with the open source community now, they are making some of their software available on Linux. They started with .NET and now SQL, I guess their mantra now is “if you can’t beat them, join them. Anyway, in this tutorial I will show you step by step how you can install Microsoft SQL server in Ubuntu for testing purposes. Prerequisite You need at least 4GB of memory on the machine you want install SQL on You need Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10 ( haven’t tested it in any other distro ) Installing SQL Make…

Microsoft Edge is somehow the default application for opening PDF files in Windows 10 regardless if you install Adobe Reader or not. If you would like to set Windows 10 to open PDF files in Adobe Reader instead then make sure you have Adobe Reader installed ( you can get it from this link if you don’t have it yet) and then Right-click a PDF file saved in your computer and go to Properties  and then on the Open with option click on Change: Then choose Adobe Reader from the list option: Then click on Apply then OK. That should…

If the menu font size appear too small in Windows 10 for you, here is a quick way to change it. Up until now I’ve been just customizing the display for people that have asked me how to resize the fonts on their computer because the text appears too small: But doing that will also decrease the solution on your screen. to increase the size of the font on menus without changing the resolution on your screen, right-click an empty space on your desktop, and go to Display Settings: Then click on Advance display settings: Then click on Advanced sizing…

If you need to set a custom interactive log on message for your users using Windows 10 computers for legal or any other purposes there are a couple of ways you can accomplish that. If you only have a few computers in your network you can set the message individually on each computer using the Local Security Policy console, but if you have a large network of computers then doing it through a Group Policy makes more sense. In this tutorial I will show you how you can do both. Using the Local Security Policy To setup the message individually…

As you probably already know, you can enable Bash on Windows 10 by installing the Windows subsystem for Linux using the remove/add features in control panel. That will install a trimmed down version of Ubuntu, but if you just want SSH on your computer without loading a bunch of unnecessary stuff, there is an easier and lighter way of doing that using the OpenSSH client for Windows. Head over to this website and download the latest version of OpenSSH. At the time of this writing the latest version is 7-3-p1-2. Once you have downloaded the package, execute it. Click Next…