There are lots of great reasons to replace personal printers with centralised photocopiers but one of the overlooked ones can be the greater ability to monitor these copiers using SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol).
This article looks at keeping track of the status of the paper trays (how full they are!) using PRTG (http://www.paessler.com/prtg) on Sharp photocopiers.
To get rolling you will need-
- PRTG (or some other item of software that can talk to SNMP)
- Some way of querying the SNMP OIDs on the copiers (for this article I used the free version of MIB Browser – http://ireasoning.com/mibbrowser.shtml)
- A little bit of ingenuity
If just by chance you are using the Sharp MX-2640N copiers then you can save time by using the following OIDs-
Paper Tray 1 Status .18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.2
Paper Tray 2 Status .188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.3
Paper Tray 3 Status .18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.4
Paper Tray 4 (A3) Status .188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.5
So to get this up and running follow the screen shot sequence below.
In this guide I will show you how to create a deployment of Greenfoot 2.3 using Group Policy Software Deployment while ensuring that the software is available for all users of the computer and removing the unnecessary desktop and start menu shortcuts.
If you don’t feel like reading through the guide and you want to use the modifications listed above then just download the transform file (contained within a ZIP file) below.
Greenfoot Transform (980 bytes, 61 hits)
First off a few things you will need..
- The Greenfoot Windows installer (its a MSI right out of the box which makes life easy) – http://www.greenfoot.org/download
- The Orca tool MSI editor tool (part of the Windows 7 SDK) – a guide to installing it can be found here http://myworldofit.net/?p=1368
- The Java Development Kit (JDK) pre installed on your PC (the deployment of this is outside the scope of this guide) – http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads
The screen shot sequence below shows how to get everything setup.
School maybe out for summer but that doesn’t mean that the ICT Services team is having time off. One of the high priority tasks since starting my new job as Network Manager at an Academy in Oxford has been updating the storage and no I don’t mean SANs or DAS storage…
add in some basic shelving from Rapid Racking and some storage tubs from Amazon….
now if that isn’t transformational IT I don’t know what is!
A bit of a silly one this time round but when running a deploy/capture (with application installation half way through) SCCM 2012 task sequence just after installing the applications I got the error message.
Task sequence: <task sequence name> has failed with the error code (0×00000032). For more information, contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.
As it turns out at the end of my application deployment phase of the task sequence I had a restart listed, however instead of being set to ‘The currently installed default operating system’ I had it set to ‘The boot image assigned to this task sequence’.
Setting this correctly to ‘The currently installed default operating system’ resolved the problem and I was back on my merry way to creating an updated OS deployment image.
The first thing that will strike you about any thin client is how small (in physical dimensions) they are and the 5818v is no exception. In the past this small size meant poor hardware specifications; however, this time is long behind us.
The 5818v comes with 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a Intel Atom D2550 dual core CPU, 16GB of local storage (the SSD like disk on memory), 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet and Intel GMA 3650 graphics (it won’t run Crysis but is ideal for Flash video).
In true keeping with the idea of thin computing (frugal on power, waste and dimensions) the packing for the 5818v is small and includes the power adapter, cable and a mouse making for quick and easy deployments. You also get a stand and DVI-VGA adapter included in the box.
As far as licencing goes the Windows OEM sticker is included on the DOM meaning no sticky labels to peel off the case.
A hidden surprise comes in the concealed secure USB port which can be used to integrate wireless adapters (Wi-Fi/keyboard + mouse adapters) or USB memory sticks (could be used for BitLocker drive encryption).
For more take a look at the screenshot sequence below…
One of the great features of the 10ZiG 5818v is the WE8 operating system. Based upon Windows 8 this thin client includes the same software that makes full Windows 8 PCs fast most notably kernel hibernation. The premise goes that when you click Shutdown on your PC the core components of Windows are hibernated and saved to a single file which is very fast to read.
In testing the 5818v took a little over 41 seconds to start up without kernel hibernation turned on, with it turned on boot time to a usable PC was just over 21 seconds that’s a 2x improvement just by turning on a software feature!
After deploying a number of HP printers using the HP Universal Printing Driver PCL 6 (18.104.22.16898 for anyone who might be counting) I found that a number of users were getting the error message
hpmsn141.dll has stopped working
when trying to print, although they can click close program and the print goes through fine it is quite an annoyance.
Although more of a workaround I found that the fix in this situation was to turn off a feature called Printer Status Notification (described by HP at this link here). A short guide can be found in the screen shots below.
In this series of posts I’m going to be looking at the all new 10ZiG 5818v Thin Client.
Recently released and coming with Intel Atom D2550 CPU this thin client sets its self apart from others with the introduction of Windows Embedded 8 (WE8).
WE8 is essentially a cut down version of Windows 8 that is focused on devices that have limited storage space and are designed to fill a single role (like digital signage players, connectivity to Remote Desktop Services Farms and connectivity to VDI like Citrix VDI-in-a-Box).
Through this series of posts I’m going to be looking at the hardware of the thin client, the WE8 operating system including the tweaks 10ZiG have made to it as well as the performance of the thin client when connected to VDI sessions.
After unboxing and powering on my first impressions of the 5818v have been very positive particularly around
- UEFI boot with a boot time of around 25s
- The low power consumption
- The array of ports
- The robustness of design