This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Microsoft Surface RT

In this video I look at how you can run a full PowerPoint presentation from your Microsoft Surface RT tablet PC.

The key thing about Windows RT over other mobile operating systems is the inclusion of a full version of Office 2013 which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

This means if you go to present a PowerPoint that you made on your desktop it will show the same on your Windows tablet as well – animations included (something you wont get for sure on the cut down editions on other tablet PCs).

The other thing that surface holds above all others is its inclusion of a full USB port and mini HDMI (adaptable to VGA) port – this added advantage of a USB port means you can use your wireless presentation remote just as you would on a notebook PC.

So to find out more sit back relax and watch the video above ūüôā

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Microsoft Surface RT

As you may have taken from the photo above I did indeed get a Microsoft Surface RT in the end!

That’s my surface and I sitting in Heathrow T5 waiting to head out for the weekend, this is also me using the tethering on my Windows Phone 7 to get to the internet to type up the post I am working on.

So down to business – in this series of posts I will be looking at the wonderful world of Microsoft Surface and all of the very cool things you can do with it that you cant with pretty much every tablet out there.

If you can’t wait for me to publish the articles then do feel free to dive right into the videos which you can see on YouTube here-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FFa5YGPVIs&feature=share&list=PLRxbdlgJzwyhpgOUDMZaIRZlEbmamJ3d7

Its a long shot that many people will have this issue but hey why not!

If you have one of the uber new AMD FX Processors (e.g. the 6 core 6100BE) and have tried to run a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine on it you may have seen this error message.

An error occurred while attempting to start the selected virtual machine(s).

‘<VM name>’ could not initialize.

The virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running.

The cause of this issue is well documented in Microsoft KB 2568088 (link), the short version is the newer AMD CPUs have a feature called AVX included that Hyper-V does not like very much.

As such you can sort this issue out by running the command bcdedit /set xsavedisable 1 at a elevated command prompt.

Just make sure you restart your PC after and boom you will be able to run your virtual machines again!

This time its the turn of Windows Update (powered by WSUS on Server 2008 R2) error 80244022 (sometimes seen as 8024402c).

Had this error on my own Admin PC a few days ago while trying to run monthly updates, there is very little information about this error message out there however the main cause seems to be linked to the client PC being unable to communicate with the server due to invalid proxy setting.

One thing to remember is that Windows Update (on your clients) communicates with the WSUS server over HTTP (or HTTPS if you have it setup like this) and so needs to be able to communicate with it over HTTP – because of this Windows Update must know to not use a proxy server to talk to your internal WSUS server.

If you are having this error on multiple PCs and you have only just setup WSUS I would suggest that you check your network wide proxy settings (proxy.pac or wpad.dat) making sure that an exception is made for your WSUS server.
The same applies if you are configuring your proxy using group policy just make sure an exception is made for your WSUS server.

If you are having this error on a single PC then the two places to check are

  • Internet Explorer Proxy Settings (if locally defined)
  • Under system wide proxy settings (netsh winhttp)
Internet Explorer Proxy Settings

To check these settings (click for screen shot) go to Start > Control Panel > Internet Options > Connections > LAN Settings if you have use a proxy server ticked make sure under Advanced settings and Exceptions you have your WSUS server listed.

System Wide Proxy Settings

It is possible to set a proxy server other than the one used in IE for some applications. In my case this was the problem as I had set the proxy up but without any exceptions and so Windows Update could not talk to the WSUS server.

You can check if this is the same for you by running the command netsh winhttp show proxy from the command prompt.
If you do have a proxy setting in here you can remove it by running netsh winhttp reset proxy.

To find out more about this command (and also how to include a bypass proxy list) just run netsh winhttp set proxy /?

Before I go much further into this article I will say – there is no one answer to how much power does a PC consume. You have to take into consideration the internal components (particularly the CPU and if the PC uses a HDD or SSD), the age of the PC, the efficacy of its PSU and also how far its components are pushed.

The simplest way to determine how much power your PC uses is to buy yourself a relatively cheap power meter like this one on Amazon which I got for a little under £10.

All the same the video below shows a selection of the various types of PCs I have to hand and how much they consume, a further write up is over the page.

 

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Please Note –¬†Microsoft have now confirmed that there will not be 3G/4G¬†in the¬†Surface through the complete specs which can be seen here.

As the momentum builds for a midnight release of the Microsoft Surface (thanks to the Reg) Microsoft are still keeping very quiet about a lot of key things – most notably will it have a 3G/4G connectivity.

Even in its RT version Surface has a lot of things going for it over other tablets like full USB, HDMI, TPM encryption (Bitlocker managed in the Pro version), integrated kick stand, Microsoft Office, a design and build quality that IMO rivals the iPad and its touch covers which build in a cover and keyboard into one item.

We do know that the Asus Vivo RT comes with 4G (in at least the US) but still no mention of the Surface getting it.

Personally this is the biggest feature that the Surface needs to succeed – without it the Surface would become a tablet that you can only use at home/at work (assuming you have Wi-Fi). Yes you may say you could hook up to a coffee shop Wi-Fi network or your phones tethering ability while out and about but nothing beats the seamless nature of 3G built right in.

So I say to Microsoft-

For a long time we’ve been using the built in features of Windows Server to allow users to recover their own work through the ‘Previous Versions’ tab in Windows Explorer (which works on the Volume Snapshot service) however the long term plan has been to get our DPM 2012 server to do the heavy lifting instead.

When trying to extend the AD schema (as per this Technet Article) we were coming across this error message

Active Directory could not be configured because the Active Directory domain could not be found. Make sure that the domain name is properly constructed. The following example shows a properly constructed domain name: city.corp.company.com

The best fix I have found is to manually extend the schema by copying the EXE that DPM uses to extend the schema right onto your domain controller that runs the Schema Master role and running it there.

In my case that file can be found here C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\DPM\DPM\End User Recovery

The screenshots below show how to do this in a little more detail

NB about DFS shares: If you intend on using end user recovery against shares that are using DFS you will need Hotfix KB2466048. Why this is a hotfix and not included with Windows 7 SP1 I do not know РI just hope it comes along in SP2.

Buying powerful PCs pre built is all so well and good but the fun comes in when you build them yourself!

That’s just what we have done at work with some media suite PCs which use 6 core processors, modular PSUs and all other kinds of fun things – full specs and photos¬†to come after the video.

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Ok I’ll admit this is a pretty weird thing to do a review on a PoE injector but its one of those things that I wish I had to reference when I was first looking at these.

First things first if you are looking for a basic PoE injector that can run power at about 15W max then this injector will do nicely for you.

I’ve used these injectors to power things like HP 4110 Lync phones, Axis and Sony CCTV cameras as well as Aerohive Wireless APs all of which have worked fine.

The good things about this injector are

  • Just as you would expect its plug and play nothing to configure ect
  • Nice and compact just¬†8cm long
  • Comes with a short network cable which is ideal as a patch panel style cable

Things I don’t like or that could be improved upon are

  • Uses a separate power brick with a proprietary cable, although its compact enough to fit them side by side on a power strip I do prefer kettle lead style cables as this gives you more flexibility when working with things like UPSs.

The photos below show things in a little more detail.

For more info your best bet is the TP Link website at this link here.
For a pretty fair price on them take a look at the Novatech website at this link here.