Friday, May 10, 2013

iPad "not charging" on windows 7 USB port


I pluged my iPad into a laptop usb port on a windows 7 PC and it shows "not charging" where it should show me the charing battery".


A quick search lead me to the this forum post.

  • "An insufficiently-powered USB port will charge an iPad, just slower than a high-powered one. When you plug the USB cable into your laptop the iPad will say "Not Charging." However, when the screen is off it is in fact charging. As soon as you turn the screen on again the battery area will say "Not Charging," too, but again, with the screen off it will charge."

Stuck Pinned Icons


I came in to my computer this morning and noticed that I my pinned Outlook icon on my windows 7 taskbar was in the wrong area. I know a little OCD, but we continue. After trying to move the icon to a better location it would bounce back to where it was. Ok this has to be fixed.


After some searching and investigating I came across several things that might have fixed the issue. Maybe one of them, maybe all of them. Anyways here are some of the interesting things I found.

  • Out of all them this is my favorite.
    • Somehow in Windows 7 icons in your taskbar may stay highlighted for unknown reasons, or maybe known but i just dont know of

      Anyway heres the quick little fix that will most certainly work.

      When you are having this issue then simple hold down SHIFT and RIGHT-CLICK on a icon in your taskbar and they wont stick on highlighting anymore.
I have to run off to a meeting.. i will try and put more here.. sorry if I don't.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

DHCP server settings from a 2003 to a 2008 server


Need to move DHCP server settings from a 2003 server to a 2008 server.


I know there is a way to do this using netsh Will list info on that.

How is it going to work:

Dump the database from old server to a file.
Transfer that file to the new server.
Import the old DB in to the DHCP DB.

The work: 

  •  I used the Microsoft Article ID: 962355
      • Here are the steps I followed them.
        • Export the DHCP database from Windows 2003:

          1.                   On the Windows 2003 DHCP server, navigate to a command prompt

          2.                   Type the following Command: netsh

          3.                   Type the following Command: DHCP

          4.                   Type the following Command: server <\\Name or IP Address>

          5.                   Type the following Command: export c:\w2k3DHCPdb all

          Note You must have local administrator permissions to export the data.

          Import the DHCP database

          1.       Copy the exported DHCP database file to the local hard disk of the Windows Server 2008-based computer.

          2.       Install the DHCP Role on the server.

          3.       Stop the DHCP server service on the server.  To do this, follow these steps:

          a.       Log on to the target DHCP server by using an account that is a member of the local Administrators group.

          b.      Click Start, click Run, type cmd in the Open box, and then click OK.

          c.       At the command prompt, type net stop DHCPserver , and then press ENTER. You receive a "The Microsoft DHCP Server service is stopping. The Microsoft DHCP Server service was stopped successfully" message.

          d.      Type exit, and then press ENTER.

          4.       Delete the DHCP.mdb file under c:\windows\system32\DHCP folder.

          5.       Start the DHCP server service.

          6.       Right-click on the Command Prompt (cmd) and select run as administrator, to open the cmd prompt using elevated privileges.

          Note You must have local administrator permissions to import the data.

          7.       Type the following Command: netsh

          8.       Type the following Command: DHCP

          9.       Type the following Command: server <\\Name or IP Address>

          10.   Type the following Command: import c:\w2k3DHCPdb

          11.   Restart DHCP and verify the database has moved over properly.  
    • To verify the new server worked, after the old server was off, I released my DHCP lease.
      • cmd (with admin privileges)
        • ipconfig /release
    • Then I renewed the IP Address
      • cmd (with admin privileges)
        • ipconfig /renew
    • Now I made sure the new DHCP server was there.
      • cmd (with admin privileges)
        • ipconfig /all
          • Look for the DHCP server that gave the new lease.

The Result

The longest part of this job was building up the new server. This was a cake job after getting all the steps in front of me.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Update UCS Software with Kbox


I need to update the UCS Outlook Connector with the latest version.


Use the Kbox 1000 to do it.

How is it going to work:

My thought is
  • Use the "Managed Installations" in the "Distribution" area
  • Use a smart label to get the systems that need the newest installation
    • based off the specific UCS software installed on the system.
  • The install of the new software must be installed when Outlook is closed.

The work:

  • Failure can't use a software smart label for a distribution.Made a smart label:
    • Name:
      • SoftwareUCS-
    • Item Type:
      • Software
    • sql:
  • Make a smart machine label
    • Name
      • MachinesWithUcs7.2.1.520
    • Item Type
      • Machine
    • SQL
    • The smart label is not acting correctly
      • I test the smart label works in testing
        • it shows the machines that are suppose to be listed.
    • It was working correctly. I guess a Smart label doesn't update till the computer checks in and attaches that smart label to itself. Weird way of doing it, seeing I don't think I have seen smart labels act like this before. 
    • I forced an checkin for the machines and it did populate the smart label.

The Result

This is a simple msi install script that uses smart labels to choose what system to run the script on. It is up and working.