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Broadcom nics again

Poor network performance on virtual machines on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host if VMQ is enabled:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2902166

You’d think by now we would have solved these issues with Broadcom nics….. but obviously we still have not.

 

So when does Click2run update?

From the I did not know this about click2run…. courtesy of Diane Poremsky (1), she indicated that Click 2 run inserts tasks into your computer.  These tasks will make the system check to see if it’s up to date.   Typically one runs at 3 a.m another checks upon logon.  So if you run your computer 24/7 click to run will attempt to update at least once at day. Diane indicated that it’s hinted about here:  http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/office-2013-automatic-updates-are-not-working-HA104022275.aspx  whcih tells you to check task scheduler if it’s not updating. There should be two tasks (for c2r) – one checks at 3 am, one checks at logon.
(1)Diane runs http://www.slipstick.comhttp://www.outlook-tips.net and http://www.outlookforums.com

We’re heading into the 4th Tuesday

With no hint of a re-release of the kernel updates that caused the bsod’s.

On the one hand it’s good to only release it when it’s ready, on the other hand, it’s a bit concerning that it’s talking this long to come out with a rereleased version.

http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=16997

Sad to see that and read that.

Blog migration status

Got all the blog content exported out to xml.  Images are still a mess and I need to finish up the redirects.

Sorry about all the mess.

Western Digital and the firmware problem

A few months ago I bought a Western Digital Mycloud for home use as it worked better when a Mac Book was in the mix.  Well it did until the latest firmware update to the MyCloud.  In a sign that patching doesn’t go well in any platform, the latest firmware makes a nice happy MyBook go to a draggingly slow thing that you could watch paint dry faster than it copies files across (along with general slowness in access.

It would also drop it’s network connections and you could tell by the thrashing of the drive of the device, something was definitely not right and just  really impacting performance.

There’s a relatively easy post on how to roll back to a prior firmware update – kudos to the folks in the Western Digital forum for posting the info:

Easy method to downgrade to previous version of th… – WD Community:
http://community.wd.com/t5/WD-My-Cloud/Easy-method-to-downgrade-to-previous-version-of-the-firmware/td-p/773073

And now that it’s rolled back, we’re going to disable automatic updates for the time being until Western Digital figures out what’s going on.

Windows 8 and the mapped drive issue

Once upon a time we used this hack to get Win7 machines to respect mapped drives via group policy

How to make elevated programs recognize network drives on Windows 7 /
Vista | WinAbility Software:
http://www.winability.com/how-to-make-elevated-programs-recognize-network-drives/

In digging more into that I realized that Windows 8 and 8.1 regressed and needed a hotfix to get them to work the same way.
Drive is unexpectedly mapped to the root of a nested share in Windows:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;2878604

 

Windows 8.1 should already have that update rollup, Windows 8 needs a hotfix. (who knew)

Still converting blogs

and only about 1/2 way through the process…..

(have I said migration sucks?)

Images are still a disaster.

Redirects not in place.

Pardon the disaster zone while I still get everyone off of Community Server and onto WordPress.

To all of the bloggers still in transition, my deepest apologies, we’re doing the best we can.  Holler if you need anything.