VIDEO: How To Install and Configure Windows Server Update Services on Server 2016

This video demonstrates how to install Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) on Windows Server 2016.  We also quickly show the Group Policies required to have your office PC’s use the WSUS server as their source for updates. How To Install & Configure Windows Server Update Services: Minimum Server Hardware Specification For WSUS: Hardware Low-end 500 or fewer clients Typical 500–3,000 clients High-end 3,000–20,000 clients, or rollup of 30,000 clients Super high-end 10,000 clients, or rollup…

VIDEO: Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing and Basic Disassembly To Change Hard Drives, Battery or Add Memory

The Dell Latitude 5490 is the 2018 replacement for the 5480 released in 2017.   The Latitude 5480 was an amazing corporate grade laptop that had the option to add a “Caching SSD” to massively boost the performance of a spinning hard disk.  Unfortunately the, that functionality has been removed from the 5490 and it will be missed. This video shows: What is in the box, aka the unboxing A quick tour of the ports on the…

SOLVED: Disable or Enable a Vibrate Email Alert on Android Samsung S8 S9

If you want to your Android Samsung S8 or S9 to vibrate when an email is received you need to increase the notifications CATEGORY that it is in from NORMAL to HIGH.  This is not a difficult process but it is hard to find: Open your email Click the menu icon (3 bars in the top left corner) Click the settings cog (top right corner) Click NOTIFICATIONS Click NEW EMAILS (IMPORTANT: Do not click on…

SOLVED: Email Not Syncing and OFF Notification Popup

If you have an Android device you might notice that the email has stopped syncing and that the word OFF appears in a grey overlay in your email program. The fix for this is to turn syncing back on and we show you how using a Samsung Galaxy S9. Open your email Click the menu bars (3 horizontal bars) at the top right Click settings COG (top right) Click on the email account in question…

SOLVED: Slow PC Shows 100% Hard Disk Usage

If you have a PC that is very slow and you notice that Task Manager shows near 100% disk is being used but the individual items do not sum to anything approaching 100%, you may have an issue with SuperFetch.  Fortunately it is easy to correct. We recently dealt with a frustrating case on a Dell Latitude 5480 Laptop with a Caching SSD (see our video).  Put simply, Intel Rapid Storage Technology software utility makes…

Mobile vs PC: Which is Best for Casino Games?

When it comes to accessing our favorite aspects of the digital world, the revolution of both PC and mobile allows us to never be more than a click or finger swipe away from the engagement we need. Increasingly, as technology has advanced, the gulf between benefits on mobile and benefits on the PC has grown and supporters of each medium have extolled the virtues of each mode. Some say the PC is better, some say…

How to Install WinRAR

WinRAR is a file archiver for RAR and ZIP files for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems. You can also exploit this archiver for Android, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, MS-DOS and Windows Mobile. WinRAR is a popular program-archiver, one of the main programs on each computer. Archivers can compress any files into archives to reduce their size, and also extract files from archives. Until the 21st century, when there were no large carriers and…

5 Web Design Trends in 2018

Are you sure your website is trendy and responsive enough to attract even more customers in 2018? Maybe you need a new, better one? In this case, you should know at least something about web design and the current trends in the industry. Picture Credit Don’t worry, you don’t need to visit special courses or hire a professional team to help you to figure out what is trendy and what is no more effective for…

Latest Dell OptiPlex Desktops Still Do Not Have Thunderbolt

Despite Dell’s sales staff statements and promotional material claims the latest update to the Dell Optiplex line the 60 series (5060’s and 7060’s) do NOT have Thunderbolt Dell says that the Optiplex 5060 will not have an Thunderbolt option but the 7060 will at some point in the future.  As of this writing, there is no release date for a Dell corporate desktop with Thunderbolt. If you are thinking you can get around this by…

SOLVED: Fast Fix Stuck Update – Searching For Updates On This Computer

Normally when you have a problem with Windows Update there are two processes you should go through: Download and install the Update manually (rather than relying on the Windows Update GUI) Reset your Windows Update: Launch SERVICES.MSC, and STOP both “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE” then set them to DISABLED Delete all files and folders in C:\windows\softwaredistribution Launch SERVICES.MSC, and set the following to AUTOMATIC startup “WINDOWS UPDATE” and “BACKGROUND INTELLIGENT TRANSFER SERVICE”…

SOLVED: What is NIC Teaming Doing & Does Link Aggregation Really Improve Performance?

When I started working NIC Teaming I thought that “link aggregating” two NIC’s would double my throughput and while that is possible, it is not likely and here is why. When you link aggregate or Team Network cards using the common standards of the last decade, each NIC will still only connect to one system at its maximum speed (often 1GB).  Teaming / Link Aggregation lets that same server connect to a second system (say…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Broadcom NIC Teaming & Troubleshooting

Creating a network adapter team is generally an easy way to double triple or quadruple your throughput but there are a number of annoying roadblocks to get around with Broadcom NIC’s Broadcom NIC Teaming Gotchas: Install the latest Broadcom firmware and drivers Unplug your network cables while creating the team Make sure you created the same NIC link aggregation (aka. Team) on your switch BEFORE you create it on on your servers NIC’s Download and…

SOLVED: VIDEO: 10 Things You Need To Know About the Samsung DeX Pad

These are the top 10 things you need to know about the Samsung DeX Pad Samsung DeX Pad is NOT the Samsung DeX Station Microsoft Office works quite well on the DeX Pad Take your cover / case off before attaching The DeX Pad has HDMI and NOT DisplayPort Clear ALL items in the middle of the screen after you connect or nothing will work The DeX Pad is a Fast Charger The DeX Pad…

Solved: Complete List of Supported Guest Windows VM’s On Server 2016, 2012 R2, 2012 and 2008 R2

Yes, you can run Server 2016 VM’s on Server 2012 R2 Host.  In general Mircrosoft supports the release immediately after the host operating system (i.e. 2012 on 2008 R2, 2012 R2 on 2012 R1,…) Server 2016 Supported Guest Operating Systems: Windows Server 2016 is expected to be able to host Windows Server 2019 VM’s but as of today’s date the official line up for Server 2016 hosting VM’s is: Guest Operating System Maximum Virtual Cores…