HP Smart Zero Client, a first impression

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 18th, 2012. Posted in Other

In the end of 2011 Hewlett-Packard introduced a range of zero clients and described them as “the affordable, reprogrammable and to-smart-to-be-called-a-zero-client, clients”. The clients come in two forms; HP Zero Clients, which are unmanaged, and the HP Smart Zero Clients. which are managed. An overview of the available products can be found on the HP website (link).

 

I had the opportunity to get some hands-on-experience with a HP t510 (a HP Smart Zero Client) and the HP Automatic Update Server software.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable – Version 8.0.56336

Written by Ingmar Verheij on July 6th, 2012. Posted in Other

After a customer lost the installation scripts and setup files I had to reconstruct a part of the deployment for him. Luckily (for him) the servers where still running so they could continue working. It gave me the opportunity to get an overview of the installed components on the server, nice!

 

Microsoft Visual C   2005 Redistributable - Version  8.0.56336One of the components was the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable with version 8.0.56336 . A quick search on the internet resulted in a download at Microsoft (link). After installing the downloaded redistributable version 8.0.50727.42 was displayed. What’s that?

It turned out that 8.0.56336 is actually Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable SP1! Microsoft apparently didn’t find it necessary to add this to the application name, but it took me a while to find the correct download. This redistributable can be downloaded here.

Cheers Ingmar

“Citrix Receiver – Security Warning” explained and demystified

Written by Ingmar Verheij on June 26th, 2012. Posted in Citrix, Demystified

Citrix Receiver - Security WarningWhen you’ve worked with a Citrix XenApp or XenDesktop environment you must be familiar with the Security Warning dialog. It prevents a remote machine (your hosted application or desktop) from accessing resources on the client device, a security boundary you want to protect when from unmanaged systems.

But on managed systems you want to prevent this message, you don’t want your users to be confronted with a message you tell them to accept (otherwise it won’t work and they’re to blame).

In this article I’ll explain why this message is displayed and how you can prevent it.

How to enable administrative shares for local accounts

Written by Ingmar Verheij on June 22nd, 2012. Posted in No category

If you enabled file and printer sharing in Windows you can access shared folders from a remote machine. By Windows shares administrative folders like IPC$, Admin$, C$ (and all other disks) for administrative purposes.

Since Windows XP you need to enable access to these folders if you want to access them with a local account (like Administrator). Domain accounts with administrative permissions on the system are always allowed to access the administrative shares.

Overheating Dell Precision M4500 “the dust collector”

Written by Ingmar Verheij on March 14th, 2012. Posted in Other

I’m very happy with my Dell Precision M4500 equipped with Intel Core i7-740QM, 8GB RAM, nVidia Quadro FX 1800M and Seagate 500GB FIPS self-encrypting disk.

But there’s one major setback; it overheats extremely quickly (as mentioned by TechRadar). This is especially true after a certain period of using the system. The fans suck in fresh air  and (after cooling the processor, gpu and chipset) blows it again. In the meantime it collects dust on the fan and the vent.

After removing the dust my CPU temperature decreased from 83C/181F to 51C/124F.

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