May 27

Windows 10 Pin to Taskbar is grayed out, Unable to pin to taskbar error

Q: How do I pin an application in the taskbar if the option is not there when I right click?

A: It turns out that if you application or the shortcut that points to it refers to a removable media or a network location then the option does not appear.

Workaround:

  • Copy the app locally temporarily.
  • Make a shortcut.
  • Pin the shortcut to the taskbar
  • Change the shortcut in the taskbar (make it point to the network app.)
  • Clean up the local app & shortcut you used to do the above step.

Let me know if this worked for you. We tested it with some apps and it solved the issue.

 

Bob “CTOBOB”

 

Mar 17

VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 has been released!

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VMware vSphere ESXi 6.0 u2 (update 2) New features include:

  •  High Ethernet Link Speed: ESXi 6.0 Update 2 supports 25 G and 50 G ethernet link speeds.
  • VMware Host Client: The VMware Host Client is a HTML5 client that is used to connect to and manage single ESXi hosts without a vCenter Server.
  • vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering (VAIO): Enhancements made to VAIO includes supports for IPv6 and VMIOF versions 1.0 and 1.1.
  • Two-factor authentication for vSphere Web Client: Better Security with RSA SecurID and Smart card authentication.
  • Windows 10 Support for the vSphere Web Client
Mar 17

Microsoft SQL now runs on Linux!

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Scott Guthrie- Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft recently announced Microsoft SQL that runs on Linux. Microsoft SQL 2016, available later on this year, will be able to run on Linux as well as an Azure SQL cloud service.

According to Microsoft, the benefits include:

  • Groundbreaking security encryption capabilities that enable data to always be encrypted at rest, in motion and in-memory to deliver maximum security protection
  • In-memory database support for every workload with performance increases up to 30-100x
  • Incredible Data Warehousing performance with the #1, #2 and #3 TPC-H 10 Terabyte benchmarks for non-clustered performance, and as of March 7, the #1 SAP SD Two-Tier performance benchmark on Windows1
  • Business Intelligence for every employee on every device – including new mobile BI support for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices
  • Advanced analytics using our new R support that enables customers to do real-time predictive analytics on both operational and analytic data
  • Unique cloud capabilities that enable customers to deploy hybrid architectures that partition data workloads across on-premises and cloud based systems to save costs and increase agility
Oct 15

VMware vSphere Client 6 is very slow and hangs with Windows 10

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Issue: VMware vSphere Client 6 takes a long time to open and hangs when trying to connect to the vCenter or directly to an ESXi host. Reported on Windows 10.

Description: We encountered this problem after updating our machines to windows 10 and our lab server to vmware vSphere 6. The client installed but took 10 minutes to load. It would then simply take long enough that we cancelled. Continue reading

Aug 14

Windows 10 breaks VMware workstation 11 and 12 bridge networking

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I updated a lot of computers to Windows 10 recently as everyone else most likely has, and I ran into a bug which prevents vms running on VMware Workstation 11 (and previous versions) from using bridged networking (bridge connection) to the Network Interface Card (NIC).

It turns out that Microsoft has seen fit to prevent the addition of services to a network card. This means it’s not possible to use a bridge connection until a way is found around this.

Workaround: Use NAT

Just to be clear, this is VMWare Workstation 11 running on Windows 10. The VM itself can be running Windows XP, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 and still have the connection issue.

It’s not great for all VMs. Let’s hope this is a bug and not by design and that it will be fixed in an upcoming update.

UPDATE: This has been resolved. Simply enable vmware bridge on your NIC in Windows 10.