send “ctrl + alt + delete” to a remote computer via rdp

after bugging around with the tool “passchg” (from  http://ctrl-alt-del.com.au/CAD_TSUtils.htm) to change the password on a remote computer i finally found a shortcut to send ctrl + alt + delete …

just hit “ctrl + alt + end” …

as this will not work in a nested rdp-session i still have to use the tool there .. but for 90 % of my sessions this will work for me …

keyboard layout switching button – stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

as an administrator i am often connected to different servers via rdp .. as i use multiple keyboard layouts i noticed that with windows 8 the systray icons seems to “jump” when a rdp-session is focused and then not focused …

rdp-session focused:

keyboard layout switching button - stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

rdp-session not focused:

keyboard layout switching button - stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

the annoying thing was .. when you click any icon while the rdp-session is focused you will actually click the icon right from it …

i found out that the new keyboard layout switching button can be replaced with the old desktop language bar …

keyboard layout switching button - stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

this bar will also hide when a rdp-session is focused .. but it will not make the systray icons jump as it is located left from the systray …

to activate it you have to go to the language settings and there click on “advanced settings”:

keyboard layout switching button - stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

in the advanced settings you will find the option “use the desktop language bar when it’s available” .. this will bring back the old desktop language bar …

keyboard layout switching button - stop the systray from jumping by activating desktop language bar

 

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

as i could not find any other source i did the installation as follows …

download the 22 MB big exe file in the appropriate architecture from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=223229 run it and choose a directory to extract the files to …

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

when done navigate to the subfolder “FepExt\msp” and find the file “FEP2010-FEPEXT-KB2551095-x64-DEU.msp” extract that (using 7-zip) or similar to a new folder …

installing FEP client 2010 update rollup 1 on windows 8

you will now find the updated setup “FEPInstall.exe” (version 2.1.1116.0) in the new created folder which is the version including the Rollup Update 1 …

copy that and install it to your new windows 8 or windows server 2012 systems …

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

when trying to remove the previously installed (but not supported) FEP 2010 on windows 8 you are prompted with an error …

therefore .. here are the steps to uninstall it …

by default  the 64-bit version is installed to c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\ … therein you will find the “setup.exe” … rightclick it and change the compatibilty to “Windows 7” an close the window with “OK” …

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

now run the following command by simply entering it into the start screen search bar and accept it with return …

"c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\setup.exe" /x

uninstalling FEP client 2010 from windows 8 to update to FEP 2010 with Update Rollup 1

this will initiate the uninstall process …

you may now install FEP 2010 with update rollup 1

skype direct download link [windows]

i was just searching for a direct download link for skype for half an hour …

turns out they want you to register if you come with an ie before downloading the setup …

so you might wanna take firefox or another brother of choice to get a download without signing up …

or you can take the following link:

http://www.skype.com/go/getskype

@microsoft: why .. oh why?!

automatically upload photos taken with the iphone to skydrive [update 2013-08-09]

[update 2013-08-09] as there is now IFTTT for your iPhone you can do it using this recipe “natively” [/update]

i wanted this feature ever since i have my iphone 4s and a skydrive account … but sadly this is not yet possible with the phone alone …

and as i read the article on lifehacker today (http://lifehacker.com/5936429/standing-desks-small-wrenches-and-skydrive-auto+upload/gallery/4/) where mscasslopezan came up with an alternative i thought .. “first thing today is write that post” .. so .. here we go …

@mac users: as there is a skydrive app for mac and icloud somewhat integrated to your os (or am i wrong here) you may do similar things …

for windows you will need the “icloud control panel” from apple (which can only be installed on windows vista and up):
http://www.icloud.com/icloudcontrolpanel

and of course the skydrive app
https://apps.live.com/skydrive

replace “gpunktschmitz” in the following with your own username  …

first off .. you install the skydrive app with defaults settings .. meaning your SkyDrive-folder will be in you user directory (e.g. C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\SkyDrive\)

next up you install the icloud control panel .. after the installation will have to enter your apple id to logon to your icloud storage …

now you can activate several options which you want to be synchronised .. for what we do here all you need to activate is “Photo Stream” …

you can define two folders within the “Photo Stream” option .. an upload folder (which i set to  C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\Pictures\iCloud-Uploads [don’t remember if that was the default option]) … and a download folder … in a first test i did set the  icloud photo stream download folder to “C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\SkyDrive\Pictures\iPhone” .. meaning any photo taken with the iphone which is synched to the icloud will be downloaded via the icloud control center to your SkyDrive folder specified … this SkyDrive folder is of course then uploaded to SkyDrive …

automatically upload photos taken with the iphone to skydrive [update 2013-08-09]

a disadvantage of this setting is that any photo you delete from that stream will be deleted from the photo stream and thus deleted in SkyDrive …

therefore i changed the photo stream download folder to be “C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\Pictures\iCloud-Download\” (again .. dunno any more if that is a default setting) and set up a script which is run by the windows task scheduler every hour or so:

echo n | copy C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\Pictures\iCloud-Download\* ^
 C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\SkyDrive\Pictures\iPhone\
echo j | del C:\Users\gpunktschmitz\Pictures\iCloud-Download\*

the script copies any downloaded photo from icloud to my skydrive folder and deletes the files from the photo stream download folder as it does not make any sense to store it twice on my local disk … i did not check if it is deleted from my icloud itself as it doesn’t matter for me …

automatically upload photos taken with the iphone to skydrive [update 2013-08-09]

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 – no audio output device is installed

to get the sound working start up windows 7 and download the realtek AC’97 sound driver to your desktop. therefore click on the following link, accept and click ‘next’ and download the very first driver “Vista/Win7 (32/64 bits) Driver only (ZIP file)” from any mirror …

http://www.realtek.com.tw

and extract it by right-clicking and selection “Extract All…”

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

select “Extract” on the next screen and wait for the file to be extracted.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

when it is done click on the “Start”-Button and right-click “Computer” and select “Manage”.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

the computer management console opens. select “Device Manger” in the left tree.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

on the right side you should now see a device with a warning sign named “Multimedia Audio Controller”

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

double-click on that and select “Update Driver…” in its properties.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

choose “Browse my computer for driver software”

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

and click the “Browse…”-button in the new window

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

select the lately extracted folder and click on “OK”

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

make sure the option “Include subfolders” is checked and confirm the step by clicking on the “Next”-button.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

confirm the windows security popup by clicking on “Install this driver software anyway”

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

and wait for the installation to finish.

getting sound working in virtualbox guest windows 7 - no audio output device is installed

you now have sound in your vm.