Miscellaneous Ramblings

Ping Transport Failed with Error 1231

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Recently I was helping a friend with her laptop which suddenly stopped connecting to the Internet, despite that the wireless networking could see and successfully connect to wireless hotspots. In further troubleshooting, I noticed that the correct IP address range (192.168.0.x) was not handed out by the router’s DNS. Furthermore, when attempting to ping the router’s gateway (192.168.0.1) with “Ping Transport Failed, Error 1231“. Digging through the Internet on this error, I found the possible solution buried deep within a couple Microsoft forum threads. I’m posting it here so that if it should ever occur again, hopefully the solution is quicker to find!

  1. Open a command prompt with Run As Administrator
  2. Run “netsh winsock reset”
  3. Restart Windows

Now the system is back in business!

SkyDrive Limit Being Decreased!!

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I received this notice from a colleague that I felt was important to pass along:

“Microsoft is upgrading SkyDrive.  While there are benefits (larger supported file sizes, local client, ability to purchase additional storage), there’s a downside (downsize?) as well; storage limits for the free account are dropping from 25G to 7G.  However, if you already have an account, you can “upgrade” your account to 25G for free.  Just log in (https://skydrive.live.com/ManageS…orage?lu=1) and click the upgrade banner.  They say it’s for a limited time, but I’m not sure what that means.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57419130-75/microsoft-adds-paid-storage-tiers-to-skydrive-cloud-service/

A New Adventure

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I began working with SMS/SCCM in early 2004.  After being “in the trenches” of systems management and desktop engineering for nearly 8 years, I am setting out on a new journey.  Today begins my new adventure – I am greatly honored to be joining the highly talented group at Catapult Systems  as a senior consultant for SCCM architectures/implementations and Windows 7 migrations.

100,000 Blog Visits Milestone

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When I set out to blog my experiences with SCCM and engineering the desktop environment, I expected it to help only a few others whom searched hard for a solution over the Internet.  I didn’t anticipate how widely used it would become.  In just under 3 years, the blog has surpassed 100,000 site visits!  More honoring though has been when other SCCM folk throughout the industry have told me in person how my blog has helped them.  Even someone I’ve befriended during my tenure at the Microsoft Management Summit, was surprised and excited when he discovered that I had a blog and that I was this “t3chn1ck”!

Here’s to the next 100,000 visits – cheers, and thanks for reading!

Nick

New Look!

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I’ve updated my blog with a newer theme – one that better supports blocks for my shorter code, maintains the previous functionality, and allows me to use a rotating custom header from my own photography.  I’m really happy with it and enjoy the new look.  Pop on over for a peek!  https://t3chn1ck.wordpress.com

MMS 2012 Homepage

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Rod Trent of MyITForum had noticed on the recently published MMS 2012 homepage, that two other MyITForum’ers were in the MMS in Action photos.  Myself and Joey Gleason!  It made for a good laugh for the day anyhow….

Hotfix for Windows 7 Extremely Slow Boot Performance

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When our company first implemented Windows 7, the performance was quite good and we were impressed.  However, now that Win7 has been in our organization for the last 1 1/2 years, we’re beginning to see a significant performance degradation in boot times.  What was a 1 minute boot time can now be anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes for Windows to get to Ctrl-Alt-Del screen.

In performing analysis on extremely slow boot/login times, I identified both the cause and a Win7 hotfix to correct the issue.  If you are having a similar problem, check out KB2505348 – High CPU usage or a lengthy startup process occurs during WMI repository verification when a large WMI repository exists in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.

One has to chuckle at Microsoft’s titled description on the issue as “lengthy startup process” which in the real world means “so slow that you never want ever EVER shut off your computer because every time you do, you consider making a switch to Linux”.

** Update 10/2/12: there is a newer version for Windows 7 SP1 at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2617858 **

MMS 2011 Here I Come!

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I’m looking forward to another great year of learning and community at the Microsoft Management Summit.  It is alway a wonderful opportunity to engage with other professionals.  I hope to meet you there next week!