Windows Update breaks Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client on Windows 8
paul | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Microsoft | Cisco

Recent Windows Update KB3023607 (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3023607) has broken the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client on Windows 8 machines.

It then displays the error "Failed to initialize connection subsystem" when ran after this update was installed.

Finding the vpnui.exe program in explorer and changing the Compatibility setting to "Windows 8" should then allow it to run.

Look at Jason Hamilton's blog post for more info: https://www.404techsupport.com/2015/02/kb3023607-cisco-anyconnect-vpn/

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Windows 2012 Server change product key
paul | Friday, 13 February 2015 | Microsoft | Server

In case on activation issues to manually change the product key on Windows Server 2012 R2 follow the next steps:

  1. Open Powershell as an Administrator
  2. run slmgr -upk
  3. slmgr -ipk xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx

Then try activating using the Action Center.

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Configure TFT for Raspberry Pi
paul | Saturday, 17 January 2015 | Pi | TFT

I have source a Raspberry Pi TFT on Ebay. The model is a Waveshare 3.2inch 3.2" 320x240 Touch LCD Screen SPI TFT LCD Display Module for Raspberry Pi B B+.

It does come supplied with a preconfigured Raspian image on a CD but it is possible to load the drivers on to an existing Raspian installation using the instructions below.

Thanks to Imaginal's instructions at: https://github.com/notro/rpi-firmware/issues/6

1) Use FBTFT drivers built into the kernel

sudo REPO_URI=https://github.com/notro/rpi-firmware BRANCH=builtin rpi-update
sudo reboot

2) After rebooting, check that SPI was created

# dmesg | grep spi
 Linux version 3.12.25+ (pi@raspi2) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140106 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG linaro-1.13.1-4.8-2014.01 - Linaro GCC 2013.11) ) #1 PREEMPT Sat Aug 2 19:08:33 CEST 2014
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: DMA channel 2 at address 0xf2007200 with irq 77
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: DMA channel 4 at address 0xf2007400 with irq 20
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: SPI Controller at 0x20204000 (irq 80)
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: SPI Controller running in dma mode

3) Add to /boot/cmdline.txt (in one line)

fbtft_device.custom
fbtft_device.name=fb_ili9340
fbtft_device.gpios=dc:22,reset:27
fbtft_device.bgr=1
fbtft_device.speed=48000000

4) To enable console on boot add to /boot/cmdline.txt

fbcon=map:10
fbcon=font:ProFont6x11
logo.nologo

5) Also may be useful to add

dma.dmachans=0x7f35
console=tty1
consoleblank=0
fbtft_device.fps=50
fbtft_device.rotate=270

 

Then restart the Pi with a sudo reboot and the TFT should now work.

 

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IBM Notes client user cannot manually Archive any documents or access their mailfile Archiving Settings.
 
When accessing "Actions" -> "Archive" -> "Archive Settings" then the error message "Invalid or nonexistant document" is displayed.

 

The users Archive profile document is corrupt.
 
From workspace hold down Shift and Ctrl keys and then open the users local Address Book (Contacts).
 
Additional views (which are usually hidden) will be displayed on the left hand navigation menu.
 
  1. Select the ($policies) view.
  2. Select All documents in the view.
  3. Delete them.
  4. Close the Contacts database.
  5. Restart the Notes client.
 
Then access the Archive Settings again. The error message should now no longer be displayed.
 
The client may not have downloaded the policy settings yet. They should come down over the next few client restarts.
 
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IBM Notes client 9.0.x crashing on receiving Sametime message
paul | Monday, 22 December 2014 | IBM | Sametime

After upgrading some Notes clients to version 9 and then 9.0.1 they experienced regular crashes when they were sent a Sametime message.

The fix was to upgrade the Notes client's Sametime embedded client from 8.5.3 up to 9 as well using the hotfix below.

Title:        Sametime 9 Rich Client new Cumulative Hotfix available - September 2014
Doc #:        1684514
URL:        
http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21684514 

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