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How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 September 22, 2013

Posted by John Ruby in Uncategorized.
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If, you are a MSDN subscriber then, you might be familiar with the Akamai download manager. Akamai download manager is a normal download manager suggested by Microsoft to download items from MSDN and other sites. The Akamai download manager lets you  download the items in more reliable way and you can resume the download from where you left hence, you get the resume capability.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

But, with the release of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, Akamai download manager doesn’t seem to work. If, you try to download anything from Microsoft’s servers like MSDN/TechNet then, your browser’s (Internet Explorer’s) download manager will open instead of Akamai.

Although, other download manager especially that of Internet Explorer give you the same download speed but, if, the download breaks somehow, then, you won’t have the ability to resume it and you will have to restart the download again from scratch.

Well, I was having the same problem and had to download Windows 8 Pro from MSDN but, was having problems downloading with the Akamai download manager. After searching a lot on internet I couldn’t find the possible way to download using Akamai but, then, I decided to download from MSDN using the Internet Explorer 10 in Internet Explorer 9’s compatibility settings and was successful.

What’s the problem?

After spending hours trying to understand, I figured out that the download from MSDN using Internet Explorer was a compatibility problem which was restricting me from downloading using Akamai download manager.

If, you are one of the people trying to download from MSDN/TechNet or/and other platform using Akamai download manager then, you will have to try the following solution to succeed.

You can follow the instructions below to download from MSDN/TechNet using Akamai download manager in Internet Explorer 10 of Windows 8.

Instructions:

First of all, you would need to do a bit of changing in the settings of Internet Explorer 10.

  • Open up the Internet Explorer 10 on your desktop and then, press the gear icon on the top right corner of window.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • A drop down menu will open. Here select ‘F12 developer tools’.
  • The develop tools will open at the bottom of Internet Explorer screen.
  • You will see the ‘Browser Mode: IE10’ option. Press it.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • You would be showed a bunch of browser options. Here press ‘Internet Explorer 9
  • Once selected, the web pages open in your browser will reload.

Now, when you have changed the browser mode of Internet Explorer 10 on your Windows 8/RT PC, lets proceed to the download process.

  • Login to your MSDN/TechNet account and start downloading the item you wish to download using Akamai download manager.
  • This time you would be showed a small message on the bottom on the screen asking to install an add-on. Press ‘Install’.
  • Internet Explorer will ask for your permission. Press ‘Allow’.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • Next, you would be asked to select the save location of the file. Select your desired one and press ‘Save’.
  • Now, the download will start in Akamai download manager.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10 with resume option

  • That’s all! You would be able to download the item from MSDN/TechNet using the Akamai download manager with resume capability.

Note: If, you decide to resume a stopped download after closing Akamai download manager using the link on desktop, you will have to change the browser mode of Internet Explorer again to Internet Explorer 9 again, to resume download.

How to download from MSDN using the Akamai downloader in IE 10

Windows 8.1 Tip: Master Auto-Snap | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows September 22, 2013

Posted by John Ruby in BlogoSphere, Paul Thurrott, Windows 8.
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One of the more interesting new features in Windows 8.1 is what I call Auto-Snap, the ability of certain actions in this OS to automatically enable Snap and place two Metro apps side-by-side. For example, when you open a picture-based email attachment in the Mail app, it opens side-by-side with Mail in the Photos app. Some people don’t like this behavior, but this simple tip will ease a bit of the pain.

Thanks to Clifford B, for tipping me off to this functionality.

(Metro) Snap debuted in Windows 8 as a way to run two apps side-by-side. But in that initial release of OS, Snap was very limited. It could only be triggered manually by the user, and yet was almost impossible to discover. And the snapped area was very small, and hard-coded to a specific pixel width, making side-by-side app usage almost pointless.

In Windows 8.1, Snap has been improved in many ways and is now far more usable. Auto-Snap is just one of those improvements: It is triggered when one app needs to open a document or other file in another app. So instead of opening the new app full-screen as before—triggering confusion on the user’s part, since many people had no idea how to get back to the original app—Auto Snap opens the new app side-by-side with the original app.

You can see this effect most clearly in the Mail app, though this isn’t the only example. When you open an attachment in Mail, the attachment opens in a new app alongside Mail. For example, here’s a picture attachment opening in the Photos app.

It’s worth mentioning, incidentally, that Auto-Snap is pretty intelligent, too. That picture attachment opens in such a way that the Photos app takes up most of the screen because a picture is visual and Microsoft understands that it requires more of the available screen real estate. But if you open a document or web URL, the app that opens those attachment types will open in a 50/50 split with Mail so you can more easily read both side-by-side.

Of course, you may want to view the second app full-screen, and once you’ve dealt with that second app, you probably want to then return to email (or whatever app you were originally using).

With a touch-based system, this is easy and works as before: You can simply drag the Snap border to a screen edge in either case. (Though of you hide the first app by displaying the second one full screen, you then need to know how to redisplay that first app, which is another issue.)

With the mouse, you can use Auto-Snap. You may already know that if you move the mouse cursor to the top of the screen in Windows 8/8.1, the cursor changes into what I call the "hamburger helper" cursor, shown here:

Note: Technically, this cursor is called the Link Select pointer.

This indicates that you can now drag the currently displayed app, to move it manually into a snapped position or to exit the app. But in Windows 8.1, you can also double-click when the cursor is in this mode. Using the previous example with the picture snapped next to Mail, doing so in the Photos app maximizes that app so that the picture is now full-screen:

But if you double-click on the hamburger helper cursor again—again, at the top of the screen—the Mail app will then reappear, full-screen. You can double-click in this way at the top of any Metro app to toggle the display of Snap.

So the next time Windows 8.1 triggers Auto-Snap, don’t despair. Just remember that you can double-click to toggle the display the way you prefer.

Windows 8.1 Tip: Master Auto-Snap | Windows 8 content from Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows

Cannot install apps via Microsoft Easy Assist/LiveMeeting on Win 7 Machines: Windows 7, LiveMeeting October 6, 2012

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While the solution proved promising at first, after some more testing it proved to have some limitiation.  Ultimately made some updates to our GPO to all for the prompts to show.  The following is what we changed:

Under Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies >  Security Options

Set User Account Control: Allow UIAccess applications to prompt for elevation without using the secure desktop to ENABLE

Set User Account Control: Switch to the secure desktop when prompting for elevation to DISABLE

Cannot install apps via Microsoft Easy Assist/LiveMeeting on Win 7 Machines: Windows 7, LiveMeeting

Microsoft: Possible Large Stock Up Tick – GX Blog September 20, 2012

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Microsoft is Currently, 31.45 today. It’s P/E ratio is Lower than Apple. Apple’s price is all over the place and if you have time to short term flip highs and lows you can make a lot of $$$, but you got to have A LOT of capital. Microsoft’s is holding steady so if you are looking for long term gains and regular dividends looks like a safe bet. MSFT has followed the same stock movement pattern at Exxon, Cisco, and GE over ten years. The trick is finding a small company that leverages Microsoft’s Platform. Too bad Vizio is a private company they just got into PCs and Tablets with high reviews and they are killing the rest of the LCD TV makers.

Here’s want a REAL Dark horse Nokia, $2.85, they are all in on Microsoft Ecosystem, worst case Nokia gets bought outright by Microsoft, they still have tons of patents. Microsoft is infusing them with Cash too.

Microsoft: Possible Large Stock Up Tick – GX Blog

Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED | UC500.com July 20, 2012

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Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED

 

It is fairly easy to get back to the default configuration…

1. Get into IOS command line mode.
2. Go to ‘enable’ mode(default password is ‘cisco’).
3. Type in ‘show flash:’
Page down toward the bottom of the list.
One of the last file names will look something like … UC520-8U-4FXO-K9-FACTORY…yada…yada….
That is the factory default configuration…never copy TO this file!!
4. Type in ‘copy flash:(default config file name) startup
That will copy your default config file TO the startup-file in NVRAM.
5. Once that is complete and ok…power off and power on the UC520.
You will back to the default….

If you would like to reset CUE(voicemail) to factory defaults…here is the procedure. This should probably be done before the IOS factory reset…

To Reset CUE

Step 1: Session into CUE using the command service-module Integrated-Service-Engine 0/0 session. (Hit ‘enter’ twice to get a prompt).

Step 2: Type ‘offline’ to go into the offline mode.

Step 3: Type in ‘y’ when you are prompted with ‘Are you sure you want to go offline[n]?’

Step 4: Type in ‘restore factory default’

Step 5: Type in ‘y’ when you are prompted with ‘Do you wish to continue[n]?’

Step 6: Press the Enter key when prompted to ‘Press any key to reload:’

This reset can take 5-10 minutes. Wait until the CUE message ‘SYSTEM ONLINE’ is displayed before proceeding.

Step 7: Exit the CUE by typing ‘exit’.

Going back to the factory default – UC520 Factory Reset – UPDATED | UC500.com

Martin Hatch – Blog: How to configure your Office365 public website to use the SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure June 10, 2012

Posted by John Ruby in Microsoft, Server, Sharepoint, Software, Solutions, Troubleshooting & Knowledge Bases.
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This is something that has bugged me for a LONG time .. I cannot possibly understand why SharePoint Online (with one of the most powerful Web Content Management Systems) was so thoroughly limited by cutting back to a really basic template editor. I can only think of 2 reasons:

  1. Microsoft assumes the average user won’t know how to use SharePoint, so wanted to provide a simpler user interface. This is fair enough, and if this IS the reason there should be no reason why I can’t go "behind the scenes" and setup the site any way I like (at my own risk .. as it were).
  2. Microsoft is trying to protect revenue from "SharePoint 2010 Server Internet Facing Sites" licenses. These are VERY expensive and a lot of companies will happily get rid of their on-premise install to put in a £80 a year Office 365 E1 plan to host their website.

Now .. if it is case (1) then we should be good to go. If it is case (2) then they probably have terms and conditions specifically stopping someone from doing this… so first off lets get the disclaimer out of the way 🙂

Martin Hatch – Blog: How to configure your Office365 public website to use the SharePoint Publishing Infrastructure

Createsiteinnewdb: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server) June 9, 2012

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Description

Creates a site at the specified Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and creates a new content database using the user name and password you specify. If you do not specify a template to use, the owner can choose a template when he or she first browses to the site.

Createsiteinnewdb: Stsadm operation (Office SharePoint Server)

SharePoint Foundation 2010: How to Create Site Collection with a separate content database? June 9, 2012

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How to Create Site Collection with a separate content database?

Hi All,

one of the "Stsadm operations" is creating site collection with a separate content database. it’s very direct command and will help you to maintain your sites & its db.
createsiteinnewdb: will Create a site at the specified Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and create a new content database using the user name and password you specify. If you do not specify a template to use, the owner can choose a template when he or she first browses to the site.
Example:
stsadm -o createsiteinnewdb -url http://siteurl/sites/site1 -owneremail owner@sharepoint.com -ownerlogin spuser1  -sitetemplate STS#0 -title “site 1” description "site 1 desscription" -databaseserver "DBServer" -databasename “DB_Site1”

SharePoint Foundation 2010: How to Create Site Collection with a separate content database?

How to hide Recycling bin and View All Site Content May 31, 2012

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Hiding Recycle Bin and All site content in sharepoint 2010 is very simple do the following steps:

1) open site in sharepoint designer 2010

2) Click all files, then masterpage, then checkout the master page

3) go to

  <SharePoint:UIVersionedContent UIVersion="4" runat="server" id="PlaceHolderQuickLaunchBottomV4">
     <ContentTemplate>
      <ul style="display:none" >
       <li>
        <SharePoint:ClusteredSPLinkButton

4) add statement in bold

5) check in save

6) you can use this master page in your solution & provision it

How to hide Recycling bin and View All Site Content

Change the Masterpage of the Search Center May 27, 2012

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This is a bit of a sticky situation. The default master is set to v4.master, but the default site page is built on a layout page which doesn’t use the default master. The layout page is assigned the master page by the Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.PublishingLayoutPage class, which hardcodes the master page as the custom master. There is a way to work around this and assign a different master page for the page layout, but the end result would probably not work very well.
Instead of changing the master page, I would suggest adding the top navigation bar to the page layout. This can be done by adding the following code to the SearchMain.aspx Page Layout. Edit it in Advanced Mode. Insert the following code right after this existing code (around line 100):
EXISTING CODE:
</ContentTemplate>
</SharePoint:UIVersionedContent>
<SharePoint:UIVersionedContent UIVersion="4" runat="server">
<ContentTemplate>
ADD THIS CODE:
  <div class="s4-lp s4-toplinks" style="background-image:url(/_layouts/images/selbg.png); background-repeat:no-repeat;
  repeat-x:left top; background-color:#f6f6f6; vertical-align:middle; min-height:25px; border-top:1px solid #e0e0e0;
  border-bottom:1px solid #b8babd">
         <SharePoint:AspMenu
           ID="TopNavigationMenuV4"
           Runat="server"
           EnableViewState="false"
           DataSourceID="topSiteMap"
           AccessKey="<%$Resources:wss,navigation_accesskey%>"
           UseSimpleRendering="true"
           UseSeparateCss="false"
           Orientation="Horizontal"
           StaticDisplayLevels="2"
           MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels="1"
           SkipLinkText=""
           CssClass="s4-tn"/>
         <SharePoint:DelegateControl runat="server" ControlId="TopNavigationDataSource" Id="topNavigationDelegate">
          <Template_Controls>
           <asp:SiteMapDataSource
             ShowStartingNode="False"
             SiteMapProvider="SPNavigationProvider"
             id="topSiteMap"
             runat="server"
             StartingNodeUrl="sid:1002"/>
          </Template_Controls>
         </SharePoint:DelegateControl>
     </div>
I grabbed the inline styles from corev4.css. You can change those as you please to get your desired look. Also, if you’d rather have all of the pages with minimal.master inlcude the top link, you can add the nop nav to minimal.master instead. Look at v4.master for the placeholder tags that I had to remove for insertion in the page layout. (asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderTopNavBar" runat="server"> and <asp:ContentPlaceHolder id="PlaceHolderHorizontalNav" runat="server">).

Change the masterpage of the search center