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Windows 8 Enterprise Wireless and “Limited” Connectivity

Windows 8 Enterprise Wireless and “Limited” Connectivity

Since I started running Windows 8 on my new ThinkPad, the wireless at my company has given this poor little laptop fits. I never have problems at home, or at coffee shops, or anywhere else… just at work. However, that’s also the only place I access an Enterprise wireless connection using EAP, so there’s the differentiator. To fix this problem, I’m forced to reset TCP/IP using netsh. I do it about once a month, and...

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Windows 8, USB 3.0 Controller Drivers, and USB Docking Station Hell

Windows 8, USB 3.0 Controller Drivers, and USB Docking Station Hell

Overall, I’m a fan of Windows 8. It’s a stable operating system, and it’s a worthy successor to Windows 7… if you stay in the desktop environment, largely forgoing the new “Metro” or “Modern” interface and its applications. But there’s one area where Microsoft appears to have fallen short, and that’s with their Microsoft-specific implementation of the various hardware...

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Building a 2008 R2 Core Domain Controller VM on Citrix XenServer

Building a 2008 R2 Core Domain Controller VM on Citrix XenServer

I purchased a throwaway HP ProLiant DL320 G5 server recently from Comprenew, and I started configuring a simple lab environment in order to do some testing with Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop. Because this machine only has 6GB of RAM, and because I wanted a fully-functional Active Directory environment, I decided to build a domain controller using Windows Server 2008 R2 Core to avoid the overhead of the traditional Windows GUI...

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Laptops and Multiple Monitors

Laptops and Multiple Monitors

After posting a photo of my laptop with its 5 screens, I got a lot of questions from people asking how I did it. Most laptops only have one display port, whether it’s a VGA output on older machines or a DVI/HDMI port on newer devices, and although my laptop has both VGA and HDMI, the engineers put the ports so close together that I can only use one or the other at any given time. Not exactly conducive to a multiple-monitor...

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