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    Addressing the latest Ransomware threat - WannaCry. As you've seen in the media over the weekend there is a serious threat to Windows PCs that are not fully patched to date.

    To prevent yourselves from becoming victims of this attack install the required Windows Update patches. Do this automatically through Windows updates on your Windows PCs.

    Which Patches are required at the very minimum?

    While we recommend all security patches are applied as soon as possible, the following at a minimum will protect you.

    Any device that has any one of the “Security Monthly Quality Rollup for X” or the “Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version X” for March, April or May installed is protected.

    The major patch numbers are:

    Windows 7 SP1: KB4012215, KB4012212, KB4015549, KB4019264
    Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: KB4012215, KB4012212, KB4019264
    Windows Server 2012: KB4012214, KB4012217,KB4015551, KB4019216
    Windows 8.1: KB4012216, KB4012213, KB4015550, KB4019215
    Windows Server 2012 R2: KB4012216, KB4012213, KB4019215
    Windows SMB Server: KB4012598
    Windows 10: KB4013429, KB4012606, KB4013198, KB4016871, KB4019472

    If you are unsure or need help, please contact us here.

    One of our customers asked for some productivity tips to help staff with using their computers, so after discussing what could have a quick return on investment for them - I suggested that staff learn some good old fashioned keyboard shortcuts.

    In these days of touchscreens, touchpads and mice, an often overlooked tool that sits right in front of most people every day is the humble keyboard! Since time is in short supply for most of us, here's a couple of essential keyboard shortcuts that can easily improve your productivity and allow you to work faster. Below are some important PC and Mac shortcuts that you really need to know.

    For PC Users

    Delete with confidence
    Backspace can be both your friend and your enemy. Deleting a word or two is no problem, but anything longer may turn a simple deletion into an arcade-style game of stop the cursor before it erases the whole paragraph.
    Ctrl + backspace allows you to delete entire words at a time, or a whole sentence in no time.

    S.O.S.
    From time to time programs crash, lag, and freeze. You can avoid having to shut down your machine and call IT to recover documents with this three-button combo.
    Ctrl+Shift+Escape will open your computer’s Task Manager, allowing you to terminate the problem program and continue uninterrupted.

    Learn to Quick-Pick
    Alternating between different programs? Don’t let your mouse slow you down. This game changing shortcut allows you to seamlessly work across all of your essential programs without having to lift your hands.
    Holding Alt+Tab brings up the index of currently opened programs, and pressing Tab again allows you to cycle between them.

    Dude, where’s my desktop?
    When your work day is firing on all cylinders, you might have more than a few different windows open on your machine. Need easy access to a file that’s currently on your desktop? Don’t break your flow minimising.
    Win+D is shortcut for you to quickly clear your screen and grab what you need.

    Oh, snap!
    This is my favourite tool for doing research, writing, or any other time I’m simultaneously working in different windows.
    WIN+left/right arrow keys makes the currently selected window “snap” to one half of the screen or the other. Apply left and right positioning to two windows and enjoy a perfect split screen setup.

    On your OS X

    Find it faster
    Spotlight helps you quickly locate files, apps, documents, and more. You can add to the speed at which you search with this simple Spotlight shortcut.
    CMD Spacebar makes finding files far less tedious, and the additional functions—dictionary, currency conversions, Wikipedia articles, and more—make this smart search function an invaluable tool for power users.

    Snap a section
    Screen shots are a frequently used feature for many mac users. Sometimes though, be they nefarious or accuracy-related reasons, you’d rather not capture your entire screen.
    CMD+4 allows you to easily select the section of your screen you want captured with a simple drag of your mouse.

    Say what?
    With over 1,000,000 words in the English language, there’s a chance you might run across one that you don’t know.
    CMD+Ctrl+D will bring up the definition of a word you’ve highlighted, helping you to understand the context, so you can continue your work indefatigably.

    Four-for-one in Finder
    Corporate file servers being what they are, it’s possible to spend an inordinate amount of time just looking for the right file. Be more productive by staying on the keyboard.

    CMD+F opens the Finder, and the arrow keys get you from folder to folder.
    CMD+O opens a selected item.
    CMD+I will show its meta-info, and the space bar will even give you a visual preview of it.
    CMD+1, 2, 3 or 4 lets you toggle between Finder views.

    Keep it secret
    Sometimes you need to keep prying eyes off your screen. Here’s a quick way to minimise your risk.
    CMD+W a great keystroke to remember if the boss walks by and you want to hide that top-Secret, game-changing market analysis you’ve been working on (or anything else).

    As part of revamp of our site, we wanted to add some social icons to the page so worked out a little code that may be of use to others.

    <div class=" col-lg-2 col-md-2 col-sm-4 col-xs-6"><div class="t3-module module " id="Mod108"><div class="module-inner"><div class="module-ct"><div class="custom"><link href="//maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/font-awesome/4.1.0/css/font-awesome.min.css" rel="stylesheet"><div class="container"><h4>Social Networks</h4> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/inlettechnologies" target="_blank"><i id="social" class="fa fa-facebook-square fa-3x social-fb"></i></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/inlettechnologies" target="_blank"><i id="social" class="fa fa-twitter-square fa-3x social-tw"></i></a> <a href="https://plus.google.com/+InletCoNz1" target="_blank"><i id="social" class="fa fa-google-plus-square fa-3x social-gp"></i></a> <a href="mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="><i id=" social"="" class="fa fa-envelope-square fa-3x social-em"></a> </div></div></div></div></div></div>

    Basically entering the above into your html will result in the following below. N.B. Remember to change the links as needed.

    social networks

    Today we had a funny situation when trying to set up a new desktop for a client using Windows Deployment Services from their Windows 2008 R2 server. The client PC wouldn't boot the Windows install files from the server, just hung waiting for a TFTP offer.

    After a quick search found that this is due to having DNS server on the same machine as WDS (Windows Deployment Services). DNS uses up all available ports the TFTP service needs and stops issuing WDS responses when clients ask to boot off PXE.

    In order to fix this situation, we simply did the following:

    Windows Server 2008 R2 fix

    run regedit

    go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\WDSServer\Parameters

    Right-click UdpPortPolicy, and then click Modify.
    In the Value data box, type 0, and then click OK.
    On the File menu, click Exit to exit Registry Editor.
    Restart the Windows Deployment Services service.

    Windows Server 2008 R1 fix

    Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Windows Deployment Services. If there is no server that is listed under the Servers node, right-click the Servers node, and then click Add Server to add the local computer.
    In the navigation pane of the Windows Deployment Services MMC snap-in, expand the list of servers.
    Right-click the server for Windows Deployment Services, and then click Properties.
    Under Network, increase the UDP Port range. For example, if the current port range is 3,000 ports, increase the port range to 4,000 ports

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