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      AskWoody Plus

      IMHO this is a “placeholder product” designed to create FUD in the Chromebook market and either halt or slow down their sales. Whether it ever makes it to market or, if it does, becomes successful remains to be seen and isn’t actually important to the “planners” at Microsoft. It just needs to halt the advance of Chromebooks. It’s not the first time, nor will it be the last time, Microsoft has used these tactics against a rising competitor.

      Until it meets the two criteria of availability and success, it should not be a consideration for anyone looking to currently purchase Chromebook products.

      in reply to: Patch Lady – Panos we need transparency #2136200
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      “It seems sometimes as if Microsoft’s long-term goal is to become a very large, very badly-managed MSP that replaces IT departments as a whole.”

      With this statement, I think you nailed it. My (and many other Windows sys admins) sentiments EXACTLY!

      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      If this is ever launched, lawsuit coming in 3, 2, 1 ….

      Even the Feds might get in on this one.

      in reply to: LastPass to be acquired, taken private #2021077
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      We have used LogMeIn almost since it started and LogMeIn Central since its start. And we have also had the same experience as others with both price and customer service. But we grit our teeth and stayed with it. This sale to a private equity firm may be what it takes to get us to jump-ship. From the customer perspective, I’ve rarely seen this turn out well in the past.

      For the third year in a row, we are actively looking at alternatives because of price and the fact we find about 50 percent of Central simply doesn’t work well or doesn’t apply to us. If I may ask others, were you ever a Central user? Was the transition from LogMeIn to TeamViewer or other alternative difficult?

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      in reply to: Which is better, Outlook or G Suite? #349118
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      Thanks to your reply, I took another look at the state of Tasks in Gsuite. You are correct – my opinions are based on dated information. It does indeed handle my needs much better than it used to.

      But I believe it is still missing a dedicated “dashboard” like Outlook and tasks are simply part of Calendar. This seperate dashboard makes it far easier to manage my day and make sure tasks are completed on a timely basis. I could well be wrong about this as well and will continue to investigate. Thanks for poking me on this!

      in reply to: Which is better, Outlook or G Suite? #348684
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      Outlook, the program I love to hate, has kept me chained to MS Office. If I ever come up with ways to completely duplicate the Tasks functionality, in its entirety, on Google Calendar, I will leave MS Office instantaneously and never look back. It keeps inching closer, but never quite gets there. And don’t even get me started on the difficulties keeping it synced with a phone (no we don’t use MS Exchange, a total hot mess).

      The rest of Office is a bloated, overly complex mess and Libre Office does everything we need without the high price tag. Since we don’t use Teams, OneNote, or OneDrive (we use alternatives) the rest of it is a waste. Having it all tied to AD was simply the last straw.

      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      The primary NIC is reinstalled so it is a variation of the oem<>.inf issue. Once it reinstalls it works fine to the internet, mail, etc. A more serious issue for us is problems with SMB2. This is causing *very* slow network access to the file servers.

      Update – we have “fallen back” to testing with our Samba file servers. With some tweaking to the protocol settings, they can be made to work correctly with the update even as we continue to have “issues” with the Windows file servers. It’s pretty sad when Samba works but not Windows.

      Does anyone know why Microsoft chose to start modifying SMB2?

      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      Networking is DEFINITELY badly broken. No Windows 7 machine should apply this update. All of our test systems died a horrible death. A quick fix is to do a System Restore and disable Automatic Updating if it is not already disabled.

      in reply to: Patch Lady – what PC should I get? #236908
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      I had NO idea configuring up LibreOffice was such a mystery!

      That said, our configuration guide has evolved over LibreOffice versions and consists mostly of handwritten notes written for IT technicians. I will attempt to consolidate them, make it more applicable to general users, and post it here.

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – what PC should I get? #236601
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      I have to side with Susan on this. Properly implemented LibreOffice, which means setting up the configuration correctly, is more than adequate for use by all other than legal users. We have been supporting it for years in mixed MS Office – LibreOffice business environments with no issues. Power users get MS Office, all the others LibreOffice. Deciding on standardized document file defaults at the start, and making sure it is implemented in both office suites, is essential.

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      in reply to: Patch Lady – 1809 and mapped drives #233210
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      We discovered this issue almost immediately when we started testing 1809. Several of our line of business applications, not the least of which is the primary accounting system in one of our divisions, still rely on mapped drives. That Microsoft did not consider this to be a MAJOR problem says volumes about their testing and, even more, about their current attitude towards SMB customers.

      A different, very specialized accounting system we run in an older division was installed in 1996 on a SCO Unix system. Today this same software is still running, now installed on a CentOS 7.5 system. It continues to do the job it was designed for, even if it is used in terminal emulators in Windows, and hasn’t been replaced simply because it still reliably serves the function is was designed for. It is a supreme example of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

      It’s getting close to time to start looking at Windows 10 LTSB or searching for viable alternatives to Windows.

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      in reply to: Win10 1809 is officially re-released #232833
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      FYI – mapped drives don’t currently work correctly in W10 1809. this could be a deal-breaker for some people currently using legacy applications. It stopped our testing dead in its tracks since we rely on several custom systems which still require mapped drives. None of the MS proposed solutions give warm and fuzzy feelings.

      https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4471218/mapped-network-drives-don-t-work-in-windows-10-version-1809

      Forewarned is forearmed!

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      in reply to: Another report of an unwelcome 1803 upgrade #211812
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      Thank you so much for your post! We have seen similar problems with Office 2010 and Office 2013 on Windows 10 1803 and were *sure* it was something we were doing wrong. Your post confirms our suspicion that *something* has changed recently in Windows 10 which is causing issues with installing both Office 2010 and Office 2013. The message we typically get says something along the lines of “Can’t activate this software”. No issues installing Office 2016 to the same systems.

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      in reply to: Windows 7 Monthly Rollup patch is out #156649
      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      AMD CPU with NVIDA video (Dell Optiplex 740) and Windows 7 Pro x86. MSE, key in registry present.

      Boots to System Repair after install of kb4056894 on two diffrent systems.

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      fk5353
      AskWoody Plus

      I can confirm this behavior. It simply confirms Windows 10 is now an advertisement and marketing platform as much or possibly even more than an operating system.

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