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Unable to install NTRGlobal Plugin for Google Chrome on Windows 8

Since Google Chrome has stopped supporting the NPAPI APIs, some plugins won't be able to be installed in Google Chrome. For me this was a problem as there is a plugin I use for work with remote support, NTRGlobal. This allows me to remote access a client's computer and provide VNC-like access.

However I have found this only applies for those running Windows 8.

This is a workaround to get the plugin working.

Before opening Chrome, set compatibility for Windows 7 from the PropertiesStart Chrome and install the plugin from the app storeClose Chrome and revert the compatibility change.Done!

Windows 10 introduces Storage Spaces

Edit: I have just discovered that this feature did appear in Windows 8. My bad. Still cool though. 

Back when Windows Home Server first came about, it was a hit as had a unique technology called Drive Extender. This allow you to have a storage pool of different drives to combine them into a single storage pool of data. It also provided a level of redundancy for in the event that one of the drive in the pool died, you wouldn't lose data.

While Windows Home Server is no longer (at least in its original form), it appears that the Driver Extender technology or concept lives on.

Windows 10 has introduced a feature called Storage Spaces which performs much of the above features. Creating a pool of storage on various drives. Also worth a mention, this was also available in Windows Server 2012 on a more advance level, but now seeing this on the Windows client side is a nice addition.

To access this on Windows 10, go to Con…

My take on Sydney TechEd 2014

This was the first time I was able to attend the famous Microsoft event TechEd which this year was hosted in Sydney, along side Melbourne, differing from previous years of being hosted in Brisbane.

My focus on the event going in was to learn about Office 365 from an IT Pro perspective, and any other Server and Azure aspects. In this post, I will summerise my take from the event and what I understand to be Microsoft's focus for the market and what it wants it customers and partners to focus on.

Day 1 Azure Announcement

To kick everything off, Microsoft announced that Azure has now live datacentres in Australia, and now a total of 19 regions of data center for the cloud service. Local services answers problems with off-shore data storage and can now be stored within Australia. Also, ExpressRoute allows customer to gain a direct fiber connect to Azure for further security, matching the AWS DirectConnect service.
Office 365 - Deployment and client on-boarding
In the morning my first t…

Convert Mailbox Type using Exchange Management Console

In Microsoft Exchange (2007 - 2010), there are four types of mailboxes that you can configure for different uses depending on your purpose:
Regular - Standard user mailbox Room - Manage shared room scheduling Equipment - Manage share equipment scheduling Shared - Shared mailbox However you may need to convert a mailbox type. Use the following command in the Exchange Shell to convert the mailbox

Set-Mailbox -Type
For example, I want to convert my Shared Mailbox "Boardroom" to a Room Mailbox, I would use the following command:

Set-Mailbox Boardroom -Type Room
Once completed the mailbox will be converted and ready for use. This take no time to convert.

Windows 8 Audio/Sound automatically adjusts

This has been drving me insane for practically months now and I have finally found the solution.
Scenario In Windows 8, you will be working away listening to your favourite music, 'nek minit' your music is so quite you can't hear. You check the Audio Mixer and you find the volume has moved to near Mute.
So you think "well that's weird" and move it back to the level you had it at and go back to work. But then it happens again. And again.

Well turns out that in Windows 8, they implemented a feature where Windows is "smart" and adjusts the volume when it detects what is call "Communication Activity". This activity is supposed to be for phone calls or VoIP communications on your computer and reduces the volume by 80%.
 Right-click on the Sound icon in the taskbar near the clock. Select Volume Control Options

Go to the Communications tabSelect the option Do NothingClick Apply

This will stops the sound from automatically adjusting.