Saturday, September 26, 2009

Windows 7 Libraries

When you open up Windows Explorer in Windows 7, you’ll notice the new “libraries” groups. Libraries are another way to group your data together and it can be much more useful than a drive letter or a Favorite. It’s a “super-folder” that shows you several folders at once.

Windows 7 ships with several libraries predefined for documents, music, pictures and videos. These are great to give you an idea how they are used. image

Although each library is a collection of folders, it can be used in  file operations such as save and open file dialog boxes. The library has a default “save location” that’s referenced when saving a file to library location. The save location is defined in the library properties.

At this point, network drives can only be included if the folder is available offline or indexed using Windows Search 4 or later. There are, however, workarounds others have published that describe how to get around this.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Confusion Between Business and Consumer Class Peripherals

Every once in a while, one of our clients sees a computer peripheral that catches their eye. Slick packaging, strong promises of performance and a great price.

Once it’s purchased, the disappointment starts. Expensive consumables, short warranties and consumer oriented support from the manufacturer.

This week, one of our clients discovered this the hard way. The peripheral would no longer function properly due to security updates for Windows XP. Driver updates were no longer being produced as the item had been discontinued after a few short years.

We frequently ask our clients to speak with us regarding their equipment needs before making a purchase. Consumer class devices don’t work well in most business environments. They’re not built for amount of work businesses generate. And they lack the business class support you may need over the life of the unit.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

SharePoint “Open with Windows Explorer” view stops working

After SBS 2008 rollup update 2, SharePoint experienced a few issues. One caused docs to open in read only mode, the other caused the Windows Explorer integration and other features to disappear. The SBS support team blogged about it here. The fix is easy to do:

1. Open SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.
2. On the Central Administration home page, click Application Management.
3. On the Application Management page, in the Application Security section,
click Authentication providers.
4. On the Authentication Providers section, click on Default (or relevant)
zone.
5. Under Client Integration, change option to Enable Client Integration to
Yes and click Save.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Viewing SBS faxes in Windows Server 2008

We came across this problem way back in 2008 with Vista where fax pages are forced into landscape orientation. On Vista, the answer was to install Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) and use that viewer instead of the Windows Fax and Scan applet.

In a Windows Server 2008 terminal server environment, MODI doesn’t work reliably. We’ve heard that installing Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 resolves the problem, but that’s a much greater undertaking.

We’ve started installing Brava Reader to view the TIFF files produced by SBS fax. This quickly resolves the issue.