Checkpoint: Listless Summer 2015 Edition

Checkpoint: Listless Summer 2015 Edition

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Two years in a row now where my summers turned into listless purgatory where the days seemingly go on forever and I feel like I’m wasting away.

And on that bombshell let’s move onto what I’ve been up to this week!

I Need Unlimited Bandwidth

All these betas, free PlayStation Plus titles, multi-gigabyte patches, Netflix, YouTube and GiantBomb videos busted my monthly 400GB allotment by 64GB. I have no idea how much that will cost me but I’m going to have to enable TekSavvy’s “Zap the Cap” option from now on. Dealing with monthly bandwidth caps is a terrible way to live.

Windows 10

I upgraded to Windows 10 on my desktop yesterday. Kicking off the upgrade process took a bit of elbow grease after I encountered the 80240020 error. I had to employ the following fix to force the update to download and install properly.

  1. Delete contents of C:\Windows\Software Distribution\Download
  2. Open RegEdit and navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade] Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” and set the Value = 0x00000001
  3. Run wuauclt /updatenow

Eventually everything installed without a fuss. Then I tweaked some privacy and Windows Update distribution settings and I was off to the races.

The next big question mark is how Windows 10 will function with my WSUS server because at the moment, it’s not hooked into it whatsoever.

Contradicting Rockets & Nazi Zombies

I finished Contradiction: Spot the Liar on my iPad earlier last week. I wanted to write something about it but it completely slipped my mind. Maybe I’ll cobble something together for this Wednesday.

I’m making my Wolfenstein: The Old Blood and while I’m enjoying in spurts, I cannot play it more than an hour. I used to feel that way about Rocket League but the more I play, the longer subsequent sessions are. Now a couple of hours slips away as I’m playing through Ranked and Standard matches.

GiantBomb Content

Thank goodness for GiantBomb and its fans for providing me hours of content to consume. So much laughter.

Checkpoint: Bumbling Through Windows Server Edition

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Something is wrong with WSUS install and I just don’t know what. There are no obvious errors in the Event viewer. I’ve tried re-installing the WSUS role, IIS and the Windows Internal Database but no luck. Puzzles like this are huge time sinks and reminds me too much of work.

I even upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. It was as a successful in-place upgrade but it didn’t do a thing for WSUS.

So what was the problem then? Apparently, I suddenly wasn’t able to specify my FlexRAID drive as valid WSUSContent destination. I had to use the UNC path instead. Unfortunately, in an effort to address the problem, I blew away my FlexRAID install and ruined my NAS4Free Hyper-V VM in the process. Now I’m in the process of restoring everything.

What a boondoggle this all was.

I tried upgrading to Windows 8.1 on my desktop but apparently the MSDNAA copy I received from my brother isn’t eligible for the much touted update. It’s a weird exception that I hope Microsoft addresses.

I’m nearing the “regular ending” of Fez but I just haven’t found the time to finish it. Sherlock, Mad Men and this WSUS have taken over my evenings.

Checkpoint: Not Ready For Football Edition

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It’s the first Sunday of the 2012 NFL season and I wasn’t quite ready for it. Work got in the way and I decided to go ottoman shopping instead. I bought a white one.

I spent the weekend updating my home server; getting the WSUS Windows 8 compatible and updating DLNA software. All that time spent with the server emphasized the need for me to upgrade this server. It may work with 2GB of RAM but it’s awfully sluggish. Or maybe I could get away with a simple solid state drive install? It is the more affordable option.

WDS talk incoming. Yes, I thought last week’s update was the last time I was going to talk about this thing but some minor hiccups forced my hand. I’ll detail the changes tomorrow but they’re mostly minor.

As for my current game, it involves Kratos and me replaying his first PlayStation Portable adventure: God of War: Chains of Olympus via the God of War: Origins Collection. Oh, and Battlefield 3 multiplayer along with Ascension and a new iOS game called: Super Hexagon.

It’s a pretty rad game.

WSUS 3.0 SP2 & Windows Home Server 2011

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windows-server-update-services-logoI’ll admit that it can be difficult to distinguish Windows Home Server 2011 and a regular NAS. But after I installed WSUS 3.0 SP2 the advantages — especially for a Windows environment — are clear.

Why WSUS?

WSUS (or Windows Server Update Services) allows client computers to connect and download Windows updates from a local server instead of from Microsoft itself.

  • Save on internet bandwidth by downloading updates once and then distributing it to all the Windows clients that connect to WSUS server
  • Monitor patch levels for all clients connecting to the WSUS server

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