Monday, October 1, 2018

HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2 + Ubuntu 18.04

So I forgot my Asus at home today.. and I'm too lazy to make the 40 minute round trip to go get it so I decided to grab up the nearest laptop and load Linux on it. Turns out the nearest laptop was an HP Elitebook x360 1030 G2.. the Ultra book version.

Thing runs Windows pretty damn good, it can only run Linux better!  So because my go-to OS for the past few years has been Fedora, I decided to run what any newcomer would.. Ubuntu!

Anyway long story short I installed Ubuntu 18.04 KDE version.. laptop booted perfectly.  So far everything works including the touch screen. But I have a pair of 17' LCD's, external keyboard and mouse on my desk.  So I grabbed an HP USB-C Universal dock.. plugged it in and nothing. No display, no USB, nothing at all.

Installed the DisplayPort drivers from here: DisplayLink for Ubuntu, rebooted and BOOM. Everything on teh dock worked. Ethernet, Sound, Display, USB.. all of it.

I gotta say Ubuntu surprised me on this one, pleasantly surprised.

Monday, September 24, 2018

HP Elitebook 840 G4, Forced power reset.

So recently we ran into an issue with an EB 840 G4 that refused to power up. The user returned one Monday morning and it just would not power up, we tried a new dock, new power adapter all to no avail.

My assistant today made the call into HP support and long, story short.. she had him hold down the Mute and Power buttons for about 20 seconds. Damn thing fired right up..ran check disk and allowed him to successfulyl login.

Obviously the unit is suspect so we're running a day or two of diagnostics but wow yeah.. who would have  thought the Mute and Power combo?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Sage 100, Business Insights Explorer windows open blank

So we ran into this here at work.. multiple users were able to login and open this specific view.  It's been working for a handful of users, all but this one.

So we verified AD group membership, verified.
Sage permissions.. verified.
Uninstalled/reinstalled Sage.. yup.

Even went so far as to replace the laptop with a brand new, freshly imaged unit.  Same damn thing.

So after righting Sage's support technicians, and I mean literally fighting them. My co-worker spent a solid 2.34 hours on the phone with them over the past 3 days of which a good 1.3 hours was on hold. Transferred multiple times by multiple people and finally we're told to try changing the UI from Old to New.

What do you know.. that stupid work around actually worked.  And what's more it's documented in a KB that none of us could find.  So here it is for you people so you don' spin your wheels for days like we did.

*Credit goes to Sage engineers for this

Business Insights Explorer Views appear blank. No data rows show, nothing appears on screen


Sage 100

All Business Insights, Explorer, Views appear blank. No data rows show, nothing appears on screen. Pane sections of the window are outlined, but no line detail appear, and buttons are disabled (grayed out) and cannot be selected in Sage 100
Note: This also affects all application modules' Explore menu views as well.

Possible Workaround:
  • In Sage 100 2016 or 2017, switch to the Classic Desktop view (or if already using Classic, switch to the Standard Desktop view), then back again.
    • Note: For more information, see the Related Resources section below on changing the Desktop view in Sage 100 2016

Related resources
Additional information
Alternate Workaround:
  1. Via File Explorer (Windows Explorer), browse to the Workstation user's "My Documents" folder
    • Note: This is usually something like "C:\Users\<Windows login>\Documents"
  2. Rename the "Sage 100" folder
    • Example: Rename to "xSage 100"
  3. Log in to Sage 100
  4. Select Standard Mode
    • Note: A new "Sage 100" folder will be created in the Workstation user's "My Documents" folder
  5. Open Business Insights, Explorer menu, Views and make sure they are now working
  6. Log out of Sage 100
  7. If favorites were created (existed prior):
    • Via File Explorer (Windows Explorer), access the renamed ("xSage 100") folder
    • Copy the favorites.json file to the newly created "Sage 100" folder



User interface
changes to on screen elements, buttons, fields, widgets, and custom APIs.



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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Outlook 2013/2016 Meetings in room resources replace subject with organizers name...

Ran into this today.. last time was a number of years ago so I had forgotten about it.  Anyway you create a room resource mailbox in Exchange right? I 'assign' it to a conference room so users can schedule meetings and keep some semblance of order right?
Except first user opens their personal calendar, creates a meeting object, selects your new room as the location, types a descriptive subject line and send it on.
The room accepts, and adds the meeting to it's calendar except it's deleted teh subject and replaced the text with the users name.  WTH?

While I do not understand the reasoning.. this is by default.  Logon to your Exchange server, open the Management shell and type the following:

Set-CalendarProcessing -Identity <RESOURCEMAILBOX> -DeleteSubject $False -AddOrganizerToSubject $False 

Friday, September 7, 2018

I don't normally listen to podcasts...

But when I do it's from Red Hat.

I stumbled across this series on Reddit last week, I've listened to 4 so far and I really like it.  Maybe you will too.

The series starts off in the 80s/90s back during the OS wars, and the beginning of Linux.  My era, and I remember a number of things mentioned.

If you are interested in IT on an industry scale then you will enjoy this.