This has been bugging me for a while now. Whenever I log into one of my Citrix server using my AD admin account, I would get a temporary desktop (that won’t save my settings) and a popup message saying I’m using a temporary profile. According to the site below, it there is an issue with the profile or registry settings. So I decided to follow the instructions to fix the registry and it works! Now I need to see if it will fix one of the images that we deploy because that image is also doing the same thing with anyone logging into the computer.
Dec 12 2012
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/windows/windows-7-using-temporary-profile/
Aug 30 2012
The way I set the default printers in the labs is to use Group Policy. Whenever a user logs into AD, it reads what Group Policy has to say about what printer that person gets, then applies the default printer based on location. No need to change the image to set that.
On XP it was great because it just worked, but somehow in Windows 7 it is different. It didn’t want to behave. When you log in, it wants to set the default printer to what is first listed. But if you log out and log back in, it will set the correct printer as the default. Not much good for users have to log in twice to get the the correct printers.
After HOURS of trying multiple settings, I finally found this post that says I just need to change 1 settings in the printer policy. WOW. Is that all I really had to do? Somehow that was not needed in XP, but you need it in Windows 7. Why can’t Microsoft just make it the same throughout each build of their OS?
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/windows/damn-printer-group-policies/
Jul 31 2012
So I was going through my emails and I told my husband that I kept all these UMD Alert emails in my inbox just for the hell of it. He thought it would be a nice project if I plot all these alerts on a map so I got Michael to help me install the Placemark plugin onto WordPress. Now I just need to figure out how to use it.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/uncategorized/placemark-project/
Sep 20 2011
A lot has happened since my last post that I didn’t have time to post, especially when school started. Where do I begin?
- New Citrix Deployed – We introduced our new Citrix to the community. So far we got good feedback from faculty and returning students about the new Citrix since they are the only people that can compare the old one vs the new one. It is on much new hardware and it is integrated to Active Directory. Being on Active Directory was the biggest thing for us as we can easily give any UMD students access to our Citrix without going to OIT to add them.
- Car finally arrived! Picked it up at the dealer August 26th, a day before Hurricane Irene stopped by. Luckily, Hurricane Irene didn’t do much damage in our area. But I’m just glad I don’t have to drive my husband’s car anymore.
- Baltimore Grand Prix – This was a great opportunity for me to have more practice taking pics with my Nikon D3100. It was a great learning experience as I was playing with the shutter speed. I’ll post some pics when I get a chance.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/citrix/so-many-things-so-little-time/
Jul 25 2011
I created a list of computers I wanted to join to Active Directory on my Macbook, but I couldn’t add them on my Macbook so I made a remote desktop connection onto a Windows Server 2008 R2 server to add them. There is a VBscript what will take a list of computers from a file and add them into AD. The script is extremely helpful when you need to add 100+ computers. I created this text file using Notepad and pasted the list I made on my Macbook (with Textedit), but when I pasted the list, all the computers came up in 1 single line. I had to manually enter a newline after each computer and resave it. But something else was wrong because when I ran the script, it only added 1 computer instead of the 25 I have listed.
After chatting with my husband, he informed me how Mac carriage return might be a little different than Windows’. But how can it be when I use Notepad which is all plaintext? Well I decided to open that file using Wordpad and BAM!… extra newlines were there. I deleted the extra newlines and the script worked perfectly.
What I learned today was that sometimes using Wordpad over Notepad isn’t so bad after all.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/macos/copy-and-paste-from-mac-to-windows/
Jul 05 2011
Ever want to quickly resize your photos or do some touchups, but don’t have a copy of Photoshop? Well I’ve found 2 pretty good online photo editors – Aviary (http://www.aviary.com/) and Pixlr (http://pixlr.com/). Kevin Green told me about Aviary and started using that since MSPaint is not an option on my MacBook. I recently came upon Pixlr when I was browsing through the Chrome Web Store. One cool feature I really like about Pixlr is the “Retro Vintage Effects”. Here is an example:
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/photography/online-photo-editor/
Jun 27 2011
I decided to play with this Gallery feature that was just added. It took me a while to figure out how to do the Albums vs Gallery, but I think I managed. I think I need to make a cool watermark for my photos. Check out some of the photos I took while I was on vacation in my Gallery.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/photography/new-gallery-feature/
Jun 27 2011
After being gone for 2 weeks, I realized how my blog posts has a little Share/Save button at the bottom of all my posts. I really hate those buttons because they are annoying as hell when I accidentally hover my mouse over them and it blocks what I want to read/view. I hate them so much that I made sure I chose a template that didn’t have that option.
I think there is a feature in WordPressMU that forces it upon all the blogs so I have to have it. So I apologize ahead of time for all the annoyances. /sigh
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/uncategorized/annoying-share-n-save-button/
Jun 24 2011
I was glad that I got the Solmeta GPS instead of the blueSLR while I was overseas. Orginally, I had leaned towards getting the blueSLR in the first place because the iPhone is an awesome GPS and you can still get a GPS location while indoors. For the Solmeta, if it loses GPS signal when you go indoors, it will remember the last location it received and store that location for 30 minutes.
The reason I am glad I didn’t get the blueSLR while I was overseas is that I did not get a Germany or France data plan while I was over there. The iPhone requires either a WiFi connection or a cell data connection in order for it to send a GPS location to any application on the phone. Since we did not want to pay up the wazoo for roaming data plan, our GPS did not work unless we were connected via WiFi and the only time we were connected via WiFi was at the hotel or the Apple store in Munich. I’m so glad I didn’t get the blueSLR.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/photography/gps-for-the-nikon/
Jun 22 2011
I am back from my 2 weeks of vacation in Germany and France and it was awesome! I’m a little disappoint that I did not post updates on my blog while I was over there, but I had a good excuse – I was tired. While we were over there, we spend the entire day site seeing and we would get back to our hotel around 10pm at night. By then, we were so tired that we just went straight to bed.
Here’s a short recap of my Audi pickup experience:
Day 1 – Munich
Arrived a little after noon and walked over to the Kempinski Hotel that Audi provided us. We took an hour nap as we had been up over 24 hours and around 4pm, we took the train into downtown Munich. We didn’t know any German, but we managed to figure out which train stop is right in downtown. We looked around for a restaurant for dinner and chose the one that had an English menu.
After dinner, we went over to the Apple store to “borrow” their wifi so I can lookup where the BMW Welt is. The BMW Welt is the where they manufacture their cars and allow their customers to pickup their car. We headed over to the BWM Welt but by that time, it was already closed so we walked around the building and then headed back to the hotel.
Day 2 – Audi A3 Delivery Day
Audi picked us up at the hotel in the morning in an Audi A8L. That car is SO AMAZING! We sat in the back seats and there is a control panel in the middle back to allow the back passengers to adjust their seats, temperature, music, and more! It took us about 45 mins to get to the Audi Forum in Ingolstadt and as soon as we arrived and got out of the car, a lady was coming towards us with a luggage cart. ”Hello Ms. Hurley! My name is Miriam.” My first thought was, “I know who she is! She’s the main contact for all the American European Delivery.” She was extremely friendly. She asked us how our flight was and the hotel and told her they were excellent. She took our baggage and stowed it away in the back and gave us wrist bands and informed us that we can visit any of their cafeteria and all the food and drive will be on them. Then we did some paperwork and wait another 15 minutes for another person to hand us over the keys.
Once our turn was up, we spoke to another guide to sign some more paperwork such as the title and insurance and a letter saying I received the car. We finally got the keys to the car and both the guide and Miriam walked us to the car. The guide explained some features of the car and handed us the required First Aid kit, Emergency Triangle, and Emergency Vests for Europe. He also paired up my iPhone with the car. After all the explanation, I drove the car out to the courtyard and park it outside with all the other new Audis. We had some lunch and headed over to the factory tour where we met up with Miriam again. She handed us the tickets for the tour and hoped we enjoy our stay in Germany.
The factory tour was amazing! We got to see from the beginning of how they imprint the body panels from the sheet metal, how the machines weld all the body panels together, then having the assembly line of workers put together all the interior parts like the electrical wiring and dashboard into the car, and also the final part when the body mets the engine and terrain. We were not able to see the paint job as it was way far on the other side of the factory. After the tour, we headed over to the Audi museum where they had all the old-school cars and a Lamborghini exhibit that was there that month.
After Delivery Day
We drove the car around Germany and France and put about 1150 miles on the car before dropping it off. Speed limit is usually 130 km/h (80 mph) and there are certain parts of the Autobahn in Germany where their were no restrictions. The car can go up to 129 mph and it looked like it might have been limited to 129 mph due to the stock tires that comes with the car. After our vacation was over and it was time to head home, we drove the car to Munich Airport where we dropped off the car to have it shipped to the States. I’m hoping it will only be about another 4-6 weeks.
The experience has made me believe that the European Delivery on a European Car is the best way to buy the car. I know its a little more expensive because you will have to pay for the trip, but Europe (mainly Germany) is the best place to see how your car is really meant to drive. You can’t really drive 129 mph in the city or anywhere in the US legally. If I were to get another German car, I would do this again, but hopefully I wouldn’t need another car anytime soon.
Permanent link to this article: http://blogs.rhsmith.umd.edu/shurley/cars/awesome-vacation/