The first thing someone does when getting a new computer is installing their most used software. For me this list consists of the following apps:
- Visual studio Express for Desktop: This is used for the development of tiny applications in Visual Basic .net. Right now I am also learning how to work with c#. I realize that the Community Edition has more options, but I hardly use those.
- Paint .net: My go to solution for editing screenshot for use in manuals.
- Filezilla: One must have a decent FTP client. Beware when downloading this one, the default sourceforge install comes with bloatware. Always download the version on the ‘additional downloads’ page.
- Notepad++: This has to be the best text editor out there. It is mainly used by myself to edit powershell, batch and xml files.
- VLC: The most versatile video player available.
- 7-zip: For unpacking all varieties of compressed files.
- Office: I actually have an Office 365 home subscription. This allows me to install Office on all our home computers. Additionally it gives me quite a lot of Onedrive storage (1TB). Additionally the excellent mobile apps allow me to continue editing files on my tablet. The web browsed based interface is also quite good, I believe you can even use this one in Onedrive without owning a 365 subscription. I also use Onedrive to keep an online back-up of all my photo’s.
- Hyper-V: This one is included with Windows Pro. Hyper-V is virtualization software. I use it to set up quick labs. I use a single SSD disk for my virtual machines, traditional spinning disks are too slow.
By default all SBS websites use https. When you decide not to use a third party certificate the self signed certificate will be used. This certificate is created in the ‘Set up your internet address’ wizard.
Be sure to use a domain name which you currently own. By default the structure of the remote web access url is https://remote.domainname.suffix .You can chose to replace ‘remote’ with something else in the ‘Set up your internet address’ wizard. You must create an a-record ‘remote.domainname.suffix’ which is pointing towards the WAN IP of the SBS network. It is also advisable to create a ptr record for the IP if you intend to send mails directly from the server.
With the self signed certificate users will receive a warning when they try to access the website. This is normal behavior as the trusted root certificate is not available on the client machine by default.
To install the certificate you will first need to download it from the remote web app. Click on ‘Continue’.
Open ‘Public’ shared folder.
Navigate to “Downloads\Certificate Distribution Package”. Select “SBSCertificate.cer” and click on “Download”.
Open a new console (Start, run, mmc). Add the certificates snap-in (computer account, local computer). Navigate to “Trusted Certification Authorities\Certificates”.
Right click on the “Certificates” folder and select “All Tasks, Import”. Select the certificate you downloaded.
After restarting internet explorer you should no longer get an error concerning the certificate.
Be advised: the self signed certificate will expire after about two years. When this happens you will need to re-run the “Set Up your internet address” wizard. When it is completed a new certificate will have been created.
I ran into a strange issue with iTunes and my Lacie Network Space 2 this afternoon. I was unable to play songs from my Lacie’s media library. Apparently there has been a change in how iTunes handles NAS with integrated iTunes servers.
My Lacie Network Space was still on version 1.2.93 (automatic updates are disabled by me). Installing version 2.2.4 resolved the issue. A few new features also came available:
- Back-up to another NAS via netbackup
- Set up a schedule for backups
- I can now set a power schedule per day (previously only one schedule for all days)
The NAS is still a bit on the slow side, my hopes of performance improvements with this update seem to be idle.
Once again I am reminded that I should keep my peripherals up to date.