Windows Server 2008 R2 DNS – Solved!

Something has been driving me absolutely INSANE – why does Windows Server 2008 DNS stop working intermittently and require either the service to be re-started or the whole server to be re-booted to get it working again?

After 2 years of this annoyance I decided to spend lots of time to get this working, and many phone calls and harrasment of various Microsoft Partner organisations and Microsoft Technical Support later… I think there is finally a
fix that works and stops it falling over!

The problem, according to Microsoft appears to be that Windows is more advanced than the rest of the Internet, and falls over occasionally when trying to deal with other non E-DNS aware servers (or something like that)

Open Command Prompt (with Run As Administrator)

Type dnscmd /config /EnableEDNSProbes 0

Close the Command Prompt

Open Services (Start, Run, Services.msc)

Right-click on the DNS Server item, Click on Tasks and choose ReStart

Working!

Microsoft drops Flash from IE on Windows 8 tablets

The Metro interface is designed for when Windows 8 is being used on a tablet

One of the web’s most widely used technologies is going to be absent from some versions of Windows 8.

Microsoft is to drop support for Adobe Flash from the web browser that works with the Metro interface on Windows 8. The Metro user interface is most likely to be used on tablets as it displays applications and programs as easy to touch coloured tiles. Flash will still be supported in the Windows 8 desktop interface and the desktop version of IE.

The announcement about the lack of Flash support was made in a blog post by Dean Hachamovitch, head of IE development at Microsoft. In the post he said Microsoft had worked hard to make Metro rely as little as possible on older technologies. Instead it had concentrated on the latest version of web technology HTML 5.

Supporting HTML 5 meant making Metro plug-in free, he said. One of the most widely used plug-ins for web browsers is Adobe’s Flash as many sites use it to show video, multimedia and games.

“The experience that plug-ins provide today is not a good match with Metro style browsing and the modern HTML5 web,” wrote Mr Hachamovitch. “Providing compatibility with legacy plug-in technologies would detract from, rather than improve, the consumer experience of browsing in the Metro style [user interface],” he said.

Microsoft showed off the Metro interface this week at its Build developers conference in California. Windows 8 has been “re-imagined” said Microsoft and the Metro interface was specifically designed with tablets and touch screens in mind.

 Apple dropped support for Flash in early 2010 saying it made Macs crash. Mr Hachamovitch said plug-ins were rapidly becoming unnecessary. Flash was by
far the most widely used plug-in, he said. Removing plug-ins will mean longer battery life on tablets, protect privacy and improve security, he said. Users will still be able to get at sites that run Flash by exiting the Metro interface, returning to the classic desktop view and running Internet Explorer.

Adobe responded to the news in a blogpost of its own.

“We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine,” wrote Danny
Winokur.”In addition,” he wrote, “we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today.”

In dropping Flash support, Microsoft is following Apple’s lead which has had a long-standing policy of not letting its gadgets support the technology.

In an open letter explaining the ban published in April 2010, Apple boss Steve Jobs said: “We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash”. Flash was “the number one reason Macs crash”, he added.

ISArc drags the Kiosk into the 21st Century

WebFence
WebFence

So today we began another revolution – to drag the humble “web-kiosk” into the 21st century.

Our goals were clear:

  • Create kiosk software that actually works and allows users to browse the web un-hindered by previous users
  • 100% remotely controlled by a central web-based information management system
  • Allow for whitelist of approved websites
  • Must run on low-power Atom-based PCs (but still require Windows 7 – for now)
  • Must use Internet Explorer 9 (or an implemention of the IE browser engine)
  • Must have “session” management – allowing for the creation of individual session logons
  • Must provide reporting on time-spent, number of users etc
  • Must have a catchy name
  • Must be very very very easy to use and manage
  • Must be “self-fixing” – and require zero maintenance call-outs
  • Must allow for the recording of activity
  • Must allow for the remote termination of a session

the result….

www.webfence.co.uk

A visual basic (framework 4) custom browser application that replaces Windows Explorer, connects using web services to an information management system written in ASP.Net Framework 4 with Microsoft SQL Server running behind the scenes and automatically re-sets everything at the end of the browsing session.

Simple.

the work continues!