1. Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redist Broken After Windows 10 1607 Upgrade

    Published Sep 20, 2016.

    I've been deploying the Windows 10 build 1607 feature upgrade (also known as the Anniversary Update) via WSUS to a test lab at work. The machines are upgrading from 1511. Today I was informed that Autodesk 3ds Max & AutoCad would not launch on those machines. 3dsmax.exe gave an error: "The procedure entry point __crtCreateSymbolicLinkW could not be located in the dynamic link library C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\MSVCP110.dll."

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  2. Running ExacqVision DVR Server on Hyper-V

    Published Apr 07, 2016.

    ExacqVision is a DVR suite for security cameras. It works all right, I can't really complain on that front. However, they license their software based on the MAC address of the server. This is pretty stupid on its face because it means a failure of the NIC means you need to relicense your server (which costs $$$ for a transfer) and in virtual environments, MAC addresses change easily. It gets really stupid when the software is incapable of reading the NIC's MAC just because it is a Hyper-V NIC and I can't license my server because of it. Thankfully, it's possible to work around the issue.

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  3. Deploy Application Updates with Ninite with a Cache on your LAN

    Published Jan 23, 2015.

    Recently we purchased Ninite Pro for our organization and have implemented silent application updating via a scheduled task with PowerShell. This process uses a cache on our LAN to store updates and speed the whole process along. After some thinking I decided I wanted to get this working off-site so that when students take their laptops home over the summer, they can continue to receive updates.

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