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    Re: Vlideo Lan Video player (vlc) in an enterprise environment

    uk_network;273932 wrote:
    Hi, we find that windows media player plays most, and if not then we install kazaa mega codec pack, if that doesn’t solve any codec issues then the next alternative is either VLC or GOM player.
    VLC is not part of our standard build but it can be installed on request.

    Thanks for the response. I used an EXE to MSI convertor and am pushing out VLC via Group Policy. Tks.

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    in reply to: Web Filter software #388370

    Re: Web Filter software

    auglan;274018 wrote:
    We switched over from WebSense (too expensive) to OpenDns paid. OpenDns is a breeze to setup and can be used at remote sites as well that have their own on-site internet connection. The paid version gives you a bypass method to bypass the filtering for IT staff and whoever needs it. The drawback is its an all or nothing approach for your users. I can’t filter a site for most people and allow it for a few, but the bypass feature sort of gets around that.

    Thank you for your response. Yeah we have a couple of remote locations that use OPENDNS too. I am finding more and more that I am needing a solution that gives me more granular control. We have upper management wanting us to open youtube for training purposes, but not for everything else. So I need the ability to give access to just a link and not a whole domain.

    Currently I am checking out Zscaler, baracuda and avg cloudcare.

    With the remote support feature (get rid of dameware licenses) antivirus (get rid of SEP maintenance) and web filter (get rid of Websense maintenance) AVG Cloudcare looks like a no brainer, but digging deeper.

    I will let you know what we end up choosing.

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    in reply to: Playing MP4 with WMP11 #388369

    Re: Playing MP4 with WMP11

    wullieb1;273888 wrote:
    What codecs are the MP4’s using?

    What exactly does this mean Do not want a freeware/shareware soltion so I am hoping one exists. ??

    You could install the K-Lite codecs pack from here http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm

    I went with FFDSHOW for the codecs and had very spotty results. I have just went with VLC as my solution.

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    in reply to: Playing MP4 with WMP11 #388368

    Re: Playing MP4 with WMP11

    Blood;273876 wrote:
    How about using VLC instead?
    http://www.videolan.org/index.html

    Here’s a little help getting it out to your PC’s:
    http://geekphreek.com/2011/04/vlc-distribution-via-group-policy/

    I’ve never done this, but thought it might be a good alternative especially as VLC has all codecs built-in. The distribution looks easy too.

    Yeah that’s what I am doing. Been using VLC for years now (personally) Just didn’t want to roll out into my fleet unless a WMP11 solution could be found.

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    in reply to: Password complexity #388367

    Re: Password complexity

    IT worked thanks.

    FYI just as a bit of advice that I’m sure everyone is aware of…..

    I had a default domain policy and a domain controller policy. The 8 password rule was enabled on both.

    Changed it on both. did a gpdate /force and was able to change the password.

    Enabled the policy and was still able to log in with it as a 6 character password even though the complexity was set to 8.

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    in reply to: Password complexity #388366

    Re: Password complexity

    Thanks.

    Wanted some advice before I “played”

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    in reply to: PERMANENT drive letters for removables #291897

    Re: PERMANENT drive letters for removables

    The problem of Windows resetting drive letters after rebooting may be caused by replacing drives over time and Windows “remembering” the location of the “old” drives (and not fully releasing the used drive letters)…

    Check the registry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMMountedDevices and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMMountedDevice1, to see if there are still references to older equipment (easily recognizable because removable drives have longer entries). If so, remove all (!) references to the type of drives that caused the problem (e.g. all cd-drives, including the new ones) and let Windows reinstall them after reboot. Then change the drive letters into the desired ones with Computer Management/Disk Management. The next reboot should now give the desired result.

    If you feel uneasy to fiddle with the registry: it may also work to remove all references to all (!) cd-drives with Device Manager after booting into Safe mode…

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