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How to force a Wi-Fi USB adapter on a Synology DiskStation to use 5GHz ac from 2.4GHz

Useful if your SSIDs are identical for 5GHz and 2.4GHz. Having your SSIDs setup like this seems to confuse Synology DSM, and for me it would always connect to the 2.4GHz network.

I had this particular issue where my TP-Link T4U ac wifi adapter for my Synology kept dropping down to using the 2.4GHz network, which … Read more »

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Install Citrix Cloud Connector on Server Core 2016

Scope
This post will provide some quick notes on installing the Citrix Cloud Connector on Server Core 2016.
Conceptual overview

We’re going to take our domain-joined Server Core installation and install the Citrix Cloud Connector on to it.
You can’t simply run the installer from the Server Core UI, because Server Core doesn’t have all the bits required for … Read more »

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Base image automation – download the latest installers for common apps with PowerShell

Overview
Long overdue, and inspired by @xenappblog and @CIT_Bronson, I’m finally documenting this.
In the Citrix RTST environment, we are frequently updating our base images with the latest common apps. To help with this, I cobbled together some scripts that will grab the latest version of apps like Chrome Enterprise, Firefox, VLC, Visual Studio Code, NotePad++, and … Read more »

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It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

Something came up today that made me think about the importance of framing, and how it can be used to influence/persuade to meet your desired outcomes.

It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

It’s very easy to forget this – I do it all the time – but delivery is important. It can mean … Read more »

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Creating a Site to Site Routed VPN using DD-WRT and OpenVPN

Scenario
I needed to setup a site-to-site VPN between my home and my parent’s home, so that we can back up our stuff offsite – mostly documents and precious digital photos.
Requirements

I wanted it to be a proper routed VPN network, not a bridged one. By that I mean an OpenVPN tun setup, not an OpenVPN tap … Read more »

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Ways to make your team better by making them feel safe

I’ll get right to the point: Teams work better when they feel safe. And this one-page PDF from the Re:work team at Google gives clear and actionable things you can do and think about that will help to make your team feel safe. It doesn’t matter if you’re a manager or a team-member; check them … Read more »

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The Secret Citrix SysAdmins – My first Citrix blog post

Hoorah – a year in, and I’ve finally gotten around to writing something about what we do in the RTST team at Citrix.
If you’re curious about what we do, you can read it over on the official Citrix Blogs site: The Secret Citrix SysAdmins

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Some loose thoughts after 9 months at Citrix

Firstly, where did those 9 months go? Wow.
Back in July 2016, I joined Citrix. Long overdue, I wanted to collect some loose thoughts, so here goes:
Being more Senior is still weird, but good
It is still an odd sensation going from being one of the most junior staff members of a team, to one of the … Read more »

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Getting the Bosch Accelerometer to work on Chuwi Hi 8 Windows 10 Anniversary Edition

The short version
If you get the error “Device cannot start” on your Bosch Accelerometer in Device Manager on a Chuwi Hi 8 after installing Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, try this:

Get the 32-bit Hi 8 Pro and Vi 8 Pro drivers. Look for the text “Chuwi Hi8 Pro Dualboot driver_32bit download”
Install the driver in the ??-gravity … Read more »

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Impressions from my first week at Citrix

On Monday this week, I joined the Interoperability team at Citrix, based in Cambridge. I wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on my first week here, and talk generally about what I’ve witnessed.
When I join a company, I try to understand what they do, how they view themselves, and what they want to do. … Read more »

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  • Free IT Ops online training courses from Pluralsight until 23rd August

    I thought I would share this somewhat rare event in the world of IT Training.
    Running from now until the 23rd August, the online IT training provider Pluralsight are opening up 36 of their online courses for free, to anyone signing up.
    Sign up
    To sign up for free, go here: https://offers.pluralsight.com/summer
    What’s available?
    Full list: Camp Pluralsight main page
    Most … Read more »

  • The “why” is important

    I like why. It helps me understand context. But in an increasingly email-laden world where everyone is “too busy” and emails are becoming more and more concise, the why is often the first thing to be omitted.
    And this is a freaking travesty.
    The “why” helps people understand why something is happening and the impact that it … Read more »

  • Connecting to multiple storage systems with the NetApp PowerShell Toolkit

    Scope

    This post discusses methods to connect to multiple NetApp Storage Systems using the NetApp PowerShell Toolkit, and then execute commands against those storage systems

  • Completely free IT training resources to help diversify your IT career

    Update: This page was completely updated in January 2016. Links were fixed, and new links were added.
    Scope and overview
    Inspired by Don Jones‘ excellent “Don’t Get Stuck in Your Job” blog post, I’ve taken some time to compile a bunch of online IT training to help people diversify their IT knowledge, for free.
    This post covers a … Read more »

  • Getting Started with the NetApp PowerShell Toolkit

    Scope
    This post takes a quick look at the NetApp PowerShell Toolkit: a set of PowerShell cmdlets which can be used to query and change settings on NetApp Storage Systems, paving the way for automation of common tasks or generating regular reports. It runs through installing the PowerShell toolkit, and running a few basic commands … Read more »