Showing posts from November, 2015

HP Laserjet 1022 Printer - Can't Print on Windows 10

If you are having trouble getting your laserjet working on Windows 10, here's how I resolved the problem:

Go to Devices & PrintersFind your printer & go to Printer Properties > Advanced TabSet Driver to: HP LaserJet 1022 Class Driver & ApplyIf HP LaserJet 1022 Class Driver is not available.  download from this site: a test page.

MS Ignite - Real World Power BI Techniques (DAT343)

Link to Session:

About the Session:
First off, I'd just like to say that Grant stole my idea of starting off the session with a chant of 'Power BI'!  Reckon he must have heard me chanting it on the way into the previous session.  I'm sure he didn't steal it, but was a surreal coincidence haha.

This was the final Power BI Session of the week, which is strange because it was the first session to run through step-by-step how to pull back real world data and report on it.  I would have thought the order would have started with the simple sally session then built up to the developer sessions through the week.  No bother for me, but something to consider for the next MS Ignite.

Session tips for speeding up your power reports:
Clean up your data using Power Query firstCreate measures to display totals at the bottom of your raw data list.Use brushing / ratios to gain better insight t…

MS Ignite - Office 365 Groups Overview, Administration and Roadmap (PRD313)

Session Takeaways:
By default any user can create a Office 365 groupWhen a group is created, a container is provisioned to allow staff to collaborate using the office apps of their choice.  This saves waiting for multiple IT teams to provision team sites and distribution groups.Provides business users with an instant way to set up a new project and share information.Enables the end-user a choice of platform without being pigeonholed onto a prescribed application.Groups allow staff who get late access, the ability to see all of the past conversation that has happened.  unlike email distribution groups where the conversation is lost in individual mailboxes.  This will save time having to catch up and save having to ask the same questions if you're new to a project.Can Insta-videocall all members of an O365 Group using Skype for business.  Can also start writing up meeting notes straight away within a callGroups integrate with power BI and Dynamics CRM.Groups REST API's now availa…

MS Ignite - Introduction to Hololens (MOB221)

Many people had mixed feelings about this session, which is ironic given Microsoft are calling the Hololens a Mixed Reality device.

No Hololens at the eventEvery video shown had already been released on the internetWe had to get up at 7.30am to not see a Hololens
A few takeaways from the session:
You can use Maya to auto-update holograms as your working with it on your computerMicrosoft has developed a camera to see what the hololens sees without having to have a hololens on yourself.  Apparently only 2 of these cameras in existenceCan collaborate with other people around the world on the same holographic sceneThere are some battery life concerns.  We were advised to keep this in mind during app development and try and limit the polygon count on any holograms developedRecommended Skillset: Game Studio, Art, Audio, Design, Engineering, Production, QAThe development edition of the hololens is being released in Q1 2016.  US only....Field of view: can still see the edges of normal vi…

MS Ignite - Office 365: The Next Wave of Innovation (PRD211)

Link to Session:

About The Session:  Exactly what the session description detailed.  Briefly touched on most of the Office 365 / Office 2016 products and what's new.  Here's some dot points if your interested in downloading this session.
Delve:  Now has ability to extend it's reach beyond Office 365 productsDelve Analytics: Can provide individual users with graphs showing thier time usage, who they connect with most at work as well as who they have fallen out of touch with.  Office 2016: Added search features inside word/excel to find & use features that you can't remember where to find.  Potential to save many calls to service desk and time googling for where to find feature.Excel: Ability to auto-forecast profits & loss based on previous years data inside excel.  Has also been loaded with additional ways to visualize and represent data. (read: more fancy graphs…

MS Ignite - Certification 101 - Find the Path (EXAM111)

About The Session: Covered the Microsoft certification roadmap.  Discussed Microsoft Academy for kids, educators and trainers.  Spent most of an hour going through how to pass Microsoft exams and what type of questions you can expect.  A discussion around what course material you need to study to pass each exam.

All certification are now solutions focused due to the knowledge required to implement systems successfully.

Went about 25 minutes overtime.

My Musings: The best thing about this session was seeing the official Microsoft certification roadmap, provided below:

The rest of the session was not for me.  I thought that 'Find the Path' was going to be all about explaining in detail what path of certification you might like to take and what you can expect.  However it was mainly about how to pass an exam if you're looking to certify and where you can find resources online to help with your study.

Funny things to mention:
MCSE Exams - You have to re-certify every 2-3 years.  …

Microsoft Ignite Australia - 17th-20th November

Next week I'm heading to the MS Ignite conference in the Gold Coast and thought I'd sign up to some sessions & get my schedule ready today.

Looking through the sessions, there were two things that stood out to me:

A lack of SharePoint sessionsA very developer-heavy list of sessions The first is surprising because SharePoint 2016 preview just came out and I'm not sure anyone is really doing a deep-dive session on it.  Here's what happened when I tried to filter for SharePoint sessions :S:

The second surprise around the mass amounts of developer sessions is because I'm used to Tech Ed events in previous years where they catered for all levels & occupations. Anyone from C-Class (CIO/CEO) down to developer scrubs that want super detail could enjoy the event.  Now I'm not so sure that's the case.

The truth is, it's not that surprising.  For a long time now we've watched Microsoft ramp up it's O365/Azure capabilities to match exactly what On-P…

Windows 10 - Trying to Install Legitimately

Got home from 3 months holiday & my Windows 10 Preview had expired on my only computer at home.

First off, couldn't even boot the computer because certain core windows files had 'expired'.  After changing the date & time in the BIOS to a year in the past, I was at least able to log in.
All good, I knew about the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 which I had a product key for, so I downloaded a copy of Windows 10 pro x64.  
Next problem, USB wouldn't appear.  tried to troubleshoot via Disk Management.  Due to changing date & time in BIOS the computer didn't trust me to open anything that required administration rights....  awesome.
so now cant find any way to get installation media off the computer.  Luckily my partner had a laptop with windows that I could use.  Jumped on it, downloaded windows 10 AGAIN, straight onto a USB stick.
stuck in USB to main computer, tried to install windows 10, formatted main drive, got an error message about installation medi…