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Purchase an Xbox One with Xbox All Access for No Upfront Cost; Special Upgrade Offer Available for a Limited Time – Xbox Wire

At Xbox we believe strongly in choice.  Choice in what, where and how you play, in addition to where and how you buy.  It’s with that that we’re thrilled to reintroduce Xbox All Access to more players around the world starting with the U.S., U.K. and Australia— and now including an all-new upgrade option for the next Xbox console, Project Scarlett.

With Xbox All Access, you get an all-inclusive Xbox experience with everything you need to start playing right out of the box for as little as $19.99 per month for 24 months (US pricing). The program is a great choice for players who want flexibility in their purchasing options and are looking for the best value in gaming. When joining Xbox All Access, you get:

  • Xbox One console
  • 24-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
    • Xbox Pass Ultimate includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, including online multiplayer, and access to over 100 great games on console and PC.
  • Option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once its available in Holiday 2020

While Xbox All Access isn’t eligible to be stacked with any other discounts or limited time promotions, the price you pay per month is dependent upon which console you choose and saves players over $100 dollars compared to purchasing everything separately.

Here’s how it works in four easy steps:

  • In order to join the program, simply visit a participating retailer.
  • Select the console you would like to purchase with no upfront cost.^
  • Qualify with our financing partner (Citizens Bank in the U.S.; Klarna in the U.K.; Telstra in Australia). Once approved, complete your purchase with the retailer.
  • Once you’ve signed up and brought your console home, it’s time to power up and game on.

Xbox All Access will be available beginning on October 29 in Australia, November 5 in the U.K. and November 18 in the U.S. through select partners and retailers, including:

Some program details vary by country. Please visit country specific links to learn more.

Players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One console with Xbox All Access have the option to upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available Holiday 2020 and they’ve made 18 payments.  Players in Australia can buyout their hardware at any time and upgrade to Project Scarlett once it’s available.

We realize buying a console is an investment and some players are waiting to make the jump to the next generation with Project Scarlett when it launches in Holiday 2020 alongside “Halo Infinite”.  This is why as a limited time offer this holiday season, players in the U.S. and U.K. who purchase an Xbox One X with Xbox All Access through December 31, 2019, have the option to upgrade to the next Xbox console in as few as 12 months and once Project Scarlett has officially launched.

In order to participate in the upgrade program when Project Scarlett launches in Holiday 2020,  players in the U.S. and U.K. will need to be in good standing with the respective financing partner in their market, purchase Project Scarlett with a new Xbox All Access purchase from the same retail partner where they joined the program, and trade-in the console originally purchased with Xbox All Access. Terms and conditions apply, including an upgrade fee for players upgrading from the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition to Project Scarlett.

As always, we’re grateful to our fans for their support and look forward to bringing Xbox All Access to more players around the world in the coming months.

To find out more about Xbox All Access, including how to join, what consoles are available for purchase, your upgrade option, and terms and conditions, please click here in the US, here in the United Kingdom and here in Australia, or visit your local retail partner.

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For Sale – Mac Mini 2011 i7 FAULTY

My mac mini has developed a fault with (I believe) the dedicated GPU (see photo). It doesn’t get past the boot up screen.

I personally don’t have the time (or inclination) to want to try to fix this.

The spec of this machine is:

  • Mac Mini mid-2011
  • 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM (2 x 4GB sticks)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor

As far as I can tell, it’s only the GPU that’s causing problems, all the ports, wifi, bluetooth all work.

This is being sold as NOT WORKING and therefore no returns accepted, it might be right for someone who has the time and tools to attempt a fix. Note that as I couldn’t get past the boot screen I have opened this up to get the drive out to recover data and then wipe it.

Please do ask questions if you’re interested.

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For Sale – Mac Mini 2011 i7 FAULTY

My mac mini has developed a fault with (I believe) the dedicated GPU (see photo). It doesn’t get past the boot up screen.

I personally don’t have the time (or inclination) to want to try to fix this.

The spec of this machine is:

  • Mac Mini mid-2011
  • 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM (2 x 4GB sticks)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor

As far as I can tell, it’s only the GPU that’s causing problems, all the ports, wifi, bluetooth all work.

This is being sold as NOT WORKING and therefore no returns accepted, it might be right for someone who has the time and tools to attempt a fix. Note that as I couldn’t get past the boot screen I have opened this up to get the drive out to recover data and then wipe it.

Please do ask questions if you’re interested.

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For Sale – Mac Mini 2011 i7 FAULTY

My mac mini has developed a fault with (I believe) the dedicated GPU (see photo). It doesn’t get past the boot up screen.

I personally don’t have the time (or inclination) to want to try to fix this.

The spec of this machine is:

  • Mac Mini mid-2011
  • 2.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM (2 x 4GB sticks)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor

As far as I can tell, it’s only the GPU that’s causing problems, all the ports, wifi, bluetooth all work.

This is being sold as NOT WORKING and therefore no returns accepted, it might be right for someone who has the time and tools to attempt a fix. Note that as I couldn’t get past the boot screen I have opened this up to get the drive out to recover data and then wipe it.

Please do ask questions if you’re interested.

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For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

Price and currency: See details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

Price and currency: See details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – 1.5TB Ext HDD/Sandisk 64GB Extreme USB stick

Having a bit of a clearout so getting rid of a few surplus bits:
Core by CNM 1.5TB external HDD USB2
I believe the HDD inside is actually a Seagate Barracuda Green drive which is a reliable drive. Had this HDD for a few years now and its just sat, hasnt been used for the past year or so. In perfect working condition, no errors or faults.
The gloss black casing has got few light scratches with age, nothing major. Included is power adapter and USB cable (dont have original box but will find suitable box)
£35 delivered

Also up for sale is one of the fastest USB sticks on the market – Sandisk Extreme 64GB USB3 CZ80
Transfer speeds are reallly quick on this but for me its the consistency, the speed just doesnt fluctuate like most other drives.
Again perfect working order.
£20 delivered

Price and currency: See details
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Batley
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – Zotac 1060 6GB Amp Edition

For sale is my Zotac 1060 6GB, purchased new from Overclockers on the 9/7/2017, I believe Zotac offer 2 years warranty on all cards so just under a year remaining.

Has had light use in my gaming PC for the last year and selling as now upgraded to a 1080ti.

£170 Including Royal Mail Special Delivery.

Note: I have the original box but seem to have misplaced the original anti-static bag and cardboard inserts so it will come in my new cards anti-static bag and will be securely packed in the box.

Price and currency: £170
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT Only NO PAYPAL
Location: West Sussex
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

7 Powerful Scripts for Practical Hyper-V Network Configurations

I firmly believe in empowerment. I feel that I should supply you with knowledge, provide you with how-tos, share insights and experiences, and release you into the world to make your own decisions. However, I came to that approach by standing at the front of a classroom. During class, we’d almost invariably walk through exercises. Since this is a blog and not a classroom, I do things differently. We don’t have common hardware in a controlled environment, so I typically forgo the exercises bit. As a result, that leaves a lot of my readers at the edge of a cliff with no bridge to carry them from theory to practice. And, of course, there are those of you that would love to spend time reading about concepts but just really need to get something done right now. If you’re stopped at Hyper-V networking, this is the article for you.

Script Inventory

These scripts are included in this article:

Basic Usage

I’m going to show each item as a stand-alone script. First, you’ll locate the one that best aligns with what you’re trying to accomplish. You’ll copy/paste that into a .ps1 PowerShell script file on your system. You’ll need to edit the script to provide information about your environment so that it will work for you. I’ll have you set each of those items at the beginning of the script. Then, you’ll just need to execute the script on your host.

Most scripts will have its own “basic usage” heading that explains a bit about how you’d use it without modification.

Enhanced Usage

I could easily compile these into standalone executables that you couldn’t tinker with. Even though I want to give you a fully prepared springboard, I also want you to learn how the system works and what you’re doing to it.

Most scripts will have its own “enhanced usage” heading that gives some ideas how you might exploit or extend it yourself.

Configure networking for a single host with a single adapter

Use this script for a standalone system that only has one physical adapter. It will:

  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the adapter
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it.

Advanced Usage for this Script

As-is, this script should be complete for most typical single-adapter systems. You might choose to disable some items. For instance, if you are using this on Windows 10, you might not want to provide a fixed IP address. In that case, just put a # sign at the beginning of lines 42 onward. When the virtual network adapter is created, it will remain in DHCP mode.

Configure a standalone host with 2-4 gigabit adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a standalone host that has between two and four gigabit adapters that you want to use in a converged networking configuration. It will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapters and the teamed adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. Be aware that it will have problems if you already have a team.

Advanced Usage for this Script

This script serves as the base for the remaining scripts on this page. Likewise, you could use it as a base for your own. You could also use any of the items as examples for whatever similar actions you wish to accomplish in your own scripts.

Configure a standalone host with 2-4 10 GbE adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a standalone host that has between two and four 10GbE adapters that you want to use in a converged networking configuration. It will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create a virtual network adapter for the management operating system to use
  • Optionally place the management adapter into a VLAN
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

It won’t take a great deal of sleuthing to discover that this script is identical to the preceding one, except that it does not disable VMQ.

Configure a clustered host with 2-4 gigabit adapters for converged networking

Use this script for a host that has between two and four gigabit adapters that will be a member of a cluster. Like the previous scripts, it will employ a converged networking configuration. The script will:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Disable VMQ for the physical adapters and the teamed adapter
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create virtual network adapters for the management operating system to use for management traffic, cluster communications, and Live Migration
  • Optionally place the virtual adapters into VLANs
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Assign an IP and subnet mask to the cluster and Live Migration adapters
  • Prevent the cluster and Live Migration adapters from registering in DNS
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. It is essentially the same as the stand-alone multi-gigabit adapter script except that it also adds adapters for cluster communications and Live Migration traffic.

It does not arrange the adapters in an optimal order for Live Migration. The cluster will automatically prioritize the cluster and Live Migration adapters over the management adapter, but it might prioritize the cluster adapter over the Live Migration adapter. Practically, that will have no meaningful effect; these designations are mostly cosmetic. If you’d like to force the issue, you’ll need to do so separately. You could, of course, use Failover Cluster Manager for this. I’ve included a script later in this article that makes the setting change for you. You cannot combine these scripts because the cluster must exist before you can specify the Live Migration adapter order. Also, you only need to specify the order one time, not once per node.

Advanced Usage for this Script

You could do a great number of things with this script. One suggestion would be to add cluster creation/join logic. It would be non-trivial, but you’d be able to combine the Live Migration adapter ordering script.

Configure a clustered host with 2-4 10 GbE adapters for converged networking

This script is identical to the preceding except that it leaves VMQ enabled. It does the following:

  • Create a team on the adapters
  • Create a virtual switch on the team
  • Create virtual network adapters for the management operating system to use for management traffic, cluster communications, and Live Migration
  • Optionally place the virtual adapters into VLANs
  • Assign an IP, subnet, and gateway to the management adapter
  • Assign an IP and subnet mask to the cluster and Live Migration adapters
  • Prevent the cluster and Live Migration adapters from registering in DNS
  • Specify one or two DNS servers

Basic Usage for this Script

These notes are identical to those of the preceding script.

You just need to enter the necessary information for these items and execute it. It is essentially the same as the stand-alone multi-gigabit adapter script except that it also adds adapters for cluster communications and Live Migration traffic.

It does not arrange the adapters in an optimal order for Live Migration. The cluster will automatically prioritize the cluster and Live Migration adapters over the management adapter, but it might prioritize the cluster adapter over the Live Migration adapter. Practically, that will have no meaningful effect; these designations are mostly cosmetic. If you’d like to force the issue, you’ll need to do so separately. You could, of course, use Failover Cluster Manager for this. I’ve included a script later in this article that makes the setting change for you. You cannot combine these scripts because the cluster must exist before you can specify the Live Migration adapter order. Also, you only need to specify the order one time, not once per node.

Advanced Usage for this Script

These notes are identical to those of the preceding script.

You could do a great number of things with this script. One suggestion would be to add cluster creation/join logic. It would be non-trivial, but you’d be able to combine the Live Migration adapter ordering script.

Set preferred order for cluster Live Migration networks

This script aligns with the two preceding scripts to ensure that the cluster chooses the named “Live Migration” adapter first when moving virtual machines between nodes. The “Cluster” virtual adapter will be used second. The management adapter will be used as the final fallback.

Basic Usage for this Script

Use this script after you’ve run one of the above two clustered host scripts and joined them into a cluster.

Advanced Usage for this Script

Modify this to change the order of Live Migration adapters. You must specify all adapters recognized by the cluster. Check the “MigrationExcludeNetworks” registry key that’s in the same location as “MigrationNetworkOrder”.

Exclude cluster networks from Live Migration

This script is intended to be used as an optional adjunct to the preceding script. Since my scripts set up all virtual adapters to be used in Live Migration, the network names used here are fabricated.

Basic Usage for this Script

You’ll need to set the network names to match yours, but otherwise, the script does not need to be altered.

Advanced Usage for this Script

This script will need to be modified in order to be used at all.