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For Sale – Razer Blade 14 (2017) with 1TB Samsung SSD Upgrade

Razer Blade 14 (2017)

My previous work laptop that I no longer require. Has served me well.

It was dropped once very early in its life (1H2017), so it has a dink on the front-right corner (shown in pictures). This hasn’t affected its function in any way.

It has a dbrand skin on the top, all is good underneath – it was added to cover the glowing green logo as it was used in a professional environment and in front of clients.

Spec:
1TB Samsung 960 EVO
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
16GB DDR4
Intel HD630 iGPU
Nvidia GTX1060 dGPU

I’ve done a quick search and going by the results on ebay and refurbished units elsewhere, along with the mild chassis damage, my asking price is £800

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How to repair Windows Server using Windows SFC and DISM

Over time, system files in a Windows Server installation might require a fix. You can often repair the operating…

system without taking the server down by using Windows SFC or the more robust and powerful Deployment Image Servicing and Management commands.

Windows System File Checker (SFC) and Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) are administrative utilities that can alter system files, so they must be run in an administrator command prompt window.

Start with Windows SFC

The Windows SFC utility scans and verifies version information, file signatures and checksums for all protected system files on Windows desktop and server systems. If the command discovers missing protected files or alterations to existing ones, Windows SFC will attempt to replace the altered files with a pristine version from the %systemroot%system32dllcache folder.

The system logs all activities of the Windows SFC command to the %Windir%CBSCBS.log file. If the tool reports any nonrepairable errors, then you’ll want to investigate further. Search for the word corrupt to find most problems.

Windows SFC command syntax

Open a command prompt with administrator rights and run the following command to start the file checking process:

C:WindowsSystem32>sfc /scannow

The /scannow parameter instructs the command to run immediately. It can take some time to complete — up to 15 minutes on servers with large data drives is not unusual — and usually consumes 60%-80% of a single CPU for the duration of its execution. On servers with more than four cores, it will have a slight impact on performance.

Windows SFC scannow command
The Windows SFC /scannow command examines protected system files for errors.

There are times Windows SFC cannot replace altered files. This does not always indicate trouble. For example, recent Windows builds have included graphics driver data that was reported as corrupt, but the problem is with Windows file data, not the files themselves, so no repairs are needed.

If Windows SFC can’t fix it, try DISM

The DISM command is more powerful and capable than Windows SFC. It also checks a different file repository — the %windir%WinSXS folder, aka the “component store” — and is able to obtain replacement files from a variety of potential sources. Better yet, the command offers a quick way to check an image before attempting to diagnose or repair problems with that image.

Run DISM with the following parameters:

C:WindowsSystem32>dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Even on a server with a huge system volume, this command usually completes in less than 30 seconds and does not tax system resources. Unless it finds some kind of issue, the command reports back “No component store corruption detected.” If the command finds a problem, this version of DISM reports only that corruption was detected, but no supporting details.

Corruption detected? Try ScanHealth next

If DISM finds a problem, then run the following command:

C:WindowsSystem32>dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

This more elaborate version of the DISM image check will report on component store corruption and indicate if repairs can be made.

If corruption is found and it can be repaired, it’s time to fire up the /RestoreHealth directive, which can also work from the /online image, or from a different targeted /source.

Run the following commands using the /RestoreHealth parameter to replace corrupt component store entries:

C:WindowsSystem32>dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

C:WindowsSystem32>dism /source: /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

You can drive file replacement from the running online image easily with the same syntax as the preceding commands. But it often happens that local copies aren’t available or are no more correct than the contents of the local component store itself. In that case, use the /source directive to point to a Windows image file — a .wim file or an .esd file — or a known, good, working WinSXS folder from an identically configured machine — or a known good backup of the same machine to try alternative replacements.

By default, the DISM command will also try downloading components from the Microsoft download pages; this can be turned off with the /LimitAccess parameter. For details on the /source directive syntax, the TechNet article “Repair a Windows Image” is invaluable.

DISM is a very capable tool well beyond this basic image repair maneuver. I’ve compared it to a Swiss army knife for maintaining Windows images. Windows system admins will find DISM to be complex and sometimes challenging but well worth exploring.

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,000 plus shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £600

IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2030 / £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 15 Late 2018 & LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Upgraded to the 2019 model, so no longer require the 2018.

It’s a highly specced model with:

Top spec core i9 6-core 2.9GHz
Radeon Pro 560X
32GB DDR4 2400MHz
2TB SSD
Space Gray

Plus applecare, expiry July 2021

All in good working order, only exception being two cosmetic marks at the front of the unit. Other than these two marks, it is in perfect condition. No chassis scratches I can see, screen spotless, Touch Bar spotless, keyboard clean and no issues, touchpad spotless, wrist rests spotless etc etc…

Comes with original box & accesories.

Original purchase price £4,409 for the laptop & £329 for AppleCare.

Asking price £2,850 including shipping. Collection / meet in London preferred.

Apple asking £3279 for the same model refurbished without AppleCare – LINK – so a saving of £600 to compensate for the light cosmetic damage.

[​IMG]IMG_8831 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0404 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_5346 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_0679 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_4427 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_2054 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

[​IMG]IMG_4365 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Also selling LG 27″ 5k Monitor

Don’t have the space for this anymore, otherwise it’s a great piece of kit…

Only used a few days. Bought in November 2018, warranty until Nov 2021.

Perfect condition. No box, so collection only or personal delivery can be arranged within reasonable distances or near where I’m travelling.

Asking price is £800

[​IMG]IMG_4924 by CosmicLogos, on Flickr

Price and currency: £2850 / £800
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Blackfriars, London
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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How to plot out an Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration

With the number of users and organizations on Office 365, circumstances will inevitably require some of them to move between tenants.

An Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration can occur for several reasons, such as after a merger or acquisition or part of a company gets sold. These business events come with complicated legal maneuvers with rigid timelines. Most of these situations require completing tenant-to-tenant migrations on a schedule made by lawyers and executives with little to no regard for the time it takes to move the associated data. It’s up to the technical team to work out how to complete the migration and meet their deadline.

Whatever the reason, successfully executing a tenant-to-tenant migration within Office 365 is a complex process with some significant limitations. Let’s walk through the process to clarify what’s involved with this type of data migration process.

What data can migrate?

The biggest challenge with an Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration is knowing what data you can and cannot move. Microsoft develops new APIs continuously to give access to different types of data stored within Office 365, but as of publication, the accessibility is still somewhat limited.

To further complicate the issue, there is no Microsoft tool to move data between tenants. While there are many third-party applications to help migrate different types of Office 365 data between tenants, they all have different capabilities. Finding the right product for your Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration requires some research to find the tool — or tools — that move the data your organization needs.

While there are many third-party applications to help migrate different types of Office 365 data between tenants, they all have different capabilities

Out of the entire Office 365 suite, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are the applications most commonly affected by this tenant migration effort. While there are multiple tools available to move these data types, this article can’t pick the right one for you.

The more popular and capable migration tools are BitTitan, Quest, ShareGate and AvePoint, which acquire new features and updated functionality regularly. My recommendation is to look at these tools and other similar ones to decide which one is best for your circumstances.

Different applications come with different complications

Not every application handles data the same, which further muddles the tenant migration process.

Planning a move between Office 365 tenants

For example, Skype for Business is an important communication tool for many organizations, but much of the data it uses is not with the application. The meetings data resides in Exchange and buddy lists live with the Skype for Business client. Most of the time, Skype for Business is not migrated between tenants but reconfigured at the destination tenant.

Teams is another application that presents a migration challenge. As of publication, Microsoft has not finished the APIs that will let third-party tools handle these tenant migrations. At the moment, you can move the SharePoint document libraries attached to Teams or the Exchange mailboxes that hold Teams calendars, but it’s not yet possible to migrate Teams entirely.

Preparing for your migration

As you inventory all the Office 365 applications that hold user data that you want to migrate, the list might overwhelm you. If you need to move mailboxes and data from multiple web applications such as Yammer, Bookings, Planner, Delve, Flow, Forms, Power BI, StaffHub, Stream, Sway and To-Do, then that’s going to take some work to get a handle on what is involved with each service.  

To further complicate this effort, you’ll find most of the Office 365 applications don’t support any migration. If you need data from a particular application, all you can do about it is try to recreate the data in your destination tenant the same way you did in the original tenant. Identifying what data you can, and cannot, move between Office 365 tenants is an important step, but it’s just the beginning of your migration process.

Another issue that can complicate the tenant migration timeline is bandwidth throttling. Microsoft controls the rate of speed when transferring data on Office 365 to ensure the health of the overall platform. This limitation can be very troublesome when you need to move a large amount of data in a short amount of time.

You can try to adjust the throttling on your Office 365 tenant if you open a support case with Microsoft, but there are no clear rules on how much, if at all, the throttling limits can be relaxed. In my experience, Microsoft will do everything possible to help you reach your deadline if you explain your situation.

Tenant names and vanity domains can be another difficult part of an Office 365 tenant-to-tenant migration. All Office 365 tenant names need to be unique. This can make it difficult to find a tenant name that matches the name of your organization. Furthermore, a vanity domain — @company.com — can only be associated with a single Office 365 tenant. Exchange migration tools need to connect to the source mailbox and the destination mailbox by name, so most tools recommend making that connection using the @tenant.onmicrosoft.com address for each mailbox.

The best advice I can give is to make sure you understand the tools you chose to move data between Office 365 tenants. They all have recommended configurations that will make this work go much smoother and bring you much better results.

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Paid parental leave matters – Microsoft on the Issues

Building on our 2015 announcement
Three years ago, we announced that we would require a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the United States to provide their employees with the important benefit of paid time off. Today we are announcing that over the next year we will take a further step, to ensure that these suppliers also provide their employees who handle our work with paid parental leave.

We have long recognized that the health, well-being and diversity of our employees helps Microsoft succeed. That’s why we provide industry-leading benefits for our employees, including comprehensive health and wellness programs for families, paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid time off for new parents.

We also know that we rely on a wide array of other companies to supply us with goods and services that reflect their core competencies, and that the people who work for our suppliers also are critical to our success. That is why we took the step three years ago to require our U.S. suppliers doing substantial business with Microsoft to provide paid time off for their employees. Paid time off is good both for employers and employees, and it was the right step for our business. By implementing that requirement, we were able to focus our resources on businesses that share with us a commitment providing employees with important benefits such as paid time off. We believe now is the time to work with our suppliers to take a next important step.

What we’re doing
Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy. It will require that suppliers offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week. This change applies to all parents employed by our suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees and covers supplier employees who perform substantial work for Microsoft.  This minimum threshold applies to all of our suppliers across the U.S. and is not intended to supplant a state law that is more generous. Many of our suppliers already offer strong benefits packages to their employees, and suppliers are of course welcome to offer more expansive leave benefits to their employees.

Our new supplier parental leave requirement is informed by important work on paid parental leave done in states, including Washington. In 2017, Washington state passed family leave legislation, including paid parental leave. This new law will take effect in 2020. As we looked at this legislation, however, we realized that while it will benefit the employees of our suppliers in Washington state, it will leave thousands of valued contributors outside of Washington behind. So, we made a decision to apply Washington’s parental leave requirement more broadly, and not to wait until 2020 to begin implementation.

Microsoft will work with our suppliers to understand the impacts of this change, and we will make these changes in a thoughtful way. We appreciate that this may ultimately result in increased costs for Microsoft, and we’ll put a process in place for addressing these issues with our suppliers. Our first step will be reaching out to our suppliers to discuss the impact of this policy change.

The case for paid parental leave
We recognize today’s announcement comes during an ongoing national dialogue about the importance of paid parental leave. The case for paid parental leave is clear. Studies show that paid parental leave enriches the lives of families.  Women who take paid maternity leave are more likely to be in the workforce a year later and earn more than mothers who do not receive paid time off.  Employers who offer paid time off for new mothers experience improved productivity, higher morale and lower turnover rates. And, paid parental leave is not solely a benefit for women.  Data from California’s paid family leave program shows that men take paternity leave at twice the rate and for longer periods of time when the leave is paid. This increased bonding and time spent caring for young children is correlated with positive outcomes such as higher test scores for these children. Further, when men and women have the opportunity to take paid leave, it can help counteract gender caregiving stereotypes, neutralize stigmas and promote equity in the home and office.

Despite these clear benefits, just 13 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid parental leave. And the lack of access to parental leave cuts broadly across professions – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 percent of professional positions and 7 to 8 percent of workers in service and maintenance jobs have access to paid parental leave.

Like many large employers, we welcome the opportunity to engage in the important national conversation about how all U.S. workers, regardless of where they work, can access paid parental leave.  In the meantime, we will continue to focus our resources on doing business with companies that share our commitment to increase workforce inclusion and support employees and their families.  As we gain experience with this new approach, we’ll share what we learn with others.  And as always, we’ll look forward to learning more ourselves.

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For Sale – TP-Link Passthrough Powerline adapters (2 packs)

Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

I have 2 packs for sale
TLPA4020PKIT – 500Mbps dual ethernet port kit
and
TLPA4010PKIT – 500Mbps single ethernet port kit. Missing ethernet cables.

These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

Instructions for use can be found on the TP-Link website here Download for TL-PA4020P KIT V1.20 | TP-Link United Kingdom

Looking for £55 delivered for the two packs

Price and currency: £55
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or bank transfer
Location: Aylesbury Bucks
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – TP-Link Passthrough Powerline adapters (2 packs)

Selling my TP-Link Powerline adapters as I no longer require them since buying a Netgear Orbi.

I have 2 packs for sale
TLPA4020PKIT – 500Mbps dual ethernet port kit
and
TLPA4010PKIT – 500Mbps single ethernet port kit. Missing ethernet cables.

These powerline adapters are great as you don’t lose the use of any of the sockets that they are plugged into.

Instructions for use can be found on the TP-Link website here Download for TL-PA4020P KIT V1.20 | TP-Link United Kingdom

Looking for £55 delivered for the two packs

Price and currency: £55
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal gift or bank transfer
Location: Aylesbury Bucks
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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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.