Edexcel online testing promissor install

This piece of software has been bugging me for weeks now.

I was unable to install it by capturing an msi and they don’t supply an msi.

I’ve come up with a scripted install that allows it to be installed by any user admin or not.

You need supercrypt to encrypt the commands to run it.

You also need xcacls.vbs to set file permissions.

Install xcacls.vbs into the network share folder you are going to use to deploy these files from.

First of all run the admsetup.exe program from your esm_test_centre share or wherever you have it installed.

Now explore your way to:

C:Documents and Settingsyour usernameLocal SettingsTemp and look for the most recently created folder.

In this folder you will find the extracted setup files, copy these somewhere safe.

Now cancel the installation.

To record the answers need you need to run the setup.exe from the folder you stored the extracted files in with the /r switch.

Do this and run through the setup, you will find a setup.iss in c:windows copy this to the folder you stored the extracted files in.

Install supercrypt to your network share as well and run supercrypter.

Fill in your username, domain and password fields.

In the command field put:

\NETWORK-SHARE-WHERE-FILES-AREsetup.exe /s /sms

In the Executable field put:

\NETWORK-SHARE-WHERE-FILES-AREsetup.exe

Save the file as promissor.lsc

Run supercrypter again and this time:

In the command field put:

c:windowssystem32cscript.exe \NETWORK-SHARE-WHERE-FILES-ARExcacls.vbs /Q /T /E /G everyone:F

In the executable field put:

c:windowssystem32script.exe

download the vbscript below and edit the file location.

VBScript Installer for Promissor client

You should now be able to run install.vbs as any user and it will install the promissor client.

VMWare Server 2.0 Beta

Installed the current beta of this today on my nec pc.

3ghz p4 with 1.5gb of ram.

The installation and operation of this now takes place inside your web browser rather than it being a seperate windows app.

So far it just seems slow.

Dual Monitors

I now that people using 2 or more monitors has been around for ages but I’ve just woken up to how useful this good be to me at work.

So I went ahead and purchased 2 x Acer 1916 19″ TFT’s with Analogue and Digital inputs.

To run these I needed a dual head gfx card and as my machine only has PCI or PCI Express I plumped for a Matrox Millenium G550 PCIe card.

The monitors were delivered quick enough from my supplier, Probrand, after picking the correct version of the 1916 monitor as some other ones that were listed weren’t available.

The gfx card however was another story and took a lot of chasing up by them and I to finally get it into my sweaty palms.

So finally having received the card I whacked it into my NEC desktop however this wasn’t as easy as it could be the locking mechanism for expansion cards is so poor I didn’t think it offered enuogh support for a dual head gfx card.

I managed to butcher some screws into the supplied holes to keep things nice and tight.

Turned the machine back on monitor display during the boot up sequence but then as windows took control I was faced with the dreaded BSOD.

Damn, must be the driver I thought so rebooted into safe mode and installed the driver from the supplied cd.

Reboot same effect BSOD, downloaded the xp certified  driver from Matrox and try installing that in safe mode.

Reboot another BSOD so I thought sod it I need to reinstall anyway so a quick ntbackup to my NAS of my documents and other important settings and then started the reinstallation process.

With that finally done and the machines onboard gfx disabled and the only other gfx adapter being my G550 it all went well.

Installed the certified driver and hooked up both monitors via their digital connections, remember to do this with the machine off and then power on, then got stuck I couldn’t get a display on the second monitor that is until I checked the option to extend my windows desktop.

That’s all there is to it basically.

I can see that 3 monitors would be good as well.

Andy Moore Mobile Plugin Patch

After I installed Andys great mobile plugin I found out that when you go into the option for the plugin there is no default category for mobile posting if your site is running WordPress 2.3.1 as they appear to have changed some of the mysql tables.

I changed his code to make it work.

You need to change the global $wpdb; portion of the code.

Here is the file detailing the patch: mobile-plugin-patch

I’m sure it possible to detect which version of wordpress you are using and alter this accordingly but I’ve just done this quick and dirty hack for me.

Baby Cisco

Took delivery this morning of 2 Linksys SPA942 IP Phones.

As Linksys is now part of Cisco they look very similiar to Cisco IP Phones but at a much lower price point.

I still need to install my VOIP PBX but having these may now urge me on to do that.

I also have an HP Voice Messenger mobile phone with wifi that I want to use in my VOIP setup so will be documenting that as well.

Linksys SPA942