How to disable tab previews in Microsoft Edge

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The tab preview feature in Microsoft Edge displays a thumbnail glance of an open tab on mouse-over. The thumbnail preview can obstruct features like the bookmarks bar, the address bar, and the forward, back and refresh buttons.There is no standard setting exists to disable tab preview from Microsoft Edge Browser, we can make those settings affected tweaking the windows registry.

To access the Windows 10 registry, type Regedit into the Cortana search box, and click Regedit Run command under Best match.

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In Registry Editor, click Edit in the file menu, and select Find.

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In the Find what field, input TabbedBrowsing as one word, then click the Find Next button.

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Right-click on TabbedBrowsing, click New, then choose DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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Change the DWORD value called as NewValue value from #1 to #0 and rename it as TabPeekEnabled. Select base value as “Hexadecimal”
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Close the registry window and open Microsoft Edge Browser , now tab previews will no longer be displayed.

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How to create Mozilla Firefox Application Package ?

This blog is intended to package a  third party application(Mozilla Firefox) via scripting language and deploy using system center 2012 configuration manager application deployment manager. This blog consists of step by step process to create a third party application.

We are creating the application for Required deployment of Mozilla Firefox via SCCM . In the required scenario, an application will be deployed in software center and will automatically installed once the user logged-on the installation will be silent.If the application is running it will silently fail’s in software center and will again check to install based on the “Application Deployment Evaluation Cycle”.

Steps to create Mozilla Firefox Package

  • Download the Installation file for multi-lingual languages as (Dutch, French, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, Italian)
  • Create a file to import user data and set default homepage.
  • Disable auto-update functionality.
  • Script Wrapper.

1) Create a working folder for saving the files into (ex: C:\Package\Mozilla_Firefox_Req)

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2) Download the installation file from location:https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/all/

3) Create a new text file called “Override.ini” and copy in the following location and should have this content as

[XRE]

EnableProfileMigrator=false

4) Create a new text file called “local-settings.js” and copy in the following location and should have this content as

pref(“general.config.obscure_value”, 0);

pref(“general.config.filename”, “mozilla.cfg”);

5) Create a new text file called “Mozilla.cfg” and copy in the following location and should have this content as

//Firefox Default Settings

// disable default browser check

 pref(“browser.shell.checkDefaultBrowser”, false);

pref(“browser.startup.homepage _override.mstone”,”ignore”);

// disable application updates

lockPref(“app.update.auto”, false);

lockPref(“app.update.enabled”, false);

// disables the ‘know your rights’ button from displaying on first run

pref(“browser.rights.3.shown”, true);

// disables the request to send performance data from displaying

 pref(“toolkit.telemetry.prompted”, 2);

 pref(“toolkit.telemetry.rejected”, true);

6) Create a new text file called “Install.cmd” and copy in the following location and should have this content as

for /f “tokens=4” %%a in (‘reg query “HKLM\ SOFTWARE\ Mozilla\Mozilla Firefox” /v CurrentVersion’) do set result_locale=%%a

for/f “tokens=4” %%a in (‘reg query “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Wow6432Node\Mozilla\ Mozilla Firefox” /v CurrentVersion’) do set result_locale=%%a

set result_val=%result_locale%

If “%result_val%” NEQ “” set check=%result_val:~1,2%

If “%result_val%” EQU “” set check=none

Rem Checking for all languages

if %check%==nl (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_nl.exe” -ms)

if %check%==fi (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_fi.exe” -ms)

if %check%==fr (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_fr.exe” -ms)

if %check%==de (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_de.exe” -ms)

if %check%==it (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_it.exe” -ms)

if %check%== es (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_es.exe” -ms)

if %check%== pt (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0_pt.exe” -ms)

if %check%==en (“%~dp0Firefox Setup 28.0.exe” -ms)

REM Install Firefox 28.0 in Silent mode

REM Install 32-bit customisations

 if exist “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0override.ini” “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\”

 if exist “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\Browser\” copy /Y “%~dp0override.ini” “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\Browser\”

 if exist “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0mozilla.cfg” “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\”

 if exist “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0local-settings.js” “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref”

REM Install 64-bit customisations

if exist “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0override.ini” %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\”

if exist “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\Browser\” copy /Y “%~dp0override.ini” “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\Browser\”

if exist “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0mozilla.cfg” “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\”

if exist “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\” copy /Y “%~dp0local-settings.js” “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\pref”

7) Create a new text file called “Uninstall.cmd” and copy in the following location and should have this content as

if exist “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall” cd “%programfiles%\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall”

if exist “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall” cd  “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Mozilla Firefox\uninstall”

helper.exe /S

8) Copy the Firefox install file, override.ini, mozilla.cfg, local-settings.js , install.cmd and uninstall.cmd to your software package share

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How to enable SSH on ESXi via VSphere client and CLI

For remote troubleshooting or other stuff, you can enable SSH on your VMware ESXi 5.5 host. You can do this on the VMware ESXi host itself or you can do this directly from the VMware vSphere Client as well as using CLI commands as well. Let have a look one by one.

1) On the vSphere Client click on the configuration tabESx-1.png

2) Click on Security Profile , open the Properties tab so you can see the Security Profile properties and the Remote Access servicesesx-2

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Select the SSH Service and click on Options. This will open up a new Windows where you can start the SSH service for your VMware ESXi 5.5 host and also set the startup properties.

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Try to access your VMware vSphere ESXi host via SSH. If you have any problems to connect you should check the firewall policy as below.esx-5

Enable SSH by ROOT and Connecting via CLI

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2) Have a backup of ssh config file as rename the file as sshd_config.origroot1.png

3) Open the ssh config file and edit the file and change the value of PermitRootLogin no to PermitRootLogin yesroot2.png

4) Now restart the ssh service by giving the command in the console as

#service sshd restart 

For more details : https://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp?topic=%2Fcom.vmware.vcli.getstart.doc%2Fcli_jumpstart.3.6.html

PowerShell Utility (OutLook Talk)

I have been wondering can we able to become more productive by reducing and managing the IT folk time utilization ? One day a thought came what is the first and most time-consuming activity for IT folks.

In my opinion , if we are an Engineer –> Support Engineer –> System Admin –> Manager , we all will start our day with checking mail . And in case if we are from support group we have hell lot of mail to read and reply. Here I got a break can I have some tools which can help to minimize my daily effort by reading and viewing mail.

I thought to come up with a tool which can help to tell me how many unread mail I got in a day and where I can read and view them , even I have a bad day when Outlook got crash 🙂

Download tool from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/rxz50ljl9dz8641/OutllookTalk.rar?dl=0

1) Open the Zip file and extract it, once you Open the folder you can able to view .exe application.

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2) Launch the OutlookTalkModule application  , click “Speak” button. The tool will fetch all the current mailbox folder available and configured with “Outlook” Application . It could be official and personal mailbox configured as well.

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3) The tool will speak loud all the mailbox folder along with the number of unread mail.

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4) The tool has capabilities to only read your mail with respective mailbox folder and subfolder , only view your mail with respective mailbox folder and subfolder and both read and view your mail with respective mailbox folder and subfolder.

Choose the radio button , then choose respective mailbox folder from where you would like to read or view the mail.

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I will choose Folder as \\MayukhRastogi and Sub-Folder as “Patching” and I would like to only view the mail  I will select the checkbox as “View Mail” and click “Proceed”.

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5) Once we click “Proceed ” button we see a new tabbed window will be visible and we can view the mail.

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Author Note : If the viewer is interested in this tool and would like to leverage it or customize it. Feel free to comment below with your email address I would be loving to share the source code 🙂

Application Packaging Software / Tools

There are a variety of tools available to manage application and package or re-package the executable installer files.I am going to discuss few popular tools available and used by IT folks.

1) Admin Studio by Flexera Software, among the most popular tool available its a complete suite , to create an MSI installer “Installshield” is used to customize your executable with custom settings . Tools have capabilities to manage App-V, ThinApp, ACT and numerous more. AdminStudio provides enterprise IT teams with the most advanced application packaging tools to efficiently prepare reliable application packages for software deployment with a complete set of automated MSI packaging, customization, testing and reporting capabilities.

For feature and free trial version visit  :  http://www.flexerasoftware.com/enterprise/products/application-packaging/adminstudio/

2)Wise Package Studio by Symantec , was a leader in the market for decades but Symantec has put an end to this product 😦

Wise Package Studio is a software management solution that supports the needs of application integration teams. Wise Package Studio provides a complete set of tools to support every phase of the application integration lifecycle, including repackaging, package quality assurance, and release management.

3) PACE Suit by Infopulse , Repackage any existing installation into Windows Installer or a virtual format. PACE Suite provides an easy-to-use and powerful repackaging tool.

For feature and free trial version visit : http://pacesuite.com/features/

4) EMCO MSI Package Builder by EMCO Software , It is an installation authoring tool designed to help administrators to create, maintain and distribute Windows Installer packages. It can be used to create MSI packages easily, to modify existing installations and to repackage setups from the EXE to MSI format. The application is available in the following editions.

For feature and free version visit : http://emcosoftware.com/msi-package-builder

5) Advanced Installer by Caphyon , installer simplifies the process of building Windows Installer packages by providing a very easy to use, high-level interface to the underlying technology. The program implements all the Windows Installer rules and follows all the advised best practices.

For feature and free version visit:  http://www.advancedinstaller.com/features.html