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How to repair an App-V application

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  1. In Windows – click on the notification tray by the time.
  2. Double click on the Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) client
  3. You will be greeted with the Virtual Application Management dialog – press VIRTUAL APPS
  4. On the right hand side – under the progress bar select Repair
  5. This will start a Repair-AppvClientPackage script to repair & redeploy; the application back to the user.

Note: The repair will not work if the application process is running. Make sure it is fully closed in the Windows task manager before attempting the repair.

Reset Windows 7/8 Firewall to its default state

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Note: You need the rights to be able to run an elevated Command Prompt.

Windows 7

  1. Click Start
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Right click Command Prompt
  5. Select Run as Administrator
  6. In the command prompt type: netsh advfirewall reset
  7. Press Enter to reset your firewall rules to their default state

Windows 8

  1. Press the Windows key to open the charm interface
  2. Type in: command
  3. Right click Command Prompt
  4. Select Run as Administrator
  5. In the command prompt type: netsh advfirewall reset
  6. Press Enter to reset your firewall rules to their default state

How to create an SSH tunnel with PuTTY

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Open PuTTY

Create a new PuTTY session to the remote server

Enter in the server details

Save session

Click on Connection

Click on SSH and select Tunnels

In the source field enter the port you would like to forward. In the section below, select Dynamic and Auto.

Click Add

Go to the main PuTTY session dialog, and save the changes you have made.

Press Open to open your Putty session and login if it asks for the details.

Now you need to configure the application you are trying to tunnel

For example, in Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet Options, click Connections, Choose LAN Settings and change the proxy to localhost

(SOCKS5 as Proxy type if asked) and enter the port that you were forwarding into the port information.

Save and you should now be routing your traffic through the tunnel

Unix You can use the following command to enable an SSH Tunnel on a Linux machine: ssh -D localhost:PORT [email protected]

How to setup Virtual Desktops in Windows

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First you need a third party utility called – Dexpot. This utility is free for non-commercial use & can be obtained from:

  1. Once downloaded – run the installation file to install.
  2. Click Next & I Agree to accept the license agreement.
  3. Select Private Use for home use – if you are using this commercially you can select Commercial Use (30 day trial) and select next.
  4. Make sure the Destination folder is correct (default path is: C:Program Files (x86)Dexpot for 64bit machines) and select Next.
  5. Uncheck – I accept the Terms of the Tune-up Utilities box to prevent grey ware from being installed & select Next to actually start the installation process.
  6. Once installation has completed – Click Finish to launch Dexpot.
  7. On your Taskbar you will now have 4 Virtual Desktops – you can select each one to navigate back & forth between them.
  8. You are now running Virtual Desktops!

Dexpot Configuration

  1. In the notification tray – right click the Dexpot logo.
  2. Select Settings
  3. From here – you can adjust the number of concurrent Virtual Desktops running on your workstation from 2 to 20.
  4. You can also make it start during Windows start-up, configure applications to open in certain Virtual Desktops & set different Desktop icons for different Desktops.

How to get an Android mobile device on the Tor network

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Thankfully over the last few years – connecting securely & joining your workstations to the Tor network have become a lot easier – for both Linux & Windows clients. Now with a nifty little application called – Orbit you can easily traffic HTTP (port 80) traffic & other random Android application traffic through the Tor network. Follow the guide below to get your android device & applications running through the Tor network.

Note: This application needs root access for full functionality and is recommend.

  1. Open Play Store/Google Play on your android device.
  2. Search for: Orbot.
  3. Select – Orbot: Proxy with Tor (from The Tor Project) & install it to your Android device.
  4. Once installed – open Orbot.
  5. Up the top of the application – click Settings
  6. Make sure – Start Orbot on Boot is checked.
  7. Scroll down to Transparent Proxying & make sure Transparent Proxying is enabled – then check Tor Everything to make sure all your application#8217;s network traffic is directed to the Tor network.
  8. Now – scroll right to the bottom of the settings and make sure in the Debug area – Network Auto-Sleep is checked to reduce battery consumption.
  9. Go back to the main Orbot home screen and press the large silver power button to start proxying your traffic through the Tor network.

Note: You can confirm the traffic is being proxyed by monitoring the Download & Upload traffic on the bottom half of the Orbot screen.