Author: David Shelley

DirSync on a Domain Controller – Now you Can…

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The Active Directory Sync tool [DirSync] can now be installed on an Active Directory Domain Controller (DC).  You must fist have to install version 6553.0002 or newer. The process of installing DirSync on a DC is mostly the same as for deploying it normally. Keep in mind that the administrator installing the tool will need to log-off and log-on again after the Installation Wizard is complete and before the Configuration Wizard is run. This additional step of logging off and logging back in is necessary to ensure that the Directory Sync tool is installed using the least privileges possible on the DC.

If you forget to follow the above process, the Configuration Wizard will return an “Constraint Violation Error” error. If you face this error, simply log off and log in again and you will be able to proceed. Note that the recommendation is still to deploy DirSync on a member server rather than a DC as it will install FIM 2010 R2 SP1 and SQL Server 2012 Express SP1 by default, which can add overhead to your DC.

Outlook For Mac Gets a New Look | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Outlook-for-macMicrosoft rolled out a new version of Outlook for Mac users. Outlook has a fresh new look to the inbox as well as updates to the performance and reliability. You will get a consistent experience on you PC, web and mobile devices, as well as a new threading model that will make your email less of a hassle. Office 365 will be provided to commercial and consumer customers at no extra cost. To boot Microsoft also announced that there will be a new version of Office for Mac users next year as well that will include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. For more information click on this Link.

OS X Yosemite Helpful Tricks And Tips | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

If you have updated your Mac desktop to Apple’s latest free upgrade OS X Yosemite, here are a few tips and tricks to navigate with ease.

  • Sign a PDF using your trackpad- open the PDF document, go to tool bar, click on annotate, signature, then manage signature.
  • Switch to Dark Mode will change your grey menu bar to black. Go to System Preferences, General and select “Use dark menu bar and Dock.”
  • Screen share within the messaging app by clicking on “Details” on the upper right corner then select “screen share”.
  • Find Movie showtimes and locations with Spotlight
  • Create a personal Wi-Fi hotspot
  • View all open tabs in Safari

You can do all of the above and much much more. For more information click on this link.

Beware of Malvertising!! | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Last week malvertising also known as malicious advertising made it’s way onto popular websites such as Yahoo finanace, Fantasy Sports sites,,, and The malvertising was discovered by  Proofpoint and had an impact on visitors who were potentially exposed to this malvertising. The sites themselves were not compromised but the malvertising ads were able to push their way through three major advertising networks and exchanges. The ads were impersonating legitimate ads such as Microsoft  Bing, Fancy and Case Logic. If your computer has outdated plug-ins the malvertising ad puts a ransonware program called CryptoWall 2.0 on the user’s computer. Then you are asked to pay a ransom in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. These attacks received about $25,000.00 a day in Bitcoin. For more information on this blog click on this link.

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

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Have the ability of signing in once for all web-based applications is valuable.  All we have is passwords for everything, email, personal and business applications, document shares…. The number of Web services will only increase, and keeping them all straight and secure things s only going to get worse. Trying to manage all these individual passwords is a major problem for security. Many end users cope by re-using their passwords, which exposes all sorts of security holes. One solution is a single sign-on (SSO) tool to automate the logins of enterprise applications and also beef up password complexity, without taxing end users to try to remember dozens of different logins. What is exciting is that there are several products now combine both cloud-based software as a service logins with local desktop Windows logins, and add improved two-factor authentication and smoother federated identity integration.

VisionTek’s Latest Thumb Drive | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

visiontek thumbdriveOn Thursday VisionTek announced their new SSD pocket sized storage device. This new thumb drive has a ton of useful features like:

  • Comes in two capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB
  • LSI SandForce Controller enabling read speeds of up to 455 MB/s and write speeds up to 440 MB/s
  • Comes with USB 3.0 connector, giving you faster file transfers when connected to a PC’s USB 3.0 Port
  • Encased in aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Plays host to a copy of Window 8 or higher
  • and much much more

For more information on this new gadget click on this link.

Troubleshooting Lync for Mac Sign-in Fails with Apple OSX Yosemite | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

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There is a known issue with Lync clients with new Apple OS called Yosemite.  The Lync for Microsoft Office 2011 (with Office 365 or Lync on premise) no longer will sign in, the potential fix is listed below.

Primary Symptom: when you attempt to log into Lync, it appears to sign you in just fine, but after briefly displaying your Lync contacts, it immediately signs you out and gives you a generic error message that either the server is unavailable or some unknown error has occured.

Recommended Resolution:

  • Make sure you have all Mac for Office updates and are running the very latest updates
  • Go into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language from “English-Primary” (or whatever the language is set to) to “English-US”
  • Reboot
  • Go back into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language back to “English-Primary”
  • Reboot
  • Open Lync and you should be able to log in just fine this time

Apples New iMac with Retina 5K Display | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

imac-27-inch-retinaApple has announced their new 27 inch iMac with 5k retina display, iMac Mini, along with two new tablets today. The new iMac has 67 percent more pixels than the 4k iMac. You can purchase this new computer on the apple website for $2,499 for a 3.5GHZ quad-core Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of memory, 1TB fusion drive, and much more. For more information on this product click on this link.

Apple unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ipad-air-2-and-ipad-mini-3Today Apple introduced the new thinnest tablet on the market, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. These latest iPads come in three different colors silver, grey, and gold. The iPad Air 2 will start pricing at $499 for a 16GB Wifi version and $399 for the iPad Mini 3. Both tablets feature the Touch ID finger scanner. You can pre-order today October 17, and will start shipping at the end of next week. So hurry and get your iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 now!!

Apple OSX 10.10 aka Yosmite Launch Date | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Apple plans to launch its latest OSX 10 aka Yosmite operating system October 21, 2014.  Once again expect this to be a free update to your current OSX.  Apple is known for being a hardware vendor and releasing their updates for free.  Its also mentioned that the version of the OSX will take its queues from the latest iOS update streaming Apples products to look similar from one product to the next.  AirDrop is expected to work on this version of the operating system as well.  iCloud is also expected to reside in finder making it easier to store your files and documents in the cloud.