Windows Storage Spaces

So I decided to build server 2016 about 3 months ago on a physical machine, seeing as though my other machines were Windows 10. I had a stack of hard drives and thought I’d use it for a storage server/NAS box. Then I decided to use it as a desktop machine. To cut a long story short, as much as 2016 works pretty well as a desktop, seeing as though it’s similar to W10, there were a few reasons that made me want to move back to W10.

But… I’d put in a few drives, set up storage spaces (it’s really easy) and as I was re-installing an OS (onto a different SSD as well), I cleared down everything on the drives and moved elsewhere, stupidly deleting some stuff that I thought I’d copied off in the midst, but doing so because I couldn’t find a straight answer whether the virtual drive I’d created within Storage Spaces, would carry to another OS. Most people said no. Most people were wrong.

Rebuilt with W10, lo and behold, my drives pop up, exactly the same, sans the files I’d deleted (Dammnit!).

So, moral of the story? Shifting from W10 to/from 2016 is probably going to keep your files, but I still probably wouldn’t risk it! 😉

Horizon View Client Install – Windows

And now for something completely different.

I mean, now for the Horizon View Windows Install!

Download the Horizon View Client from the following site:


Now, you may not want USB redirection (or it may not work) and also it’s environment dependent whether you want to Log in as current user.


Enter your Default connection server


Continuing on from if you chose to log in as current user


Run the app, log in and go forth!

Outlook 2016 freezing when previewing Excel attachments (Windows 10)

Historically, I would have had this problem and resolved it via the following:

Me: Good morning end user who calls ten times a day, what’s the issue?

Them: There’s a problem with my system.

Me: … What part of the ‘system’?

Them: Email.

Me: You can’t send email, or…?

Them: Yeah, email system just isn’t working and hasn’t been for days

Me: Ok, well no-one has reported this, I’ll get one of the FIRST LINE guys to call you back, I’m making server magic here.

Them: No, I need it fixed now. I can’t work and haven’t been able to work for days!

Me: Ok, no worries. I’ll get one of the guys to come down right now.

And then forget about it, until the guy I sent down is having a panic attack and quite possibly may have been bodily harmed, so google it and get it fixed.

Now, I’ve had this issue for months. I go, oh, excel preview freezes! I hate excel! (and I do) and just save the attachment. Then I decided I’d had enough and googled it. Stupid Excel.

Dead easy – go into settings -> mouse and touchpad settings (or Type ‘Mouse’ or however you get there – I still get lost)  – Turn off ‘Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them’


Aside from the creative license in my conversation – I genuinely had, on a regular, repeated basis from the same people, the same opener and continued insistence that the ‘System’ isn’t working for a multitude of different things… Along with, I can’t log in. It won’t let me login. It doesn’t like my password. Oh it’s turned on now I can log in.

Don’t get me started.