Making a USB stick for boot with large files
Some of the Windows 10 ISOs these days have files that are larger than 4 GB on them - I first found this with Fall Creators Update (FCU) and also useful tools like Media Creation Tool will sometimes fail. When I hit this problem I couldn't find much help for building USB images, as opposed to having imaging servers. So whether you've got your ISO from the Windows 10 download site or Visual Studio (replacing MSDN) then here's how you can sort it. NB You'll still need some form of license / activation of course.
The reason that building the ISO on USB for UEFI will fail as that UEFI can't read NTFS (which can have large files) but needs FAT32 which has a 4 GB file limit. This hit me on the Surface Pro 4 but in theory could be a problem with many machines. Mount the ISO locallyFormat a blank USB with FAT32 - needed for UEFI boot (can’t use NTFS)copy all the files to the USB from the ISO. It will fail on copying
At work I'm now alternating between Windows 8.1 on a Dell and an Apple Macbook Air. As part of this I just want to switch one USB cable between machines when I switch, that is connected to a USB hub.
One of the things I've attached to my USB hub is a USB to Ethernet converter. The one I had was a no-name brand one which didn't work by default on Apple. Rather than trying to get it working on Apple (and being unstable from past experience) I just plugged in an Apple USB to Ethernet converter (part A1277). Worked fine on the Mac, no joy on the Dell.
Having a poke around the Dell could see what the hardware was fine, just couldn't find drivers. Now if you Google around you'll quickly see that it is an Asix chipset and people tell you to download their drivers and update drivers. Tried this, didn't work and more Googling said you can shoehorn them in by resigning, altering INF files etc. I've done this before but this just didn't seem right to me consideri…
I continue to be impressed by the direction that Rackspace is taking at the moment in regards to the cloud.
Today they announced that they are working with Akamai on distributing content through the cloud as reported through The Register here. On paper this seems to jump past the AWS from Amazon and their CloudFront service. CloudFront doesn't push anywhere near as deep into the network as what Akamai do. Of course I'm not going to write off Amazon though as they are innovating very quickly also.
The other big (huge??) thing that they are behind is OpenStack. I believe that the project has the ability to really tidy up in cloud management, and as a bonus it is open source. If it's good enough for NASA then perhaps it is good enough for others also. They worked with Rackspace to get OpenStack started because of dissatisfaction with open core model on another product (I could start a whole rant on open core here and how some people are using some real deception at the moment…