Technical

Windows 8 Missing “Manage Wireless Networks”

Go ahead, look. It’s not there. I recently installed Windows 8 on my work laptop and needed to add a manual wireless connection for a client. Adding the connection works just as it did in Windows 7, no problem. I missed a setting when I set up the connection, though, so it didn’t work and the connection wasn’t listed in Windows 8 list of available connections for me to modify the properties. I needed to access what used to be the Manage Wireless Networks screen to modify the properties and get it to work, but since that isn’t available I did some searching on command line tools for managing wireless networks.

Although I didn’t find a command to magically open the “Manage Wireless Networks” screen (thinking it may still be on the OS just not linked to anywhere), I did find some commands that helped me thanks to a post on Windows7Hacker.com.

To list the profiles and see if the one you need to access is there, run the following from a command prompt:  netsh wlan show profile

To delete a profile so you can manually enter it again, run the following:  netsh wlan delete profile “Your Profile Name”

Now you can again manually create the connection, this time choosing the right settings (in my case :)).

Another option would be to delete the wireless adapter and re-add it, but that removes all of the profiles so you need to re-add everything you had configured previously for other networks.

Mobile, SharePoint, Technical

SharePoint Fest 2012 Recap

SharePoint Fest Denver was a week ago now and I’m finally finding time to post this recap. It was a great event, especially for Neudesic. We had our Portals & Collaboration and Mobility GM’s in town to represent both practices and they each had a great experience. On the mobility side, Simon Guest was promoting SlingShot, which is a mobile solution for interacting with SharePoint data. Pretty slick, if you ask me. Check it out on GitHub if you’re interested (it’s free!)

I was also impressed by the interest in the sessions presented by Neudesic:

  • Ken Mears did a session on PowerView and some customization options that was well received.
  • Bart McDonough did a client side coding session that was in the large room and very well attended.
  • Jacob Wilson (link not available) did a session on SQL 2012 and looked at PowerView from the perspective of end users and reporting using semantic models
  • I did two sessions, links below. Both were great experiences for me and, I hope, the attendees as well. Everyone I talked to had nothing but positive feedback, despite my second session being rushed near the end.

Web Templates Overview (And here is the Clean Web Template I promised)
Yes, Records Management IS Possible in SharePoint 2010!

All in all, a great experience for me, the consultants at Neudesic who attended and presented, Neudesic as a whole, and attendees! Can’t wait for next year!