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Change iTunes/iCloud/App Store old E-mail Account

AppleID 'Just works'

Until it doesn't...

Right now I'm dealing with my Father, like so many before him, with the inevitable issue of a changed Email address. The problem resides with old Apple devices set up with the old iTunes/iCloud email account that doesn't automatically update to the new AppleID when changed. 
For example, we have one iPad setup with family@oldmail.com which has been transitioned to family@newmail.com. This worked honky-dory until updates became an issue as of tonight. TVNZ OnDemand had a big update to enable streaming of New Zealand TV Shows and newer content (This app is equivalent of poor-mans Netflix). As such THE IPAD NEEDS IT NOW!! (Like all clients, right sysadmins?)

And of course no-one seems to understand these steps when you tell them how to fix it. Why? 
Because it's daft that such a system that syncs magically over the air can't manage to change the ID to an account when it's changed or updated... 
The best part about this is you can't remove the old account until you log in as well... 

How to fix old linked AppleIDs step by step:

De-register the new AppleID

Yes.. That's right.. You have to go back to your old ID..

  • Head over to My Apple ID
  • Click on 'Manage your Apple ID'
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  • Sign in with your new email address/current Apple ID
  • Change/update your password as needed if asked
  • When My Apple ID screen comes up, click 'edit' under 'Apple ID and Current Email'
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  • Enter in your old AppleID/Old Email address and click save i.e. family@oldmail.com
  • Don't worry about the verification email as it won't matter.
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De-register old AppleID on old devices

  • For each device with the old user name go to Settings > iCloud
  • Scroll right down the bottom and press 'Sign Out'
  • If asked sign out with your old email (family@oldmail.com) 
  • Use your current password (password for AppleID: family@newmail.com)

  • Go back to Settings, and go into iTunes & App Store
  • Press on your AppleID at the top of the page
  • Press 'Sign Out'
  • If asked sign out with your old email (family@oldmail.com) 
  • Use your current password (password for AppleID: family@newmail.com)


Register 'New' AppleID Email

  • If you've signed out, log back into My Apple ID 
    • If asked you will have to use family@oldmail.com
  • Again, click on 'edit' for primary email, and change it to the 'new-old' email address i.e. family@newmail.com
  • Click save
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  • Check your new email address for the verification email from apple
  • Click on the link to verify the 'new' Email address account
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Register New AppleID on old devices

  • For each device which you have de-registered your old account
  • Go to Settings > iTunes & App Store
  • Log in with family@newmail.com
  • Use current password
  • Go back to Settings, then go into Settings > iCloud
  • Log in with family@newmail.com
  • Use current password
Congratulations, You've now moved your old device's AppleID to the new current AppleID or email that you call home.
Hope this helps...

^Trancendence
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Deploy .Net (Dot Net) 4.5.1 via GPO

.Net sadly is used in the most random programs and as such becomes a boon when installing programs on the network after you realise its a prerequiste that isn't included with the installer you're dealing with. Luckily it's easy to get deployed on a network! ..not..

As per norm I have supplied the MSI+MST for download.


Needed:
.Net 4.5.1 Standalone Installer
InstEd
7-Zip

 

Direct EXEdownload link

.Net 4.5.1 Standalone Installer (66.8MB)
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/6/7/167F0D79-9317-48AE-AEDB-17120579F8E2/NDP451-KB2858728-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe

InstEd 1.5.15.26 (4.38MB)
http://www.instedit.com/download2.html?file=InstEd-1.5.15.26.msi

7-Zip 9.20 (1.07MB)
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/sevenzip/7-Zip/9.20/7z920.msi

 

Transforms that need to be made:
CA_BlockDirectInstall = False


Steps:

First download and install 7-Zip. Then once the .Net 4.5.1 Offline installer .exe has been downloaded, right click on it, 7-Zip > Extract to 'C:\DotNet\'

With the extracted contents, run a CMD window and run this command:

msiexec /a "c:\DotNet\netfx_full_ldr_x86.msi" EXTUI=1 TARGETDIR="C:\AIP"

Make sure InstEd is installed, go to 'C:\AIP' and right click on 'NetFx_Full_LDR_x86.msi' and click 'InstEd It!'

In the menu of InstEd, click Transform > New Transform save the Transform as 'DotNet.mst' then open up the InstallExecuteSequence Table.

Edit “CA_BlockDirectInstall” to equal “False”, then in the Menu 'File' > 'Save'.

After this is done, copy all the contents of the 'AIP' folder to your deployment server's 'Dot Net' Folder. Sadly I havent been able to find a way around the MSIFileHash table to remove the localization lanuages so all the folders have to be copied...


Apply the Policy

Once that’s all done and you’ve generated/saved your Transform to the network shared "Dot Net" folder, load up Microsoft’s Group Policy Management console and right click on the Organisational Unit (OU) that you’ve added your network computers to and select “Create a GPO…”

Name the policy “Dot Net 4.5.1” or whatever you would like it to be named, then under: “Computer Configuration – Policies – Software Settings – Software Installation”

Right click in the right hand window, or on the software installation icon and choose “New… - Package”. Find the "Dot Net" folder you put on your server and select the .MSI and choose “Advanced” as the deployment method.

Once the panel opens up, go to the Modifications tab and select Add. Locate your 'DotNet.MST' Transform and click Ok. The package will now be loaded into MS GPO and you can exit out of the window as it is already saved.

 

Direct MSI+MST Download:

Dot NET 4.5.1 + MST (170.79MB):
http://www.mediafire.com/download/bzm8w3g2jkjn6a8/MS%20Dot%20Net%204.5.1.zip

 

Tips:

To find out what version of .NET is installed under Regedit check out “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP” the versions are listed as a subkey in the 'Version' entry. The 'Version' entry is under the Client or Full subkey (under NDP).

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Deploy Google Chrome (for Business/Enterprise) via GPO

Google Chrome is becoming the standard in business providing big speedups, apps, all the while keeping up to date with HTML5 & CSS3 as well.

Down the bottom I have supplied the MSI+MST for download.


Needed:

Google Chrome for Business EXE
Google Chrome ADM/ADMX Templates


Direct download links:

Google Chrome for Business MSI (35.3MB)
https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/business/browser/admin/thankyou.html?msi=true

Google Chrome for Business ADM/ADMX Templates (5.7MB)
http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip


Steps:

After you have downloaded the MSI and ADM/ADMX templates, move the files to a network accessable folder. Once done, open up Group Policy.

Create a new Group Policy by right clicking on an OU (Prefereably a test workstation OU). Click “Create and Link a GPO Here..”

Call the GPO “Install Google Chrome Enterprise”

In the Group Policy Object Editer, open 'Computer configuration' > 'Software Settings' > 'Software Installation'. In the white space on the right hand side, right click > 'New' > 'Package'

Find where you stored the “Google Chrome Enterprise.msi” and open it. Choose Advanced rather than Assigned, then click Ok. In here Feel free to change the name of the file, or check anything you want to. Afterwards choose 'Ok'.

You Should now see Google Chrome sitting there ready to be installed and managed.


Administrative Templates:

Extract the ADM/ADMX policy files downloaded from Google/the above link.

To install the Administrative Templates, in Group Policy Object Editor, under 'Computer Configuration' > 'Administrative Templates' right click on 'Administrative Templates'. Choose 'Add/Remove Templates'. With the panel that pops up click on 'Add...' down the bottom left. Sifting through to the ADM/ADMX files that were downloaded, choose the right language for you and the right format.

I chose 'Policy_templates' > 'Windows' > 'adm' > 'en-us' > chrome.adm

Once selected click okay and close the add/remove templates panel. The new templates will now be avaliable under:

'Computer Configuration' > 'Administative Templates' > 'Google' > 'Google Chrome'

'Computer Configuration' > 'Administative Templates' > 'Google' > 'Google Chrome – Default Settings'


'Google Chrome' is the backend settings for chrome and 'Google Chrome – Default Settings' is user-defined settings that can be overridden by the user.

Be warned. There is A LOT of policies that can be applied so have fun! After the policies are set, exit out of the editor and try it out on a test machine!

 

Direct MSI+ADM/ADMX Template Download:

Version 31.0.1650.63:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/d4uaasqlrw6ny5y/Google%20Chrome%20Enterprise%2031.0.1650.63.zip

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Deploying Google Earth Through GPO

Google earth is an awesome program that can let you zip around the world in seconds. Down the bottom I have supplied the MSI+MST for download.


Needed:

Google Earth EXE
InstedIt or Orca
7-Zip


Direct EXEdownload link

Google Earth 7.2 (24.2MB)
http://dl.google.com/earth/client/advanced/current/GoogleEarthWin.exe

InstEd 1.5.15.26 (4.38MB)
http://www.instedit.com/download2.html?file=InstEd-1.5.15.26.msi

7-Zip 9.20 (1.07MB)
http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/sevenzip/7-Zip/9.20/7z920.msi


Steps:

First download and install 7-Zip. Then once the Google Earth .exe has been downloaded, right click on it, 7-Zip > Extract to “GoogleEarthWin\”

In the extracted GoogleEarthWin\ delete everything apart from:

 

Folder – LocalAppData
Folder - program files
File – 1033.mst
File – Google Earth.msi
File – Setup.ini


Transforms that need to be made:

Once downloaded all that needs to be changed is to disable updates/pop-ups for updates.

Using a program such as Orca or InstEd (www.instedit.com/download) edit the Property table to have the following (Right click > InstEd It!):

 

ALLUSERS = 1
AgreeToLicense = Yes
INSTALLTOOLBARNOW = 0
ISCHECKFORPRODUCTUPDATES = 0
LAUNCHPROGRAM = 0
LAUNCHTOOLBAR = 0
ProductLanguage = 1033

 

Within InstEd, on the menu, click Tables > Summary Info...
Under 'Languages:' clear out everything, but leave 1033
Then click File > Save


Remove Shortcuts

If you don't want a desktop shortcut, go to the Shortcut table and delete (right click > Delete Row(s)) “googleearth.exe1”

If you don't want an uninstall Start Menu shortcut, go to the Shortcut table and delete (right click > Delete Row(s)) “UNINST_Uninstall_Google_Earth11” and “UNINST_Uninstall_Google_Earth1”


Apply the Policy

Once that’s all done and you’ve generated/saved your Transform to the network shared "Google Earth" folder, load up Microsoft’s Group Policy Management console and right click on the Organisational Unit (OU) that you’ve added your network computers to and select “Create a GPO…”

Name the policy “Google Earth” or whatever you would like it to be named, then under: “Computer Configuration – Policies – Software Settings – Software Installation”

right click in the right hand window, or on the software installation icon and choose “New… - Package”. Find the "Google Earth" folder you put on your server and select the .MSI and choose “Advanced” as the deployment method.

Once the panel opens up, go to the Modifications tab and select Add. Locate your Transform and click Ok. The package will now be loaded into MS GPO and you can exit out of the window as it is already saved.

 

Direct MSI+MST Download:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/8wf3apdzymzufh7/Google+Earth.zip

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Deploying Adobe Flash Through GPO

Adobe Flash is a necessary evil nowadays, but until it is phased out with HTML 5, thankfully, deployment is relatively painless. Direct download for the MSI+MST is down the bottom.

 

To download the latest version head to: http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html
At the time of writing the latest version is 11.9.900.170.

 

Direct MSI download link

Windows IE:
http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_11_active_x.msi

Windows Plugin based browsers (Chrome, Firefox e.t.c):
http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_11_plugin.msi

 

Transforms needed to be made

Once downloaded all that needs to be changed is to disable updates/pop-ups for updates.
Using a program such as Orca or InstEd (www.instedit.com/download) edit the Property table to have the following:

 

AgreeToLicense = Yes

ISCHECKFORPRODUCTUPDATES = 0

AutoUpdateDisable = 1

AutoUpdateInterval = -1

DisableProductDownload = 1

SilentAutoUpdateEnable = 1

 

Once that’s all done and you’ve generated/saved your Transform to the network shared "Adobe Flash" folder, load up Microsoft’s Group Policy Management console and right click on the Organisational Unit (OU)  that you’ve added your network computers to and select “Create a GPO…”

Name the policy “Adobe Flash” or whatever you would like it to be named, then under:

“Computer Configuration – Policies – Software Settings – Software Installation”

right click in the right hand window, or on the software installation icon and choose “New… - Package”. Find the "Adobe Flash" folder you put on your server and select the .MSI and choose “Advanced” as the deployment method.

Once the panel opens up, go to the Modifications tab and select Add. Locate your Transform and click Ok. The package will now be loaded into MS GPO and you can exit out of the window as it is already saved.

 

From the Adobe Manual:

AutoUpdateDisable

AutoUpdateDisable = [ 0, 1 ] (0 = false, 1 = true)

If this value is set to 0 (the default), Flash Player lets a user with admin rights enable or disable notification updates for all accounts on the machine in the Settings Manager.

Standard users, meaning users without admin rights, cannot change this setting for all accounts on the machine. Standard users can enable or disable notification update for their individual account. That is, you cannot use AutoUpdateDisable = 0 to prevent the user from disabling notification updates for their individual account.

If this value is set to 1, Flash Player disables notification updates.

Note: If this value is set to 1, or if the user disables notification updates, the AutoUpdateInterval, DisableProductDownload , and ProductDisabled options in this section are ignored. However, you can still use the SilentAutoUpdateEnable and SilentAutoUpdateVerboseLogging options because a standard user cannot disable background updates.

 

AutoUpdateInterval

AutoUpdateInterval = [ number of days ]

If this is a negative value (the default), Flash Player uses the notification update interval value specified in the Settings Manager. (If users don't make any changes with the Settings Manager, the default is every 7 days.) If this value is set to 0, Flash Player checks for an update every time it starts. If this is a positive value, the value specifies the minimum number of days between update checks.

 

DisableProductDownload

DisableProductDownload = [ 0, 1 ] (0 = false, 1 = true)

If this value is set to 0 (the default), Flash Player can install native code applications that are digitally signed and delivered by Adobe. Adobe uses this capability to deliver Flash Player updates through the developer-initiated Express Install process, and to deliver the Adobe Acrobat Connect screen-sharing functionality. If this value is set to 1, these capabilities are disabled.

However, if you want to enable some but not all product downloads, set this value to 0 (or omit it) and then use the ProductDisabled option to specify which product downloads are not permitted.

 

SilentAutoUpdateEnable

SilentAutoUpdateEnable = [ 0, 1 ] (0 = false, 1 = true)

Availability: Flash Player 11.2 for Microsoft Windows, and Flash Player 11.3 for Macintosh

Enables a Flash Player update to install silently in the background with no user interaction. Installs both the ActiveX and plug-in players when appropriate. This type of update is called a Flash Player background update.

Standard users cannot disable background updates if they are enabled by an administrator. Depending on the type of browser, if the user has a browser open at the time of an update, the browser might not use the updated player immediately. The default value is 0 to disable background updates.

 

Direct Download:

AdobeFlash11.900ActiveX.zip
http://www.mediafire.com/download/cdpqyxow192r8x6/AdobeFlash11.900ActiveX.zip

 

AdobeFlash11.900Plugin.zip
http://www.mediafire.com/download/6axpw8jue7seqjo/AdobeFlash11.900Plugin.zip


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