FWI Error cannot deploy to any of the player machines

Four Winds Interactive digital signage error.

When you make changes to the signage template in the Content Manager Desktop to change a video or other part of the display and receive the following error:

Error “Cannot deploy to any of the player machines. Check your network configuration or machine properties and deploy again”
Status: Player machine not configured.
FWI Error cannot deploy











Login to display connected player (Intel NUC) and open the Content Player Configuration.











Go to the Device tab – Advanced section – add a check mark in the box for “Allow player data to be access as a network share” and then click ok.


In red, you see the warning about opening a network share on the player. This is what allows the content manager desktop deployment manager to access and upload new files to the player.  You will then notice you can see the share that it creates called “Signage” by default.











In case you were wondering where those files being deployed to the signage were at – they are inside the share using the following path: shared folder called “Signage\Channels\(default)\Content”
On the device locally you can browse C:\Users\Public\Documents\Four Winds Interactive\Signage\Channels\(default)\Content

Now you can try to redeploy your updated changes to the signage device from your Content Manager Desktop.

SCDPM 2018 install error SQL mgmt tools not installed

How to fix the SCDPM 2018 install error SQL mgmt tools are not installed.  While installing SCDPM 2018 I received an error that the SQL mgmt tools were not installed even though I did install them.  Turns out, SCDPM version 1801 requires a specific version of the SQL mgmt tools or the install will fail.  See the video below for the fix.

How to install the Ring Video Doorbell Pro

It was time to update my house with some additional security features.
I researched several companies and settled on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.
Below is my complete video review (unboxing, installation, configuration and sample videos from my doorbell).

As you will see in the video – the installation was not complicated and I especially like being able to answer my door using my phone no matter where I am if someone comes to my house!

If you decide you want to have this for your own house – here’s a link to the one I bought and used in the above video review Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

In my next post, I’ll be reviewing the IP Security cameras that I’m currently in progress installing on the outside of my house.

How to change from frames to seconds in After Effects 2018

Recently Adobe installed an update and when I went into my After Effects project – the display timeline had changed to frames.  I was working on a new intro that was only 7-10 seconds long and it was easier to add/remove parts by using second markers.  As I’m somewhat new to After Effects, I did what most techies do – I googled how to change this back.  I found several people were asking the same question and I looked at many posts about how to fix this and none of them worked for me.

Here’s a video I made on how I fixed this for my scenario.  The short intro in this video was actually the original project I was trying to create when this frames to seconds problem happened.

DPM recover system drive disk space

How to recover space on your SCCM DPM 2012 server system C drive.

Open file explorer and browse to
C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Temp
Here you might see many .errlog files.

You can safely delete these .errlog files but first you need to investigate the most recent ones and take the appropriate actions.  If you need to recover space immediately then copy the most recent few logs to an alternate location and then you delete all of them on the DPM server.

How to setup password reset website Server 2012

If you want to have a password reset website for your users but don’t want to purchase a 3rd party solution – you can still do this using Microsoft 2012 Server.

How to setup a password reset website using Server 2012 RD Web

Choose a server to install this role. For my environment, I chose to use the print server.

1. Install RD Web Access from the Remote Desktop Services. Remote desktop to your server (I’m installing this on my print server) and open Server Manager.  Add Roles and Features – Next – Remote Desktop Services installation – Next.

2. Choose Standard deployment – Next.
Choose Session-based desktop deployment – Next.
On Role Services – Choose Next.

3. On Specify RD Connection Broker server – select your server – add it and choose Next.

4. On Specify RD Web Access server – Place a checkmark in the Install the RD Web Access role service and click Next.

5. On Specify RD Session Host servers – select your server – add it and choose Next.

6. Confirm your selections – place check mark in Restart the server and click Deploy.


7. When the server finishes restarting – Launch Server Manager and wait for it to complete. Once it completes, you will see a pop up regarding licensing mode.


In my experience, as long as you do not install the RD Licensing then the RD password reset website that we are going to configure next will continue to work after the 119 days.

Setting up the website and related configurations for domain password reset

8. Launch Server Manager – Tools – IIS Manager
Expand Sites – Default Website – RDWeb – Pages – then in the middle pane – open Application Settings.

9. Double click PasswordChangeEnabled and switch the value to true and click OK.

Now your Password reset website is enabled and you can test it by going to this address on your server: https://yourservername.domain.com/RDWeb/Pages/en-US/password.aspx

When someone needs to change their password I now send them this link and they can do it remotely.


Cisco Anyconnect VPN and Remote Desktop

  1. Open a web browser and go to http://connect.tamu.edu
  2. Under Group – click the drop down box and choose “tunnel_tamu_traffic” and then enter your NetID and password and click Login
  3. On the next page, click the Download button or the AnyConnect VPN blue hyperlink:
  4. Once the AnyConnect file downloads – open the location and double click to install:
  5. Click Next to continue with the install:
  6. Accept the license agreement and click Next:
  7. Click Install and when completed click Finish:

Part 2 – Configuring the VPN Connection for TAMU

  1. Now that VPN has been installed – click the start windows and scroll to “C” and find Cisco – Right click “Cisco Anyconnect” and choose “More” and “pin to taskbar” and this will place it on the taskbar for easier access in the future:
  2. Now click the Cisco Client in the taskbar to open VPN:
  3. In the box that pops up on the right, enter “connect.tamu.edu” into the white space area:
  4. Click connect.  In the next box that pops up enter your NetID and Password and click OK.  Wait for it to authenticate and if successful you will see a pad lock:
  5. You can also check by clicking the up arrow in the bottom right and hovering over the Cisco circle icon:

Part 3 – Connecting to your remote computer using remote desktop:

  1. Click start – scroll down to Windows Accessories – click Remote Desktop:
  2. Type in the IP address of your remote computer in the white space box and click Connect:
  3. In the box that pops up enter your credentials and click OK:
  4. In the identity box that pops up – check the name in the middle section for Certificate name = it should be something familiar to your remote connection name.  Example OfficeComputer or HomePC: