Pman's Lab

Just another IT lab


Gradle Exec: a problem occurred starting process command

Recently I started working with Gradle and I’m learning more about it as I’m working on real use cases. While working on a simple task (using a Windows machine), I came across an error message and obviously I turned to the internet to find out the fix/root cause.  I did come across a few resources reporting…

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Windows 10 Preview: How to remove Start Menu and bring back Start Screen like Windows 8

This is a review of Windows 10 which was released recently for technical preview. One of the new features of Windows 10 is the return of “Start Menu”. But what if you don’t want to use “Start Menu” anymore? What if you’re used to “Start Screen” introduced by Windows 8?


Introduction to creating custom reports for SCCM 2012

Getting into creating customized reports for SCCM 2012 and found this series of instruction/demo to be very helpful. At the end of this series, you’ll have a nice dashboard showing software updates in your organization managed by Microsoft SCCM. Creating a Custom Report for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager – Part 1 Creating a Custom…

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Silent deployment of SCSP Agent using SCCM 2012

Planning on deploying Symantec’s CSP agent to your workstations? This post might save you time if your installation is keep failing with error code 1603


Locating cause of MSI error code 1603

Automating software installation is fun. Sometimes it can be frustrating. This post is about a common MSI error code (1603) and how to locate the root cause of the installation failure.


Secrets of setting up BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio)

BIDS (Business Intelligence Development Studio) has obviously gone through changes as newer versions of Microsoft’s SQL Server became available. Recently I had to work on setting up BIDS on some workstations, which were going to be used for development purpose. It didn’t seem complicated, at first. As I was preparing to work on this, it became…

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Hello world!

Hello world indeed!! Decided to update the site. It was long overdue. Haven’t been able to focus on this as much as I would’ve liked. Hopefully, I can post here on a regular basis now. I guess time will tell