How to use a Soundbar without Audio from Television

Recently I bought a new soundbar for my Samsung television. I connected it with TOSLINK/SPDIF (digital audio) to my Samsung television. I didn’t like using the second remote control of the soundbar, so I used the “Learn” functionality from Yamaha to ‘learn’ the volume and power functions of my Samsung remote control. After a quick setup I found out that – of course – when you use the television remote to control the volume, both the television and soundbar will adjust to this. My Samsung television lacks the possibility to turn the audio off while still using the volume buttons.

After brainstorming I found a nice workaround for this. Just connect a headphone jack into the headphone output of the television. You can use the headphone jack of your old in-ears if you want. Now your television should think that you’re listening through the headphones instead of the television audio which will:

  • Enable you to control the volume of the television (and the soundbar – because of the ‘Learn’ functionality)
  • Audio will go through the soundbar and through the headphone jack.

This was a great workaround for me. Hope this helps you too.

Cheers.

2016 – What a Year!

2016 has been an amazing year for me. One of the biggest highlights was Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. With a group of 5 Avanade people we went to the conference to find out where Microsoft was working on for the last couple of months. I’m still convinced that I gain most knowledge on conferences like Ignite, because people from Microsoft present the latest innovations. Also a lot of features are planned to go Generally Available (GA) during events like this. I want to thank Avanade for this fantastic opportunity. After the conference, I went to Washington DC and New York to visit these cities which was very exciting.

This was also a year where I worked a lot with the Microsoft Azure platform. I passed the 70-533 and 70-534 exams around Q1 and worked on several projects with Azure. This will be an important skill for 2017 because of the strong adoption of Azure. As of 2016 I’ve been promoted to Consultant level within Avanade, which is a big opportunity for me to grow within the firm.

Right now I’m really close to finish the first year of a bachelor’s degree, which I worked on for the last couple of years. Pursuing a bachelor is really important to me on the long-term, because it’s something that currently lacks on my resume. It can be a limiting factor when I want to grow to a management position.

Thank you very much for reading my blog posts in 2016.

Happy New Year!

Azure – A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name

Some error outputs are not always useful. Especially when they make no sense for the issue you have.

Error message:

New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name ‘YOURPARAMETER’

Solution:

This error occurs because of at least the 2 following issues:

  • You didn’t specify a parameter for ‘YOURPARAMETER’ in your JSON template. That’s what the error says. If you forget to specify a parameter with the New-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment cmdlet, you’ll see a prompt to insert a value for that parameter. But if you add a paremeter like -Name “VM01” to the command while it’s not specified in the JSON template, you’ll see this error.
  • The JSON code you provided isn’t valid. Always validate your JSON code. You can use http://www.jsoneditoronline.org/, paste your code and look for the red “X” buttons after a line number.

Did you find another issue where this error occurs? Please let me know in the comments section.

Cheers!

Microsoft Ignite – Day 04 – 29-09-2016

Today I met Jeffrey Snover and had a lot of conversations with new IT Pro’s. That’s what I like about Ignite: connecting with Microsoft Experts and other IT Pro’s! Tonight is the Attendee Celebration at the Olympic Park. Tomorrow is the last day at Ignite and the conference will end at 14:00.

Below are the sessions I can recommend and followed today:

  • Understand Credential Security by Paula Januszkiewicz
    • If you can attend a session of Paula, always do it because she has interesting sessions about security.
    • She will demo how cached credentials work and will show you how to get the users credentials with Classic Data Protection API.
    • Paula will demo how to decrypt KeePass if you use Windows User Authentication with the Data Protection API.
    • Paula will show you how to extract credentials from a Windows service. You need access to the registry for this hack.
    • She will show you how you get access to the password in a SID-protected PFX certificate file and how to access Windows with smart card authentication turned on, without a smart card.
    • ProTip from the session: know and limit your domain admins! Domain admins can also do tricks as other users from the domain.
  • Conduct a successful pilot deployment of Microsoft Intune
    • You’ll learn how to start a successful pilot and get tips from the field.

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Microsoft Ignite – Day 03 – 28-09-2016

Yes, a new day at the Microsoft Ignite conference! All the sessions are spread across 3 buildings (A, B, C) and I must say that this keeps you fit during the conference. On Monday, my iPhone showed me the following stats for the day:

ignite-health-stats

18.8 kilometers is around 11.6 miles!

Today I really enjoyed the session with Jeffrey Snover and Don Jones about PowerShell. I don’t know if it was recorded and will be available later, but I can highly recommend it. In the afternoon I met Jason Helmick, which is a really great guy who learned me (with Jeffrey Snover) what PowerShell is and how it can be used. One of the greatest courses you can find on the internet today, is an MVA course with Jeffrey and Jason.

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