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Darker evenings mean we notice broken street lights. Report them.

With the evenings getting darker earlier and the clocks going back at the weekend could I ask you all to look around your locality and see if there are any street lights not working.

If there are any not working please report them at Swindon.gov.uk.

If there are any issues, or they are not fixed within a reasonable period of time please do let me know by email.


Powershell to speed up deployment of Intel NUC’s

So this week we have been working on deploying more meeting rooms in One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London UK, for a client. This is the first site where we have agreed to set static IP’s on the Intel NUC’s and the Yealink CP960’s.

To speed up the deployment I put together a short Powershell script to set a few bits out of the box.

All the NUC’s come to us with English US defaults for the region, local, etc. We are in the UK so we want en-GB so we use:

Set-Culture en-GB
Set-WinSystemLocale en-GB
Set-WinHomeLocation -GeoId 242
Set-WinUserLanguageList en-GB -force

Next we want to set a static IP, subnet, gateway and DNS:

New-NetIPAddress –InterfaceAlias “Ethernet” –IPv4Address “” –PrefixLength 24 -DefaultGateway
Set-DnsClientServerAddress -InterfaceAlias “Wired Ethernet Connection” -ServerAddresses,

And while we are there we may aswell set the time correctly:

set-date -date “25/10/2019 14:53”

This has reduced the deployment time of each NUC, as the script saves multiple clicks. Next week I will do the last 2 steps which are activation of Windows 10 and pushing out an MSI installer for the Yealink Zoom rooms plugin.