The command above will Uninstall Meraki Systems Manager using the same method as ‘Add/Remove Programs’ on the local computer.
The ‘/qn‘ parameter specifies a Silent Uninstall and the ‘/x’ parameter specifies to Uninstall. The Product ID is within the curly brackets.
As a bonus, you can use System Manager’s Remote Command feature to uninstall itself! Just run the command above, wait a few minutes and the client will show offline. Once offline you can remove it from your Meraki Dashboard.
Do you have an Android powered mobile phone and it’s starting, if not already to feel dated? Spruce it! Let’s assume you are happy with it’s performance and physical appearance and you don’t want to upgrade it but you want to get the most from it. Here’s a few options to improve your phones visual appearance;
1. A different Launcher
The first port of call to improve the visual appearance of Android is the launcher. The launcher is what you see when you unlock your mobile. It should be pleasant and accessible to your frequently used apps and/or settings.
I have tried each of them and they all have their niche features and appearance, I currently use Arrow Launcher because of the following;
It’s low memory footprint which helps to maintain stable mobile performance.
Vanilla Android like interface which makes navigating apps, content and settings a breeze.
Apps are ranked based on daily usage which means the most popular apps are found at the top of the screen.
It’s appearance is great out of the box and it has icon pack support which helps to standardise all app icons – including third party apps downloaded from the Play Store.
Notification badges for text messages, calls and emails etc.
Custom/daily wallpaper support.
If you try a new launcher let me know how you get on in the comments below.
2. A different lock screen
Sometimes you want to improve the visual appearance of your phone without even using it. This is where a different lock screen comes in to play. A lock screen does exactly what it says on the tin. It changes the default screen you see when you receive a notification or press the power button to wake up your phone from sleep.
Have a try of some of the lock screens available and see which one tickles your fancy. If you do decide to give one a try let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
3. Different Icon Packs
By now you are most likely sick of or starting to get sick of the icons you see on a daily basis. This is where icon packs come in.
The primary advantage of an icon pack is standardisation between most if not all the apps on your phone – be it system apps and apps downloaded from the Play Store. They attempt to make all your apps icons follow a specific theme. Which in turn can also be tied in to your wallpaper to try and pull everything visually together.
Please note however that in order for them to work you need to be using a third party launcher such as the ones listed above.
I have recently discovered an app called Navbar Apps. If you have a device like mine (Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, yes I know) which doesn’t have physical Back, Home and Menu buttons but instead an on-screen replacement then you’re in for a real treat.
The Navbar Apps app allows to you to style the background behind the on-screen Back, Home and Menu buttons to match your chosen theme as well as adding new features such as; a dynamic background colour based on the active app colour, displaying battery life as a percentage bar over the background and more.
Navbar Apps even lets you select an image from the built-in gallery to display instead of the default black background. For an in-app purchase of £0.99 you can download community created backgrounds to apply which also supports the developer in adding new functionality to the app.
If you’re sick of ads like I am then you’re in luck. The Block This! app can block ads from all websites and apps with ease. It will save you battery life by not displaying ads which could potentially be a video – which we all know are CPU intensive and also save your monthly mobile data allowance by not downloading and displaying advertisement content such as images and videos.
Of course this may not be aligned to your ethics on supporting the apps and websites you love by allowing them to display ads which generate them revenue. To make this clear; I am all for displaying ads on apps and websites I actively use and visit respectively.
To install Block This! you will need to allow unknown sources as the app is not available on the Play Store for obvious reasons.
SD Maid – System Cleaning Tool
Let us assume you have had your phone for years. Over the years you have installed and uninstalled many apps as they come and go in and out of fashion. What happens to all the temporary data that the app created whilst it was installed and used? The answer is nothing, it says there as temporary files clogging up your Android file system.
I present SD Maid – System Cleaning Tool, although the name of this app is misleading as it is not strictly targetted to data that only resides on the SD card in your phone but it can also recover space from the on-board system and data partitions too. I’ll not go in to too much detail about it as it’s a quite involved app but it’s a good addition to keeping your phone performing at its best – at least where storage is concerned.
If you have any other sprucing tips let me know in the comments section below!
Installing or re-installing Sophos Antivirus on endpoints with error code 0x00000049.
By following this guide, I cannot be held accountable for any damage or loss caused. Do so at your own risk.
Please check Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features to make sure all previous antivirus software is uninstalled. If you are re-installing a misconfigured or misbehaving installation of Sophos Antivirus then leave it installed as it will be replaced.
1. Protect the endpoint using the “Protect Computers” wizard.
2. Identify the error which caused the installation to fail using the “View Computer Details” option from the right click menu.
We are particularly interested in resolving the error below, however I also have some troubleshooting tips at the end of this guide if you still encounter issues;
00000049 Cancelled Sophos installation and removal of third-party security software. The software being removed may include a firewall or other component that is not being replaced. Make sure the package you are installing provides equivalent protection to the package being removed. Continue reading Resolving Sophos Enterprise Console Error 00000049