How to join a Workgroup in Windows 10

To join an existing Workgroup in Windows 10 do the following;

  1. Navigate to Control Panel, System and Security and System
  2. Find Workgroup and select Change settings
  3. Select Change next to ‘To rename this computer or change its domain …’
  4. Type in the name of the Workgroup you want to join and click OK
  5. Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect
  6. Navigate to Control Panel, Network and Internet and View network computers and devices to see other machines within that Workgroup.

Manually Installing Plex on Synology NAS

Although Synology provide a quick install package of Plex Media Server, it doesn’t supply the latest version or automatic updates. Fortunately, Plex provide a ‘Plex Server for Synology’ package that can be installed manually.

For a manual install it’s first necessary to adjust the Package Center Trust Level. This is done through ‘Settings’ in the Package Center.

Adjust the Trust Level

The default Trust Level setting is to only trust packages from Synology Inc.

This should be changed to Trust Level Synology Inc and trusted publishers to allow installation of the Plex key and package.

Download and Install Signing Key and Package

  • From the Synology Control Panel, check your processor type (Intel or ARM)
  • Select and download the package for the correct processor type
  • Download the Plex package signing key

With the key downloaded navigate to the certificate settings  where we can add and remove keys on the Synology device.

Click ‘Import’ and add the PlexSign.key that you just downloaded by using the browse option in the import window.

Once added, you will see that a second key named Plex is listed.

In some instances it’s necessary to reboot the NAS drive before installing the Plex package (otherwise you may get a ‘port undefined’ error).

The Plex Media Server can now be installed by clicking on ‘Manual Install’ in the Package Center and selecting the package that you downloaded.

Click on ‘Apply’ and the install should complete.

MacBook – Mail Account Already Exists

My wife is a keen Apple products user and has now purchased a MacBook Air. After a recent OS upgrade to ‘Sierra’ (v10.12) she couldn’t log into her Hotmail (Outlook) account as it wouldn’t accept her perfectly valid password. The error message stated “Mail account already exists”.

The solution is fairly straightforward

  1. Click the Apple logo (top right) and select System Preferences
  2. Select iCloud
  3. Sign out of iCloud
  4. Log in to Hotmail email account on MacBook
  5. Sign in to iCloud

Both email and iCloud should now work.