Windows 8 automatically connecting to unsecured wireless networks (MAKE IT STOP!)

Issue: Windows 8.1 w/ Intel wireless driver will automatically connect to “free”, unsecured, wireless networks.

This issue has been bugging me for a little bit, but has not been at the top of list until there were a large number of unsecured wireless networks available while traveling. So here’s the solution.

resolution:

  1. open the control panel
  2. Open “Network and Internet”
  3. Select “Intel ProSet/Wireless Tools”
  4. Select “Settings…” under “Intel Wifi HotSpot Assistant”
  5. Remove all check boxes
  6. Close out of the dialog box

 

 

Win8_Wifi

Performance Monitoring for Atlassian Applications (JIRA, Confluence on Windows)

Who doesn’t want to know how their applications are performing? Here’s a quick way to start collecting data and analyzing it.

  1. Sign-up for a free New Relic account
  2. Download your New Relic java agent zip file to your server and extract. I placed mine in the “D:\Program Files” folder.
  3. Edit “D:\Program Files\newrelic\newrelic.yml”
    1. update the “license_key” and “app_name” variables
      1. note: the license_key is surrounded in ticks ” and app_name is not.
  4. Configure the java agent to start when the service starts
    1. start > run > regedit.exe
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Apache Software Foundation\Procrun 2.0\[App ID]\Parameters\Java
    3. edit “Options” by adding “-javaagent:D:\Program Files\newrelic\newrelic.jar” to the bottom
  5. Restart your application service

If your app doesn’t show up in the console check your logs! (D:\Program Files\newrelic\logs\newrelic_agent.log)