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Backup and restore worlds in Minecraft Windows 10 edition

Here is how to backup and restore your saved games or worlds in the Windows 10 edition (from the Windows store) of Minecraft. It is actually pretty easy once you know where the save games are, although it would be nice if they would save to Onedrive or cloud so that they were automatically backed up.

To backup:

  • Open %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds
  • Copy the folders in here e.g. to your Onedrive. These are your worlds.

To restore:

  • Install Minecraft on the PC
  • Login using the same Microsoft account
  • Open the above location, and copy the folders in there
  • Now just run Minecraft and you should see your worlds

Using the ‘Connect to a remote PC’ page in RDWeb Remote Desktop Web on Windows Server 2012

The Remote Desktop web site, which is a component of Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 and 2008, has a page called ‘Connect to a remote PC’.

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This page will allow you to connect to servers or computers behind your Remote Desktop Gateway server, which is a handy feature if users need to connect to a full remote desktop behind the gateway, rather than just a remote app. This will also allow you to connect to your servers on an internal network directly, even if you are behind a web proxy server, so can be useful for remote management purposes when connected to a corporate network.

However, by default, this page will only allow you to connect to local resources, and will not use the gateway server.

To fix this, you need to make a change in IIS:

  • On your RD Web Access server, open IIS Manager
  • In the left pane, navigate to and Sites\Default Web Site\RDWeb\Pages
  • In the middle pane, double-click on Application Settings
  • Double-click on DefaultTSGateway and enter the external FQDN of your RD Gateway
  • Refresh the RDWeb page on the client and then test using an external client

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Now, to connect to other machines on your network other than ones already in your RDSH farm, you also need to modify the RD Gateway policies to allow you to connect to those other resources. You probably already have an AD group configured in your RD Gateway policies, and you can just add to this group, but in case you don’t then can configure this as follows:

  • Create a new group in AD called e.g. SERVERNAME RD Gateway allowed servers, where SERVERNAME is the name of your RD Gateway server.
  • Add all the servers that you want to be able to connect to into this group. For a start this should include all of your RDSH servers, but you can also add other Windows servers on the network.
  • Open RD Gateway Manger (in the Tools/Terminal Services menu in the Server Manager in 2012), expand Policies, and click on the Resource Authorization Policy
  • On the Network Resource tab, change the AD group to SERVERNAME RD Gateway allowed servers
  • Note that you could also do this using an RD Gateway-managed group if you are using that feature

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You will now be able to connect to any servers that are a member of this group using the ‘Connect to a remote PC’ page in RDWeb. You should be able to use the internal NETBIOS name of the servers, no need to use the FQDN.

How to fix the FEZ loading freeze/crash issue

The Xbox live arcade game FEZ is an beautiful and unique game. But it has had a couple of unfortunate bugs – the first one could wipe out your save game completely, and the latest patch introduced a new one which could prevent you from loading if you saved/exited in the waterfall level.

This is documented at http://polytroncorporation.com/fez-issues:

‘There is one known crash with the patch : if you save in the “waterfall” level and exit and restart the game, it freezes.

The only workaround for this issue is to clear your system cache, the patch will be uninstalled, and your savefile will load correctly. Then after moving to another level and saving, you will be able to reapply the patch and continue your game.

 As far as we know this problem only happens in the waterfall level. Should it happen somewhere else though, this workaround is still valid.’

However, this didn’t work for me, to do with the fact that my save game was on cloud storage, and Fez would not load any local game saves. I noticed this when I stopped my xbox gold subscription, I could no longer play Fez as it wouldn’t use the local copy which was synced, and I couldn’t access cloud as that is part of gold.

So in my case, I couldn’t implement the fix, because that meant clearing the cache, so Fez was not updated and couldn’t sign into Live, and it wouldn’t read the local game save. Even when deleting any local save and copying to local storage, it only offered to start a new game.

But, I found that my 2nd Xbox was loading an old local save game with no issues. So what I did was this:

On an xbox which is loading local saves no problems and does not have the patch, copy the cloud save game to local storage (from System/Storage). Use the clear cache trick to remove the updates if it is already updated.

  • Run the game, and do not update
  • Load your broken/waterfall save from local storage, which should work.
  •  Go to another level, and exit, which saves.
  •  Now copy the local save back up to cloud storage
  •  Then update
  •  Now run, and I can load from cloud again!

Obviously this requires having access to another xbox, but you could always try this on a friends. I hope this helps someone, let me know if this works for you in the comments.

Download Backinfo – desktop background computer information utility

If you have been on Microsoft training courses, you may have seen computer information displayed on the desktop. This isn’t done using the publicly available bginfo from sysinternals – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557.aspx – they have another tool called backinfo.exe. This is much better in my opinion, it supports higher resolutions without repeating and generally looks nicer, I use this as standard now on all my servers. This is included in the WSSRA Virtual Environments for Development and Test (see http://blogs.technet.com/b/johnbaker/archive/2006/02/15/where-can-i-find-the-backinfo-utility.aspx for more info), but you can download it below for convenience. Customise the ini file as required. You can also use a bitmap file with both tools.

Download Backinfo

Also see my other post for a quick PowerShell script to configure a machine to load backinfo on logon: https://www.msdonkey.com/server/backinfo-powershell-script.

Of course you could also deploy this using Group Policy or another software delivery tool. Create a Computer Preferences Policy to deploy BackInfo, copying Backinfo.exe and Backinfo.ini to %ProgramFilesDir%\BackInfo\ via a Files Preferences Policy, a REG_SZ registry key under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run called “BackInfo” with value %ProgramFilesDir%\BackInfo\BackInfo.exe, and a folder replace to create/update the folder for BackInfo to live in.

Here is a comparison of bginfo vs backinfo.

Backinfo:

Bginfo default:

Bginfo custom:

 

And with a custom background bitmap:

backinfo_2012R2

 

To get the bitmap to display, I edited the default desktop background C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.jpg in paint, saved to the same location as a 24-bit bitmap file, and then added this to the .ini file:

BackgroundBitmap = C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows\img0.bmp