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Windows Server  // windows 2003, 2008, R2 how tos

SOLVED: How To Disable SMB1 and Keep Safe From WannaCry Variants

Even the latest Windows 10 1703 still has SMB1 enabled by default.  If you want to keep yourself safe from WannaCry / WannaCrypt0r 2 variants you need to disable SMB 1.0. You can disable SMB 1.0 in 5 ways: A – How to Disable SMB 1 using the GUI Click the START button and type FEATURES Click […]

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SOLVED: Windows 10 Lock Screen Graphic GPO Not Working On 1703

If you have Windows 10 Enterprise or Education you should be able to use a GPO to set a custom lock and home screen.  Unfortunately, Windows 10 1703 broke that and it has been driving many IT staff crazy trying to fix it. After a few weeks of banging around with Microsoft Partner Support they have just confirmed […]

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SOLVED: How to Remove a Damaged User Profile In Windows 10

If you have a corrupt profile in Windows 10 there are two easy ways to remove it and rebuild it: 1: REMOVE CORRUPT WINDOWS PROFILE USING GUI: CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM AND SECURITY > SYSTEM > ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS (from the menu on the LEFT) . Click SETTINGS button in the USER PROFILES section . Click on […]

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SOLVED: What Are The Common Variables In Windows

Below is a complete list of Windows variables.  If you are writing any sort of script, PowerShell, or command line you will need to know: The variable for username is %username% The variable for the Windows Directory is %windir% or %systemroot% The variable for Program Files is %ProgramFiles% or %ProgramFiles(x86)% The variable for the current […]

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SOLVED: What is the Path to a Users STARTUP Folder in Windows 10

The path to users Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup ie. C:\Users\JimmyJo\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup You can open a users Startup folder by going through Windows Explorer, command line or by right clicking on the START button and typing the command shell:startup  . The path to the ALL USERS Startup folder in Windows 10 is: %allusersprofile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp ie. […]

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16 Mar Posted by in Windows Server | Comments

SOLVED: What Are The Limits of SQL Express 2016 and Can SQL Express Be Used In Production?

It is a common misconception that SQL Express 2016 cannot or should not be used in production environments.  SQL Express 2016 (and SQL Express 2014 and 2012 and…) are most certainly licenced to be used in production at no cost.  In fact, for most small and medium applications the only significant difference between SQL Standard and […]

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14 Mar Posted by in Windows Server | Comments

SOLVED: SCVMM Agent installation failed on HOST Unknown error (0x80041003)

If you are trying to install or update the SCVMM agent on your HyperV hosts controlled by System Center Virtual Machine Manager and you might see the following error. Error (410) Agent installation failed on <HOST NAME> Unknown error (0x80041003) Recommended Action Try the operation again. If the problem persists, install the agent locally and […]

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SOLVED: File Explorer Mapped Drives Close Spontaneously

If you see your mapped drives disappear you may have a Group Policy that maps your network shares using the REPLACE feature.   Another symptom I noticed occurs if you remote (RDP) to a different PC and leave it for a few days, multiple mappings for the same letter will appear. The simple fix is to set the Drive […]

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SOLVED: The Complete List Of How To Fix Windows Update Errors, Like 0x800F0922

If you have errors in Windows Update you know how frustrating it can be trying to find solution.  The ‘We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes’ message is not particularly helpful. Below is a list of fixes for Windows Update problems in order from easiest to most difficult: Reboot your PC Don’t just log off Use the Windows […]

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SOLVED: How Long Does It Take For Group Policies To Take Effect?

The short answer is that is takes up to 2 hours for Group Policy changes to take effect for both Computer and for User policies.  However, as usual there is more to the story. What is a ‘Background Refresh’ of a Group Policies? Unless you have changed the defaults, Group Policy is automatically updated every 90 minutes for both […]

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SOLVED: What Is the Difference Between Microsoft ‘Mainstream Support’ and ‘Extended Support’

If you have been getting worried about your Windows OS running out of support, you might be confused by the terms. Windows Vista SP2 ran out of ‘Mainstream Support’ on April 10th 2012 but has ‘Extended Support’ until April 11, 2017. Windows 7 SP1 ran out of Mainstream Support on January 13 2015 but has […]

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SOLVED: GPO to Disable the RESTORE Button In Shadow Copies

If you want to disable the RESTORE button in PREVIOUS VERSIONS/SHADOW COPIES using a Group Policy Object (GPO), you are smart.  Humans make mistakes so IT Administrators need to set policies to protect people from themselves. I argued with Microsoft about this fact when Shadow Copies came out and the response was that staff should be able to restore […]

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