SOLVED: What Does Print and Document Services Actually Do?

If you have a Windows Server (or even the desktop client), you can add a Role named PRINT AND DOCUMENT SERVICES.  The questions are: What does Print and Document Services add? Do I need Print and Document Services to get the Print Management app? Does installing Print and Document Services make printers run better? Do I have to install Print and Document Services on a server that hosts a printer? The short answer is, for…

SOLVED: Easy Script to Wipe A Hard Disk Fast

If you have a hard disk you need to scrap or sell and you want to remove your data from it, this is the place for you.  In our case, we had 700 3TB disks that need to be wiped and resold so we wanted to make sure it would be very difficult for even professionals to get the data off of them. If you know what you are doing but just need the script…

SOLVED: 16 Ways To Start The SETTINGS App Windows 10

Here are the 16 different ways to launch the SETTINGS app in Windows 10: USE THE START BUTTON TO OPEN THE SETTINGS APP Click on the START button, then the cog icon . START BUTTON CONTEXT MENU DIRECTLY Right click on the START button,  select SETTINGS . START BUTTON CONTEXT MENU INDIRECTLY Right click on the START button,  select APPS AND FEATURES then click HOME in the APPS AND FEATURES window . DESKTOP PERSONALIZATION MENU…

SOLVED: How to Change WSUS To Download Patches Directly from MS and Not Store Updates Locally

In recent versions of Windows 10, Microsoft has made notable strides in what they call Delivery Optimization.  It is to the point now that, if you configure Delivery Optimization correctly, there is little need to have your Window Server Update Services (aka WSUS) store the patches locally. The question is, how to change WSUS from downloading and storing patch files locally to sourcing missing patches directly from Microsoft: Launch WSUS Expand OPTIONS Expand UODATE FILES…

SOLVED: How To Remove THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION

If you find a Windows 10 or Office setting is grayed out and there is a THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION notice (usually in red) there are ways to get around it.  For instance we recently documented Windows Hello PIN ADD Button is Greyed Out – THIS SETTING IS MANAGED BY YOUR ORGANIZATION.  But what if none of the fixes work for you? One thing you can do is to remove ALL policies. …

SOLVED: Download Windows 10 1909 AutoUnattended Answer File

Click HERE to download our AutoUnattended.xml answer file for Windows 10 1909 (2019H2). WARNING: This answer file will automatically wipe your hard disk clean and setup the required partitions from scratch. This answer file: Wipes the current disk clean and sets up new partitions Sets the PC, Keyboard and User to use US English If you want to change the user to a different region just open the .XML file and change the two <USERLOCALE>…

SOLVED: What is Flighting in Microsoft Windows 10?

Microsoft changed the release cycle of Windows products from every two or three years to potentially every week.  This was part of CEO Satya Nadella‘s plan to modernize Microsoft.  The software world had changed to a must faster paced model of releasing new code and new products.  Nadella’s recent history at the time was with Azure cloud. Azure developers release changes constantly to give people the latest bug fixes and newest features.  Neither developers or consumers…

SOLVED: Release Dates & Build Number for Every Version of Windows

Below is a list of every version of Windows: Name / Description Version Build Number Public Release Windows 10, Version 1909 10 18975 11/5/2019 Windows 10, Version 1903 10 18362 5/21/2019 Windows Server 2008, Service Pack 2, Rollup KB4489887 6 6003 3/19/2019 Windows 10, Version 1809 10 17763 10/2/2018 Windows Server 2019, Version 1809 10 17763 10/2/2018 Windows 10, Version 1803 10 17134 4/30/2018 Windows 10, Version 1709 10 16299 10/17/2017 Windows Server 2016, Version…

SOLVED: How To Add Windows Build and Sub-build Numbers To System Center Configuration Manager Report

If you need to track which specific version of Windows 10 you desktops are running, SystemCenter would seem to be a great place to start looking.  However, the default reports in SCCM do not provide the level of detail most IT administrators require. This granular detail was not available in older versions of SCCM but it is now.   Fortunately, this adding in the Windows build information is now quite easy: Launch System Center Configuration Manager…

SOVLED: What are afterSentDocuments Folder and Files?

If you see a folder named “afterSentDocuments” in your Documents folder it might cause some concern because no human intentionally added that.  It turns out that that folder and files are the ‘honey pot’ for excellent corporate security software named SentinelOne. Click to Enlarge   After talking to a pile of vendors including Microsoft, SentinalOne told me: They’re our Malware/Ransomware decoys! The SentinelOne Agent Installer installs a number of files on the endpoint. Most of…

SOLVED: How to Fix WordPress Site Redirected You Too Many Times

If you are working on a WordPress site and see a redirect error like: CHROME: This Page Isn’t Working Right Now www.<YourDomain>.com redirected you too many times. ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS FIREFOX: The page isn’t redirecting properly. Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete. SAFARI: This webpage has a redirect loop The webpage at https://www.<YourDomain>.com has resulted in too many redirects.  Clearing your cookies for…

SOLVED: How to Stop a CLEAN ALL Command in DiskPart

Diskpart is Microsoft’s disk partitioning command line tool and while it works well, it does not provide some protections from self inflicted wounds.  One common DISKPART command to wipe a disk is CLEAN. CLEAN removes the volumes and partitions along with changing the first letter of every file to a ‘?’.  Files that start with a ‘?’ are not shown in NTFS (i.e. dir command or in Windows Explorer) and the file system knows the…

SOLVED: Easy Command Line to Wipe and Reformat a Disk

UPDATE: Feb 1 2020 – These commands still work but we have a lovely script that works much faster and can even overwrite data if need be.  That disk wipe script is available HERE. _____________________________ In 2017 we recorded a video on how to remove partitions through command line. This is especially useful when they are stuck or refuse to be deleted through the DISK MANAGER console because they are protected system partitions. Today we…

SOLVED: Email Not Received But No Errors Returned When Sent To Distribution Group on Office365 Hosted Exchange in Hybrid Mode

If you send email to a distribution group that is running off an Office365 Hosted Exchange account that is running in Hybrid mode with your on-premise Exchange server, the email may never be received.  The email happily shows in SENT folder, has no errors or email bounces, and if you trace the email it shows as DELIVERED: This frustrating situation will occur if two conditions are met: The distribution group is DYNAMIC (i.e. based on…

SOLVED: Control What Programs Are Starting Up Automatically Using New Free Program From Microsoft

Over time you will have a bunch of garbage apps automatically starting up.  Things like Adobe Acrobat icons in your system tray, Google updates, printer software for a printer you don’t own anymore and more can really slow down your PC and make things a visual mess.  There used to be two easy ways to manage these programs: Use TASK MANAGER > STARTUP press CNTL+ALT+DEL and select TASK MANAGER click the STARTUP tab right click…