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…

SOLVED: How To Control What is Starting Up Automatically In Windows

There are four places that programs startup automatically from: 1: STARTUP FOLDERS AUTOMATIC STARTUP Both of these are in hidden folders so you need to change your view to show Hidden Folders as shown in the screen shot to the right Per User Startup Folder: C:\Users\<USER NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup Startup Folder for All Users C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp 2: REGISTRY RUN & RUNONCE KEYS HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432NODE\WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RUN and RUNONCE Typically we see very little…

SOLVED: Command Line To Uninstall Software EXE’s or .MSI’s

There are five ready ways to uninstall software: Using the GUI – Right click on the START BUTTON > APPS AND FEATURES > click the app in question > UNINSTALL Using a build in uninstaller – Go to the folder where the product is installed, look for something like UNINSTALL.EXE then create a shortcut to it, edit the shortcut and add /? to the end.  Double click the shortcut to see the uninstallation switches WMIC…

SOLVED: How To Block Outlook From Using Cached Mode on Boardroom PC’s

Most users, especially those will laptops, will want Outlook to operate in Cached mode but you likely don’t want Outlook caching on boardroom / focus room / huddle room / client room computers.  Cache mode copies a large amount of data from the Exchange server to an .OST file on local PC and in a boardroom that: takes a few minutes users seldom have in a meeting opens a security hole by putting potentially sensitive…

Solved: How To Push a User GPO To Only Some Computers

If need to have different settings for your users depending upon which computers they are on this is the article for you.  Trying to set and HKCU entry based on the machine can be easily done but the process is not obvious. Our customers wants users to have the default 1 year of caching in Outlook so when they are on a plane, they still have their mail BUT they also was users to log…

SOLVED: Quick Way To Test A Mail Server Using Telnet

If you have a mail server that you are having problems with, the easiest way to test it is using Telnet: Launch APPS AND FEATURES Install TELNET Windows 10 –  PROGRAMS AND FEATURES > TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF Windows 2016 – SERVER MANAGER > LOCAL SERVER > MANAGE > ADD ROLES AND FEATURES > Telnet is a FEATURE Launch CMD always a good idea to RUN AS AN ADMIN, but not required Type…

SOLVED: How To Delete a Folder and All Its Subfolders and Files Using Command Line

If you have a folder that may (or may not) contain other files and folders that you want to delete using a simple command line, RMDIR (as in Remove Directory) is your friend. The syntax is simple are only two switches: /S = also remove all sub-directories /Q = Quiet / Silent / do not prompt user to confirm deletion The following command will remove the McAfee folder AND everything under it. rmdir /s /q…

SOLVED: How To Disable GET ADD-INS Button in Outlook

If you want to retain control over what your staff can install you will need to disable the GET ADD-INS button in Outlook.  Unfortunately there is no  ready made GPO toggle GET ADD-INS off. To give you a false sense of security, there is a setting in the Office 365 Exchange Management Console to disable “User owned Apps and Services” with options for “Let people in your organization go to the Office Store” and “Let…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Software by File Name, Path, Hash or Certificate

If you want to block programs from running on your corporate network, you can easily create a Group Policy Object (GPO) to make that happen.  However, there are two GPO’s you can use but only one of them works well. Method 1 – GPO to Block Software By File Name This is the old way of blocking software and it has limited performance as we explain below: Launch REGEDIT Expand USER CONFIGURATION > POLICIES >…