SOLVED: Cannot PXE Boot From Dell Dock

After much effort, Jesse from Dell tech support has confirmed the that the Dell D3100, D1000, D6000, and DA100 docks are NOT supported for PXE booting. I have PXE booted from a Dell WD15 (shown below) with a Type-C connector on a Dell Latitude 7400 2 in 1 so I know that works. Note that getting PXE booting to work on the newer Dell laptops like the 7400 require some changes in the BIOS that do…

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: 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 >…

SOLVED: How To Pull the Certificate From a Digitally Signed Application

If you need a copy of the digital certificate from a file you are using (perhaps for use with Software Restriction Policies), you can extract the certificate in just a few easy steps: Right click on the file and select PROPERTIES Click DIGITAL SIGNATURE tab and select the DETAILS button if you do not see the DIGTIAL SIGNATURE tab, the file is not digitally signed Click the VIEW CERTIFICATE button Click the DETAILS tab and…

SOLVED: How To Set The Default Search Engine in MS Chromium Edge Browser to Google

If you are playing with Microsoft Chromium Edge browser, you may want to change the default search engine so you can use your favorite right from the address bar.  In the earliest builds this could not be easily done, but today it is not a problem: Change the Default Search Engine in Chromium Edge: Click the SETTINGS AND MORE ellipse (3 dots) in the top right corner of Edge Click SETTINGS Click PRIVACY AND SERVICES…

SOLVED: This Task Requires That The User Account Specified Has Log On As Batch Job Rights

When you create a SCHEDULED TASK that needs to run automatically you will specify a service account for the job.  That service account must have permissions to run batches, so Windows will popup “This Task Requires That The User Account Specified Has Log On As Batch Job Rights” as shown on the right. How to assign a user “Batch Job Rights” Locally On the local server use Local Security Policy manager: Click START and type…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Setup Free Filezilla FTP Server to Receive Scans from Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner, Lanier

If you have an older Ricoh, Savin, Gestetner, Lanier multifunction printer, fax, scanner it may not support SMB 2.0 and Server 2016 and Server 2019 do not support SMB 1.0 which means SCAN TO FOLDER is a problem. To get around this we demonstrate all of the steps required to download, install and configure a free FTP Server, then how to configure your Ricoh scanner to talk to that FTP server. Download and install Free…

SOLVED: Desktop Icons Missing After Windows Update, Upgrade or Reboot

If you run through Windows Update (or in my case an Upgrade to Windows 10 1903) and find all of your desktop icons are missing this is the fix for you:. Verify your desktop icons still exist by checking in C:\USERS\<YourName>\DESKTOP.  If your files and shortcuts are safe continue to the next step If you have two screens connected (or an external screen connected to your laptop), disconnect one of the screens Click the NOTIFICATIONS…

SOLVED: Three Ways To Set Default Start Menu Tiles In Windows 10

There are 3 ways to configure the START MENU tiles and left RAIL (the thin menu on the far left that defaults with power, settings, documents) in Windows 10 with default applications: A – GPO Using a Windows 10 PC add the tiles and rail configuration you would like. Open a PowerShell (Admin) prompt Enter Export-StartLayout -Path “C:\Temp\MyStartMenu.xml” Copy that MyStartMenu.xml file to a location on your network that all PC’s get read from Create…

SOLVED: How To Customize The Default User In Windows 10 Without Using COPYUSER Switch with SYSPREP

In the Windows 7 days, you used to setup a user and then copy that users profile over top of the default  C:\USERS\DEFAULT\… so that things like the START MENU and WALLPAPER would be setup for new users.  Then under Windows 8 and 10 that became very buggy and Microsoft said to setup a user they way you want and instruct SYSPREP to use an XML file that tells Sysprep to copy this current user…

SOLVED: Cannot Install 32 Bit Windows 10 on Hyper V

If you try to install 32 bit Windows on a Hyper V server you may find that it just will not see the installation files.  I tried from: Windows 10 32Bit Enterprise ISO downloaded from Microsoft VLSC Windows 10 32Bit Pro ISO downloaded using the current Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Windows 10 32Bit from a Windows Deployment Server WDS but had no detectable error messages… it just would not load.  I spent about 40…

SOVLED: Next Generation AntiVirus – Signatureless Endpoint Protection Product Evaluation

We are constantly telling our customers that traditional anti-virus programs that rely mostly on ‘signatures’ from previous attacks will no longer keep a company safe.  Attackers are now sophisticated, well funded and often government controlled.  This means they rely less on exploiting known security holes and more on developing those holes. A ‘zero day’ exploit is something that has been developed to take advantage of a security hole but has not been applied to other…