SOLVED: VIDEO: How to connect to AzureAD AzureRM & AzureCLI using PowerShell

In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to connect PowerShell to AzureAD AzureRM & AzureCLI: How to Connect to AzureAD? Launch a PowerShell as an administrator Make sure you are running PowerShell 5.0 or newer: $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Install the required module: Install-Module MSOnline Sign into Azure: Connect-MsolService Run your commands: Get-Command -Module MSOnline How to Connect to AzureRM (aka. Azure Resource Manager – ARM)? Launch a PowerShell as an administrator Make sure you are…

SOLVED: VIDEO: PowerShell Command Line to List all available Azure Products in a Specific Data Center

In this video we explain and demonstrate how to connect to Microsoft Azure and list the services that are available at a specific data center. Azure PowerShell Commands: What version of PowerShell do I have? – You need to be at v5 $PSVersionTable.PSVersion Install Azure Command Line – You only need to install this once on each machine you work on Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://aka.ms/installazurecliwindows -OutFile .\AzureCLI.msi; Start-Process msiexec.exe -Wait -ArgumentList ‘/I AzureCLI.msi /quiet’; rm .\AzureCLI.msi…

SOLVED: 4 Ways To Change Your Password in a Remote Desktop Session

If you work remotely like most of us these days, you will likely need to change your password on your office PC.   If you press CNTL ALT DEL while connected to Remote Desktop session, your home computer’s security window will appear (SIGN OUT, LOCK, CHANGE PASSWORD) which does you no good. 4 Ways to Change Your Password In a Remote Desktop 1: CNTL ALT END CNTL ALT DELETE by passes all programs and goes directly…

SOLVED: How To Figure Out What Switches a Piece of Software Has

If you have been an administrator for any length of time you have found yourself being unable to script an installation or change software because you don’t know what the switches are for that software.  We recently had the same problem and found a very cool solution. We needed to run the new Microsoft Windows Update tool through command line but it is officially unsupported and therefore undocumented… very annoying.  The tool is called USOClient.exe…

SOLVED: What is a Windows 10 Enablement Package

Windows 10 was originally supposed to ship new versions (not just patches, but actually new features) 4 or more times per year but that was reduced several times to what we have in 2020 which is two releases: a substantial new version each Spring named after the year and half or the year and the month (ie. Windows 10 20H1 = Windows 10 2004) a major patch with few feature upgrades in the fall again…

SOLVED: Cannot Upgrade Windows 10: Updates Failed or This Tool Can’t Update Your PC

If you have a Windows 10 PC that just will not upgrade to the next build there are several things you can do. In the instance shown in the screen shots below, I was seeing: Windows Update sit on DOWNLOADING for hours and then failing with THERE WERE PROBLEMS INSTALLING UPDATES 0x80d02002 Windows 10 Media Creation Tool failing with THIS TOOL CAN’T UPDATE YOUR PC.  THE LANGUAGE OR EDITION OF WINDOWS CURRENTLY INSTALLED ON YOUR…

SOLVED: Top 10 New Features in Windows 10 20H1 That You Actually Care About

Every new release of Windows 10 brings thousands of changes and hundreds of enhancements but because it is a mature product, most of these are obscure.  Windows 10 20H1 (aka 2004, which will be released in a few weeks) is no different.  We have been using the new build for months now and following the changes as they develop and here is what is new in Win10 20H1 that at least some people are going…

SOLVED: How To See & Edit What Is Automatically Starting Up On Windows 10

Over the years more and more products have set themselves to automatically startup.  In the mid-2000’s Microsoft decided that these performance sucking startups were getting annoying enough to start exposing them to end users and there have been several built in tools to view and manage start up apps.  We are going to explain all of the ways software starts up automatically on a current version of Windows 10: How To See All Programs Starting…

Use Your Computer To Help Researchers Solve COVID19

You can easily set your home computer to run computer models in aid of finding solutions to coronavirus COVID-19.  It’s easy and being done by a respected, trusted group of scientists at FOLDING@HOME. All you have to do is download the Folding@Home app which you can do directly from them HERE.  It won’t even ask you to create an account. To make this fun, we created a “URTech” team (which is number 251414 ) you…

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: How To Create a Local Account on Windows 10 Home

In Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education there is an option to create a local user account (aka. Offline Account) but Windows 10 Home 1909 and newer no longer has that option.  Fortunately, there is an easy way to force it, don’t connect to the internet. What does don’t connect to the internet mean?  It means do not plug a network cable into your PC and when the Windows 10 mini-setup-wizard will prompt you to…

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: Setup Office365ProPlus To Using Windows 10 Delivery Optimization

If you have Office365 ProPlus (aka Office 2016/2019) you will know that it updates constantly.  Originally patches were released weekly but from 2018 one they are released monthly. To be clear, Office365 Pro Plus patches are released on the second Tuesday of each month (aka Patch Tuesday), just like Windows Updates.  However, Office365 patches update using a completely different data source.  Microsoft calls their Office365 source the “Content Delivery Network” or CDN. Originally Microsoft told…