SOLVED: How To Remove /RDWeb From The RDS Login Page URL

By default, RDS will setup yourdomain.com/RDWeb to present Work Resources like published apps to your visitors.  You can easily eliminate the need for to add /RDWeb to the URL, using a simple redirect in IIS: Launch IIS Click on DEFAULT WEBSITE Double click on HTTP REDIRECT from them middle pane Type /RDWeb into the REDIRECT REQUESTS TO THIS DESTINATION field Click APPLY (top right of the Actions Pane) Restart IIS (I like using IISRESET) Test…

Don’t Take A Shot in the Dark: Using Excel to Calculate Probabilities

  “Screenshot-Microsoft Excel – Book1” (CC BY 2.0) by Collin Anderson In today’s world, everyone is focused on the latest technological innovation and how it will change our lives. However, when it comes to the value of technology, not everything has to be as complex or immersive as blockchain or virtual reality. For Windows users, a simple Excel spreadsheet can be a powerful tool if used correctly. Even though it won’t change the world or make the headlines,…

SOLVED: What is Google Adsense Auto Ads & Do Old Ad Placements Need To Be Removed?

Google Adsense ‘Auto Ads’ are a new way to place adverts on your website or blog that uses artificial intelligence to figure out where to place ads on your site.  For example, it might ad links to words on your site and graphic adverts half way down a page. WHAT IS ADSENSE AUTO ADS? Google claims that Adsense Auto Ads will more effectively monetize your site by placing ads and links where your visitors will…

SOLVED: How to Protect Yourself from Scams when Buying Bitcoins

The Bitcoin market isn’t going anywhere. The undisputed current champion of cryptocurrency has been the biggest name in this burgeoning form of finance for a while now and appears poised to carry this legacy into the future. As with any market, especially one based on finance, there is a not-inconsiderable amount of danger when it comes to the protecting both yourself and your investment from thieves, however. This is an especially big threat when it…

SOLVED: Certificate Disappears From IIS After COMPLETE CERTIFICATE REQUEST on Server 2016

If you add a certificate to IIS Manager SERVER CERTIFICATES section using COMPLETE CERTIFICATE REQUEST that appears without error but then is not visible the next time you go to (or refresh) the SERVER CERTIFICATES, we have the answer. The problem is likely that you somehow added that certificate to your server using Certificates MMC.  This can easily happen if you are installing GoDaddy intermediate certificates.  You should only add the certificate named something like gd-g2_iis_intermediates.p7b…

Key Facts about the Facebook / Cambridge Analytica Scandal:

Below are the two key facts in the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica Scandal involving the misuse of about 50 Million Facebook subscribers data. The original app data was volunteered, legally collected and did even breach Facebooks terms of use The data was used to figure out HOW to target people, using data that would be collected during the 2016 US Presidential Election campaign most likely legally and voluntarily As much as we question Trump’s competence,…

SOLVED: What is Quarantine in a Server 2016 Cluster & How Can a Node be Moved Out of Quarantine?

Server 2016 introduced three new “node states” and the one that people are confused about is Quarantine.  Quarantined nodes are just that; their roles are drained to other nodes in the cluster and they are not allowed to rejoin the cluster for two hours.  The idea is to stop failing nodes from bouncing up and down (so called flapping), joining and leaving the cluster over and over again causing performance issues. Here are the things…

SOLVED: Where Are The License Keys For Server 2016 Virtual Machines AVMA?

If you have Server 2016 Data Center your server likely came with a single COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker containing a single DataCenter CD Key.  If you then try to use that Key to activate new Server 2016 or Server 2012 Standard VM’s it will fail.  This is because Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 VM’s use a different activate process than previous versions of Windows Server. Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016 now use…

SOLVED: Microsoft Hyper V Network Switch Default Miniport Shows Code 39

If you see a number of ‘hardware’ failures in Device Manager in your Virtual Machines. Specifically: Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport, HyperV PCI Server Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware.  The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39) You can safely right click and uninstall the: Microsoft Hyper-V PCI Server Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine Bus Provider, and Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization Infrastructure Driver but the Hyper-V Network Switch Default Miniport will not go.…

SOLVED: Veeam Error – Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later on Server 2016

If you have recently upgraded your HyperV Servers or Cluster to Server 2016 and you are running Veeam, you may see the following error: Changed Block Tracking Will Not Be Used For This VM Until You Upgrade the VM Hardware to Version 8.0 or Later What this means is that Veeam will only perform FULL backups and not incrementals which is a bit of a crisis for most companies. Fortunately this is easy to fix,…

SOLVED: What Is Server 2016 HyperV Integration Services DVD

If you have a Hyper V Server 2016 host, you are likely trying to ACTION > INSERT INTEGRATION SERVICES SETUP DISK like you used to.  HyperV Integration Services from Server 2016 hosts are now included in Windows Update. Here are some quick points about Server 2016 Hyper V Integration Services you might be interested in: I have found that the upgrade often does not appear in Windows Update so I download the latest Server 2016 Integration…

SOLVED: Veeam Fails on Server 2016 Cluster

If you Veeam backups are failing when connected to a new or upgraded Server 2016 cluster, you likely need to set a disk parameter to fix it.  Veeam has a KBase article on this but it skips some simple steps and does not tell you where to perform the changes… so we do, right here: Note that this will only work if you have upgraded the functional level of your cluster to Server 2016 which…

SOLVED: What is Computational Photography

In simple terms, Computational Photography is using computer processing to produce a single image usually from multiple source images. We have been using a simple form of Computational Photography since the advent of even modest digital cameras that have algorithms to brighten, darken, straighten,… images.  The first time I knew I was using Computational Photography was when a camera “stitched” together several photos into a single panoramic photo. What has changed, is that today in…