Windows

Upgrade Windows Server from Evaluation to Full

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Hello and welcome to another article on Windows Server. This time we’ll upgrade from the evaluation license to the full license so we won’t be limited after 180 days of usage and get rid of that pesky little message in our right corner of the screen. First of all, this is the annoying message. In […]

Download Microsoft Software using HeiDoc ISO Download Tool

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HeiDoc.net has a free tool called HeiDoc.net Windows ISO Downloader that, as the name suggests, lets you download ISO files of Windows software. Specifically, it gives you download links to Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office programs. The program is completely portable, meaning you don’t have to install anything to your computer. Just open the […]

How to Fix “Trust relationship has failed” Error

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Hello and welcome to a new article on fixing stuff that’s not supposed to break in the first place! This time we are looking at a very old issue, since the dawn of sysadmin time as we know it: the issue where our domain member server or computer loses its trust relationship to the domain. […]

Defending Against Remote Desktop Protocol Attacks

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As of Feb 5, 2019, shodan.io shows a total of 2,430,941 computers connected to the internet by way of remote desktop. Out of these, 507,957 belong to computers in the United States. This voluminous number of servers and workstations, depicted in the figure below, are increasingly subject to cyber-attacks. Since 2016, attacks against the remote […]

Repair Windows Installer Errors

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I ran into a problem recently where I tried to install a program on my Windows XP machine and I got an error related to the Windows Installer service, namely The Windows Installer Service Could Not Be Accessed After trying  many solutions, I finally got the program to install and fixed the Windows Installer error. […]

Change Default Log Off Button in Windows 7 Start Menu

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By default, the Start Menu in Windows 7 is configured to with a small button at the bottom right to Log off, Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, etc. However, if you don’t want to use the default option of the button, you have to click the small arrow at the right of the button to get […]

Find Windows System Uptime from the Command Line

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Here’s a quick and easy way of checking how long a Windows server or workstation has been up, via the command line.  It pipes the results of Net Statistics Workstation into find.  Run the following from a command prompt: net statistics workstation | find /i “statistics since” The results will look like Statistics since MM/DD/YYYY […]

Fix: “The IP address you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter…”

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I brought up a snapshot of a Windows Server 2003 R2 guest today and could not login to the domain.  After further review I found the server had lost its static TCP/IP settings – both NICs were set to DHCP (they had previously been statically set).  When I attempted to add the TCP/IP addresses back to […]

Howto: Delegate the Enable/Disable Accounts Permission in Active Directory

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To delegate the ability to enable and disable user accounts in Active Directory: Launch Active Directory Users and Computers with administrative credentials Right click on the OU where you want to delegate the ability to enable and disable user accounts Select the Active Directory security group that you want to delegate the ability to and […]

HowTo: Export a List of All Computers in an AD OU

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To export a list of all computers and non domain controller servers in an Active Directory OU, use dsquery.exe.  For example, to export all computers in mydomain.com’s servers OU to machines.txt : DSQUERY COMPUTER “OU=servers,DC=mydomain,DC=com” -o rdn -limit 1000 > c:\machines.txt Use -limit when you want to return more than the default 100 results.  Note that […]