How to Deploy a Windows C++ Application With Libraries

How to Deploy a Windows C++ Application With Libraries

I am attempting to deploy a C/C++ application for Windows that include libraries for libcurl and rapidjson. The application runs fine on my local machine, but I need to deploy it to a remote system. How do I make sure all of the dependencies are included correctly? One of the headers (curl.h) gets flagged as "not found" (and won't compile) if I switch my compile target to Release. (It is fine with Debug).

Any information is appreciated.

Thanks!
Amy



It may help if you identify the local and remote Windows OS's, and also the tools you use to compile/build/run your program.

Regards,
phoffric
TA



It may help if you identify the local and remote Windows OS's, and also the tools you use to compile/build/run your program.

Regards,
phoffric
TA



Local: Windows 8.1
Remote: Windows Server 2003
Libraries: libcurl and RapidJSON



The main issue is: how to include the necessary dependencies with either a custom Makefile or the free version of InstallShield (or ?).



What tools are you using to compile/build/run your program?



I have sent requests to experts to try to get you some assistance. Be sure to add what tools you use to compile/build/run your program to get some help.

Why can't I install windows 7 on Acer laptop?

Why can't I install windows 7 on Acer laptop?

I have an Acer Aspire 7250 Series running windows 7 and was planning on selling this laptop, so I wriped the information off of it, replaced it back in the laptop, popped in the windows 7 installation disk to install a fresh copy of windows 7. But the laptop claimed that there is no bootable disk and says to insert a disk and hit any key to try again.
No matter what I do I cannot get it to boot from the installation disk.
I cannot get into the BIOS, no matter which key I hit when the laptop starts up. (Isn't F2 the right one?)
No matter which key I hit, it will not go into boot menue.
I changed out the dvd drive, thinking the drive might be bad but that didn't help either.
I also installed the hard disk in another laptop, installed windows 7 on it and put it back into the acer, but it still claimed there was no bootable disk.
A little help would be appreciated



Sometimes hitting F8 or F12 will get you into the BIOS or at least let you select a boot drive.

It sounds like this could be a couple of issues. The first one is that the connector to the HDD is loose on the motherboard and no longer taking signal (had this happen on an old laptop before). The second is that the MBR was completely killed on the HDD when it was reformatted.

I believe the issue might be your boot order, which does require a BIOS change or being able to access the boot menu options on start up using F8 or F12.

If you have installed the OS on the harddrive from another computer and then put it back in this laptop, I would look at getting the HDD connector checked out. As long as your HDD is working on another computer you can rule that out as the culprit.



Sometimes hitting F8 or F12 will get you into the BIOS or at least let you select a boot drive.

It sounds like this could be a couple of issues. The first one is that the connector to the HDD is loose on the motherboard and no longer taking signal (had this happen on an old laptop before). The second is that the MBR was completely killed on the HDD when it was reformatted.

I believe the issue might be your boot order, which does require a BIOS change or being able to access the boot menu options on start up using F8 or F12.

If you have installed the OS on the harddrive from another computer and then put it back in this laptop, I would look at getting the HDD connector checked out. As long as your HDD is working on another computer you can rule that out as the culprit.



Also, assuming you can get into BIOS, change AHCI to compatibility mode as that sometimes facilitates operating system installs.



i read that would be the F10 key to enter bios

the fact it does not boot from it can be caused by a bad DVD, or a dead DVD drive als
so try with another bootable DVD - or test this DVD on a known working PC



F2 is correct for the Aspire 7520 series. You should see a prompt on the screen during POST to press it.



Sorry I didn't get back to this sooner.
I again place the formatted disk in another laptop, installed windows and then placed it back in the acer laptop and it booted fine. After the system was booted up I could not see the dvd drive.
I placed the dvd drive in another laptop and it worked fine.
I then took the acer apart to check the dvd connections.
Everything looked fine, but when I disconnected the cable connections and then re-seated them it was able to see the dvd drive, so I am assuming this was the real cause of the issue.
However, I never was able to get into the BIOS, even after upgrading to a newer version, but everything else worked fine, so I sold the laptop and the customer seems happy with it.

Install Windows 8 OS to Hyper-V Virtual Machine using a Recovery USB

Install Windows 8 OS to Hyper-V Virtual Machine using a Recovery USB

We are creating a VM in our Toshiba notebook. We have Windows 7 & XP VM but now we need to create a Windows 8. Unfortunately, we did not receive the the Windows 8 CD. After calling Toshiba, we were informed that the OS is in a partition and to have the OS is just to run the recovery tool and that will copy it to a USB flash drive; which we did.

Since creating VM we uses ISO, when viewing the USB, there is none (see pic).



Microsoft's Recovery Media Download for Windows 8.1.



Unfortunately, I think the answer is "you can't". The recovery partition install is for recovering the laptop, The OEM license included doesn't permit (as I understand it) a second copy of Windows 8 running in the VM. You would have to buy another copy of Windows 8 to do this -- which would provide you access to installation media making what you're asking unnecessary.

As always, since this is at least partly and significantly involving licensing, you need to verify things by reading your license agreement and potentially consulting with an attorney who knows the laws in your area.

Licensing Disclaimer
License information provided here is "best efforts". The comments of the respondents are based on interpretation of the license agreements and their knowledge of the particular laws and regulations in their geographic location. Laws in your location may invalidate certain aspects of the license and/or licenses can change. "They told me on Experts-Exchange" will not be a valid excuse in an audit. You need to contact the license granting authority to confirm any advice offered here.



When talking with TOSHIBA support they said we can use that for install. When we called them we told then our need for Windows 8 OS for the VM and was confirmed to run the recovery media apps and we would have & use the OS.

In our older notebook, an HP business, it was the same issued, but it came with OS within partition but unfortunately we couldn't find the steps we used to install the OEM OS to the Windows 7 VPC VM version for that machine.

Doesn't make sense if we purchased Windows 8 Pro and it's not allowed to installed within Windows 8 Hyper-V VM which came with this machine (this was discuss with the TOSHIBA tech).

There has to be a way.



Swipe in from the right and type: Recovery Drive.

The wizard would create a USB flash drive for recovering the OS.

Pass that through to the VM and it should boot to create your VM.



Tried all option in the "Install Option" screen to no avail (see epic below)



As in the USB drive that the Recovery Drive creator made? Boot from it using a boot order prompt on the system.

Windows 7 Pro Licensing Portability

Windows 7 Pro Licensing Portability

I'm pretty sure this a licensing problem.

I have a couple of SATA hard drives with copies of Windows 7 Pro on them.
I tried to put them in an old Dell OptiPlex GX520. This chassis shows it as Windows XP as the last supported O/S.

The drives try to boot to the Win 7 system but fail shortly after the POST. After a second attempt, it comes up to the Launch Recovery option screen. I run that, and then it asks to be able to connect to Microsoft to help correct the problem. I have yet to do that as if I need to pay to re license these drives on a different chassis they were installed on, I want to be sure they are healthy first.

In theory, this should run on the OptiPlex GX520, but slowly, but I have seen Win 7 machines run on lesser resources.

Do you think I'm looking at licensing issues or hardware incompatibility?



This is not a licensing issue, Windows would still boot all the way into the OS if that was the case. You're likely looking at a hardware compatability, firmware, drivers, etc... type of issue. If the OS was installed on those hard drives with the configuration for a different workstation you won't be able to plug-and-play into a completely different system.



This is not a licensing issue, Windows would still boot all the way into the OS if that was the case. You're likely looking at a hardware compatability, firmware, drivers, etc... type of issue. If the OS was installed on those hard drives with the configuration for a different workstation you won't be able to plug-and-play into a completely different system.



Thank you. I have had success doing this back in the 9x/2000/XP days.
I guess those days are over now.
I have very limited fiscal resources here, and building "Frankensteins" was a good money saver. Unfortunately, most of my spare part "inventory" of SATA based systems predate Win 7.
I only tried it because I do have a vendor who has been kind in terms of dollars spent re-imaging my XW class HP workstations to Win 7. Some were Vista but not Win 7 capable on the HP site, but the problems are few and minor, and the depot service price is sweet.
I guess I had it in my head from another Win 7 problem that the O/S called to the firmware level now for licensing validation from MS. I must have been misinformed about that.
Again, thanks.



"I guess those days are over now." - your portable installation does not start anywhere - not with 2000, nor with xp. Only if the drivers for the hard drive controller are found, it will boot. That's still the same with windows 7.



Just seeing this now.
There's one in every crowd.

Ne dis jamais, jamais, McKnife.
Google that.

There a great many things I like about working in technology and one I do not. It seems there always has to be that one person...Reminds me of a person I met about a year back. I choose not to have a "smart" phone. A portable calling device not Internet connected is fine for me, but since I don't have a smart phone, he declared me techno ignorant. Amazing what puts a bulge in some peoples' trousers.

I made a blanket statement in generic terms. I did NOT specify if I had taken a Dell FDD with 98SE on it and put it in a similar HP chassis nor did a I say that I took a Lenovo SATA drive with XPP and put it in an Equus 2K chassis. But, I guess I said just enough to be told what I've done in the past that has indeed worked did not work, anywhere, ever. If so, I currently have three real good hallucinations currently running on the network. I guess I'm just hard drive controller lucky?

I don't know where this attitude comes from where some must always snipe and indict from behind the duck blind of a screen name based on a penny's worth of information. I personally don't know everything and can learn from others, hence the purpose of this forum. Others apparently mopped up God's work on the 8th day. To them, I say it is time to get out of Mommy's basement, lose the Gameboy, trade that 30 pack of Bud Lite for a 750 ml imperial IPA of your choosing, and get over yourself.

No doubt, the defense will raise personal accreditation, certifications, and a list of technological acuity that buttresses foundations from Redmond to Cupertino, none of it verifiable, but the prosecution doesn't care.

"Your virtual personality does not start anywhere-not with human, nor with animal. Only if the decorum for common courtesy is found..."



Dear afrend.
This is no attitude. This is not meant offensive. This is no sniping.

Maybe my English ain't good enough, but, when I wrote "your portable installation does not start anywhere - not with 2000, nor with xp" this does not equal saying "your portable installation will start nowhere at all". It should be understood as "portable installations as the one you created may or may not start - simply depending on the harddrive controller". And that is true, I know what I am talking about since I have shifted around installations from one hardware to the other hundreds of times, with NT4/2000/xp/win7/8.x and all servers there are.

"No doubt, the defense will raise personal accreditation, certifications, and a list of technological acuity..." - come on. You simply misunderstood what I was trying to say. I saw that you believe something has changed from 2k/xp to win7 - which is not the case. I am trying to help you understand what is going on, in a friendly way. If it doesn't look like this, if you are seeing some bored smartass that just likes to hear himself talk wisely, you are wrong :) This has never been my intention, sorry if it looked like it.

You got me wrong, completely wrong. Nevermind :)

PS: "Ne dis jamais, jamais, McKnife. Google that." - no need, my french is fairly good.

Moving web from 2003 to 2012R2

Moving web from 2003 to 2012R2

I was moving web sites from 2003 to 2012r2

I post this on Windows 2012 IIS 8
http://domain.dot/salesmen/salesmen.exe?prVelduAr210 Garðabæ
And the result is:prVelduAr210 Garðabæ


I post this on Windows 2003 IIS
http://domain.dot/salesmen/salesmen.exe?prVelduAr210 Garðabæ
And the result is:prVelduAr210 Garðabæ

The web was working fine on 2003 but on 2012 there is some codepage or ISO trouble who I cannot figure out.



Unfortunately, the information you are including in your question does not make it possible to offer suggestions.

You need to define what the application is on the 2003 and whether all the options/extensions/application pool settings that are needed there (32 or 64 bit ASP) you need to match on the 2012.


Content type (UTF-8), versus on the 2003 it is Latin1 ISO 8859-01?



Unfortunately, the information you are including in your question does not make it possible to offer suggestions.

You need to define what the application is on the 2003 and whether all the options/extensions/application pool settings that are needed there (32 or 64 bit ASP) you need to match on the 2012.


Content type (UTF-8), versus on the 2003 it is Latin1 ISO 8859-01?



I found out it's browser issue. It works fine with Chrome and IE on all workstations at my office except my workstation, only Chrome works right not IE. The reason might be I am running Windows 10 tec.preview. on my workstation.







Adding Windows 8 machines to domain

Adding Windows 8 machines to domain

We are converting our teacher computers over to Windows 8. Once that is done, how do I assign them to the domain?



standard way how also e.g. win 7 is added into domain.
search for System (or look in Control panel) and under Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings choose Change settings. Then fulfill domain name you are going to join to and type credential of user who has permission to join computers into domain



standard way how also e.g. win 7 is added into domain.
search for System (or look in Control panel) and under Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings choose Change settings. Then fulfill domain name you are going to join to and type credential of user who has permission to join computers into domain



Yes. I agree with the above. Make sure your systems say Windows 8 Pro. The most common distribution of Windows 8 so far is Windows 8 (no identifier). That is Home and won't go on a domain. Also, you need to be Server 2008 or higher.



@BobbaBuoy - Thank you and I was happy to help.





AOMEI program interfering with AHK

AOMEI program interfering with AHK

Hi, today I downloaded a backup/restore program called AOMEI from: and immediately noticed that my favorite program "AutoHot Key" was no longer working. I went to the AHK folder, right clicked it and re-ran the script and it came back on. So I restarted the computer and the same thing happened. What it tells me is that somehow, AOMEI is killing AHK on startup.

Any ideas on what I can do to fix this? I sent AOMEI an email but no response. I picked this particular program because of it's high scores but I may have to dump it and get something else. Thanks in advance.

From: http://www.backup-utility.com/help/?adb



Hi Carlos,
I never heard of AOMEI and don't know why it is interfering with AHK. I can't help you with you AOMEI, but if you're interested in alternatives that play nicely with AHK, I can make some recommendations. But first I need to know if you want a backup/restore program that is folder/file-based (that is, backs up and restores folders/files) or one that does cloning/imaging (that is, backs up and restores whole drives and/or partitions). Btw, where did you see that AOMEI has "high scores"? Regards, Joe



Hi Carlos,
I never heard of AOMEI and don't know why it is interfering with AHK. I can't help you with you AOMEI, but if you're interested in alternatives that play nicely with AHK, I can make some recommendations. But first I need to know if you want a backup/restore program that is folder/file-based (that is, backs up and restores folders/files) or one that does cloning/imaging (that is, backs up and restores whole drives and/or partitions). Btw, where did you see that AOMEI has "high scores"? Regards, Joe



Hi Joe, I am looking for a good reliable cloning/imaging program. I spent quite a bit of time researching various programs but after checking the review on Amazon and other places I was really disappointed. Even the well known name like Norton and Acronis have terrible reviews. This web site compares twenty similar programs (some of which are free) and AOMEI was one of better ones. See here:https://www.raymond.cc/blog/10-commercial-disk-imaging-software-features-and-backuprestore-speed-comparison/

AOMEI's site:From: http://www.backup-utility.com/help/?adb

Like I say, the reviews were extremely disappointing in terms of the reliability of the product as well as the service aspect so I decided to try out a freebee and see if it would work, Had no idea there were so many free ones out there.
Hope this helps.



Carlos,

In my not-so-humble opinion, the Raymond link is all wet! I have had great success with Casper (which isn't even on their list):http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

It is the best cloning/imaging software I have ever used (and, of course, works perfectly on machines with AutoHotkey installed). It is absolutely reliable! It has never failed to clone properly.

It works on W7, W8, and W8.1, all in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions. I run it every evening in the wee hours (it utilizes the Windows Task Scheduler to schedule jobs) on numerous machines to clone the hard drives (a mix of HDD, SSD, and hybrid). It has an intelligent cloning mechanism so that it copies only the necessary tracks. The first run takes a while, but after that, it's extremely fast. It can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one.

Aside from using it every day on many computers, I have used it to clone to new drives frequently, especially to SSDs in recent years. It's not free, but it's reasonably priced and worth every penny. I'm 100% confident that you'll be satisifed with it. Btw, I used Acronis previously, but now prefer Casper.

Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial, Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper, showing how to do it. As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer. Regards, Joe



Looks like AOMEI and AHK are using the same startup process. In Start - search pane type MSCONFIG and start the found tool.
There in section Startup see if you have AOMEI listed. If yes - uncheck it. Save changes and see if this fixes your problem.
If not then look for an alternative.
For example free backup imaging tool http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/



Joe,I'm sold. btw you did an excellent video on the use of it. I just have a couple of questions for you that will help me understand the difference between cloning and imaging. I would like to have it on record here so I can refer back to it if I ever need to. You can respond by simply using the 1, 2, 3, (numbers) to make it easier.

1) When cloning, you make an identical copy of your internal hard drive on to an external one which you can use not only as a backup but (provided) you have a bootable original repair disc, you can use the external drive to reinstate your internal drive so that it's working 100% exactly as it was prior to the crash. - Two questions here, what if you just want to replace a missing folder or document which you have deleted by mistake. Can you do that? - The other is, can you disconnect the external drive and reconnect it a week later and have it pick up where it left off or would it have to make an entirely new copy?

2) When imaging you also transfer an exact copy of the internal drive on to an external one but when time comes to reinstate your computer, you have to buy and install a new internal drive before you can transfer the image back. Is this correct? That's what I read on one of the sites.

3) Lastly, I looked but could find out if the $50.00 price is for one computer or if you could use it on two. Do you happen to know?

Thanks for your help.
Carlos

Domain Rename Unsuccessful

Domain Rename Unsuccessful

We have a single label AD domain with one Exchange 2003 server. We want to get to Exchange 2010. We went through the process of the domain rename operation yesterday using the 2003 rendom tools on a 2003 control station and it does not appear to have worked.

2003 functional level
2 - 2003 domain controllers
2 - 2012 R2 domain controllers
1 - 2003 Exchange server
All clients are WinXP or Win7
Domain name is abcde and we want to get to abcde.local
The NetBIOS name can remain the same.

LDAP lookups still work with old domain naming convention but not with the new one.
We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.
Any help or a step by step would be greatly appreciated. There has got to be an easier way.



We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.

I suggest you do this and see if you can get back to your original domain name. It is a very complicated undertaking - one that I would not do. Can you live with your existing name?

I have looked at the following Microsoft Article before and backed away.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx



We are considering restoring the system state on all domain controllers to before we started.

I suggest you do this and see if you can get back to your original domain name. It is a very complicated undertaking - one that I would not do. Can you live with your existing name?

I have looked at the following Microsoft Article before and backed away.

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/bb405948.aspx



Off topic comments removed

Mr Wolfe
Community Support Moderator



We have to do this to get to Exchange 2010.

Am I wrong?



Here are the current results from rendom /list


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02be16a8-b594-401c-a5b6-d6fcca2c59a4
ForestDnsZones.********.local



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e51c27c5-603f-4567-8b75-bfd6ffea06e0
DomainDnsZones.********.local



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969f2f93-e2ad-49ac-92f9-c5c861fd5e84
DomainDnsZones.********



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18d643b3-c41c-4a6c-82e8-8314c4640638
ForestDnsZones.********



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36b93f66-4141-4199-998e-9c65e6653ab6
recordtrak
********




I have not needed to change domain names to get to the next level up of server. By now, however, all my clients are using hosted Exchange, so I have not had to move Exchange. Even for Exchange, I was under the impression there was not need to change.

I cannot tell explicitly from log, but it appears you might be trying to remove "local" from the systems. Is this what you wished to do?

Where are user values stored in Informatica 9.6.1?

Where are user values stored in Informatica 9.6.1?

Hello. We recently upgraded our Informatica environment to 9.6.1. The server and installation is fine, the warehouse is fine, my questions are around the users accessing Informatica resources such as PowerCenter Client - Workflow Monitor, Workflow Manager, etc. Users access the Informatica resources via Citrix, XenApp 6.5.

In previous versions, we were able to define the domain information (we have more than one environment, for example, dev, test, prod, etc.) in the domain.infa file. The corresponding information was then put in the registry on the local Citrix server. This enabled us to place the file and registry information on each server and it would then be available to all Citrix users access to the same 'Repository' list. However; what is happening now since the upgrade, it is only retaining 1 item in the list instead of all of them. The user then has to go to Repository, Configure Domains and redo this each time they launch because if they try to connect with the one item left in the Repository list, they will get "PDSF_56008, Cannot connect to Domain (domain_inf) to look up service (coreservice/usernamangementservice)". So essentially, they have to go through, Select Repository, and Configure domains. The issue is, these changes are not being saved and the user has to set this up each time they launch the application whether it be on separate Citrix server, or even if they access the same one.

So, my question, where is the central location for these settings in Informatica 9.6.1? Is there any new permissions required at the user/Windows Server 2008 R2 level?

Any information would be appreciated, I've been searching online, but not finding anything that defines what file or location these settings are stored.

Thank you in advance for your help.



Most of the app settings usually store under citrix profile. Domain information need to be create under citrix profile on first time. I prefer its better to check with informatica support for applciaiton config details.



Most of the app settings usually store under citrix profile. Domain information need to be create under citrix profile on first time. I prefer its better to check with informatica support for applciaiton config details.



We disregarded this and ended up having the users setup the information when they connected. Therefore, we are no longer maintaining this at a corporate level.



There was no resolution.





cannot install .net 3.5 on windows 2012 via add roles/features

cannot install .net 3.5 on windows 2012 via add roles/features

hi, I have a windows 2012 vm on hyperv. I cannot get it to install .net 3.5. I go via the add roles and features wizard. tick it and then tell it the location of the dvd and I've tried a mounted ISO.
when I install, I then get
installation of one or more roles services or features failed.
the source files could not be found. try installing the roles........
click specify an alter.......

I have been using e:sourcesxs

I've also tried
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /all /Source:e:sourcessxs /LimitAccess
and get to 66.2% with the source files could not be found.....

HELP, any thing else I can try



Try it again using the ".NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistributable" before Updates install C++ again.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=65
I think that is the correct redistributable.



I had the same issue on a new Windows 2012 R2, I had to uninstall VC++ 2012, then I could install3.5



I have just removed VC ++ 2012, it was part of avg, also removed that and hasn't worked



How about any other VC++?



There were two, but none now



Try it again using the ".NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistributable" before Updates install C++ again.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=65
I think that is the correct redistributable.

vbs to delete and move folder

vbs to delete and move folder

Does anyone have any code they can share to perform this task
If this this folder exists - %localappdata%int42, delete it
then copy folder \servernameint42 to %localappdata%
then
if this folder exists %localappdata%int43, delete it
then copy folder \servernameint43 to %localappdata%

Hope that's clear and someone has done something similar.



Give this a try:



Give this a try:



thank you for that I get error line 1, character 13, expected end of statement?



How are you running this? It should be saved as a VBS, and run from a command prompt like:
cscript yourname.vbs

~bp



It was an issue with our deployment, tool, apologies, your script worked perfectly. Thanks so much.



Windows shortcut keys

Windows shortcut keys

Please provide me with a complete list of Windows shortcut keys that can be used to do things such as maximizing, minimizing, and moving windows as well as opening commonly used Windows functions such as the run dialog box, Windows Explorer, etc.



https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/126449



https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/126449



Since one of your Topics is Windows 8, here's the list for W8.1:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-8

Regards, Joe



This is a good site. It gives you shortcuts for all windows machine. From xp->windows 8
http://www.shortcutworld.com/en/win/Windows_7.html



Here are a couple more I don't think I saw on those lists are:Alt-Spacebar-M: move active window
Alt-Spacebar-S: re-size active window

Backspace: Go back to previous page in Internet Explorer
Shift+Backspace: Go forward to next page in Internet Explorer (will only work if you have gone back a page or more)
Tab: Go to next item
Shift+Tab: Got to previous item

Windows Logo + R: Run
Windows Logo + E: Open Windows Explorer
Windows Logo + L: Lock Windows
Windows Logo + M: Minimize all windows
Windows Logo + D: Minimize/Restore all windows

Unlike WinLogo+M, WinLogo+D will switch you between the desktop & all open Windows, so you can toggle back & forth between them. Hitting WinLogo+M will just minimize everything, but won't bring anything back up if you hit that again.

ALT+F4: Close active window or app, will bring up log off prompt for Windows if "focus" is on taskbar or desktop

This page has some Windows Explorer-specific shortcuts such as "ALT+Up Arrow" to go up one level in Explorer:https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee851673.aspx



WDS Server

WDS Server

Hello Guys,

I am bit stuck with WDS server problem, I have build and configured the WDS server on my Exi 4.0 server ( on virtual machine ) it is working fine.
But when I capture the image on my build computer and click the upload captured image on WDs server. it comes up with error.
The path cannot found. i tired using Server IP address and even server Name but no success. I tired Shit +F10 key for command prompt and can not even ping the WD_server. ( WDS is virtual machine on EXI4.0 server )
Can any one help what is the reason

Thanks in advance.
Regards
Ramay



you need to add the network driver to the windows pe (boot.wim).. a quick check is using ipconfig to ensure that you are getting a valid ip address.

dism /add-driver /driver:
A complete walkthrough is available @ https://community.landesk.com/support/docs/DOC-29823



you need to add the network driver to the windows pe (boot.wim).. a quick check is using ipconfig to ensure that you are getting a valid ip address.

dism /add-driver /driver:
A complete walkthrough is available @ https://community.landesk.com/support/docs/DOC-29823









How to replace a Windows 7 profile

How to replace a Windows 7 profile

How to replace a Windows 7 profile

I have a domain windows 7 desktop which has issues in the profile so wanted to know the safest way to remove or rename the current profile and then login again for a new profile to be created. Please let me know steps and best and safe ways



http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7



http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/fix-corrupted-user-profile#1TC=windows-7



You can log in with another user that has administration rights.

Next you go to c:users

Rename the the folder that you wnat to rename to Old profile, by this way if you want you can recover some info from that profile in case you need it in the future.

Now log of and then log in with the user that you renamed the profile.


By this way a new profile will be created.


Regards



First question I would have is are you using a local or roaming profile?



My Computer Properties, Advance system settings,

Click on advanced, In user profiles click on Settings,

Select the user name and click on copy to , Select a drive where you want to copy user profile.


Now go to C: Users Select user name and rename or delete the user profile (Login using admin rights)



How to access my RWW or access my server using RDP/MSTSC from outside
the office when port 443 is already in use

How to access my RWW or access my server using RDP/MSTSC from outside the office when port 443 is already in use

I have a Windows 2012 R2 Domain controller (VM) & Exchange 2013 with all the roles on another Windows 2012 R2 (VM)

These both virtual machine are hosted on Windows 2012 R2 single physical IBM machine.

I have forwarded port 443 using my router to Exchange 2013 private IP 192.168.5.5 (web access to exchange OWA)

Now I want to access Remote Work Space (RWW) that is enabled on the Domain Controller

I have found that its is also using port 443.

My router supports single wan connection. Cisco RV120W
(http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/routers/rv120w-wireless-n-vpn-firewall/index.html)

So i can only use single IP address (though my ISP has allotted 5 public static IP)

How to access my RWW or access my server using RDP/MSTSC from outside the office.



1. Create a VPN. That gives unlimited access to the LAN resources, as you can use the internal IPs and ports. Probably not what you want to do for now.

2. Use a different public port, and map that to the real IP and port.

3. Create a virtual web root on the Exchange IIS with redirection to the real server (no clue how to do that, though).



1. Create a VPN. That gives unlimited access to the LAN resources, as you can use the internal IPs and ports. Probably not what you want to do for now.

2. Use a different public port, and map that to the real IP and port.

3. Create a virtual web root on the Exchange IIS with redirection to the real server (no clue how to do that, though).



thanks for the suggestion
sorry i missed mentioning that I don't want to setup or connect through VPN



There are still 2 other suggestions ...



I am trying option number 2.

Port Forwarding Rule Table
Action Service Status Source IP Destination IP Internal Port
Always Allow rww Enabled Any 192.168.5.2 443
Always Allow mail Enabled Any 192.168.5.5 443

Custom Service Table
Name Type ICMP Type / Port Range / Protocol Number
mail TCP 443 - 443
rww TCP 444 - 444

from out side the network i am trying:
https://mail.mydomain.com (this is landing at exchange owa & working fine)

https://rww.mydomain.com:444 (this is not working)



Can you try (just for test) to redirect 443 to RWW for a short time? Just seeing if the HTTPS port is all you need, or you have to redirect 987 too.

Windows Updates Fail to Install

Windows Updates Fail to Install

I run W7 Pro Sp1 64 bits. My Windows Update ultility had not worked since Sep, 2014. I attemped to resolve this by running the MS Fixit utility ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058) and SFC /scannow as administrator. Some updated downloaded but most failed.

I then restores my OS and software to its state in Aug 2014 using the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery utilty. Windows Update now runs, then asks me to restart, after the restart it has not however installed any updates. Please see attached two screenshots.

All suggestions gratefully received.



Given what you have done, now it is time consider to consider a Windows 7 Repair Install. You need a working recovery partition or a Windows 7 DVD. Here is a Seven Forums Tutorial to assist you.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html



Tail the windowsupdate.log as well as any event log that could shed light what the issue is. Check for a conflict between the updates and what might be required update/app.

Your images are not helpful in the pursuit of determining the cause.

What other applications are installed on the system.

Are you able to install an update at a time?



Go to the Microsoft Update Troubleshooter site and run the FIxIt there or the manual steps.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971058

After that, open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW. Allow to complete, close out and now shut down, start up and test.

Please let us know.



Thank you both.
John - I try the Fixit utility and SFC again
Arnold - I am attaching the W Update Log. I was running Outlook and web browsers only (with Norton Anti Virus)



Also run the System Update Readiness tool:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821



I have implemented all reccomended measures but without apparent success. I am attaching the windowsupdate.log only for the most recent update event. I would very much appreciate your conclusions. Please note the the log states that I declined the installation of an update. This is not accurate.

Port in a Windows environment

Port in a Windows environment

What is a port in windows environment?
Where to configure the ports?

During SCCM 2012 installation two ports have to be enabled.. 1433 & 4022? What are these and where to enable these ports?

What ate inbound rules and what are outbound rules?

Please help me.

Thanks,
Venkat



You configure them in the firewall

Port http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_%28computer_networking%29

a port is an application-specific or process-specific software construct serving as a communications endpoint in a computer's host operating system. A port is associated with an IP address of the host, as well as the type of protocol used for communication. The purpose of ports is to uniquely identify different applications or processes running on a single computer and thereby enable them to share a single physical connection to a packet-switched network like the Internet.

it basically is a sub address of the computer, so that OS knows which program shoud get the data

The inbound and outbound rules you define in the firewall. You specify which computers (IP, IP ranges, local network...) can communicate with your computer and on which ports (since every software has a default or specified port, you thereby define which software on the computer is accessible from outside (server)- inbound, or can start to communicate to outside (client) - outbound)

Cheers, D



You configure them in the firewall

Port http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_%28computer_networking%29

a port is an application-specific or process-specific software construct serving as a communications endpoint in a computer's host operating system. A port is associated with an IP address of the host, as well as the type of protocol used for communication. The purpose of ports is to uniquely identify different applications or processes running on a single computer and thereby enable them to share a single physical connection to a packet-switched network like the Internet.

it basically is a sub address of the computer, so that OS knows which program shoud get the data

The inbound and outbound rules you define in the firewall. You specify which computers (IP, IP ranges, local network...) can communicate with your computer and on which ports (since every software has a default or specified port, you thereby define which software on the computer is accessible from outside (server)- inbound, or can start to communicate to outside (client) - outbound)

Cheers, D



Please refer below mentioned technet article for same. It has all detailed information.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb632618.aspx



Hi,

I just felt this could help you understand better..

Port
Picture a bay where there are lots of private boats are docked. The overall location is called a seaport, literally a port at or on the sea. Everyone wanting to dock thereÑrequesting landing servicesÑuses the same port. Seaports work with berth numbers assigned to individual boats. The port name and the berth number combine into the "who, what, and where" of boat identification.

In geek-speak, berth numbers on the Internet are Internet Protocol or IP addresses, a user's numerical identifier on the Internet. Depending on connection type and service provider, a user's IP address may or may not remain the same with each connection to or "docking" on the Internet.

A computer port is a type of electronic, software- or programming-related docking point through which information flows from a program on your computer or to your computer from the Internet or another computer in a network. (A network, by the way, is a series of computers that are physically or electronically linked.)

In computer terms, a computer or a program connects to somewhere or something else on the Internet via a port. Port numbers and the user's IP address combine into the "who does what" information kept by every Internet Service Provider.

Ports are numbered for consistency and programming. The most commonly used and best known ports are those numbered 0 to 1023 dedicated for Internet use, but they can extend far higher for specialized purposes. Each port set or range is assigned specialized jobs or functions, and that's generally all they do. Usually, all identical system services or functions use the same port numbers on the receiving servers.

More about Port on http://whatismyipaddress.com/port

What is a firewall?

A firewall is a software program or piece of hardware that helps screen out hackers, viruses, and worms that try to reach your computer over the Internet.

What are Firewall rules?
A security system that uses rules to block or allow connections and data transmission between your computer and the Internet..

What is a Inbound Rule?
Inbound rules explicitly allow, or explicitly block, inbound network traffic that matches the criteria in the rule.

What is a Outbound Rule?
Outbound rules explicitly allow, or explicitly block, network traffic originating from the computer that matches the criteria in the rule.

Read on...for more here
Understanding Firewall Rules
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd421709(v=ws.10).aspx#bkmk_Whatisaninboundrule

Hope that explains everything to get started..

Please keep us posted if you need help with any specific configuration that you neeeded this information for - we are here to assist you further

Hope that helps :)



Thanks



Difference between specify the system sleep timeout vs specify the
unattended sleep timeout"

Difference between specify the system sleep timeout vs specify the unattended sleep timeout"

Can someone explain the difference between the following two sleep setting: "specify the system sleep timeout" vs "specify the unattended sleep timeout" other than what is stated in the explanations.

The unattended sleep timeout explanation states "when a user is not present at the computer." The other states a period of inactivity.

My assumption is that unattended sleep timeout refers to when there is no one logged into the system and the other refers to when someone is actually logged in? Just wanted to see if that was correct.



This may help you better understand the difference, of what it is:
"System unattended sleep timeout" is how many minutes the system will wait idle after waking up in an unattended state before automatically going back to sleep or hibernation.

If the computer wakes up from sleep mode and is not used by you and is idle, then it will go back to sleep mode after this timeout period.



This may help you better understand the difference, of what it is:
"System unattended sleep timeout" is how many minutes the system will wait idle after waking up in an unattended state before automatically going back to sleep or hibernation.

If the computer wakes up from sleep mode and is not used by you and is idle, then it will go back to sleep mode after this timeout period.



Totally had the wrong idea of what it was. Can you give a an example of what would wake a system up from sleep mode? I assume you are referring to something other than a human doing something like jiggling the mouse.



let say it is in sleep mode and if the network card has the ability to wake the system up and if it does and there is no activity that timeout will come into effect, if nothing else happens, no logging in, not typing -- the system will then go back into sleep mode based on the System unattended sleep timeout. does that help?



Yes. Good explanation. Thanks



How can I tell if a client is using Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Update.

How can I tell if a client is using Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Update.

Attached is the an image of my clients computer properties. How can I tell if it's Windows 8.1 or 8.1 Update.

Thanks in advance.



Type winver in the Run dialog box (Windows key + R)

The second line will tell you the version of Windows 8.1 that's installed.

Version 6.3 (Build 9200) = Windows 8.1
Version 6.3 (Build 9600) = Windows 8.1, Update 1



Type winver in the Run dialog box (Windows key + R)

The second line will tell you the version of Windows 8.1 that's installed.

Version 6.3 (Build 9200) = Windows 8.1
Version 6.3 (Build 9600) = Windows 8.1, Update 1



you could also go to the metro interface and if you see a search icon to the right of your username, the update is installed



Windows 8.1 is a different operating system to Windows 8. The method above or Computer -> Properties will tell you between the two.

"Update 1" was nothing significant and was just a run of the mill Windows update. If the machine is even modestly up to date, you have "Update 1"



How would one determine if the machine is [even] modestly up to date,John?



How would one determine if the machine is [even] modestly up to date <-- Updates are usually ON and so just run Windows Update and take a look.

Update 1 is not identified except it has a KB number that you would have to look up.

The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.

The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.

The Windows Modules Installer service entered the stop state.
after 10 min
The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.



The Windows Modules Installer service entered the stopped state.
after 10 minutes.
The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.



The Windows Modules Installer service entered the stopped state.
after 10 minutes.
The Windows Modules Installer service entered the running state.



that service will stop if there is no work for it to do.. those are informational messages and not something to worry about.



The problem is that I have a service for Dentrix its a dentist program, and it just stop randomly and stops the programs communication. I need to go in and start the service again.



so how does that relate to the windows module installer service?
It doesn't so why didn't you say so in the first place?
In the service properties under recovery what do you have for first failure, second failure subsequent failures?
Restart this service? What is causing the failure?



I don't know what's causing the issue that why im asking the experts.

The Modules Installer service is acting the same as the program service. and it's affecting the communication to the server.

How can I run Windows applications on Android?

How can I run Windows applications on Android?

If I cannot to that, I need to access remote desktop using WiFi



Short answer: You can't.

Long answer: Possibly using an emulator such as DOSBox. However you don't specify what applications you want to run. Using DOSBox old Windows 3.1 and Windows 9.x (95, 98, ME) can be installed plus apps. However performance could likely be slow.

Not guaranteed to work.



Short answer: You can't.

Long answer: Possibly using an emulator such as DOSBox. However you don't specify what applications you want to run. Using DOSBox old Windows 3.1 and Windows 9.x (95, 98, ME) can be installed plus apps. However performance could likely be slow.

Not guaranteed to work.



Microsoft has an RDP version for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android&hl=en

-saige-



As for the second part of your question possibly TeamViewer http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/mobile.aspx or LogMeIn https://secure.logmein.com/welcome/android/



@dbrunton - I was thinking about recommending Teamviewer. ;)

-saige-



Can I connect with WiFi?

Puppet Open Source Deployment for Windows

Puppet Open Source Deployment for Windows

Hi Experts,

I am a newbie in being a DevOps and I am mostly familiar with infrastructure support and implementation.

I need to setup a puppet environment from scratch for my workplace using open source puppet.

I need inputs, guides and help in creating this environment.

I will post a series of steps that i have taken for this environment.

My main problem so far is how to use puppet opensource to push config on a group of nodes rather than waiting for the agents to pull or update from the server, I think puppet enterprise has this function, but I'm not sure if this doable in open source puppet.

Hoping for the experts to help me in this concern,

More power and thank you EE!



While there are some "hacks" to make puppet push changes to a range of hosts, it's not really meant as doing so ...

If you are looking into puppet and don't mind to introduce some open source into your network, I'd take a look at Foreman, it's a lifecycle management tool that integrates with a lot of technologies and leverages puppet. You can use that to push out changes (to groups or all), it keeps track of your servers (monitoring), it's the complete package... It's sorta like the puppet enterprise web front end, but open source. If you want to go a step further you can also take a look at katello.



While there are some "hacks" to make puppet push changes to a range of hosts, it's not really meant as doing so ...

If you are looking into puppet and don't mind to introduce some open source into your network, I'd take a look at Foreman, it's a lifecycle management tool that integrates with a lot of technologies and leverages puppet. You can use that to push out changes (to groups or all), it keeps track of your servers (monitoring), it's the complete package... It's sorta like the puppet enterprise web front end, but open source. If you want to go a step further you can also take a look at katello.



Hi spravtek,

I don't really mind adding open-source tools to my network, my main concern is efficiency, and easy tools to work with.

Can you send me links or guides in setting up foreman? I know its easy to install but handling foreman itself would be the next challenge



I'm sorry, I've seemed to completely lost track of this one ... Strange.

Anyway... Maybe by now you'll have found the website for Foreman and its documentation. This is a good place to start because it will be the most up to date... That being said, here are some other links that will help you get to grips with Foreman:
Link1
Link2

As I said, these links do not only help with installing, but also will guide you through installing a first module, which will give you an idea of what is possible using Foreman.

Again, sorry for the late reply.



hi sparvtek,

I will read on the links you have sent me.

thank you very much for the response :)



I was wondering how i can handle a number of hosts at the same time or like a "group" pushing a config from the foreman

Windows 7 - Windows & Fax -The incoming call cannot be answered as a
fax call (Windows 7 with USR5637 modem

Windows 7 - Windows & Fax -The incoming call cannot be answered as a fax call (Windows 7 with USR5637 modem

Hello,

I have a Windows 7 Professional running Windows Scan & Fax. Machine has a US Robotics modem (USR5637) connected. Installed drivers that came with the modem.

When trying to receive faxes, the S&F lists that it has answered the call as a fax. However, after some time the call fails and I just receive a message "The incoming call cannot be answered as a fax call.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Real-Timer



Are you connected to a POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) line or something else?
Many VOIP and PBX systems are incompatible with faxing. My first test is to plug in a regular phone and test calling with it. My second would be to try to send a fax.



Are you connected to a POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) line or something else?
Many VOIP and PBX systems are incompatible with faxing. My first test is to plug in a regular phone and test calling with it. My second would be to try to send a fax.



Do you have another fax modem? I had issues with some US Robotics. Can you send faxes? What does the fax modem in device manager (Control Panel) indicate? Properly installed? Also check out Phone and Modem in control panel.



We used to have an SBS 2003 with a USR serial modem. This worked fine. We've had to decomission that server, and replaced with a Windows 7 machine with the USB modem to handle fax funcions. Prior setup worked fine so I'm quite sure the line is okay.



So what happens when you send a fax?



Windows 2003 and Win7 are VERY DIFFERENT Windows. USR does work but not all of them. Can you tell us what you get from the previous comments I/we made (Can you send faxes? What does the fax modem in device manager (Control Panel) indicate? Properly installed? Also check out Phone and Modem in control panel. Do you have another fax modem--does it say it is Win7 compatible?)

Force Windows firewall GPO to override existing, predefined Remote
Desktop rule?

Force Windows firewall GPO to override existing, predefined Remote Desktop rule?

Hello all,

I have a Remote Desktop TCP GPO for Windows Firewall that only allows clients with specific IP ranges to connect. When I apply the GPO, it is being overridden by the pre-existing Remote Desktop rule. When I disable the existing rule locally, my GPO works fine.

I don't want to have to manually disable the existing, default rule on all the servers I deploy for this purpose. I want to set up a GPO once in Active Directory that:
1. Restricts RD access to the IP ranges I specify.
2. Overrides the existing, more relaxed local firewall policy for remote desktop.

Having trouble getting good search results on this one so I thought someone could help.

Thanks.



Local Policies with also get applied with the domain policies. What you could do is in your GPO disable the local policies which will then apply your domain policies.

Will.



Local Policies with also get applied with the domain policies. What you could do is in your GPO disable the local policies which will then apply your domain policies.

Will.



Hey Will,

I've been trying to figure out how to use GPO to disable that local Remote Desktop policy but haven't been able to figure out how to do it. I was able to create the new rule I need for Remote Desktop but it is not overriding the existing. I'm not seeing how to disable the existing local one.



The link below illustrates how to disable merging on the local firewall policy via GPO, which should do the trick.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc732770%28v=ws.10%29.aspx

Will.



Though Will has a solution, it is a dangerous one. If we disable local fw policies, all the exceptions that programs have set (believe me, there will be many) will become inactive, which might break many things.

I recommend to use a domain start script instead that deletes or modifies some rules using netsh.exe.



I found a solution the other day. I'm going back to it to see if it matches any of these....

Ken.

How to open control panel as administrator right on Windows 7

How to open control panel as administrator right on Windows 7

Hi Expert

How to open control panel as administrator right on Windows 7
for convenient sometime I would like to uninstall or change static IP Address on standard user account

Best regard



Open an elevated command prompt. There are numerous ways to do this. One is Start>All Programs>Accessories then right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator". Then in the command prompt window, type start control and hit the Enter key. Regards, Joe



Open an elevated command prompt. There are numerous ways to do this. One is Start>All Programs>Accessories then right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator". Then in the command prompt window, type start control and hit the Enter key. Regards, Joe



Thank you so much



You're very welcome. Happy to help. Regards, Joe





Powershell script needs "warm up" to run from java code

Powershell script needs "warm up" to run from java code

Hi all,

I need to run ps scripts from my java code in order to set performance monitor counters value.
For that I use the following line:



Hi Tal,

You may find that the execution policy is preventing you from running the script from within java.
Try setting your execution policy to unrestricted in your profile and have another go.



Hi Tal,

You may find that the execution policy is preventing you from running the script from within java.
Try setting your execution policy to unrestricted in your profile and have another go.



Hi Guy,

I tried your proposal.



Hang on, did you run it in an Admin powershell locally? or did you update the PS1 script call?

That error tells me you probably updated the script to something like this:final String PS_COMMAND = "Powershell.exe set-executionpolicy Unrestricted -File .\myscript.ps1";

That would be incorrect as you are calling the set-executionpolicy cmdlet which has no -file argument. try this instead



ScreenHunter-02-Jul.-16-16.13.jpg 57 KB



Yup, That's incorrect. I just did what I told you not to do... lol - I forgot to remove the "set-"

Updated

windows 8.1 still asks for password on wakeup

windows 8.1 still asks for password on wakeup

Helping a friend with a Toshiba laptop, Windows 8.1 64-bit

Currently configured with a Local Account. Under Control Panel/Power Options/Require a password on wakeup/Change settings that are currently unavailable:
Don't require a password is selected.

Yet, every time the laptop wakes up from sleep, it asks for a password.

Help!



I find my machine more secure with password required.

On the Control Panel screen, where you changed the Password Option, when you allowed changes to be made: Are the shutdown settings all checked? Or are some of these unchecked.



I find my machine more secure with password required.

On the Control Panel screen, where you changed the Password Option, when you allowed changes to be made: Are the shutdown settings all checked? Or are some of these unchecked.



No, Hibernate is unchecked (just like on my PC here - if I would choose to not require a password on wakeup, I would then not be prompted).

I understand - but his laptop never leaves his home. There is a trade-off between security and convenience, and I think he's OK as is. He is a casual user, email & browsing mainly. Now, my PC and laptop both require passwords on wake-up. There is more at stake, on my machines.



You might try the following on the user's machine. This is a suggestion and I do not know if it will work.

Turn UAC OFF (Temporarily ONLY). This forces a restart. Set the user password property again. Now go back and turn UAC ON (never leave it off). This forces another restart.

Any change?



One thing is password after waking, the other is the password protected screen saver - these mechanisms might both happen at the same time. Turn off the screen saver password requirement as well.



McKnife, the SS password is not set - nor is any screen saver.

John - have not heard if that worked yet.

Windows update failed

Windows update failed

Windows update failed. I ran their fixit program and it failed also
See attached error report



start with the normal repair, from an elevated command prompt (run as administrator)



start with the normal repair, from an elevated command prompt (run as administrator)



You can also try resetting the Windows Update components which is outlined in this article: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058



i uninstall the latest 2 updates - then retry



pcorathers --
"Windows update failed"
We may need more information. What failed, how and when?
But you have two problems. One is when WinUpdate failed and another when you ran the Windows Update Diagnostic tool.
The latter is often caused by corrupt operating system (Windows) files.
If you know when the problem started, try a System Restore.
If no help or you cannot remember the last time you ran the Diagnostic Tool or a Windows Update successfully, run SFC /SCANNOW from an administrative Command Prompt.

And if still no help run a Repair Install.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3413-repair-install.html
This should not affect your personal data or installed programs but a backup first is always a good idea.



Thanks you all!

Sorry I have been overwhelmed with work. I have not had a chance to review the solutions. I have tried Resetting the components, the Windows Update Diagnostic tool, system restore and the SFC/Scannow, without any success. I also ran ccleaner, spybot, malabytes and Windows defender scans.

I will work on this over the weekend, and let you know the results

SQL Database Full Backup Failing to Barracuda 690 Appliance

SQL Database Full Backup Failing to Barracuda 690 Appliance

Hello, I have a nightly full SQL backup job that runs on my Barracuda 690 appliance. It has been failing for a few weeks now. Initially there was an "not enough memory to complete this operation", so I increased the memory from 8GB to 32GB on the VM.

It worked for one evening, then I began receiving the error below:

CRITICAL SQL: STATE - [4] Native error: [18210] Message: [[Microsoft][ODBC
SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]BackupVirtualDeviceSet::SetBufferParms:Request large buffers failure on backup device 'device6DEC69E9'. Operating
system error 0x8007000e(Not enough storage is available to complete this
operation.).]


I've confirmed both partitions have more than adequate space. I've done some research and attempted to apply a hotfix, but I think it was outdated because we're on SQL 2005 SP4 on Server 2003.

Any input is greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

Jacob



Are you using SQL Native backup or some 3-rd party software?
Is the SQL Server MAX memory set to some value in order to leave some available for other processes on that server? If you have 32GB now please set that MAX value to 28GB and try again. It is under SQL Server properties - Memory setting - "Maximum Server Memory (in MB)"

http://saveadba.blogspot.ca/2012/03/request-large-buffers-failure-on-backup.html

Here's some advice from Symantec if you use their backup software and is exactly related to SQL 2005 on Windows 2003

https://support.symantec.com/en_US/article.TECH180899.html



Are you using SQL Native backup or some 3-rd party software?
Is the SQL Server MAX memory set to some value in order to leave some available for other processes on that server? If you have 32GB now please set that MAX value to 28GB and try again. It is under SQL Server properties - Memory setting - "Maximum Server Memory (in MB)"

http://saveadba.blogspot.ca/2012/03/request-large-buffers-failure-on-backup.html

Here's some advice from Symantec if you use their backup software and is exactly related to SQL 2005 on Windows 2003

https://support.symantec.com/en_US/article.TECH180899.html



Ok, the Maximum Server Memory is currently set to 2147483647 MB. I only modified the VM's physical memory.

Do I still need to decrease it 28GB?

Thanks!



Mandatory to do that as SQL Server will use as much as it can therefor causing possible memory starvation and if it operating was OK on 8GB (before you increased it to 32GB) it will me more than OK on 28GB Max RAM.
Actually this is one of the Microsoft recommended setting on SQL servers:
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2008/03/sql-server-2005-setup-checklist-part-2-after-the-install/
https://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/jonathan/how-much-memory-does-my-sql-server-actually-need/


and for VM's please download "Running SQL Server with Hyper-V Dynamic Memory - Best Practices and Considerations" from https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sqlserver/bb671430.aspx

You should also consider/look at "Using Lock Pages in Memory Option with SQL Server " http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918483



Are you running on a 32bit or 64bit system?
The question if for Windows and SQL Server.



@lcohan I will read those article and see what will work best.

@Vitor Montalvao Server 2003 is x64 and SQL 2005 is x86.

Cant connect to the Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V

Cant connect to the Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V

Hi,
Sorry for my bad english. I actualy have a problem with the Hyper-V role. He is running under Windows 2008 R2.
I've created a VM but i can't connect to.
I've got a popup that tels me that the cresidentials are not good.
It says something like
Your sys admin doesn't allow the use of default cresidentials to connect to the computer, localhost 127.0.0.1 because his identiy can't be verified.
Change your informations

Any idea is wellcome.

Thank's a lot



Please post an IPConfig /ALL from the host.

Host workgroup or domain joined?



Please post an IPConfig /ALL from the host.

Host workgroup or domain joined?



Hi,
The server is not on a domain nor a domain master; is juste in a workgroup

This is the return of the ipconfig /all


Configuration IP de Windows

Nom de l'h“te . . . . . . . . . . : ns27100
Suffixe DNS principal . . . . . . :
Type de noeud. . . . . . . . . . : Hybride
Routage IP activ‚ . . . . . . . . : Non
Proxy WINS activ‚ . . . . . . . . : Non

Carte Ethernet Connexion au r‚seau local 6 :
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte de commutateur r‚seau virtuel Microsoft #2
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-15-5D-14-33-00
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Oui
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui
Adresse IPv6 de liaison locale. . . . .: fe80::3ce0:1100:56bb:cbdf%39(pr‚f‚r‚)
Adresse d'autoconfiguration IPv4 . . . : 169.254.203.223(pr‚f‚r‚)
Masque de sous-r‚seau. . . .ÿ. . . . . : 255.255.0.0
Passerelle par d‚faut. . . .ÿ. . . . . :
IAID DHCPv6 . . . . . . . . . . . : 654316893
DUID de client DHCPv6. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-19-EE-DE-0F-B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5A
Serveurs DNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
NetBIOS sur Tcpip. . . . . . . . . . . : Activ‚

Carte Ethernet Connexion au r‚seau local 4 :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5709C NetXtreme II GigE (client NDIS VBD) #4
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : B8-AC-6F-14-2A-60
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Oui
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Ethernet Connexion au r‚seau local 3 :
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5709C NetXtreme II GigE (client NDIS VBD) #3
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5C
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui
Adresse IPv6 de liaison locale. . . . .: fe80::41a2:8ae9:1692:455d%14(pr‚f‚r‚)
Adresse IPv4. . . . . . . . . . . . . .: 192.168.20.51(pr‚f‚r‚)
Masque de sous-r‚seau. . . .ÿ. . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Passerelle par d‚faut. . . .ÿ. . . . . :
IAID DHCPv6 . . . . . . . . . . . : 364424303
DUID de client DHCPv6. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-19-EE-DE-0F-B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5A
Serveurs DNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
NetBIOS sur Tcpip. . . . . . . . . . . : Activ‚

Carte Ethernet Connexion au r‚seau local 2 :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5709C NetXtreme II GigE (client NDIS VBD) #2
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5E
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Oui
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Ethernet Connexion au r‚seau local :
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom BCM5709C NetXtreme II GigE (client NDIS VBD)
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5A
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui
Adresse IPv6 de liaison locale. . . . .: fe80::1d0d:559e:a515:a7c5%11(pr‚f‚r‚)
Adresse IPv4. . . . . . . . . . . . . .: 192.168.253.101(pr‚f‚r‚)
Masque de sous-r‚seau. . . .ÿ. . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Passerelle par d‚faut. . . .ÿ. . . . . : 192.168.253.254
IAID DHCPv6 . . . . . . . . . . . : 246983791
DUID de client DHCPv6. . . . . . . . : 00-01-00-01-19-EE-DE-0F-B8-AC-6F-14-2A-5A
Serveurs DNS. . . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.253.101
NetBIOS sur Tcpip. . . . . . . . . . . : Activ‚

Carte Tunnel isatap.{0223A8D5-B0D3-4C55-9BEF-E44204AEE069} :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte Microsoft ISATAP
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Tunnel isatap.{71FD1AFA-F222-40B7-ACFD-DF84E39EDCF2} :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte Microsoft ISATAP #2
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Tunnel isatap.{B397AC33-54B1-4774-BFD2-28BA7AD3B195} :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte Microsoft ISATAP #3
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Tunnel isatap.{1907C0DB-7892-43A6-8A94-A6F7C5DA5F32} :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte Microsoft ISATAP #4
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Tunnel Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui

Carte Tunnel isatap.{545E83FD-4CFF-4087-B44C-FF98055C0465} :
Statut du m‚dia. . . . . . . . . . . . : M‚dia d‚connect‚
Suffixe DNS propre … la connexion. . . :
Description. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Carte Microsoft ISATAP #5
Adresse physique . . . . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
DHCP activ‚. . . . . . . . . . . . . . : Non
Configuration automatique activ‚e. . . : Oui



Have the host and the remote management machines been configured to work with each other? We use HVRemote to set that up.



Ok I try with HVRemote but still not work.
I've added user admin and another and i still can't connect to the server



If you can access the Host Hyper-V locally, connect/start the VM, verify what IP is bound to the connection, enable remote desktop and explicitly add username@local credentials to access via RDP.

windows 2012 file share issues.

windows 2012 file share issues.

i have a strange situation going on. if i save a file from one computer to the shared network drive on the server and attempt to browse to that file on another computer it does not show up for a period of time. hitting refresh does not help. is there a cause for this latency? the network consists of a windows 2012 R2 server, 1 xp workstation, and the rest are windows 7.



Offline files are likely the issue then. If the folder is offline, it'll tale a sync before it goes to the server for other machines to see. Slow links, unreliable switches, or bad NIC drivers (especially on the server) can cause a folder to unexpectedly go offline. I don't recommend offline files in most LAN situations.



Anything else in the mix? DFS? Offline files? Misconfigurations there are the usual culprits.

As an aside, have you tested from one win7 machine to another? If you are relying on XP, you'll definitely see oddities. XP doesn't support SMB2 or SMB3, and is out of extended support by a year. It won't be patched and really doesn't like file servers newer than 2008 R2. Neither 2012 nor 2012 R2 work well without tweaking.



DFS is not running. The XP machine is only used to scan documents and save them directly to the server. It doesn't do much else. Offline files are being used on the Win 7 workstations.



Offline files are likely the issue then. If the folder is offline, it'll tale a sync before it goes to the server for other machines to see. Slow links, unreliable switches, or bad NIC drivers (especially on the server) can cause a folder to unexpectedly go offline. I don't recommend offline files in most LAN situations.





Classic Start menu

Classic Start menu

Hi, is there a program that converts Windows 7 Start menu to the Classic menu used in XP?



Yes, the excellent (and free!) Classic Shell:http://www.classicshell.net/

I not only don't like the W8 interface, I don't like the W7/Vista interface, so I've been using Classic Shell to give me the good old W2K (truly Classic!) interface on all of my Vista, W7, and W8 computers — and you can also get the XP interface if you prefer.

Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial that explains how to download, install, and configure Classic Shell — all of which happens in the 5-minute video, although you may want to spend another 10-15 minutes configuring its large number of options:http://www.experts-exchange.com/VP_211.html

Regards, Joe



Yes, the excellent (and free!) Classic Shell:http://www.classicshell.net/

I not only don't like the W8 interface, I don't like the W7/Vista interface, so I've been using Classic Shell to give me the good old W2K (truly Classic!) interface on all of my Vista, W7, and W8 computers — and you can also get the XP interface if you prefer.

Here's a 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial that explains how to download, install, and configure Classic Shell — all of which happens in the 5-minute video, although you may want to spend another 10-15 minutes configuring its large number of options:http://www.experts-exchange.com/VP_211.html

Regards, Joe



Another way to do what you want is to build a menu (or even a menu tree), that is a folder of short cuts in your personal folder on your desktop. I call the main folder of short cuts "A Smart Menu". It goes to the top of the folder, so when you click Start, your folder, up come all your short cuts just like XP. Works fine.



Love it. Just what I needed



I'm glad to hear that! Regards, Joe



Weird batch error when working with reg.exe

Weird batch error when working with reg.exe

Hello,

basically I am having a weird issue when I try to use a batch file to pull a bit of text from a text file - I try and turn it into a variable and then write that variable to the value of a registry key. It's fairly straight forward but when I execute the file, the reg part completely ignores the variable (the key ends up having /f in it, instead of what I want). See below.



Because it's xwowvar, not wowvar



Because it's xwowvar, not wowvar



Apologies, that must have been when I was putting it in here - it made no difference.



Can you upload your TXT file here, the exact one you are using?

I suspect it may not have normal Windows end of line (EOL) syntax, and may have either just a single carriage return, or a single line feed at the end of a line.

~bp



See attached.



Ah, that's a unicode file, so you can try this.

Windows 7 automation: Screen Resolution - Set Monitor as main display

Windows 7 automation: Screen Resolution - Set Monitor as main display

From excel, and using the terminology of ControlPanel// Display/ Screen Resolution, how do I use code to set my PC laptop's screen as the MAIN DISPLAY?

My project uses an extension screen, and I must ensure that the property of 'Main Display' is not altered when I use automation to fit the dimensions of office Application windows to their respective screens.

Thanks,
Kelvin



Sorry! My references (above) to automation and code served to indicate the need for a programming solution.
Thanks



Sorry! My references (above) to automation and code served to indicate the need for a programming solution.
Thanks



What do you mean by "from excel"?
Are you looking for something like this *link removed*. and have you tried the Windows Key + P?



Thanks lionelmm, this HELPS ME...

Firstly, just to clarify, I run excel, plus an instance of the MS Visio application in early binding to the excelApp. An extension monitor is added to my laptop PC and, via vba, I can automatically re-position the excel and visio app windows, and user forms, so they present a tidy layout to the user.

However, the code supporting this re-positioning requires that the PC laptop monitor is the MAIN Monitor of the two.
Vba function MonitorEnumProc, DETECTS if the extended monitor is the main monitor, but I dont have the code procedure to RE_SET the PC laptop monitor as the MAIN MONITOR, whilst KEEPING the DUAL-monitor setup in use.

YOUR LINK to stackoverflow is very interesting. I found that Windows 7 key + P always sets the laptop monitor as the MAIN monitor, even if the extended monitor was previously the main monitor. SO! I'd like to try to use it for the above!

Please can you help me for one more step? In the stackoverflow answer:
DisplaySwitch.exe /external
notepad.exe
..... this batch file [will] open notepad and it will always open and switch to the external display only.
(actually I have never made a batch file).... but..... I guess that the following will switch to the extended monitor setup with laptop monitor as main monitor:
DisplaySwitch.exe /extend
notepad.exe

I dont know how to write a batch file, and I need to use the SWITCH function in real time, when excel is being used.
Can I use a batch file for that, or should I write a different sort of module code procedure?

Many thanks indeed for your help
Kelvin



@Kelvin4

A comment was deleted just above your first comment, probably because it was a 'blind' link. I'll check for you what happened.

Gerwin Jansen
EE Topic Advisor



Hi Gerwin:Thanks - that's kind.
I did read and respond to that that comment (Kelvin42015-04-02 at 17:11:08ID: 40703397).
Useful progress has now been made with another expert.

Regards,
Kelvin

Performance effect of moving swap, hiber, and temp on non-boot HDD to
save boot SSD space?

Performance effect of moving swap, hiber, and temp on non-boot HDD to save boot SSD space?

I have a new PC on order, my first with a SSD drive. I also have a hybrid HDD/SSD. If I move the swap file and temp directory from the SSD C: drive to the hybrid D: drive, I should have more room on C: Accessing them on D: will probably be slower, but will Win7 use the processor cores/threads concurrency to regain some of that speed? I have 32G of RAM so I expect only a small number of RAM-intensive applications to cause swapping, correct? As for the temp directory, I don't know how much Win7 uses it and thus the need for SSD speed. I have the same question about the hibernate file, but I rarely hibernate my desktop and don't care much how long it takes. Lastly, the same question about C:Documents and Settings or just C:UsersUSERNAME.

Thank you.



With 32GB of ram you should not have any performance affecting swapping.
Usually, you have to leave a swap space on the boot drive of at least 200MB.
It is safe to add swap space on the second drive as mentioned before, the 32GB of ram means it is unlikely that you will run into a swapping issue unless you try to load up a 60Gb file for editing.

Depending on what it is your system is doing, SSD means your system will boot faster, your applications will launch faster.
Access to SSD is much faster than access to a standard HDD

In memory speed performance, memory is fastest, SSD is next, hybrid is next, HDD is next.

The hybrid SSD is SSD+magnetic HDD that includes logic that it migrates frequently accessed data from the HDD onto the SSD within the hybrid drive to improve performance.



With 32GB of ram you should not have any performance affecting swapping.
Usually, you have to leave a swap space on the boot drive of at least 200MB.
It is safe to add swap space on the second drive as mentioned before, the 32GB of ram means it is unlikely that you will run into a swapping issue unless you try to load up a 60Gb file for editing.

Depending on what it is your system is doing, SSD means your system will boot faster, your applications will launch faster.
Access to SSD is much faster than access to a standard HDD

In memory speed performance, memory is fastest, SSD is next, hybrid is next, HDD is next.

The hybrid SSD is SSD+magnetic HDD that includes logic that it migrates frequently accessed data from the HDD onto the SSD within the hybrid drive to improve performance.



Thank you. I read somewhere that temp is used a lot (my current PC temp is 81 files and directories, 10GB in size) suggesting it should be on the SSD--do you think having temp on the hybrid drive and thus accessed more slowly would be partially compensated for by Windows presumably being able to use the concurrency of multicores and multithreading? Or would Windows just not take advantage of those for temp? I suppose 10GB isn't so bad, and maybe I should start deleting the deletable (not in use) temp files and directories when I shut down.

I read that relocating my user profile to another (the hybrid) drive is easy. On my current PC my profile is hundreds of MB and that does not include any multimedia files because they are on a separate drive. As with temp, I wonder if the performance hit from having my profile on the hybrid drive would be helped by having multiple cores and threads--or would Windows not take advantage of those for accessing my profile on the hybrid drive.

--Doug



temp is often supposed to be cleared on system reboot.
Data in that directory is often when you install applications, drivers that need a temporary location to expand the files, etc.

There is no need to move/relocate TEMP.

There are different ways to relocate the users
one if planned from the begining deals with creating a partition on a second drive of XG and then instead of mounting it as a drive, mounting it as a path c:users
though should that drive fail, you might run into issues loging as c:users will not be there ....


The other you can relocate the profile to another drive or relocate certain folders i.e. My documents, Application Data, Start, and Desktop.

You might be attributing some slowness or perceived slowness to the wrong components. The profile on ssd is the fastest, relocating to the Hybrid should only be considered if you need more space. there are ways to create "link" for certain files to go a directory on the hybrid drive.

The following times, your system access your profile.
On login. It needs to load your user registry.
When you want to access your my documents.
When you launch an application, the user portion of the registry is consulted for settings, etc.
when you refresh the display of your desktop if you have files, shortcuts, etc.
When you hit the start button, if you have custom start menu applications.
etc.
When you want to save data into my documents or open one from there.


In your case, depending on how large the SSD is and how you plan to use the system,
You could install the OS/applications on the SSD and data portion of any application onto the hybrid.
Make sure to periodically backup your OS/Applications to the hybrid as well as backup your hybrid data to an external source.

Depending on the model/CPU type/speed you should be fine.

Here is the general breakdown of the system components from fastest to slowest
Processor
memory
ssd storage
hybrid storage (analytically adjusted by vendor built-in logic"
Removable cd/dvd, USB, etc.
user input



Thank you. I will think about that moving part of my profile to the hybrid drive. My space problems are that I have only 256GB of SSD but: a) I have about 120 applications (I am used to having a 2TB C: drive); and b) applications put lots (10's of GB) of data in my profile (documents and settings).

Regarding my swap file: On my current PC I have it fixed size at the maximum size recommended by Windows, and another duplicate on another drive, hoping for some concurrency. As you recommended, I doubt I have to worry about swapping much. I was thinking to have just one swap file on the hybrid drive.



Windows 2012 R2 -- HyperV template ?

Windows 2012 R2 -- HyperV template ?

I do NOT have Microsoft System Center.

What sites like below do you recommend so
I can create my own simple step-by-step document
for HyperV template creation ?

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

http://windowsitpro.com/hyper-v/easily-maintain-hyper-v-template-image
http://blog.ittoby.com/2013/01/quick-hyper-v-vm-templates.html



Neither. The first is not really a template, but a patch methodology that, frankly, is valid, but time consuming and painful to the point that you'd pay for system center in two months through labor savings alone.

The second is just asking for corruption.

If you need a cheap alternative, grab MDT. Use it to automate your build process. Then you get a clean sysprepped image from MDT "a template" and can rerun task sequence once every month or two and get an updated, yet still pristine and predictable gold image. Many deployment experts use this approach both within hyper-V/VDI, but also for mass client deployments outside of VDI. It is that robust.



Neither. The first is not really a template, but a patch methodology that, frankly, is valid, but time consuming and painful to the point that you'd pay for system center in two months through labor savings alone.

The second is just asking for corruption.

If you need a cheap alternative, grab MDT. Use it to automate your build process. Then you get a clean sysprepped image from MDT "a template" and can rerun task sequence once every month or two and get an updated, yet still pristine and predictable gold image. Many deployment experts use this approach both within hyper-V/VDI, but also for mass client deployments outside of VDI. It is that robust.



We use a number of third party Cloud services built on Microsoft's Windows Azure Pack (WAP).

We also deploy clusters for on-premises solutions.

The time it takes to provision a VM in WAP is about the same as it takes us to provision and load a base OS off a Windows Server OS ISO.

If you are looking for a more template driven structure such as base DC, RDS, Exchange, SharePoint, and such then it may be possible with MDT as Cliff mentions.

We use OneNote to store all of our PowerShell and configuration steps as images are searchable in OneNote (PowerShell command snips garnered from the Web for instance). We use ON for our template. :D







Can I shrink the size of someone else's content in a Windows 7 window?

Can I shrink the size of someone else's content in a Windows 7 window?

I'd like to have several instances (windows) of stock charts on my screen at one time.

I could conceivably have 4 windows (maybe more) if I could shrink the size of the stock graphs that appear in each window. Right now, they are so large that I can only display two windows next to each other on my 12-inch laptop screen.

Is there anyway to resize the entire content in a window to, say, reduce it by 45%?



If you increase the screen resolution, all windows should decrease in size.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows7/change-your-screen-resolution

If this makes your fonts too small. you can increase their size independently.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/change-windows-fonts#1TC=windows-7



If you increase the screen resolution, all windows should decrease in size.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows7/change-your-screen-resolution

If this makes your fonts too small. you can increase their size independently.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/change-windows-fonts#1TC=windows-7



Are these in browser windows? You can generally resize the content of browser windows.



gbmcneil --
There are several ways to do this.
One is, when the windows to the various pages are opened, right click on the taskbar and click "Show windows side by side".



The window size is usually controlled by the application, so just shrinking the content would not help. And obviously the other way round does not work either (many applications are able to scale the results to fit into the current window).

Maybe the application can get tricked by using some virtual screen solution, splitting the screen into parts presented as full screen to the application. E.g. if the application thinks the screen is VGA only (640x480), it will scale the stock graphs accordingly.



Hello All -

jcimarron, says that I can resize the windows. No problem there. However, it is the content within certain windows that I'd like to reduce.

Eirman says to change the resolution of the entire screen. Yes, I understand that can be done. But then I'd have to dedicate an entire computer to the multi-paneled windows because there are other applications that I would like to display at their larger, more desirable size.

Your on, paulmacd. You say that "you can generally resize the content of browser windows. Please tell me how.

Getting "Internet Explorer Not Responding" messages when IE is not open

Getting "Internet Explorer Not Responding" messages when IE is not open

I have a customer where several times a day she gets a popup stating "Internet Explorer Not Responding" when IE is not open. What could be causing this? I looked and didn't see any services or processes pertaining to IE.



I would check for viruses and malware. Run your own scan followed by Malwarebytes. The reason I suggest this is because IE is not open. It will not "stop working" when it is closed.

You can try running System File Checker. Run SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt, allow to complete, restart and test.

You can also set up a new, test Windows User Account (User Profile). If IE works correctly in the new profile, the current profile could be damaged.



I would check for viruses and malware. Run your own scan followed by Malwarebytes. The reason I suggest this is because IE is not open. It will not "stop working" when it is closed.

You can try running System File Checker. Run SFC /SCANNOW from an admin command prompt, allow to complete, restart and test.

You can also set up a new, test Windows User Account (User Profile). If IE works correctly in the new profile, the current profile could be damaged.



Yes, I ran malwarebytes earlier but still showed up. I was thinking about uninstalling IE (or it's updates) and reinstalling it hoping it will fix any corrupted files.



In addition to my above steps, you can try the following:
Go to Programs and Features, Windows Features and remove (uncheck) Internet Explorer. Restart (you will be required to). Go back, enable (check) IE and restart again. Now test.

Do the other suggestions above as well.



Thx, will try that and provide feedback



it looks like some software tries to start IE
so look in task scheduler, and event viewer for more data on it

did you run these?
http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php MBAM
http://majorgeeks.com/RogueKiller_d6983.html Roguekiller

Powershell scripting : GET-WMIOBJECT

Powershell scripting : GET-WMIOBJECT

Dear All,

From my windows 7 entreprise, I launched this powershell script.

Get-credential
$computer= read-host 'computer name?'
cls
write $computer
(GET-WMIOBJECT win32_operatingsystem -computername $computer).Name;
(GET-WMIOBJECT win32_operatingsystem -computername $computer).OSArchitecture;
(GET-WMIOBJECT win32_bios -computername $computer).SerialNumber;

The result I got is :
modtestjj
Microsoft Windows 7 Entreprise |C:windows|DeviceHarddisk0Partition1
64 bits
PB58LNG

How can I get the result like this

ComputerName OS version OS architecture Serial number
modtestjj Microsoft Windows 7 64 bits PB58LNG



Hi,

does this help?



Hi,

does this help?



Thks Guy,

But I would like to use the read-host value.
When I add it, it give me nothing

Thks

JJC



A couple of things, what are you doing with the credential? You are asking for it but not doing anything with it.

Secondly, are you running this as a .ps1 script?



Here is the script using the provided credentials... save it as a .ps1 and just run it.



I am running this as a ps1
If I am working from a computer that does not have admin rights I have to log off then log back in with admin credentials to run the script, correct?.
So, that the reason why I input a log in windows

JJC

Create or Modify an Environmental Variable with a script

Create or Modify an Environmental Variable with a script

Hi

Was looking to create create an environmental variable to point to a licence server, however the script overwrites the existing values.
strComputer = "."
Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\" & strComputer & "rootcimv2")

Set objVariable = objWMIService.Get("Win32_Environment").SpawnInstance_

objVariable.Name = "LM_Licence_File"
objVariable.UserName = ""
objVariable.VariableValue = "27004@servername"
objVariable.Put_

Is there a way to set it so that if the variable name already exists (in this case LM_Licence_File)it adds to it (except when the value already exists)



Have you tried this, it should set the variable permanently:



Have you tried this, it should set the variable permanently:



Or did I misunderstand the question, do you want to concatenate a new value if it's already set? In that case something like:



And I guess the cleaner way to do that would be:





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