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Windows Server 2019 is back again!

Windows Server 2019 is now re-released, and available already through VLSC.

EvalCenter and MSDN still missing the release, but should follow soon...

https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/11/13/update-on-windows-server-2019-availability/
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Windows 10 1809 is back... and with Mapped Network Drives Bugs!

Download the ISO from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
But wait, there's more! Just when you thought it might be safe to update:
You [may] experience the following issues in Windows 10, version 1809:

    In Windows Explorer, a red X appears on the mapped network drives.

    Mapped network drives are displayed as Unavailable when you run the net use command at a command prompt.

    In the notification area, a notification displays the following message:

Could not reconnect all network drives.
More info here:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4471218/mapped-network-drives-don-t-work-in-windows-10-version-1809

And yes, you SHOULD be using GPOs instead of legacy batch scripts to map your network drives.

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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks for the info about your experiences John.

I had other more serious issues myself, but as I said, all now resolved. All info will be included in my article :)
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by:Andrew Leniart
As promised, the article has now been written and submitted for editing.

For anyone interested, it can be viewed and read at the following link:

Upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1809 - A documented experience of the entire process


Cheers... Andrew
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Listen Up!

IPv6 is here to stay. Removing it can break networking. Do not remove it.

SMBv1is a security hole and has been removed from Windows 7 & above, Server 2008 & up.
SMBv1 has been removed meaning you cannot connect to old operating system, old NAS devices and old printer/scanners.
SMBv1 is a security hole. Do not enable it.

Window 10 is going to update. Get used to it. The people who turned Windows 7 updates off and then blamed Microsoft when their operating got hacked and hosed caused this.

Home group has gone (Windows 10 V1803 and up). Get used to Password Protected sharing and learn how to use it. I wrote an article about this  (look in my Articles for Folder Sharing on modern computers). Do not turn passwords off.

Windows 10 is not Windows 7, does not work like Windows 7 and has dispensed with some old Windows 7 ideas. There is no going back. Get used to it.

You got ransomware from people opening email from strangers. Get a Spam Filter. Train Employees, keep Off-Site backups. It is not a technology problem - it is a management problem.

Amortize expensive software and hardware to create cash for new equipment. "I am stuck on XP because the equipment is too expensive to upgrade" is not an option. Get your accountant to explain this to you.





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by:Brandon Lyon
I've run into trouble with IPv6 before where it was necessary to disable it. The last one I remember was related to some exotic VPN and router conflicts. I agree with Andrew, the on/off switch for IPv6 was a really easy fix and caused no issues. In an ideal world IPv6 would just work. Also in an ideal world buying new equipment might be an option. Alas we don't live in an ideal world.
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by:John
We use fairly standard and well known router and VPN boxes and they all seem to work with IPv6.  However, all this stuff will evolve over time.
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Have you been having problems with Windows 10 Pro suddenly not being activated?  Well, there's a reason for that...

https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/08/microsoft-is-having-activation-server-issues-right-now/
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https://www.ru.nl/publish/pages/909282/advisory.pdf
Solid State Disks (SSDs) often implement hardware full-disk encryption in a way known as Self-Encrypting Drives
(SEDs). Several implementations of SEDs have been analysed by reverse engineering their firmware. Many have security vulnerabilities that allow for full recovery of the data without knowledge of any secret when you have physical access to the drive.
BitLocker, bundled with Microsoft Windows, relies exclusively on hardware full-disk encryption if the drive indicates support for it. Thus, for these drives, data protected by BitLocker is also compromised.

Sweet, isn't it? Now go check your drives... all of them.
manage-bde -status c: | findstr /i hardware && msg * You are possibly affected!

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by:McKnife
Andrew, it's batch code, not powershell code. Run it on an elevated command prompt. If you get a popup, verify your drive model. If the output is empty, you are safe to go.

[batch code can usually be run on the powershell, too, but not all batch code and the operator "&&" ("continue if last result is success") is unknown to powershell - that's why you see an error]
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by:Andrew Leniart
Andrew, it's batch code, not powershell code.
Doh! <blush>

Run it on an elevated command prompt. If you get a popup, verify your drive model. If the output is empty, you are safe to go.
Cool! I ran it on both my SSD drives and no output, so I guess I'm safe :-)

Many thanks for your help McKnife. Very much appreciated.

Andrew
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Recently I ranted about Windows 10 and the disappearing scroll bar on the start menu (was driving me nuts).   So digging around, low and behold, there is a setting for that under Settings, Ease of Access, Display:

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If this has been driving you crazy as well, welcome to some relief!
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September 2018 AV Comparison Results are now available.

Real-World Protection Test September 2018 – Factsheet
Malware Protection Test September 2018

Some surprising stats this issue. See how your preferred AV fared in the tests...

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There's an interesting new feature for Surface Pro devices that helps prevent battery death:

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/surface/2018/10/09/introducing-the-battery-limit-feature-for-surface-devices/
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by:Andrew Leniart
Great tip for Surface Pro users Brandon, thanks for sharing it.

I often leave my (now old) iPad2 plugged in 24/7 next to my bed because I use it to listen to Audio Books that I buy from Audible and think something like that would be a top idea for that too. I'm surprised that IOS and Android developers haven't thought of including a feature like that for their devices. Wonder where I could make such a suggestion? Would make the various battery saving apps available all but obsolete.
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Regards, Andrew
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by:Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)
I haven't experienced that myself yet, but there are many things that Microsoft is doing that I find annoying, like I can't postpone Windows updates indefinitely or even for a reasonable time frame.   Worse, I can't schedule them the way I want.   They only allow for a 12 hour window of when the system is considered active.

I have one client right now where the VP often starts his day at 4:00 am, normal hours are 8 to 5 in the office, and some of the estimators work until 6 or 7.  So my down time is basically 8:00 pm till 3:00 am with them.

I understand there are technical reasons for some things they do, and that not everything can be taken into account, but the past couple of years, I feel like I've got handcuffs on when I work with Office and Windows.

The hiding scroll bar on the start menu in Win10 is driving me absolutely nuts at the moment.

Fun, fun, fun....

Jim.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Jim,
that I find annoying, like I can't postpone Windows updates indefinitely

A way has recently been found to address this problem in Windows 10.

I hope you find the following Question thread to be as interesting as I did, which shows an easy means of disabling (or turning off) Windows updates permanently until manually re-enabled.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29118745/Disable-Windows-Update-forever.html

Skip down to the last third of the comments for the solution to that problem. Quite an interesting piece of detective work by EE member McKnife :)

The hiding scroll bar on the start menu in Win10 is driving me absolutely nuts at the moment.

I feel your pain Jim! :)

Andrew
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MAC vs Windows

I've been using my MacBook Air laptop on and off for a couple of weeks now and I must say I'm suitably impressed with the Mac OS. It's turning out to be a surprisingly no-nonsense little workhorse. Though an avid Windows user for many years, I'm now finding myself wanting to reach for my MAC laptop far more often than my Windows laptop whenever I just want to just get some work done. The only thing I dislike about it is the built-in keyboard. A standard USB PC mouse (as opposed to an overpriced Apple mouse) seems to work fine for my limited needs as well.

It's not the first time I've used a MAC, but it's the first time I've actually seriously tried to use one productively. Frankly, I don't what the fuss is about with people who dislike this OS.
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software is relatively easy to install and manage
I've noticed that too. Rather than having to concern yourself with how many files are dropped here and there, to remove a program is just dragging the thing to the bin and you're done. I've yet to need to restart the machine unless I've applied an OS update.

Coming from Windows, installations I didn't find particularly intuitive and it was a small learning curve to figure out when a program was actually installed as opposed to installing or sitting on my desktop ready to be installed, but the system prompts helped overcome that until I did a little googling and the penny dropped. The process is certainly different, but compared to Windows, I would have to say considerably easier as well.

The cons tend to show themselves anytime you want to do something that Apple doesn't want you to do.
Indeed. That's something I've definitely noticed. I'm used to being able to configure everything to my own personal tastes and have struck walls a couple of times. As I always suspected, an Apple OS is an "our way or the highway" type of deal, which as a power user I don't particularly like, but I suspect that is one of the core reasons the OS seems to be so stable too.

I doubt I'll ever move away from Windows completely and I'm typing this on one of my Windows boxes right now, but anyone who can't acknowledge the value of the Apple OS for giving you a platform which allows you to do most things with a minimum of fuss, is in my view, and as "serialband" mentioned earlier, overly biased and simply not willing to give it a serious go.

On the flip side, I've been an Apple iPhone user since way back and always shied away from Android devices. Fed up with not being able to get decent apps to do what I wanted to do, I eventually tried an Android device with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone and am now able to do things like effortlessly record my phone calls, something I'd been trying to do on my iPhones for years without success. App support seems to be so much better.

Different strokes for different folks - but my recent experiences with both the Apple OSX and iPhone vs Android supports that it always pays to keep an open mind :-)
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by:Andrew Leniart
Think I may have just found the solution to my keyboard issues on my MacBook Air. Anyone using a Windows keyboard with a MAC?

https://9to5mac.com/2016/03/17/how-to-remap-windows-keyboard-buttons-match-mac-layout/

The above article shows how to remap the modifier keys only. What are some other good resources you know about?
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I have worked on Migration for Domain Controller from Windows 2008 Std / Ent version to Windows 2012 R2, with least downtime and Impact less to customer experience.
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Apple Service when purchasing a computer from them

I just ordered and purchased an Apple Mac Air laptop, along with a couple of genuine Apple accessories direct from Apple's online store and thought I'd share my experience when dealing with them.

The Positives

  • Firstly, the Chat support when purchasing I found to be outstanding. The representative I spoke to was highly knowledgeable when compared to other representatives I've chatted to from other Vendors like DELL and HP. All other vendors I think could take a page from the type of people they hire to assist potential purchasers from Apple.

  • Apple promised to keep me up to date with the progress of my order and every promise made was honored. This again I found to be excellent to experiences I've had with other Vendors, where I got (as an example) an SMS saying that my order was processed and would be delivered soon. That would be great if those SMS's didn't actually come until "after" the product was delivered. Apple's progress reports on the other hand, were all spot on.

  • The boxing of the products I ordered, being the Mac Air Laptop itself, an Apple USB Ethernet Adapter and a Lacie Porsche USB 3.0 1TB external drive were very nicely boxed.

  • The initial setup process for the new laptop was very nicely done and extremely easy to follow, with layman types explanations given every step of the way. The
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by:Lucas Bishop
Apple undoubtedly provides one of the best user experiences around. From the purchasing process, all the way through onboarding and then the ongoing relationship with the product -- all top notch.

The cost of their hardware I often justify (to myself), in the build quality and the fact that the accompanying operating system(s) (iOS, OSX, etc) is of equally high quality.

As far as the accessories go though, I sympathize with you on the price points. When I first bought my series 1 "magic mouse" I choked on the price, but went forth just because I wanted the multi-touch gestures (without having to use the touchpad). I've had the mouse for almost 9 years though, so I have to say the investment paid off. Those new wireless "magic keyboards" I haven't really looked into but I wouldn't be surprised if they last through a decade of heavy usage.
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The CloudEndureVolumeUpdater service has stopped: process exited unexpectedly On windows server 2012 R2. The CloudEndureVolumeUpdater service has been stopping and re-started getting event id: 4100 &  4098.
Somebody post the resolution for this service. I am very much frustrated by this.
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by:Brian B
You have entered this as a post, but it looks like you are asking for help. To get the best response from the Experts, you should probably re-submit this as a question using the "ask a question" button at the top of the page, or this link: https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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windows xp cannot initialize data binding software problem
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Did you mean to ask a question?  Click the blue Ask a Question button at the top of the page or follow this link https://www.experts-exchange.com/askQuestion.jsp
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TIP  SECURITY  ENCRYPTION & CERTIFICATES

In-place upgrade of encrypted Windows systems using reflectdrivers

Apparently since Win10 v1607 there exists a parameter "/reflectdrivers" in the Windows setup (setup.exe on the DVD / USB stick) see https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/windows-setup-command-line-options

This can be used to tell Setup the location of the encryption drivers (eg Veracrypt) and finally be able to perform upgrades without decrypting!

The Veracrypt developer shares this in a forum post and gives a syntax example for his product:

setup.exe /ReflectDrivers "C:\Program Files\VeraCrypt" /PostOOBE C:\ProgramData\VeraCrypt\SetupComplete.cmd

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Combine and Split PDF Files Free by SysTools PDF Split & Merge


combine and split pdfSysTools introduce Free PDF Split & Merge software to divide and combine multiple PDF files. This tool is compatible with all versions of PDF files and supports all Windows operating systems. It is a freeware program that can be easily downloaded from the official website in order to combine and split PDF files. Some of the benefits of the tool are given below:






                                                                         
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                                                                             2- Combine multiple PDF documents without any limitation
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                                                                             5- Tool is simple and easy to use


                                                                            https://www.systoolsgroup.com/pdf-split-merge.html




                                             




                                             


   
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#25: When creating a virtual machine on VMware vSphere, always try to use the VMXNET3 network interface, which will need VMware Tools installing first! The Intel E1000 interface should only be used when installing an OS. Linux distributions often include the VMXNET3 interface by default, but you will find Windows OS does not include the VMXNET3 interface, so when installing a Windows OS, use the E1000 interface to complete the installation, install VMware Tools and then add a new interface VMXNET3, and delete the E1000 interface. Network interfaces are hot plug!

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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How to avoid dll-Hijack issue  ?

We have a normal C++ MFC application but we kept a .dll file in the same path where our application resides. When we start the application the dll file present in the current directory also loaded and fall in an infinite loop and our real application is non-responsive because the name of the dll is one of the System module dll that is loaded by the framework from the system path.

The reason is it look in the currentdir instead of the system path on Priprity of Dll search.
How we can avoid this dll hijack issue in Windows ?

Means how to avoid the search of dll from current directory rather look at system path at first priority
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by:Sudhansu Panda
I have added the following entry by opening the command prompt with Admin privileges

C:\windows\system32>REG ADD "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
\Session Manager\KnownDLLs" /v dwmapi /t REG_SZ /d dwmapi.dll
ERROR: Access is denied.

Can you let me know how to add the dll names here in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
\Session Manager\KnownDLLs entry
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by:Zoppo
Yes, to enter information in the registry in HKEY_LOCALMACHINE someone usually needs to be an admin.

It wouldn't make much sense if any user could change this, because each malware running with user right could change it too.
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#14: Deploy the vCenter Appliance (VCSA), it has been debated in VMware circles for many years, whether to use a physical or virtual server to host vCenter Server for Windows, a virtual server is supported by VMware, as a vCenter Server. But now the vCenter Appliance (VCSA) has the same features as vCenter Server for Windows, we think it makes sense to deploy VCSA (which is a virtual appliance), it saves a Windows license, the OS does not have to be patched monthly. Many VMware Admins seem to be put off by using vCenter Server virutally, but vCenter Server is only a management server, if it is not available, Virtual Machines don't just stop! You can still connect directly to each ESXi host and manage a host if need be! There are many benefits to hosting a virtual vCenter Server, Backup and Restore, DR is easier, Higher Availability if using VMware HA, in the event a host fails, all the VMs including vCenter Server (VCSA) will be re-started on a host. There is also vCenter High Availability (HA) - (VCSA-HA).

HOW TO: Deploy and Install the VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (VCSA 6.5)

So deploy VCSA today.

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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This is really not an article, just information.  I find that sometimes I need to run commands as administrator and this is only possible if you type the full command in after clicking the windows start menu.  For instance I can right click to get the disk manager, but since I am not running as admin, it can't open.  If I just type diskmgmt.msc and right click then select run as administrator.

In case anyone has this problem and doesn't know all the cpl and msc commands, try these pages:

https://www.lifewire.com/windows-run-command-guide-3401937
http://www.primemsp.com/content/msc_Shortcuts.aspx
https://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts/
https://www.pcsteps.com/1675-run-command-complete-list-windows/
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Great post Thomas. Thanks for sharing!
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#11: DNS (Domain Name System) - this has really go nothing to do with VMware vSphere BUT your VMware vSphere Infrastructure is ONLY as GOOD as your WORKING DNS (servers) for your organisation.  So please ensure you get into the habit, of understanding DNS, what it does, and ensure you have at least two working DNS servers, BEFORE you start implementing VMware vSphere. and DO NOT USE IP Addresses for ESXi servers, vCenter Servers, or any other VMware component. Use hostnames, and fully qualified domain names (FQDN) for everything in your  VMware vSphere environment, and this means pen and paper before you start implementing and writing down names of servers and IP Addresses, and then entering A Records for those in your DNS servers., and then check you can resolve those IP Addresses to hostnames, fqdn, and hostames and fqdn to IP Addresses.

Otherwise your installations WILL FAIL!

VMware vSphere is dependant on GOOD working DNS (this can be hosted on Windows, Linux, Unix)

Please see here

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.0/com.vmware.vsphere.upgrade.doc/GUID-1DD8E69C-4551-4C18-8698-7BFE01BEA8B7.html

If you would like to discuss this post further please post a question to the VMware Topic area.
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Andy's VMware vSphere tip#9: Use Templates. It surprises us, that many organisations waste time, cranking the handle, installing operating systems manually, by connecting an ISO, and doing next, next, next, reboot finish!

WHY!

Let vCenter Server do the heavy lifting for you, and spend some development time, creating Golden Masters for Windows 2012 R2, Windows 2016, Ubuntu 16.x etc - keep them patched and updated, create Many OS Customisations, and then when you get a service Request for a VM - sit back and Deploy from Template, which then Auto Renames the VM, Auto Joins domain, and is ready for hand over to the next team!

and you can sit back and take the pressure off.

If you have a SAN with VAAI enabled, deployment of templates will be very quick. (another TIP, do not have templates and VMs on the same datastore, create a datastore for storage of templates and datastore for isos).

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.vm_admin.doc/GUID-8254CD05-CC06-491D-BA56-A773A32A8130.html

Please post a question to the VMware Topic area, if you would like to discuss this further.
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