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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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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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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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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!

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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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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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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.

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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

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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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https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4100347/intel-microcode-updates-for-windows-10-version-1803-and-windows-server
Gee, more spectre2 microcode updates on the way for win10 1803. Those CPUs were not covered until now and are still not covered by previous windows versions and previous windows 10 builds (like 1709).
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Is there a known well tested functional SDK or API to query Hyper V guests OSs performace counters such as cpu usage, core usage, memory ? I know for example that VMware has its own SDK for that so I need similar.
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Windows 10 Version 1803 is just out in Production. 1.5 Hours left in April, 2018 . I think it is supposed to be named the April 2018 Update and it is still April.

1.5 hour install on my X1 (SSD drive) and so far, so good.

2.0 hour install on my M73 (7200-rpm hard drive). Still working but should be good.

Note: 1.75 hours actual install on my M73 and it is now running V1803

The wait is over.

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How Microsoft helped imprison a man for counterfeiting software it gives away for free

https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/25/how-microsoft-helped-imprison-a-man-for-counterfeiting-software-it-gives-away-for-free/

Wondering if he hadn't made these disks look like Dell's this would have made it to court.

I would guess he's either really annoyed someone or the DMCA supporters want a scalp.

He's organised, at his own cost, for 1000's of reinstallation DVDs for Windows 7 to be produced, in doing so he's had them made to look identical to the Dell DVDs that are shipped free when you buy a new computer.

This is where it gets messy legally.

Reinstall DVDs from manufacturers just contain software. They are provided "free" with a new PC.
(Actually there's a nominal cost to the PC manufacturer in manufacturing them but it works out at pennies - the convicted guy was creating these and his costs would have been a little higher as he was making 1000's while PC manufacturers make 1,000,000's). They have printed on them "Please do not make copies of this disk".

Windows software requires a license to use. When you buy your PC with Windows from Dell, Dell have bought a Windows license from Microsoft and are selling it on to you. The cost - around $20 compared to $140 for the full retail version.

The short version of the court case is two-fold - (1) Microsoft say they've lost out on 1,000's of $20 licenses AND (2) because the disks look identical to Dell's originals they …
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Exchange Admins,
Exchange Administrator of a O365 tenant that is using either DirSync or AADSync are no longer supported and may not work correctly. These tools are no longer supported as of April 2017, and after December 31, 2017 O365 team are not able to guarantee your connections from Windows Azure Active Directory Synchronization (DirSync) or Azure AD Sync work properly.  This may affect your ability to synchronize your local directory infrastructure with Office 365, and will result in users being unable to log in to their Office 365 services.

Recommended action
Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connect is the best way to connect your on-premises directory with Azure AD and Office 365.  Upgrade your sync functionality to the latest version of Azure AD Connect, which is the currently supported tool for syncing data to O365 cloud features.

Hope it helps.

Thanks
MAS
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Windows 10 V1803 does not appear to be out yet.

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday and Windows 10 V1709 DID update to 16299.371. No issue.

But if I run Updates again, all done - nothing to update.

I went to the Media Creation Link and run Upgrade this PC. That puts an icon on my desktop and it tells me I have the latest version. I did that yesterday and I have tried it every 8 hours ago and nothing.

So no V1803 yet except for Insider machines (yes, I have it installed on my insider machine).
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File Manager is BACK!  The Windows NT4 File Manager has apparently gone open source and has been enhanced.  See: https://github.com/Microsoft/winfile (I used to love this and would download it to anything up until Windows 8 really broke it beyond use... but now I may get it back!)
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Thank you for posting this.  I have used xPlorer2 for years now and it does similar things in a somewhat different way (but all in one window)
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Intel is dropping plans to patch old CPU's for the Meltdown patch.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-we-now-wont-ever-patch-spectre-variant-2-flaw-in-these-chips/?bhid=23164040498209351948461508422926&ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b

So it really is time for people to move on. New machines means better hardware security and Windows 10. It can easily be made to look and feel like Windows 7.

Time to upgrade software also to improve security.

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Microsoft just released a new standalone Setup diagnostic tool - if you're having issues installing or upgrading a system, this tool may be able to assist in getting things working or understanding why they aren't.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/upgrade/setupdiag
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