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Cloning Backup Solutions

I have been using cloning software for a long time. There are 3 cloning software I use on a regular basis.

The first one is one of the oldest cloning software. Ghost. It is lately developed from Symantec. I am not sure if its up to date or still supported.  I list it as the first one I have used AND its the one that if the others don’t work I will use. It will allow to copy a failing drive to a new drive. There is no guaranty that the new drive will boot but it should copy the drive. It all depends on how bad the failing drive is.

If I need to just copy to a new drive for a quick backup or going to a larger drive (as long as the drive is not failing) I use Acronis True Image.

It does a decent job of cloning as long as the source drive is not that much damage. I use a boot CD or USB drive to do the copy.

The third option depends on the client. I like Casper. Its a software that will clone the drive while running the OS. I have used this on a number of clients that have Windows Servers that use this as one of the backup options to clone the drive in case a catastrophe happens and I need to boot from a good clone drive. I also normally have a Windows Server Backup (Built in to the OS) just in case I have to restore to a different supported hardware.

I also use Casper as an option to clone several PCs in a new upgrade installations with the same hardware. Really easy to use and implement.

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Liking Windows 10 When Changing Hardware

 I have an old Acer AMD small desktop for 7 years. It has worked great for what I need. I basically have it attached to my main TV upstairs to allow me to run Kodi, Netflix etc. I changed the HD a while back from the standard SATA HD with an older 120GB SSD because I don’t need  the space. Just the speed. Everything was working fine till lately that it was freezing restarting etc. Tried a few things to change but basically feel its the motherboard that was causing the issue. So I got a used i3 desktop. Moved the HD and the Wifi PCIe Wifi adapter. It booted, restarted a few times picking up new hardware and there I was I did not have to install hardware drivers. The motherboard, CPU, chipset, video card are all different and it booted fine and installed all the drivers. They were standard devices so Windows found the drivers fine. If I had a special video card or sound card I likely would have to reinstall the drivers but since the hardware was not something largely normal it worked fine. If I tried to do this with Windows XP I likely would have had to do a repair. Something that I wish was available with Windows 7. Windows 7 might have refused to boot and would have done a new install.

Even after all this I even did not have to activate the Windows. Something that I have done before and I had to reactivate. If I had to do this I was not worried. The PC came with a Windows 7 Key so I could have used this if needed.

 

 

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Administrator On Server Gets Error When Trying To Personalize Desktop Icons

I have seen this on many of my servers when I am a Domain Administrator on a 2012 or 2016 server and try and configure to add Computer icon on desktop under personalize (and other things) I get the following error:

C:\Windows\system32\rundll32.exe

Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.”

Found the solution here.

Basically run gpedit.msc

Then go to Computer Configuration—> Windows Settings—> Security Settings —> Local Policies—> Security Options, then enable “User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account”, after all restart Windows to take effect. Figure as below:

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Delete Old Windows Backups

When using Windows Backup on servers it seems that the backup drive can get full. MS is suppose to automatically clean up backups but I find it does not.

For my example I have a backup drive on G: drive. To clean up old backups off this drive you open a command prompt with Administrator privileges then type the following:

diskshadow

Then type one of the following.

To delete just the oldest backup type:

delete shadows oldest G:

To delete all the shadow backups from G:

delete shadows volume G:

 

Info from the following sites

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Outlook Can’t Open Attachments

Have seen this on a couple computers. Usually people running Outlook 2010. After a Windows/Office update they can’t open attachments. In Outlook it will specify something like attachment is unsafe. One of them was .docx. Microsoft does not want you to open their own file format for Word in Outlook!! I understand why they are providing better security but if you can’t open attachments in Outlook that you normally would it gives major problems.

The culprit is an Outlook Security update (KB3203467) for Outlook 2010 or (KB3191932) for Outlook 2016. This update came from June 13th 2017.

Caused by KB3191898 Outlook 2007
KB3203467 Outlook 2010
KB3191938 Outlook 2013
KB3191932 Outlook 2016.

Here is a site that describes others having this issue. Likely will be fixed in next round of updates I hope.

To fix the problem is to uninstall the update from Control Panel-Program and Features-Show updates and search for it. Once uninstalled you will need to hide this update so that it will not come back. For Windows 10 you will need a utility to hide the update.

Addendum

Here is an article from Windows Secrets that also talks about the issue and currently no fix.

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