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GPO Policy Error “The system cannot find the path specified”

Client tried to go into Group Policy manager and edit Default Domain Policy but got this error.

Found on this site the solution

 

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Importing Pictures & Videos in Win 10 as Was Done in Win 7

Found this at this site

Basically copy the content of the item in the brackets in clipboard. Then right-click on Windows 10 desktop and create a new shortcut and paste clipboard and call it what you like.

 

 

 

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Enable TLS 1.1 and 1.2 in Windows 7 For Outlook To Work

Client that their email provider only connects using TLS 1.1 and 1.2. In Windows 10 its enabled by default and will work fine. For Windows 7 you have to run/check 3 steps. First make sure a Windows Update is installed. You must have SP1 installed and then download the update. Likely its already installed. Second you download and run a MS Easy Fix. Run then restart. Third you need to add 2 registry keys and restart.

Here is the website where I found this.

STEP 1 Download MS Update KB3140245

Install and reboot

STEP 2 Download MS Easy Fixit

Install and reboot

STEP 3 Add the following Registry items and reboot:

Check this registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\Schannel\Protocols

Under the Protocols key, add two new keys, if not already there: One called “TLS 1.1” and one called “TLS 1.2“. Inside both of these keys, add another key called “Client“. Now create a DWORD value in each Client key called “DisabledByDefault” whose value is 00000000.

Reboot and start Outlook.

If Outlook is still not able to send or can’t connect to port 465, change to port 25.

 

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Error Adding Backup Drive For Windows Backup Server

Get the error:

“The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”

This article explains options. The 3rd option is one needed if you don’t want to connect all the backup drives at once or cannot:

 

Add a new disk to the backup schedule by running the wbadmin command from an elevated command prompt.

Run the following command from an elevated command prompt to determine the Disk Identifier of the new disk:

wbadmin get disks

Based on the output, locate the disk that will be added to the scheduled backup. Make a note of the Disk Identifier. The output will resemble the following:
Disk name: xxxxxxxxxxx
Disk number: x
Disk identifier: {xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}
Total space: xxx.xx GB
Used space : xxx.xx GB
Run the following command to add the new disk to the Scheduled backup.  Use the Disk Identifier from the previous step as the “AddTarget” parameter. (MAKE SURE ITS THE BACKUP DRIVE ID YOU USE AND NOT THE SOURCE)

WBADMIN ENABLE BACKUP -addtarget:{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}

When you receive the following prompt, type Y for Yes.
“Do you want to enable scheduled backups with the above settings?”

 

AMENDMENT:

Seems this issue is with Server 2008,2008R2. There is no issue in Server 2012 or 2016

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SBS 2011 Windows Backup Of System State or VSS Won’t Work

Had this in a few clients. Seems there is a Sharepoint update that causes it to stop working. From this website found the solution.

1. Open an Administrative command prompt (task manager, show all processes, file -> run).
2. Change directory to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\BIN
3. Run PSConfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -force -cmd applicationcontent -install -cmd installfeatures
4. The command can take several minutes to run, please wait

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Copy Hyper-V Drive

I have a client that is using Server 2016 Standard and is using Hyper-V. The Hyper-V client is a Windows 2008 R2 server running RDP. The Hyper-V was slow for the remote people so I decided to copy the Hyper-V drive to a set of SSD drives to make things faster. Googling I see there is an option to move the drive but for me being paranoid I wanted to copy the drive. Then create a new Hyper-V with the same specs and then after creating the new Hyper-V attach the copied drive on the SSDs. I have tried this in the past and there is one step you need to do for this to work. There is a permissions issue with the drive. MS has setup a hidden permissions for each Hyper-V drive configuration that you create and you have to give permissions on the drive. When you create a new Hyper-V and have it create a new drive during the configuration then its fine. Its when you want to attach an existing drive to the Hyper-V that you need to give permissions.

So these are the 2 sites I found online that helped me do this. The first one has made a mistake so the second link help me figure out the issue and corrected it:

Link 1

Link 2

So these are the steps I used to make it work:

  1. Shutdown the existing Hyper-V
  2. Copy the .vhdx drive to the new location
  3. Create a new Hyper-V setup with the same specs as the original BUT select attach drive later
  4. On a Powershell command (Make sure you run as administrator or it won’t work) type the following:
  5. Get-VM ‘New Virtual Machine’ | Select-Object VMID      (Where New Virtual Machine is the name of the new Hyper-V that you created)
  6. It will display a long SID. You need to copy this SID (Easily in Powershell is highlight the SID and then click on the top bar and select Edit and then copy.
  7. Now this is where link 1 makes a mistake. For me I started a Command Prompt with administrator and went to the folder where the new copy of the .vhdx was. For example the .vhdx file is called server.vhdx. I then typed this command:
  8. icacls “c:\drive\server.vhdx” /grant “NT VIRTUAL MACHINE\{SID}”:(F) where {SID} is the pasted SID. Don’t include {}
  9. Now go into the new Hyper-V settings and attach the .vhdx. It should then start (first time takes a bit).
  10. Once it is loaded I then went in and changed the network IP to what it was on the original. Check Windows activation. It should be OK. If you have MS Office you might need to reactivate it but should not give you problems. For me I also had to duplicate the MAC address of the network card. Each time you create a new Hyper-V it creates a new MAC address (So they don’t conflict if you were running both Hyper-Vs at once). For me I shutdown the new Hyper-V. Go into the settings and expand the network adapter and select the Advanced features and then change the MAC address as the same as the original. For me the client has special TSPrint and TSScan software that check the drive and network device for activation. Changing the MAC address is easier then deactivating and reactivating the software.

I have done this twice on the same server and it has worked for me each time. If you make a backup copy of the .vhdx drive and have to restore likely you will need to run these same steps to get it working.

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Recover Windows 8 or 10 Key From Bios

From an elevated command prompt, run:

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

 

Should return a BIOS CD key (8.x & 10 only).  It will not return which version it is for.

Another option is to download a utility that will do this.

Follow this LINK to download

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Why RAID Is Important

All my servers I build have RAID. Mostly RAID 1. My main multimedia machine at home has 5 drives. 4 of them are set to RAID 1. Well one of these drives died recently. The 8 year old drive (almost to the day) on one of my RAID 1 sets is dead. I have 1000’s of videos,pictures and music that I don’t want to spend days or more to replace so this is why I implemented RAID. I took out the failed drive. Replaced it with a new drive and started the Intel Raid  software to rebuild. All up and running fine. For home and  small servers I implement the RAID option on the ASUS Motherboard. Its called BIOS RAID. If you search all the IT people say don’t use BIOS RAID. Well I have used BIOS RAID for over 12 years and NEVER had an issue!! Sure the RAID rebuild is slower compared to hardware RAID but the nice thing I like with BIOS RAID 1 is I can take one of the drives if say the MB died and can read from any PC. Lets see you do this with a RAID 5 controller set. NOT! I have had a client many years ago that had RAID 5 and this happened. If the controller dies you are SOL. Luckily they had a good backup. It took me 3 days to get everything going as before. This is why I will never implement RAID 5. I only do RAID 1 and RAID 10.

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Windows 10 1803 Problems

There seems to be some people having issues with the new Windows 10 1803. I have upgraded 4 of my PCs and my one Laptop is on insider and has had it for about a month before release. I have not had any issues that some people have had. I don’t use Chrome that often so won’t have that issue. Don’t use a microphone so can’t relate on that. Have not gotten any BSOD. Most of my PCs are running ASUS MBs. I have a used Dell PC and a Lenovo Laptop. Maybe I am one of the lucky ones or maybe its hardware related with drivers etc. Any how here is a link of issues that people have been having with Windows 1803.

Windows 10 1803 Issues

 

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M.2 Controller Comparison

So as I am starting to create pricing sheets for PCs I sell and starting to include 8th gen Intel CPUs and I started to look at the different options for the motherboards. One of the major options is the M.2 slots. Looking at the various ASUS MBs with M.2 there are a different versions of the controllers speeds. This is also compared to the M.2 SSD drive versions. I looked for a chart that compared this but have not found one. The drives all specify MB/s. The controller like to specify Gbps or just architecture. So for me and others I have created a chart that explains the differences.

In my chart I compare speed of the Gbps, M.2 controller, controller name, Max MB/s and example of ASUS MBs. The basis is to prevent you spend a large amount of money on a high end NVMe drive and install it in a low price MB that has a limited M.2 controller.

There are other controllers and different speeds (m.1, U.2 etc) but these are the most common now. I have included SATA drives and controllers to give a comparison of the old SATA vs SSD.

Gbps Max MB/s Drive Example Drive Max Speed Controller Name ASUS Ex MB Models
3 Gbps 375 MB/s WD Blue 500GB SATA 108 MB/s SATA II 3 All
6 Gbps 750 MB/s WD Black 4TB SATA 175 MB/s SATA III 6 All new
10 Gbps 1250 MB/s WD Blue M.2 560 MB/s M.2 PCIe x2 (socket 2) H310M-C
20 Gbps 2500 MB/s WD Black PCIe M.2 2050 MB/s M.2 PCIe x4 (socket 3) B250M-C
32 Gbps 4000 MB/s WD Black NVMe M.2 3400 MB/s M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 H370M-PLUS

B360M-C

I included Western Digital Drives because they are common with all different configurations. There are also Samsung drives and others that would be similar. Some have faster speeds than the WD but it gives you an idea with max MB/s options. If you look the SATA 3 and 6 are rated at faster speeds than the drives but the limit of spinning drives vs SSDs you can see why the future will be all SSDs. Once the price is better. It takes time. I remember the first SSD was like $1000 for say 20GB now you can get 128GB for under $100. Also you can  see that SATA III can handle SSDs speeds. Thats some of the lower SSDs say M.2 SATA. Also why all the SATA SSDs have a max of 5XX MB/s even though theoretically its 750MB/s with all the overhead etc it won’t get there.

I feel this is just an intermediate. The norm will be M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 and the next faster SSDs will be beyond these. We will see what the future holds.

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