Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
I had an issue where we needed a small domain to register it’s Windows 2012 virtual machines to the main KMS of the company.
The problem was the small domain had it’s own IP range and it’s own DNS. I attempted to activate the virtual machines and received a message reporting the KMS was not resolvable in DNS.
Since this was a tiny domain and the DNS would not be managed, I needed another way to activate the virtual machines.
Looking at the options of the slmgr script, I found what I needed.
slmgr.vbs /skms <ip address>:<port number>
This tells the system where to look for the KMS and what port to use.
After the “OK” message, I simply attempted activation via:
The virtual machines activated.
Friday, April 15th, 2016
We have a console network to handle access to all the DRAC and iLo ports. Every so often people forget to change the name assigned to the port.
I was reloading several systems for a new project and of course there was one that was not changed. It is running the xen hypervisor so there wasn’t a quick way to address this.
I accessed the host through the iLO port and was able to rename the system. However, there was a message (aren’t there always?):
There are pending changes that may not take effect until iLO is reset.
I looked around the iLO pages but there wasn’t a command to do this.
What about the iLO port itself?
SSH into the port
enter: CD /map1
Waited a little bit and the correct hostname worked on the console network.
Monday, April 4th, 2016
One can say many things about Outlook. Love it; hate it; sometimes it’s the only choice. I am testing Outlook 2016. It’s pretty and offers many things.
I had to reboot my system and when Outlook was started; it simply gave a pretty blue window which displayed: “Processing…”
Normally, it’s pretty quick.
I killed the session and decided to see what happens in Safe mode:
- enter: outlook.exe /safe
Outlook initiated. After that I close the session and was able to initiate it.
Probably, a “confused” profile but I didn’t look into it. I will if it happens again.
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
I had a user complaint over not being able to access a terminal server. He would attempt access and receive an error message:
The Group Policy Client service failed the logon. Access denied.
Since it was a terminal server; I renamed his profile and he was able to access it.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
Windows 10 has been an adventure. I decided to “suffer for my art” and join the Windows 10 insider testing cycle. To add to my suffering I decided to join the fast cycle which meant more releases then normal.
If you are testing many things, you can run out of disk space and like most people there isn’t time to really go through and clean. What would be nice would be a fast recovery of space.
This is possible if you want to delete the previous install of Windows 10. On average, it was about 10 gig for me.
If you are happy with the current install and will not roll back to the previous release, you can delete the previous install.
Search for Settings and open it.
- Click on System
- Click Storage
- Click “This PC (C:)“
- Scroll down and Click “Temporary Files“
Here you will see your Temporary file usage and at the bottom of the list is “Previous version of Windows”
Simple click “Delete previous versions” and start the process.
You can do other things while the cleanup runs.
As mentioned this is useful if you need space and don’t have time to do a proper cleanup. Don’t forget to look at your downloads. People forget to check that all the time. I had 27 gig *coughs*
Thursday, February 4th, 2016
We started playing around with HP Insight. We worked our way through the install without reading the documentation which made for an adventure. Why you may ask? Documentation is for IBM PC people. Wait was that my outside voice?….Dang. I am not that old! It’s from my Mac experience. Yea that’s it….seriously now.
We reached a point where it was time to login but the logins were not working? Being used to Network gear, iLo, Drac; the usual question of “What is the default login” was raised.
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the obvious and sometimes this is aided by the way the screen was designed.
The default login is whatever account you used to run the install. The not so obvious piece is the domain name if you are on a domain. Simply enter:
<DOMAIN>\<userid> and the password
The local administrator group is a default and if you added anybody during the install, they will work as well.
As always, have to mention sources for information.
Thursday, February 4th, 2016
I am on the preview testing cycle for Windows 10. Why? I like to be tortured I guess. Originally, it was to get an early view of the OS through the Windows Insider Program.
At one point I installed the released version but the program overlaid my full OS with another build of the Preview releases. You have to cancel the program to prevent this.
I received build 14251 as part of the normal sequence but I found this release broke jabber. The text was invisible. Secret Agent Man Font? I verified many things were in place (an old one is active scripting disabled for IE). But nothing readily obvious.
A few days later 14257 was released and jabber worked again.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
I use Microsoft Word for many things. After awhile; I start disliking the default font of Calibri. It’s a usable readable font. I just don’t like it.
It’s annoying to select a new font each time I start a new file. Why not change it so I don’t have to do that? I know “Duh!”
The new Office (I am using 2013) at times seems to be designed to hide things. Probably because of the average user being….well I won’t get into name calling as I “may” have done a few “bonehead” things in my time.
The way to change the default is through the basic templates. My two main templates are Normal and Nospace (created to avoid the the default 2 lines for CR).
The steps are simple:
- Start a new blank document
- Under the Styles box (Home tab); right-click Normal (or in my case Nospace) and select Modify.
- Click the Formatting drop down and select the Font you like( If you are curious, I like Times New Roman).
- You can also adjust the size.
- Near the bottom look for New documents based on this template. If it’s not selected, click the dot.
- Click OK.
This will set your next documents font to what you like by default.
As with anything if you
steal borrow from others, always give them their acknowledgement.
Friday, January 1st, 2016
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Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
I was cleaning task scheduler jobs and found a 2012 server which would not display the task scheduler or scheduled tasks. As I was on a time table and could not review this system; I needed the command line.
To start the GUI for the task scheduler; simple enter: