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Windows middle-button scroll icon!

Posted by essjae on April 21, 2017

I was trying to find an icon for this to put in a document, but couldn’t find one with the circle and all 4 arrows, so I made my own.

In case anyone else needs one, here you go.

It’s not perfect, but good enough for internal tech docs.

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Easy (lazy) way to get your serial number for your Dell, or other OEM system?

Posted by essjae on November 15, 2016

Need your serial number?  Laptop’s docked, or workstation not easily accessible?

Here’s an easy way to get your vendor serial number:

  1. Start a command prompt, click start, type “cmd”, hit enter
  2. type “wmic bios get serialnumber”

This will return your Dell, Lenovo, etc serial number.

Note: If you have a custom or home built system, you’re not likely to get an serial number, you’ll probably see something like  “system serial number” or “to be filled in by o.e.m”

wmic

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Dell Windows Recovery Images via the web

Posted by essjae on March 29, 2016

There are apparently a lot of people that don’t know about this, (or maybe google)?, so here’s a little publicity for Dell.

You can download the Windows recovery image for your Dell computer here:

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/OSISO

All you need is your service tag…and having purchased your Dell with Windows.

Here’s the full text of the site:

Recovery Image of Microsoft Windows

Download the recovery image

Download a recovery image of Microsoft Windows Operating System customized for your Dell product. Dell customization of the Windows image includes:

  • Updated patches that address common issues for Dell systems.
  • Dell support information.

The image provided in this download was configured to be bootable from either a DVD or USB.
Note: The recovery image contains the version of Windows that came installed on your computer. If you have upgraded your operating system, you will need to reinstall the upgrade after you have restored your system to the factory settings.


Identify your Dell PC

To ensure that we provided the correct image available for your Dell PC, provide the Service Tag of the system to which the image will be installed.
Dell’s Hosted Recovery Image is designed to work with Dell systems. It is not designed to be supported on non-Dell PCs.

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Running DNS, DHCP, ADUC, etc, MMC Admin consoles with Windows 10 Microsoft Account

Posted by essjae on March 7, 2016

Note: This assumes you’ve already got the RSAT tools installed.  RSAT for Windows 10

Building on my post here for Hyper-V manager:

https://smudj.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/running-hyper-v-manager-as-a-different-user-in-windows-10-runas/

You can use the same method to get Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) and DNS MMC admin consoles working if you’re logged in with your Microsoft account versus your domain account:

admin-tools

DNS shortcut:

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username  "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\dnsmgmt.msc""

Icon path:

%SystemRoot%\system32\dnsmgr.dll

ADUC shortcut:

C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username  "cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc""

Icon path:

%SystemRoot%\system32\dsadmin.dll

When you double-click, you’ll get prompted for the password (if you haven’t already) and also for UAC

uac

dns

DHCP is a little more involved as the RSAT doesn’t include the DHCP manager.  NOTE: this is not currently supported by MS

  1. 1. copy dhcpmgmt.msc and dhcpsnap.dll.mui from %windir%\system32\system32\en-us on the 2012 server to the same location on the w10 pc
  2. copy dhcpsnap.dll from %windir%\system32\ on the 2012 server to the w10 pc
  3. From an admin cmd prompt run: regsvr32.exe dhcpsnap.dll
  4. Create the short-cut: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /savecred /user:domain\username  “cmd /c Start /B %SystemRoot%\system32\mmc.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\dhcpmgmt.msc””
  5. Change Icon path: %SystemRoot%\System32\dhcpsnap.dll

You’ll need to manually add your DHCP server each time you run this.  I haven’t found a way to save the config.

*This was done with Windows 10 Build 1511 and Windows Server 2012.

For additional snap-ins, just modify the last part of the short-cut with the correct mmc path for the add-in you want.

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Switching from Public to Private network via PowerShell

Posted by essjae on February 11, 2016

Here’s a quick way to get rid of the “public” network on Windows and switch it to a more usable private network type.

    1. Open a PowerShell Window.
    2. Get the list of network profiles on the system.  Note the InterfaceIndex number listed, you’ll need it for the final step.
      Get-NetConnectionProfile
    3. Change the network interface to private, use the network interface index number from the previous command.
Set-NetConnectionProfile -InterfaceIndex xx -NetworkCategory Private

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Restoring the Quick Launch Menu (and Windows Explorer) for Windows 7 and 10

Posted by essjae on January 10, 2016

(this is an updated repost of an article I have on my deprecated http://www.essjae.com website)

One thing I really had grown accustomed to is the Quick Launch menu and easily opening multiple Windows Explorer windows across my 2 and 3 monitor setups and seeing the Drives view.

Both of these have been noticeably missing since Win 7.

Step 1: Get back the Quick Launch menu

  • Right-click the Taskbar, select Toolbars–>New Toolbar.
  • In Folder text box copy and paste the following:     %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
  • Right-click the Taskbar, uncheck Lock the Taskbar, and right-click on the new Quick Launch toolbar. Uncheck Show Text and Show Title, click View–>Small Icons
  • Drag the toolbar divider all the way to the left of the taskbar to position it next to the Windows Orb, adjust the spacing on the taskbar as necessary
  • End result: quicklaunchicons  (minus the Explorer icon)
  • Step 2:
  • Add Windows Explorer in Win 7
    •  Click the Orb, then All Programs–>Accessories
    • Right-click to select and drag Windows Explorer () to the Quick Launch toolbar, then release
    • Select Copy Here from the pop-up menu
    • Right-click the Windows Explorer icon (), then click Properties
  • In Windows 10
    •  select and copy %SystemRoot%\
    • Click the Win icon or press the Win key and then paste %SystemRoot%\
    • Press Enter
    • Find explorer.exe, right-click and drag it to the Quick Launch bar
    • Right-click the Windows Explorer icon (), then click Properties
  • Add the following to the end of the command in Target:     /e,
  • The command should look like this:  %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,

we-props

  • Click OK
  • Now, when you click on the Windows Explorer icon you’ll see this:
    • display

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Disabling Aero Shake via Group Policy

Posted by essjae on December 1, 2015

If you’re running Pro or higher, you can use Group Policy to disable Aero Shake instead of a Registry edit.

Press the Windows key and enter “gpedit.msc” to launch the Local Group Policy Editor

Navigate to “User Configuration–>Administrative Templates–>Desktop”

Double-click “Turn off Aero Shake window minimizing mouse gesture” and select “Enabled” to disable it.

aeroshake

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Enabling or Disabling Aero Shake on Windows 10

Posted by essjae on November 30, 2015

Has this happened to you?  You’re moving around one window, trying to position it just right and all your other windows just minimize? You’re a victim  of the Aero Shake minimize.

This seems to get me more often than I’d like.  There’s a simple way to disable it via the Registry.

Keep in mind that messing with Registry can cause bad things to happen to your system.  Make a backup before you mess around.  If you’re uncomfortable, maybe you don’t change this.

The Registry key you need is here:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

NoWindowMinimizingShortcuts DWORD

Set to 0 = Enable
Set to 1 = Disable

 

This should work on Home and Pro versions.

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VirtualBox 5.0 Released July 9!

Posted by essjae on July 14, 2015

VirtualBox 5.0 (released 2015-07-09)

This is a major update. The following major new features were added:

  • Paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests to improve time-keeping accuracy and performance (see the manual for more information)
  • Make more instruction set extensions available to the guest when running with hardware-assisted virtualization and nested paging. Among others this includes: SSE 4.1, SSE4.2, AVX, AVX-2, AES-NI, POPCNT, RDRAND and RDSEED
  • xHCI Controller to support USB 3 devices (see the manual for more information)
  • Drag and drop support (bidirectional) for Windows, Linux and Solaris guests
  • Disk image encryption (see the manual for more information)
  • VMs can now be started in separate mode. The VM process is started headless while the frontend runs as a separate process which can be terminated without stopping the VM.
  • GUI: VM guest-content scaling support (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: New User Interface settings page for customizing status-bar, menu-bar and guest-content scaling
  • GUI: New Encryption settings tab for customizing encryption options for disk images
  • GUI: HiDPI support including application icons and optional unscaled HiDPI output on Mac OS X (including 3D acceleration)
  • GUI: Hot-plugging support for SATA disks
  • New, modular audio architecture for providing a better abstraction of the host audio backends
  • Support for the NDIS6 networking framework on Windows (default on Vista and later)

Download here

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Configuring/Removing Password Policies in Windows Server 2012 for Lab/Demo environments

Posted by essjae on June 24, 2015

The default password policies are pretty strict for a lab or demo environment.  If you’re not in a domain, it’s easy to modify these settings from the Local Security Policies:

  1. Run gpedit.msc
  2. Under Computer Configuration–>Windows Settings–>Security Settings–>Account Policies–Password Policy
    1. Change the Policy Security Settings you want.

Under a domain controller, you can do this via the Active Directory Administrative Center

  1. Run dsac.exe, or via the GUI it’s under Administrative Tools–>Active Directory Administrative Center
  2. Go to YourDomain(local)–>System–>Password Settings Container
  3. Click New from the Tasks menu
  4. Create your Password Settings

Here’s the window, note that I’ve already created a password policy.  A new forest/domain will not have anything populated in it.

dsac

I don’t recommend disabling all these settings if you’re in a production environment.

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