Archive for the ‘windows’ Category

Missing Computer Browser service?

May 24, 2018

There are various ways that this service can be uninstalled or removed but a quick a simple way to get it back is as follows;

Open Control Panel  >  Add/Remove Programs

Go to Windows features.

Scroll down the list to see if SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support is installed.  If not, check the box and install it.

That should fix the issue.

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New server and already failing Services?!?

April 27, 2018

So if you’re anything like me, you’ll see these two after you have built the server (which is rather disappointing because it’s a shiny new server!);

  • Downloaded Map Manager
  • Google Update Service

Now I know you shouldn’t install Chrome but it’s one of those things that makes life a little easier so sue me.

Anyway its normal to get these alerts cos they start and stop quickly but Windows thinks that means they failed.

Normally we don’t care too much about monitoring these services so just remove them from the manager;

  • Go to Server Manager
  • Find Local Server / All Servers
  • Click Services
  • Top left click Services where it probably has “All”
  • Uncheck the offending Service you don’t want to monitor anymore.
  • Hey Presto… you will now never know if it’s failing 🙂

 

Delete dead DC from domain

March 1, 2018

OK so this post is going to be unusual for me cos I’m just going to post some links for now cos lots of other people have created nice guides.  It’s just a matter of trying to find them!

First one for us lazy folks… the GUI option;

Second is more traditional NTDSUTIL;

Third, everyone else;

More as I find them… I might even make a guide myself but right now I don’t have the time.

Windows Server 2016 Security Tab on OU’s

February 28, 2018

Why oh why Microsoft? By default, they decided to HIDE the security tab on Organizational Units. Sigh.

So in order to unhide (even though you’re a domain admin) you need to do the following;

  • Open Active Directory Users and Computers
  • Click View > Advanced Features.
  • Now, you will see the security tab when you get properties on an OU.

I really don’t know why this “feature” was added but there you have it.

Bitlocker Encryption without TPM

January 18, 2018

This happens with older computers that don’t have a built in chip but you can bypass the requirement with a GPEDIT change.

Start > Run > gpedit.msc

Goto;

  • Local Computer Policy
    • Computer Configuration
      • Administrative Templates
        • Windows Components
          • Bitlocker Drive Encryption
            • Operating System Drives

Double click on the entry Require additional authentication at startup and enable the rule. It will give you some other options in there if you want to fine tune but just enabling this will allow you to start the process of encrypting the whole disk.

Now go back to Control Panel > Bitlocker Drive Encryption (or right click the hard drive) and start the process for the option of Boot password or USB key.

Office files won’t open from a shared drive but DO if copied locally

February 1, 2016

Weird would be a good word here…

Anyway long story short (as always) it was caused by corruption in the OFFICE profile – location found below.

Just rename the office folder – of course making sure you don’t have any office apps open at the time.

  • Rename %APPDATA%\Local\Microsoft\Office to something like Office.old.

Open Word (or Excel, etc.) by it’s self (not loading a file) and then close the application.

Then go open that pesky network file and it should fix it.

 

VPN’s & DNS riddles

December 9, 2015

So you setup a VPN and it works. Well it kinda works. You connect and can ping but you can’t use DNS right? You can’t ping “remoteserver” but you can ping 192.168.1.10.

Simple… just add the VPN’s DNS sever right? Sure that should work… but it doesn’t does it?

Grrr annoyed you add an entry to the hosts file! WTH? Who uses that anymore anyway? But it STILL doesn’t work!

Ahh forget it. They can just remap their drives using an IP address.

-OR-

Here’s how to fix it! Yay. I finally got tired of this issue and spent some time getting it to work. So before I ramble on any longer here’s the fix;

  • Open properties on your VPN connection.
  • Go to the Networking Tab
  • Bring up TCPIP (v4 – for now)
  • Advanced
  • DNS
  • If you haven’t already, then add your VPN’s LAN DNS server in the first field under “DNS server addresses”
  • In the second field you want to append these DNS suffixes
  • Add in here the FQDN or something like mylocaldomain.local (or what ever your local AD domain is)

Worked for me.

DNS changes in DHCP

December 3, 2015

This is something that might help for future reference. Something I very rarely have to do but would helpful for other people and a good reference.

Specifically changing where your DHCP client points DNS requests to.

  1. Open DHCP Manager
  2. Drill down to the scope
  3. Open Scope Options
  4. double tap DNS Servers
  5. Add your new shiny server and move it to the top of the list
  6. Click OK and you’re done

Microsoft LLDP woes

December 22, 2014

One of the stranger problems I have come across.
When I boot up the PC neither Wifi nor Ethernet work. they connect ok but have no IP address.
I ruled out Hardware issues as well as router/DHCP issues so it comes down to Windows and more narrowly to Microsoft LLDP protocol driver.
When I enabled this and disabled it the NIC came back to life. Weird huh? If I reboot the problem comes back…
Anyway as a short term fix I created a script to fix this issue;

Echo off
cd \it\nvspbind
nvspbind “Ethernet” /e ms_lldp
Echo Recalibrating…
ping -n 5 -w 1000 127.0.0.1 > nul
nvspbind “Ethernet” /d ms_lldp

Now you will need to download NVSPBIND from Microsoft to do this but it’s worth it and I can confirm it does work.

Download it here; https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Hyper-V-Network-VSP-Bind-cf937850

When you download it, it will give you all the arguments you can add.

My example above is on a network device called Ethernet and I put a little “wait” command in there (which is the ping!) then disabled it again. Also I downloaded NVSPBIND to a folder called c:\IT\NVSPBIND.
This worked like a charm for me.