Archive for the ‘windows’ Category

Windows Server 2008 FTP setup issue

March 26, 2019

I won’t go into WHY I was setting up a WINDOWS server with FTP but I wanted to share a little troubleshooting tip.

The standard setup is super simple – just install IIS (6 or 7 for server 2008) and then add FTP as an option.

You can mess around with the permissions, ports numbers, users, etc.

What tripped me up, and it’s obvious in hindsight, is the port numbers. I had wrongly assumed that if I change the port number for the FTP server (which is recommended anyway) from the default, Windows would update the firewall. It does NOT update the firewall… Doh.

A quick disable of the standard FTP firewall rule and creation of a new one with the new port number fixed the issue.


Windows not Activated

February 28, 2019

I have seen this several times. New PC and windows is not activated?!?
Well the License key is embedded into the motherboard these days, so what is the key?

  • Open a command prompt as admin
    Type “wmic path softwarelicensingservice get Oa3xOriginalProductKey
    Note this down.
  • Then type “slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert key here>” obviously with the key where it says <insert key here>.
  • Now go back to the Windows activation app and click troubleshoot again.
  • Worked for me….

Need a serial number remotely?

October 31, 2018

If you can’t get to the physical machine but need to get the serial number? Well, unless you’re running a RMM of sorts you might be out of luck.

Well, no more!

Simply open a command prompt and type the following;

wmic bios get serialnumber

It will query the BIOS and bring back the recorded serial number assuming there is one.

Schedule a SyncToy Group Task in Windows

August 16, 2018

To set Synctoy to run a sync on a group at regular, periodic intervals you can create a Windows Scheduled Task event.


To do this, open the Task Scheduler:

  • Under a top Administrator user, go to the Control Panel>Administrative Tools
  • In the Action pane, click Create a Basic Task


  • In the Create a Basic Task Window, name your task and click Next
  • In the Task Trigger window, indicate how often you want it to run and click Next
  • In the next window, indicate time, day, month or event you want the task to run and click Next
  • In the Action window, indicate what action to perform, in this case SyncToy group sync
  • Check Start a Program and click Next
  • Click Browse and go to C:\Program Files\SyncToy\SyncToycmd.exe and add “-R”

(without the quotes) as an Argument and click Next

  • In the Summary window, verify set Task components are correct and Click Finish.
  • Click Back to return to a setting to edit.

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.

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


  • 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.