Quickly and dirty determine if a condition is true or false in PowerShell 5.1 by emulating the ternary operator. For example when determinering if the server you are servicing is a Windows Server Desktop Experience version or not (and thus Server Core):Read More »Emulate ternary operator in PowerShell
A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog article about setting up Monit monitoring on an Ubuntu VM on Hyper-V. Now it’s time to do the same, but then in Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL. So, without further ado, here is how to install and configure Monit monitoring in Windows 10 WSL.Read More »Setting up Monit monitoring in Windows Subsystem for Linux WSL
To add a .reg file silently to your Windows registry, you can use the
regedit command. As almost always, the
/s parameter is for silent and
/q for quiet.
Sometimes you find your WSUS server keeps crashing over and over again. WSUS is unavailable and/or the WSUS management console hangs. When you start to investigate as to why Windows Server Update Services crashes, you’ll notice the following error message being logged in the HTTPErr log files:Read More »WsusPool keeps crashing: stops again and again
A quicky: if you need to merge multiple text files into one new file in Windows, you can use the
copy command in cmd.exe, and here is how:
Disable SMBv1 to prevent prevent Petya / NotPetya, WannaCry / WanaCrypt0r ransomware spreading through your network. These worm viruses exploit a vulnerability in Windows Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 (SMBv1), and spread like wildfire. It is urged you disable SMBv1 in your Windows variant (Windows 10, 8.1, Server 2016, 2012 R2), and here is how if you haven’t done so yet.Read More »How to disable SMBv1 in Windows 10 and Windows Server
Detect the ethernet network speed using PowerShell or WMI is perfect for Windows Server Core. If you ever need to lookup the speed of your ethernet network card in Windows, on the command-line, use one of the following WMIC commands on your PowerShell prompt:Read More »How to detect ethernet network speed in Windows
OpenSSL comes in handy when you need to generate random passwords, for example for system accounts and services. In this short post I’ll give you a quick example on how to generate random passwords with OpenSSL in Linux (Bash), Windows and PHP…Read More »Generate pseudo-random passwords with OpenSSL
How to tunnel Remote Desktop (RDP) over SSH with PuTTY.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to perform remote administration on a Windows Server, and the RDP port 3389 is blocked on a firewall? Did you know you can tunnel RDP over SSH with PuTTY? This particularly comes in handy when there is no VPN available to the remote network… Here is how to set up a RDP SSH tunnel with PuTTY.Read More »Tunnel RDP through SSH & PuTTY
In my environment, I had to set up a new Windows Deployment Services (WDS) configuration for Windows 8.1 Enterprise. To roll out in our office (some 20+ workstations). I wanted to install some additional software at the same time, without using Microsoft Deployment Workbench, because I find the interface too slow. The solution? Read on…Read More »Software deployment through WDS
In this post you’ll learn about setting up a Monit monitoring service for your websites and services. Monit is a free and open source service monitoring application which can perform various event-based actions. Monit can send email notifications, restart a service or application, or take other responsive actions. We set Monit up on a Ubuntu 14.04 VM, built on Hyper-V. And we use Monit to monitor several websites, and send out notifications on downtime.Read More »Monit monitoring on Ubuntu 14.04 VM on Hyper-V
PC retrogaming how-to for 64-bit Windows – and Linux!
We all love old games. Here is how to play old games on Windows 10 or Linux using DOSBox. Classic games that are worth your time, all for the fun!Read More »How to play old games on Windows 10 with DOSBox
The Forfiles command on Windows selects and executes a command on a file or set of files. Forfiles is ideal for batch processing through scripts. For instance on Windows Server systems. With Forfiles, you can run a command on or pass arguments to multiple files. For example, you could run the
type command on all files in a tree with the
.txt extension. Or you could execute every batch file (
*.bat) on drive C, with the file name “Myinput.txt” as the first argument.
After not using Windows Live Mail for quite some time, it gave me an error code
0x80041161. This Windows Live Mail error can have several different reasons, like corrupt files or services that aren’t started, not easing the task of identifying the cause. Read on to learn how to fix this Windows Live Mail error 0x80041161…