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How To Enable Admin Shares For Local Accounts And Allow WMI Access

If you have a local computer that is not on a domain, since Windows XP, you cannot access the admin shares or have WMI access using a local account, even if that account is in the administrators group. The example I have is trying to configure Solarwinds IPAM to query the MicrosoftDNS via WMI on [...]

Cisco AnyConnect Fails To Install Or Upgrade In Windows 10 Anniversary Update

If you've upgraded to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, you may run into a problem during the installation or upgrade where you get the error message "There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected. [...]

By | August 9th, 2016|Categories: Cisco, System Administration|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Windows Server Tip: Disable 8.3 Naming and Strip Existing Short Names

There are performance and security benefits to disabling short file names (or 8.3 file names) on a Windows Server. From the graph below, you can see the performance benefits of disabling the 8.3 short file names. On Windows 2012 servers, the 8.3 naming is disabled when you format a new volume. When you've upgraded from [...]

Workaround Firefox Blocking Weak DHE Cipher Suites

If you have Firefox version 39 or newer, then you may have run into the error message below: "SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key) The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified. [...]

NMap Script to Test SSL Versions and Cipher Suites

A few months ago, I wrote an article on how to configure IIS for SSL/TLS protocol cipher best practices. To test your configuration, you can use a handy tool called NMap (nmap.org) or the ZenMap GUI. Included in NMap is a script called ssl-enum-ciphers, which will let you scan a target and list all SSL [...]

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Security|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Windows 7 Stuck At Checking For Updates

I was recently working on an older computer that needed a fresh installation of Windows 7. I downloaded a fresh image of Windows 7 with SP1 and ran through the installation. As any IT person would, the next step I do is to download and install Windows Updates. This has never been an issue in [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: OS|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How To Setup Fitbit MobileTrack

If you've used a Fitbit in the past, then you probably are familiar with the Fitbit app and the social aspect of fitness. You can create challenges with your friends and view a 7-day leaderboard. I've had my share of issues with Fitbit and last year my wife and I switched to the Apple Watch [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Gadgets|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

How To Remove Internet Explorer (IE) From Windows Server

If you run any Windows Servers, you may run into a scenario where you want to remove access to Internet Explorer. Usually, any administrators that log into servers won't have a need for it anyway, plus it can be a security concern. Sometimes, you might have a server that refuses to update to the latest [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Categories: Apps, Internet, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tweaks to Speed Up Google Chrome For 2016

A few years ago, I wrote a Tech Tip for Speeding Up Google Chrome. As with any technology, Chrome has released a number of updates since that 2013 article. Most of the advanced settings I mentioned then are now either the defaults, or they're not available anymore. Out with the old and in with the [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Internet, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Configure IIS for SSL/TLS Protocol Cipher Best Practices

As the need for internet security rises, it is important that server administrators keep up with security protocols and disable obsolete and insecure protocols. If you're running a website on IIS, then you'll want to read this article and check your servers. Basically, you'll want to disable the older protocols and ciphers through your registry. [...]

By | March 21st, 2016|Categories: Internet, System Administration|0 Comments