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Add User or Group as Local Administrator on Domain Controller

As a Systems Administrator or Engineer, you might run into a situation where you need to add a user or service account as a Local Administrator on a Domain Controller. Unfortunately, Domain Controllers don't have the Local Users and Groups databases once they're promoted to a Domain Controller. Depending on what your needs are, you [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|Categories: Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix: Rotation Lock Grayed out on Windows 10

If you own 2-in-1 Windows 10 device, like a Lenovo Yoga, rotation is one of the basic features that you’re going to use (or maybe you'll want to disable it). Unfortunately, users have reported the Rotation Lock option is grayed out and that rotation isn’t working on their devices. In my case, my Lenovo Yoga [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Tech Tips, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Fix Windows Update Errors Troubleshooting Tool

Microsoft has released an online troubleshooting tool to help you resolve your Windows Update errors if you're running Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7. If you're running Windows 8, it is recommended that you upgrade to at least Windows 8.1. The online tool also doesn't support Windows Server editions yet, such as Windows Server [...]

How To Reset Active Directory User Password Expiration Date

Active Directory account passwords are usually set to expire (for example: every 90 days) in most organizations. Configuring an AD account with PasswordNeverExpires is not recommended due to security. There might be a time where you need to extend an active directory account’s current password expiration date without changing the password expiration policy or changing [...]

How To Change Your DNS On Windows, Mac, or Linux

A DNS server resolves website URLs into their IP addresses, which is how the internet functions. Without DNS, we would be typing in IP addresses into our browsers instead of domain names. As an end user, you're probably using your internet provider's DNS server by default, but you can change that. Of course you could [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: Linux, Mac, Technology, Windows|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

View All CPU Cores in Task Manager (Windows Server 2012 / Windows 10 )

Windows Server 2012 and Windows 10 came with a lot of changes to the task manager and in some cases the default views have been simplified further than power users and administrators would prefer. One example is by default you only see the total processor utilization and don't see all CPU cores. To see all [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Categories: System Administration, Windows|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How To Backup, Restore, and Import Group Policy Objects

As a Systems Administrator, you've probably worked with Group Policy before, especially if you're in a Microsoft Windows environment. Group Policy allows you to push out settings to multiple computers on an Active Directory domain network. If you work with multiple domains, there may be a time where you want to migrate some Group Policy [...]

Get A Report Of Active Directory User Accounts Whose Passwords Never Expire

As a Systems Administrator, it is always a good security measure to audit your Active Directory accounts on a regular basis. Tools like Netwrix can help automate this process by sending you daily reports. Interactive user accounts should always have passwords follow the password policy. On the other hand, you don't want a service account [...]

How To Reinitialize The Offline Cache in Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10

Sometimes you just have too many conflicts when synchronizing your offline files in Windows that you have to start over. In my case, I upgraded the file server to a new host and some clients were left with duplicate entries in their Sync Center. DISCLAIMER: Always create a restore point before editing the registry! If [...]

Fix For Windows 10 Freezes But Mouse Still Moves

I recently installed an SSD into my laptop and did a clean install of Windows 10. Occasionally after some usage, Windows 10 would freeze but I could still move my mouse. Eventually I couldn't click on anything, but I could still move the mouse around the screen. Trying Control+Alt+Delete wouldn't work so there was no [...]

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