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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 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 [...]

How To Disable Touch Mode In Adobe Acrobat

As more and more PCs are being manufactured with touch screens, one annoyance I found was how Adobe Acrobat would always enable Touch Mode by default. Acrobat would enable it every time I opened a document, even if I went to View > Show/Hide > Toolbar Items > Uncheck Touch Mode. Luckily, you can go [...]

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

Fix Microsoft Edge Crashing On Windows 10 Build 14942

Last week, Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 14942 of Redstone 2 to the Fast Ring Windows 10 Insider Preview users. Using the bleeding edge of updates brings new features, but also brings new bugs. Some users of Windows 10 Build 14942 have reported the Microsoft Edge crashing at startup every time they try to launch [...]

By | October 9th, 2016|Categories: Apps|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

Install MacOS Sierra 10.12 on VMware Player on Windows

Earlier today, I posted an article to show you how to Install MacOS Sierra 10.12 on VirtualBox on Windows. Some of the process is similar, but I'll walk you through installing MacOS Sierra on Windows using VMware Workstation 12 Player in this article. To use VirtualBox instead of VMware, see how to Install MacOS Sierra [...]

By | October 1st, 2016|Categories: Tech Tips, Technology|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment
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