Can’t RDP to Windows 7 machine – Remote Desktop

Can’t remote desktop into a Windows 7 – RDP Run registry editor, regedit Make sure PortNumber under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\WinStations\RDP-TCP is 3389 in Decimal  

httpCookies httpOnlyCookies=”true” requireSSL=”true” – PCI vulnerability

If you have a Microsoft Exchange Server running OWA that failed a PCI vulnerability scan because of the following: <httpCookies httpOnlyCookies=”true” requireSSL=”true”/> Here what we can do to remediate it on the Windows server. Schedule a brief downtime for the Exchange Server while IIS restarts below. Launch IIS on the Exchange server, go to Default Web […]

Disabling TLS 1.0 Windows Server 2008-2012 – Exchange – PCI 3.1 Scan

  If you have to comply to recent PCI standards, a PCI scan on your Exchange server might reveal that it’s no longer compliant because TLS 1.0 is still enabled on it and you need to disable TLS 1.0 to pass test.  This applies to Exchange 2010, 2013 and 2016.  Not sure about 2007… Tried the […]

Duo Two Factor Authentication -Microsoft Routing and Remote Access (RRAS) Server.

Setting up Duo Two Factor Authentication with Microsoft Routing and Remote Access (RRAS) Server: We installed the Duo Proxy on a separate server than the Microsoft RRAS server. We couldn’t get it to work on the same server. When we ran it on the same server, we were getting errors like the following: “The connection was […]

Scan to network share SMB not working – Windows Updates

After applying one of Jan 2018 Windows updates to windows servers 2012 and could be 2008, scanning to network shares SMB fails from Network printers/copiers, the scan user gets locked out at times. We’ve had issues with different kind of copiers like Canon iR3035, imageRUNNER 6275 and image RUNNER advance iR-ADV4235. One full week of troubleshooting the […]

Exchange server Mailboxes size report 2010 2013 2016

Exchange Server Mailboxes size report 2010 2013 2016   Create a C:\Temp1 directory. Obtain Mailbox Database name from the Microsoft Exchange Console that would look like “Mailbox Database XXXXXXXXXXX” Using Exchange PowerShell (Run as Admin) , type the following: Get-MailboxStatistics -Database   “Mailbox Database XXXXXXXXXXX”  | Select DisplayName, ItemCount, TotalItemSize | Sort-Object TotalItemSize -Descending | […]

Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update CU 18 Fails – Certificate

When trying to install Exchange 2013 Cumulative Update 18 or others, update terminates with the following error: ————— The following error was generated when “$error.Clear(); Install-ExchangeCertificate -services IIS -DomainController $RoleDomainController if ($RoleIsDatacenter -ne $true -And $RoleIsPartnerHosted -ne $true) { Install-AuthCertificate -DomainController $RoleDomainController } ” was run: “System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException: The certificate is expired. at Microsoft.Exchange.Configuration.Tasks.Task.ThrowError(Exception exception, ErrorCategory errorCategory, […]

How to Allow Windows Remote Desktop remotely through command line

How to modify firewall rules remotely command line Windows 7 How to allow Remote Desktop remotely through command line Download psexec https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec Extract to al temp place. Make sure you are able to access remote computer NetBIOS name i.e \\RemoteComputerName without getting an error message On your local computer, from command line and from the […]

Windows update will not download – stuck at 0% downloading

Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 Virtual Machine VM – Hyper-v Windows update will not download – stuck at 0% downloading.  Every time I start windows update it won’t download the updates.  Download bar keeps on running and moving but nothing downloads and the percentage stays at 0%. Ran into this issue several times. Go to the Ethernet […]

Boot/Start Windows to Safe Mode from Command Line – Windows Server 2012 R2

  How to force Windows server 2012 R2 to boot/restart/start into Safe Mode after restart: Go to Command Line, and type: bcdedit /set {default} safeboot minimal Reboot Windows and it will start in Safe Mode   To change Windows to boot normal from command line while in safe mode. Go to Command Line, and type: […]

Cisco WAP 551 561 SSID disappearing – Stop Broadcasting

Cisco Wireless Access Points WAP551 and 561 stop broadcasting SSID intermittently, sometimes every day or two. WAP551 is a Cisco Wireless-N Single Radio Selectable-Band Access Point Had to troubleshoot this issue for a customer. We noticed this happening more when WAP radio is configured in 5GHz mode Issue was caused by a new wireless feature […]

Error Connecting to the MKS: Error Connecting to the /bin/vmx process – Veeam, VMware

We had a VM on VMware ESX that kept locking up mysteriously once or twice a week.  The server would become inaccessible, we would have to shut it down to get it back and running. Upon investigation, and while looking on the vCenter we noticed that error message. “Error Connecting to the MKS: Error Connecting […]

OneDrive issues users 90 day notice

Microsoft has given its users of there cloud storage service OneDrive, their 90-day notice. Microsoft is shrinking its free storage size from 15GB to 5GB in late July. That is a 67% reduction in storage size. The reduction will take effect on July 27,2016. As part of the storage space cuts, Microsoft eliminated two paid plans that had […]

Shortcuts disappearing – Windows 7 desktop – Network drives

If shortcuts including network drives links are disappearing randomly from Windows 7 Desktops, here what you can do to address issue: 1)) Apply the following hotfix from Microsoft http://hotfixv4.microsoft.com/Windows%207/Windows%20Server2008%20R2%20SP1/sp2/Fix385439/7600/free/441224_intl_x64_zip.exe   2)) Disable “System Maintenance troubleshooter” Control Panel.  Go to Control panel In control Panel (Change view to  Category).  Under System and Security, click Find and fix problems. […]

Multiple WiFi APs – WAPs – Same SSID – Zero hand-off

  If you are looking to have a reliable WiFi solution where you will have multiple WAPs covering a wide physical area, and would like them to broadcast the same SSID, you can accomplish without even considering a WiFi controller.   Fairly easy and affordable.  Worked great every time for us. Consider Cisco WAP 551. It costs […]

Veeam error – Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [] already exists

You are getting this error in Veeam replication. ———- Processing Server01 Error: Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [] already exists Details Preparing replica VM Error: Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [] already exists Error: Cannot complete the operation because the file or folder [] already exists —– Solutions: […]

How to Reset Forgotten Windows Administrator Password

How to reset Windows 7/XP administrator forgotten password: Download the following tool. http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/usb140201.zip Unzip and copy all unzipped content to the usb Run command line as admin Change drive to the usb drive. If it is e: E: Enter Type e:syslinux -ma e: Boot from USB drive now to reset password

How to Force STOP/Kill a service – Windows server

To Force stop or kill a Windows server service stuck in stopping status, run Command Line as an Admin.  Type: taskkill /f /pid [PID] Where PID is the process ID.  You can find the process ID of that service in Task Manager under Processes.  In the View menu of the Task manager you can choose […]

Database is mandatory on UserMailbox. Property Name: Database

When you try to install the mailbox role of Exchange 2010 while upgrading from Exchange 2003, you get “Database is mandatory on UserMailbox. Property Name: Database…” and installation fails. Also when you open up Exchange Management Console or Exchange Powershell: VERBOSE: Connecting to myserver.domain.internal [myserver.domain.internal] Processing data from remote server failed with the following error […]

How to backup VMs

  If you are looking to backup virtual machines of Hyper-v or VMWare and looking for a free software to do it, you might want to consider Veeam (www.Veeam,com).  One of the features that wont be available since you will be using the free edition is being able to schedule backup Jobs from within Veeam. […]

How to build HTTP and HTTPS polices to use Webblocker and deny access based on Source IP Network/address or IP range

This is a quick published article that doesn’t include much detail but will give you very helpful hints. WatchGuard uses Proxy settings to achieve such resolution. WatchGuard can act as a proxy to intercept HTTP/HTTPS requests in order to allow or deny access to sites based on source or destination networks or ports according to […]

HP EliteBook Screen issue

HP EliteBook 8440P Screen Flickers – Ambient Light Sensor:   Had this laptop with Windows 7 and sent twice to HP to fix and replace the display and every time it came back I had the same issue with the screen flickering. The following seems to have fixed it. 1- Download and apply the latest […]

Backup Exec VSS Error

Windows Server 2008 R2 – Backup Exec 2010 / 12.5 – AOFO: Initialization failure on: “\\SERVER01\Microsoft Information Store\Information Store”. Advanced Open File Option used: Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). V-79-10000-11226 – VSS Snapshot error. The Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) snapshot provider selected returned: “Unexpected provider error”. Ensure that all provider services are […]

Windows 8 to 7 Downgrade

Downgrading Windows 8 to Windows 7 Freezes and hangs – How to install Windows 7: Scenario: I had a brand new HP ProBook 4440s Laptop that came preloaded with Windows 8. Customer wanted to downgrade it to Windows 7 x64 but during the very initial steps of the Windows 7 installation, the Windows installation screen […]

Cisco RV082 Config Example

Example: Cisco RV082 One To One NAT – Access Rules Example Example: Public IP Address: 75.75.75.75 Private IP Address: 192.168.1.10 In this example we will NAT 192.168.1.10 to 75.75.75.75 and open up TCP Port 23 (Telnet) to the inside host from outside. – Login to the Cisco RV 082 through the browser – On the […]

Exchange 2010 Testing the OPTIONS command

Exchange 2010 Testing the OPTIONS command failed – Activesync: Last week we deployed a new Microsoft Exchange 2010 Server on a Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller (We know! it’s not recommended but due to the client’s budget constraints we had to do it and it worked just fine). We purchased and installed an SSL certificate […]

Symantec Backup Exec backup to USB Disk

Symantec Backup Exec backup to USB Disk – 546 The log file sector size does not match the sector size of the current volume – Microsoft Exchange Information Store (IS) using Granular Restore Technology (GRT). Scenario: You are backing up Exchange 2007 Information Store running on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 […]

Reset Juniper Firewall Admin Password

How to Reset Juniper Firewall Admin Password – Reset to Factory Default – Forgotten password: Scenario: You have a Juniper SSG-140 firewall appliance that you’ve forgotten the admin password. You don’t have any other user to login with. You have a backup of the SSG-140 configuration. Resolution: The following instructions will reset the SSG-140 to […]

IP NAT and PAT Examples

Network Address Translation: Cisco – IP NAT and PAT Examples: Example 1: Allow all outgoing traffic PAT local network as 100.100.100.100 Allow incoming SMTP traffic (TCP Port 25) to 192.168.1.5 that will be NAT’d as 100.100.100.101 Default Gateway 100.100.100.102 ! Interface Ethernet0 IP address 100.100.100.101 255.255.255.248 Description Outside-NIC IP nat outside IP virtual-reassembly Interface FastEthernet0 […]

How to Start Active Directory Users and Computers

How to Start Active Directory Users and Computers from Command Line: Go to Start –> Run and Type dsa.msc

OWA Search won’t work

OWA Search won’t work on Exchange 2010 SP1 and SP2 When you search in Outlook Web Access, the search doesn’t bring up anything. One cause of the issue could be that the index folder on the Exchange server needs to be rebuilt . Under Services make sure that the “Microsoft Exchange Indexer Service” is enabled. […]

Cisco ASA 5505 Configuration Example

Cisco ASA 5505 Firewall Configuration Example : ASA Version 8.0(3) ! hostname ASA5505 domain-name domain.local enable password /z4VVuCaYOFObhYQ encrypted no names name 100.100.100.69 mail.domain.com name 192.168.10.10 Server1 ! interface Vlan1 nameif inside security-level 100 ip address 192.168.10.1 255.255.255.0 ! interface Vlan2 nameif outside security-level 0 ip address 100.100.100.67 255.255.255.248 ! interface Ethernet0/0 switchport access vlan […]

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 To 2010 Upgrade

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 To 2010 Requirements and Migration – Exchange 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2: Prepare: Ask users to clean up their mailboxes, empty deleted items ahead of time so you can cut down on mailbox move time. Prepare: connect the two Exchange servers to the same Gigabit switch to speed up the […]

Windows Updates Error 80071A90

Windows 7 – Windows Updates keeps failing with Error 80071A90: Scenario: When trying to install Windows updates on a Windows 7 PC and after you reboot to apply, Windows reverts back changes and doesn’t apply updates as if nothing has happened! Resolutions: KB2647753 is the fix. Click Here to Download KB2647753 apply it and restart. […]

windows search error

Windows Search and Windows Updates don’t work after replacing laptop drives with a newer bigger cloned Hard Drive or after replacing one of the RAID disks: Scenario: You have a Windows computer and space is running out. You replace it with a newer and bigger cloned/imaged hard drive (cloned with Symantec Ghost for instance). After […]

Default Credentials Ricoh MP C2551

Default Username and Password for Ricoh MP C2551 Printer: User: Admin Password: blank (no password) For security purposes, change it when you can. If you find this article helpful, please send us a note to Mike@bostonIT.com 

How to Stop, Start or force restart iSeries Fax Support

How to Stop, Start or Force Restart iSeries AS400 Enhanced Fax Support: 1- End Fax Support ENDFAXSPT FAXD(*ALL) ENHSRV(*YES) and press ENTER 2- Confirm that the QFAXSBS and QFQSBS subsystems have ended: WRKSBS You might need to wait for a few minutes for them to end 3- Vary off and on the controllers: WRKCFGSTS CFGTYPE(*CTL) […]

Force end writer – AS400 – System i

How to force end stuck iSeries (AS400) Writer: Writer name P8 (for instance) ENDWTR P8 *IMMED CALL QSPENDWA P8 varry off P8 vary on P8 STRPRTWTR P8 After that check Outq for messages

Configure Hot Failover between two Cisco ASA

How to Configure Hot Failover – Cisco ASA 5510, 5500 Series Firewalls – Active/Standby: Two ASAs have identical hardware specs From “Show version” compare the licenses installed. Licenses must match on both ASAs. If you are running ASA IOS 8.3 and above, licenses don’t need to match. Before upgrading to 8.3 (in case you want […]

Room permissions Office 365

Microsoft Hosted Exchange – How to grant a user full permissions on a room mailbox in Office 365: Email address of user to be granted access:    User123@domain.com Room mailbox email address:      Room123@domain.com You need to do that through Powershell.  Powershell is part of Windows 7.  From your Windows 7 machine, run Powershell as admin (right click […]

Windows takes long time to shutdown

Windows Server 2008 Takes Too Long to Restart or Shutdown. Had two identical Lenovo ThinkServer servers loaded with Windows Server 2008 SP1 (not R2) and when restarting or shutting down, it would take over 30 minutes for them to restart. When you press restart in Windows, Keyboard and Mouse appear unresponsive and the screen halts. […]

Quota warning

  Users don’t receive Mailbox Quota Warnings in Microsoft Exchange 2010 SP1/SP2 – Quota Warnings Aren’t Generated This is a design update that Microsoft made in Exchange 2010 Service Pack 1. Prior to Service Pack 1, quota warning messages were generated automatically whenever the mail users hit the quota warning threshold. After Service Pack 1 […]

Disable Open File warning

How to Disable Open File Security Warning in Windows 7 When Openning Files on the Local or Network Drives:   Click Start –> Search or Run, Type gpedit.msc and hit enter In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Attachment Manager. In the right pane, double click on […]

Remote Web Access is not allowed

Remote Web Access is not allowed for your user account. Contact the person who manages your server. Scenario: We were hired by a customer to help troubleshoot an issue with Remote Web Access (RWA) after they had already migrated to Windows SBS 2011 Essential from Windows Server 2003 SBS. When people go to the RWA […]

Enable ZIP Extension for PHP

How to Enable ZIP Extension for PHP on Linux – Ubuntu – ZIP.SO – PHP.INI – Efront – XAMPP/LAMPP Download XAMMP from: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-linux.html That contains Apache 2.4.3, MySQL 5.5.27, and PHP 5.4.7. Follow instructions on the site (All it takes is just download and unzip into /opt/lampp. It’s pre-compiled). For Apache, you might want to […]

AnyConnect not able to establish a connection to the specified secure gateway

AnyConnect was not able to establish a connection to the specified secure gateway – Cisco VPN Linux / RedHat and RHEL / Ubuntu, Debian: Scenario: When using the Linux Cisco AnyConnect client x64 (like MAC, Ubuntu, Redhat RHEL and Debian) you might get the error above or if you connect through command like you might […]

Downgrading Windows 8 to Windows 7 Freezes and hangs

Downgrading Windows 8 to Windows 7 Freezes and hangs – How to install Windows 7: Scenario: I had a brand new HP ProBook 4440s Laptop that came preloaded with Windows 8. Customer wanted to downgrade it to Windows 7 x64 but during the very initial steps of the Windows 7 installation, the Windows installation screen […]

The directory service is missing mandatory configuration

The operation failed because: Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer the remaining data in directory partition DC=ForestDnsZones,DC=domain-name,DC=com to Active Directory Domain Controller \\DC.domain-name.com. “The directory service is missing mandatory configuration information, and is unable to determine the ownership of floating single-master operation roles.” Scenario: When trying to demote one of Windows 2008 Domain Controllers, […]

BurFlags – D4

Reinitializing/Forcing File Replication Service FRS using Registry key BurFlags D4: Have you been in the situation where you’re unable to replicate AD changes made across 2003 Domain Controllers? I have been there several times, and the last time was when I was attempting to transfer the Global Catalog role for an Exchange Server migration, however […]

Cisco ASA rommon – Error 15: File not found unable to boot an image

Cisco ASA rommon – Error 15: File not found unable to boot an image: The above error could be occurring on startup because the ASA didn’t have a boot file image, loaded with the wrong boot image or configured to boot from unavailable source. It might also be a hardware issue with the ASA like […]