How to connect to the WSUS Database

How to connect to the WSUS Database

To connect to the WSUS Database in SBS2011 (Server 2008) follow the below steps: 1) Open the Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (As Administrator) 2) In the Database field Enter the below: \\.\pipe\MSSQL$MICROSOFT##SSEE\sql\query 3) Click Connect Done Want to read more of my articles on WSUS: –Resolve the CLR20r3 MoveData.exe Crash –Property Owner is not …

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Microsoft Office Professional 2016 encountered an error during setup

Microsoft Office Professional 2016 encountered an error during setup

Problem: I recently has an issue when trying to install Microsoft Office Professional 2016 (Volume Licence) onto a new Windows 10 machine. The setup.exe would fail with the below error: Microsoft Office Professional 2016 encountered an error during setup Troubleshooting: I checked the Office Setup logs located in the following directory C:\Users\USER\AppData\Local\Temp and found the …

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Sage Payroll trying to upgrade previous installation

Sage Payroll trying to upgrade previous installation

Situation: I came across an error recently whereby I was trying to Install Sage Payroll onto a Windows 7 machine which previously had Payroll on it.  The Payroll had been removed some time ago but they now wanted Sage Payroll re-installed on the machine. When trying to run the Sage50PayrollV22 installer it was trying to do …

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How To Add a New Domain into a Sonicwall Email Security Appliance (Inbound)

How To Add a New Domain into a Sonicwall Email Security Appliance (Inbound)

Situation: You have purchased a new Email domain which you would like to receive mail on. You have an existing Sonicwall Email Security Appliance (ESA) in place and you need to configure it to accept the new email domain. Resolution: Log into your Sonicwall ESA via the web interface and log in as the ‘admin’ …

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Password Managers – Be Safer Online.

Password Managers – Be Safer Online.

I created this Article about Password Managers back in 2015 and published it to a well known Tech Forum called Experts Exchange. The Article is still relevant so I’ve decided to publish it on my blog as well. Happy Reading. A brief insight into online Password Managers – Be Safer Online.   A few customers …

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SBS2011 – MoveData.exe – CLR20r3 Crash (Moving WSUS Database)

SBS2011 – MoveData.exe – CLR20r3 Crash (Moving WSUS Database)

I’ve come across a few issues over the years with the Move Data wizard in the SBS Console. I decided to write about this one specifically because its a common issue I have when taking over Server Support from another provider. Situation: Space on the Servers C:\ partition is running out. SBS2008/SBS2011 have a few …

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Avoid getting infected by threats like ‘WannaCry/WCry’ – Ransomware

Avoid getting infected by threats like ‘WannaCry/WCry’ – Ransomware

I’ve been asked about the WannaCry Ransomware a few times over the last few days. My top tips on how to avoid becoming a victim to these kinds of threats are below: Keep your Systems up-to-date. Windows updates can be irritating. We’ve all been there when we’re ready to go home and we’re waiting for …

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Unable to update Windows 10 with DESlock+ Full Disk Encryption (FDE) enabled

Unable to update Windows 10 with DESlock+ Full Disk Encryption (FDE) enabled

Problem: Unable to install the latest build of Windows 10 when DESlock+ Full Disk Encryption (FDE) is enabled on the System Disk. When installing it brings up an error stating: Disable encryption to continue or run windows setup with the /reflectdrivers command-line option Background: As Security is a big portion of what I do, I …

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Windows Server Backup – “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”

Windows Server Backup – “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”

Problem: I had used AOMEI Server Edition to re-size the Partitions on a Windows 2008 R2 Server. Once the re-size was complete the server functioned as normal but the Window Server Backup stopped working. I was getting Error Event 146 in the Backup Log with the message: “A volume VOLUME_NAME included for backup is missing. …

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Outlook 2013 / 2016 Reading Pane not showing any email content

Outlook 2013 / 2016 Reading Pane not showing any email content

Issue: The Reading Pane in Outlook 2013/2016 suddenly stops displaying email content and instead shows nothing. Resolution: In my instance the problem was resolved by disabling Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Microsoft Outlook. To do this, follow the below instructions: 1) In Outlook, Click File> Options 2) In Outlook Options, Click Advanced 3) Scroll Down to …

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