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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Installing an SSL Certificate in Exchange 2007 / 2010 and assigning it to Exchange Services

Installing an SSL Certificate in Exchange 2007 / 2010 and assigning it to Exchange Services

SSL Prerequisite(s): You will have generated a CSR (Certificate Signing Request), prior to this. For an easy way to generate the EMS CSR Command, see here: Exchange 2007 EMS CRS Command Generator: Exchange 2007 CSR Exchange 2010 EMS CRS Command Generator: Exchange 2010 CSR You will have Installed your Intermediate Certificate (via mmc) prior to …

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Unable to add a new Backup Destination via the Windows Backup Console

Unable to add a new Backup Destination via the Windows Backup Console

Problem: Unable to add a new Windows Backup Destination to an existing Windows Backup Schedule via the Windows Backup mmc snap-in (Console). Resolution: Use wbadmin in an Elevated Command Prompt to add the new Destination Drive to the Backup Schedule. Run the following command in an elevated command prompt to determine the Disk Identifier of …

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Configure a new NTP Server in Windows Server

Configure a new NTP Server in Windows Server

Configuring a new NTP Server in Windows Server Open an Elevated Command Prompt: Query the current Time Service using: w32tm /query /status Run the following Command to configure a new NTP Peer: w32tm /config /manualpeerlist:uk.pool.ntp.org Restart the Windows Time Service: net stop w32time net start w32time

Certified Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll Product Specialist

Certified Sage 50 Accounts and Payroll Product Specialist

As an IT Engineer, I have a number of Certifications in and around the IT Industry. The company that I work for (Ability IT) have taken the decision to become Sage 50 Accredited Partners, something that I’ve been personally pushing for a while, as a result I have added the following Certifications to my certification …

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