Author Archives: tmacstips

The winRM client received an HTTP server error status 500

Background When attempting to add the Windows Backup server role to a new Windows 2012 R2 domain controller, it failed with a WinRM error. Trying to run winrm quickconfig from the command line resulted in the error: ” The WinRM client received an … Continue reading

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Fixing NTFS Folder ACLs with Powershell

Background I encountered a problem on a file server when trying to add a new permission to a group that needed to be applied to all our user home directory folders. The parent folder held the “default” permissions that should … Continue reading

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The poor person’s way to finding the last patch date on multiple systems

Background If you don’t have SCCM reporting in your Windows environment (extremely long story) and you need to figure out the last time a server had its OS patched for audit purposes (and your own peace of mind), here is … Continue reading

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LaTeX + Zotero + APA citations on 64-bit Windows

Background I’ve always liked the idea of getting to grips with LaTeX as a document creation tool. Once the learning curve is over, I think it’ll be much better than something like Word to produce consistently-styled documentation, especially for the … Continue reading

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Gotcha for promoting new virtual DCs

Background We were in the process of upgrading our AD 2003 domain to AD 2012 R2, and as part of that, we were promoting some new virtual Windows 2012 R2 DCs into the 2003 domain. All these virtual DCs were … Continue reading

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What is a computer?

A computer is a shopping list? Someone I know was wondering how to explain to a young person what the major parts of a computer do. How does a computer work, and how do the main parts – RAM, CPU, hard … Continue reading

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Listing driver names

Background This is in relation to an article describing how to “downgrade” your Windows 8 install to Windows 7. There are not shortcuts, anyone, it’s a full reinstallation of Win 7 – but you do get to use your OEM … Continue reading

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Fixing up my music library with Powershell

Background I prefer to encode my music using the OGG format. The majority of my music (still, just) actually comes from my CDs, and I rip them into FLAC. To compress them a bit more for my media player, I … Continue reading

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Unable to ping localhost… and when unique SIDs (or Sysprep) matter

The problem With much urgency, a project I was involved with required an install of Oracle XE and Apex on a server – any server – that we had supplied as part of a small environment built in network-isolated site. … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s Old Skool

Background In our organisation, we have two DCHP servers that are running on Windows 2003. It isn’t even an 80-20 configuration. One server is active, and one has all its scopes disabled. Naturally they are supposed to be kept in … Continue reading

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