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Category: Content
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Generated 5 days ago

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 days ago

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  • Re-Install WordPress

    Let’s say you have a test install of WordPress 4.7.4 and you accidentally delete the database. Let’s say you have created an empty test database. Let’s say all your WordPress ...

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 5 days ago

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  • Juno SpeedBand Forces Bad Proxy

    If you use locally-installed Juno for your email, you may have their “SpeedBand” technology that supposedly speeds up Internet browsing. Apparently it’s doing this with some kind of local cache ...

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 weeks ago

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 1 month ago

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  • April 2017 Monthly Rollup Breaks VB6 App

    I maintain a client-server database app written in VB6 that uses ADO and COM+/DCOM. After installing the “April, 2017 Security Monthly Quality Rollup,” the VB6 app crashes in msado15.dll and ntdll.dll when trying to write to to the database. Uninstalling the update restores full write functionality. This is verified on Windows 7 x86 and Windows […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Restore Server to Desktop – 2017 Edition

    Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Disable SIP ALG on Tomato Shibby

    A PBX vendor like 3CX may tell you to disable SIP ALG on your router. I’m running Tomato on my router, specifically Tomato Firmware 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-132 K26 Max. With the help of this thread, I checked and disabled SIP ALG. Under Advanced > Conntrack/Netfilter, in the Tracking/NAT Helpers section, if SIP is checked, SIP ALG […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • Use Certutil to Get File Hash

    I have been happily using the tiny Bullzip MD5 Calculator to quickly get an MD5 hash directly from the context menu in Windows Explorer. But what if you need a hash on a where Bullzip isn’t installed? Or a different hash? Enter certutil, a command-line tool built into Windows. Certutil has many functions, mostly related […]

  • WSUS Kills Itself with KB3159706

    After deploying WSUS on a Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine, I allowed WSUS to update itself with KB3159706. This upgrades WSUS to supply Windows 10 upgrades (not in use at this location) but the more obvious effect is that it kills WSUS: WSUS service stops and cannot start WSUS console does not connect Several articles […]

  • Cloned PCs Disappear in WSUS

    Just set up WSUS in an environment with a few cloned PCs. One PC would show up in WSUS, then it would disappear when a cloned PC showed up. The issue is a duplicate registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\SusClientID A quick search found multiple scripts to fix the issue. I’m going to use this one from Microsoft […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 2 months ago

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  • 3CX SBC Invalid signature received: 0x10317

    I’m using 3CX Session Border Controller (SBC) 15.0.56341 to connect to a 3CX v15 SP4 server running on Server 2012 R2 in the cloud. Usually it works fine. A couple days ago, though, even after re-starting the SBC, I was getting the error "Invalid signature received: 0x10317". Troubleshooting On the device where the SBC is […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 months ago

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  • Azure Backup Agent Points to Wrong Update

    When the Azure Backup Agent program says an update is ready, it will provide a link. Today, the link points to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=229525, which redirects to KB3196148, which is the October 2016 update that we are already running. To find the correct update, search for "Azure Backup Update for Microsoft Azure Recovery Services Agent" and look […]

  • Script to List File Space by Date

    After setting up a Network Video Recorder recently (using Milestone XProtect Essentials software), I needed a way to add up and compare how much disk space is being used for each day of recordings. Without this information, there is no easy way to see what effect various settings have on disk space (e.g. frames per […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 months ago

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  • Find Comodo Root and Intermediate Certificates

    Finding Comodo root and intermediate certificates can be a challenge. If you start with Google, you might find a promising knowledge base article with a direct link, but then be unable to find the certificates behind your certificate. It seems the trick is to start with this “master page” of Root & Intermediate(s): https://support.comodo.com/index.php?/Default/Knowledgebase/List/Index/71 Unless […...

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 3 months ago

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  • Zoiper’s Missing User Interface Labels

    I have been trying to set some advanced options in a Zoiper Biz 3.13 account but I could not find four options that are described in the Help (Use DTMF, Transport, SRTP, and STUN). Finally I realized that these are unlabeled drop-downs. Although the UI design makes it look like the four checkboxes on the […]

  • Use a Gmail Account for Customer Alerts

    An important part of being a Managed Service Provider is getting alerts from customer software and devices. I’ve been streamlining this lately and like this approach. 1. Create CustName.alerts@gmail.com account. Configure forwarding to one of my email accounts. Do not keep forwarded email in Gmail. 2. Set up Windows SMTP service on a server inside […]

  • XProtect Essential Event Names Issue

    In XProtect Essential 2016 R3, I’m configuring a six-camera system. I want to use the cameras’ built-in motion detection, but after setting that up on the first camera, I could not get XProtect to accept any further event definitions. I kept getting the useless message, “One or more settings are invalid.” The problem, as it […]

  • 3CX 15 Tunnel Not Listening

    TL;DR If your 3CXPhone app and/or your desktop phone are not able to connect to a remote 3CX server, test connectivity to the server on 3CX tunnel port 5090. If there’s no connection, on the server, check if anything is listening on that port. If not, restart the 3CX SIP/RTP Tunneling Service. My 3CXPhone client […]

  • Set Up VLANs with Tomato and a Cisco Small Business Switch

    I blogged five years ago about setting up guest wireless with Tomato. For that, I just plugged a separate switch into a router port dedicated to the wireless VLAN. Worked great. But now I need separate VLANs for access points, phones, and cameras connected one 24-port PoE switch, i.e. one router port must pass traffic […]

  • Read Registry from Restored Backup

    I mentioned this in an earlier thread but wanted to put it in its own short article. Sometimes you need to get data from an earlier version of the registry. For HKEY_CURRENT_USER, that means restoring and reading C:\Users\\ntuser.dat. Note that ntuser.dat is an operating system file. To be able to see it, in File Explorer, […]

  • GoldMine Pending Tab Preview Won’t Stay Hidden

    In GoldMine 2015.2.0.208, I was having trouble getting the Preview Pane to stay hidden on the Pending tab. Also, the column widths kept reverting to some default and the Filter kept showing as active although I wasn’t filtering for anything. After much fumbling about, I think this is the quickest way to fix that: Close […]

  • Malwarebytes 3 Upgrade Starts Premium Trial

    If you’ve been using the free version of Malwarebytes 2 as an on-demand anti-virus scanner and you upgrade to version 3, you may be surprised by warnings that real-time protection is turned off:   It seems that Malwarebytes has discontinued the free-only version and now always starts with a 14-day trial of the Premium version. […]

  • Windows 7 Slow Updating

    Windows 7 updating will take forever on a fresh install or if you haven’t updated in a while. This is covered in many online articles but I’m needing it often enough that I wanted to make a couple notes for future reference. The basic trick is to turn off Windows Updates then manually apply one […]

  • Windows 10 Post-Install Tasks

    Due to problems installing a cumulative update, I decided to delete my Windows partition and install Windows 10 Pro x64 1607 from scratch. Windows 10 does an amazing job of finding and installing hardware drivers—usually the first thing you have to do after an OS install. I was able to skip that, but there are […]

  • Convert a Cisco 1130AG Access Point from LWAPP to Autonomous Mode

    A Cisco 1130AG access point died. Model AIR-LAP1131AG-A-K9. Bought a replacement on eBay. The eBay one was running the Lightweight Access Protocol (LWAPP). Here’s how I got it back to Autonomous Mode so I could configure it. Get IOS Firmware from Another Access Point Cisco only provides firmware images to customers with contracts. However you […]

  • Re-Install OmniPage Ultimate 19

    I recently re-installed Windows 10 Pro and needed to get my OmniPage Ultimate 19 software working like it was before. I had a file system backup but had not otherwise saved or exported settings. I use OmniPage with a Brother MFC-8810DW printer/scanner—see notes on that install here. Here are the notes on how I re-installed […]

  • Re-Install a Brother MFC-8810DW MFC

    I recently re-installed Windows 10 Pro and needed to get my Brother all-in-one Brother MFC-8810DW working like it was before. I had a file system backup but had not otherwise saved or exported settings. I use it with Nuance OmniPage 19 (notes on that install are here). Here are the notes on what I did […]

  • Windows 10 Re-Installs Cumulative Update

    After finally getting the November 2016 cumulative update to install into Windows 10 (by installng Windows 10 from scratch, twice), I was a bit dismayed today to see that Windows wanted to re-download and re-install the 800MB cumulative update. I let it go ahead and do that, and the update finished without even asking for […]

  • When DISM Won’t RestoreHealth

    I’ve been having trouble installing the Windows 10 cumulative update for November 2016. DISM is supposed to scan or restore your Windows image, as explained in this Technet article. But when I tried DISM /RestoreHealth with both online and local sources, it kept telling me that it couldn’t find sources. I decided to start from […]

  • Windows 10 Can’t Install November Cumulative Update

    Windows 10 Pro 1511 failed repeatedly to install the November 2016 Cumulative Update (KB3198586). So I deleted the partition and installed Windows 10 Pro 1607 from scratch. It also cannot install the update (KB3200970), even if downloaded from the Update Catalog and installed manually. After converting the Windows update log to text in PowerShell (Get-WindowsUpdateLog), […]

  • Windows 10 Freezes with storahci 129 Errors

    On a new install of Windows 10 Pro 1607, with a Crucial/Micron M500 SSD, the machine would frequently freeze for several seconds. This corresponded to dozens of storahci 129 warnings in the System event log: With big thanks to this article, the solution was to enable visibility of a couple of arcane power settings and […]

  • Unlock an Account from the MaxRM Remote Command Line

    The MaxRM Remote Command Line runs as SYSTEM, which can be handy for unlocking an account: To check if the user account is locked type in the command: net user /DOMAIN | FIND /I "Account Active" The account will either be Locked "No" or active "Yes". If they are locked you can then type […]

  • Database Server Backup to Hybrid Onsite/Cloud FAIL

    This is a very instructive nightmare: Environment with fancy new VSS-aware hybrid local and cloud backup gets hit by crypto malware. Turns out backups are based on timestamps, which Pervasive/PSQL often doesn’t change. Only possibility is to go back to last server backup, five weeks prior. Backup was too big to save that long locally. […]

  • Update Essentials Connector before Upgrading Windows 10

    Almost a year ago, I wrote about how the Windows 10 Update Breaks 2012 R2 Essentials Connector. I thought that was fixed if you install KB3172614 on your server as MS blogged here. That’s not enough. Recently a Windows 10 Home machine applied the 1607 anniversary update. The Essentials connector was gone again. The short […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 7 months ago

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 8 months ago

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  • Script to Check Current Firewall Profile

    As mentioned in this post, I recently had a server unexpectedly show up with a Public firewall profile, which caused database connection issues. I decided to write a little script to confirm that the server has a Domain Profile. All that the script does is execute this command: netsh advfirewall monitor show currentprofile then check […]

  • Test and Fix SQL Connectivity

    After server and workstation reboots, a database application that I use every day would not start. It displayed this message: SQL Server does not exist or access denied Test the Connection This brief post has a brilliant suggestion for confirming SQL connectivity:  create a text file, rename it to have a .UDL extension (e.g. SQLTest.udl), […]

MCB Systems

Category: Content
Type: Blog Article

Generated 9 months ago

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