Hacker - Truecrypt alternatives

You should be aware that TrueCrypt development was no longer maintained/updated  since 2014.


Several security bugs have been not resolved.

You fan review this article about some alternatives that I summarize them in this article too.


Here they are Truecrypt alternatives (from my side I use, normally, 2. and 7. options):
  1. VeraCrypt You can find a full list of improvements and corrections that VeraCrypt made on TrueCrypt here. It is open source and free.
  2. Bitlocker no encrypted containers ability and not open source.
  3. DiskCryptor supports encryption of external devices including hard drives, USB drives, CDs, and DVDs
  4. CipherShed
  5. FileVault 2 Apple’s answer to Bitlocker, no encrypted containers ability and not open source.
  6. LUKS
  7. SafeHouse Explorer – 3.01 Portable
About other blog articles about bitlocker you can review this link:

Tips - How to enable Lync feature on outlook 201x

If you need to schedule meeting giving direct web lync meetings you can proceed to enable this feature on outlook 201x following this article:

And so you will have this feature enabled.


Tips - Enabling Communications Diagnostics in KEPServerEX V5

If you need to enable Kepware communication diagnostic feature here is an interesting article that show how to proceed to relative activation for diagnostic purpose:


Sophos - How to reinstall if when old version is unable to be uninstalled

If you have problems to uninstall old sophos version or sophos with problems you can follow these steps:

  1. Uninstall any relation to Sophos AutoUpdate, Sophos Remote Management System and "Sophos Diagnostic Utility"
  2. If uninstallation ask for binaries you give him this path

    C:\ProgramData\Sophos\AutoUpdate\Cache\sau\sophos autoupdate.msi

    C:\Program Files\Sophos\AutoUpdate\sau\Sophos AutoUpdate.msi
  3. If net stop "sophos AutoUpdate Service"
  4. Stop any Sophs services
  5. Stop "almon.exe" process
  6. Delete this register key HKLM\Software\Sophos
  7. Start --> cmd
    sc delete savonaccesscontrol

    sc delete savonaccessfilter
    sc delete skmscan 
    sc delete savadminservice 
    sc delete savonaccess
  8. net stop "sophos AutoUpdate Service"
  9. sc delete "sophos AutoUpdate Service"
  10. If you get error 1060 (service is not installed) you can not consider it
  11. Create .reg file like in appendix
  12. Delete this folders:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Sophos\
  13. Restart Server (in my case it was not necessary)
  14. Reinstall Anvitivus

                            In case of less sophos services and differs from policies errors I followed this procedure

                            1.      On server/client you need to stop all sophos services (10 or 11)
                            2.      You must copy and overwrite all binaries from these paths:


                            To  C:\Program Files (x86)\Sophos\AutoUpdate

                            3.      Reinstall AV from standard path as usually: 



                            Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

                            ;Removes Basic MSI info for SAU.

                            ;SAU 2

                            ;SAU 3

                            ;SAU 4

                            ;SAU 5

                            ;SAU 2
                            ;SAU 3
                            ;SAU 4
                            ;SAU 5


                            Scripting - Chaining script commands

                            Syntax Result
                            comando1 & comando2 execute comando1 and then comando2

                            comando1 && comando2 execute comando2 only if command 1 was succesfully

                            comando1 || comando2 execute comando2 only if command 1 was not succesfully

                            (comando1 & comando2) && (comando3)

                            (comando1 & comando2) || (comando3)


                            Microsoft - Azure and Veeam Connect

                            Remote backup services is possible with integrated solutions Veeam and Microsoft. 

                            Backup remote second copy is a best practice in the sector: to protect the data you must have a copy on a different site from the production. 

                            You can do that through integration between Backup & Replication Veeam and Microsoft Azure.

                            Here is an interesting Webminar and a deeper article:

                            VCC for Service Providers

                            Azure e Veeam Cloud Connect Webminar

                            Microsoft - Azure and Veeam Connect

                            Remote backup services is possible with integrated solutions Veeam and Microsoft. 

                            Backup remote second copy is a best practice in the sector: to protect the data you must have a copy on a different site from the production. 

                            You can do that through integration between Backup & Replication Veeam and Microsoft Azure.

                            Here is an interesting Webminar and a deeper article:

                            VCC for Service Providers

                            Azure e Veeam Cloud Connect Webminar

                            Graphics - Change DPI of Image

                            Change the DPI of your image with this free online tool. Enter your desired DPI, upload your image file and your image will be adjusted instantly.


                            Extra IT - PQE Trial Period Succesfully Outmoded

                            Some months ago I changed company.

                            I would like sincerely thank my new company (PQE)for trust given to me since the beginning and during this period.

                            Some days ago I got confirm that my trial period was successfully outmoded.

                            I would like to "thank" too whom, in precedent company, worked hard to put me in condition that the only possible option was to change company ASAP.

                            Thanks to this situation  I finally found the courage to change company.

                            So this situation confirm assumption that, every difficulty, can be often an opportunity like in my case.


                            Thought of the day/Pensiero del giorno


                            If you agree with precedent sentences you could evaluate to click "like button" on this linkedin shared article:

                            Exchange 2003 - Fixing "backOfficeStorage" MBX is not accessible Error When Opening OWA Folders

                            On exchange 2003 if you get this error.

                            After Installing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 on a Windows Server 2003, OWA was not working, After checking the ISS Manager folder structure, I got the following error when trying to open the Exchange directory.

                            You can follow this article to solve.


                            Vmware - Snapshot manager was empty but locally there was more vmdk

                            During these days a faced following problem.

                            On vmware there was a VM that had various vmdk files that was indicating more snapshot available.

                            Searching on vSphere client there was not possibility to revert to them ore delete old snapshots.

                            Solution was to create a new snapshot and then delete it immediately.

                            Following this procedure all old snapshot was succesfully deleted.

                            Here is original Vmware article:

                            Committing snapshots when there are no snapshot entries in the Snapshot Manager (1002310)


                            Tips - Sfc /scannow coping CD rom binaries to different path

                            If you need to execute repair O.S. command:

                            sfc /scannow 

                            you need to copy cdrom binaries to different path (with XP/2003 you need to copy i386 folder to c:)

                            To give the ability that sfc command will search for local binaries on different path you need to change register settings:

                            HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ SourcePath.

                            Scripting - How to install Teamviewer silently

                            TeamViewer MSI could be used to deploy TeamViewer via Group Policy (GPO) in an Active Directory domain. 

                            TeamViewer MSI is only available with a Corporate license.

                            Installation string: “TeamViewer_.exe” /S

                            Uninstallation String: “%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Teamviewer\uninstall” /S

                            Wsus - How to move Wsus internal database to a different drive on Windows 2012

                            If you are planning to move Wsus internal database on your windows 2012 Server you can take note about procedure merging these two articles.

                            Summarizing you need to:

                            • install SQL Management 2012 Express Studio, 
                            • detach Database, 
                            • move database to new drive 
                            • reattach it

                            Move or Delete a WSUS 4 Windows Internal Database (WID) on Windows 

                            The Windows Server Essentials and Small Business Server Blog


                            If you are getting this error during SQL Management console:

                            Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Release Candidate 0 Setup
                            The following error has occurred:
                            Error while enabling Windows feature: NetFx3, Error Code: -2146498298, Please try enabling
                            Windows feature: NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again. For more

                            information on how to enable Windows features, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=227143

                            Start --> CMD --> Run As administrator:

                            dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:netfx3 /all /source:d:\sources\sxs

                            (consider to insert CD rom Drive to give 2012 server to find binaries)

                            Otherwise you can review these articles:



                            Extra IT - White Radio with Dj Dawit and Hip Hop Music

                            Today I would like to mention a non IT news related to a Radio series about Hip Hop:


                            Dj Dawit at White Radio about best Hip Hop Music.

                            [update 2017.03.27]

                            Here it is podcast too:

                            HyperV 2012 - Cluster Lan card settings

                            There is an interesting windowserver.it that well explain how to configure HyperV 2012 cluster lan card.

                            Hyper-V: Configurare le Reti in un Cluster


                            Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices (In Easy Checklist Form)


                            Software - AOMEI PXE Boot tool

                            PXE is the short for "Preboot Execute Environment". AOMEI PXE Boot Tool is designed for solving the problem that boots many computers from micro system in network. Broadly speaking, you can create a micro system with a third party tool. Also, you can do a bootable Linux image or Windows PE image file with the tool offered by AOMEI Backupper. You can use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool and make other clients or target computers boot from these micro system. After booting, you can backup, restore or maintain system with tools offered with Windows PE micro system. 

                            In a word, PXE Boot Tool can be one of the ways to maintain computer. When many computers in LAN need to be backed up or restored system, AOEMI PXE Boot Tool will do a great help. What’s more, it is free software for personal and system manager, aims to provide users with a faster and easier method to build PXE server and cheer users. 

                            Advantages of AOMEI PXE Boot Tool
                            Strong Compatibility
                            Compared with other PXE boot tools, AOMEI PXE Boot Tool supports bootable micro-system created by you. Therefore, if you have a powerful Linux bootable ISO or Windows PE bootable ISO, you can easily maintain the computers within LAN through network with your micro-system.
                            Easy Interaction
                            Special designed for network boot, easy interaction and uses it in two steps: 
                            Install AOMEI PXE Boot to a master computer, select an image file and start service.
                            For the client computers need to be maintained from network boot, set its BIOS boot mode as "Network boot".

                            Related Freeware
                            AOMEI PXE Boot is a tool deriving from AOMEI Backupper, a powerful backup and restore software; it's also a necessity for system maintenance. Therefore, you can make use of this PXE tool through download backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. 

                            Software - AOMEI OneKey Recovery

                            Today I would like to mention these three tools. Here they are more verbose explanations:

                            AOMEI OneKey Recovery 1.6 Free Edition - OneKey backup and restore Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, XP and Vista freely

                            For meeting most users’ demand, AOMEI OneKey Recovery Free Edition is designed for backing up and restoring system with one key. As Lenovo one key recovery alternative, it supports backing up all types of laptops and computers. Moreover, this can easily help user to create a factory recovery partition, and can use it to restore your computer to its factory default or a previously backed up state by pressing "F11" (default) or "A" key during system startup. 

                            Main Features
                            OneKey System Backup: Onekey backup your Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, XP and Vista freely, and it can create a factory partition in system disk.
                            OneKey System Recovery: OneKey restore Windows system such as Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, XP and Vista quickly, and you don’t need to create a bootable media.
                            Shortcut & Setting: After Backing up system, software will generate shortcut — F11 or A to allow you to quickly enter recovery environment when computer startup.

                            Supported Operating Systems
                            Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003/2008/2011/2012
                            Supported Storage Devices
                            Local disks, External hard disks, Solid state drives, USB flash drives, etc.
                            Supported Disk Types
                            MBR disk, GPT disk and UEFI boot mode

                            What’s New in V1.6?
                            l  Upgrade AOMEI OneKey Recovery freeware to charged software
                            l  Add five editionsFree, professionalPremium, Technician, Technician customization. You can read their difference in edition comparison of AOMEI OneKey Recovery.
                            l  Fixed some bugs of previous version.
                            AOMEI OneKey Recovery is used for only system backup and restore. If you need backup filespartitions, disks and so on, you can use the free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. 

                            Scripting - How to unlock an account automatically with .vbs and task scheduler

                            If you have lockout problems on a single AD account and, temporary, you want to unlock it (from security purpose it is not an excellent choice) you can schedule a task that execute this .vbs (that can be enhanced to check if user is really lockout and write a log file too)

                            Set objUser = GetObject _
                            objUser.IsAccountLocked = False

                            Here is a script where take more user information to be merged with precedent script:

                            On Error Resume Next
                            strComputer = "."
                            Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
                                & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
                            Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
                                ("Select * from Win32_UserAccount Where LocalAccount = True")
                            For Each objItem in colItems
                                Wscript.Echo "Account Type: " & objItem.AccountType
                                Wscript.Echo "Caption: " & objItem.Caption
                                Wscript.Echo "Description: " & objItem.Description
                                Wscript.Echo "Disabled: " & objItem.Disabled
                                Wscript.Echo "Domain: " & objItem.Domain
                                Wscript.Echo "Full Name: " & objItem.FullName
                                Wscript.Echo "Local Account: " & objItem.LocalAccount
                                Wscript.Echo "Lockout: " & objItem.Lockout
                                Wscript.Echo "Name: " & objItem.Name
                                Wscript.Echo "Password Changeable: " & objItem.PasswordChangeable
                                Wscript.Echo "Password Expires: " & objItem.PasswordExpires
                                Wscript.Echo "Password Required: " & objItem.PasswordRequired
                                Wscript.Echo "SID: " & objItem.SID
                                Wscript.Echo "SID Type: " & objItem.SIDType
                                Wscript.Echo "Status: " & objItem.Status

                            More information on lockout AD events and monitoring tool can be found searching inside blog about this article:

                            Software - AOMEI PE Builder

                            OMEI PE Builder Builder 1.5 Free – Create more convenient and complete WinPE-based media

                            AOMEI PE Builder is a free tool for AOMEI Backupper and AOMEI Partition Assistant, and a freeware to create a bootable environment based on Windows PE (Windows Pre-installation Environment) without installing AIK/WAIK, which integrates a set of tools that enables you to boot up your computer for easy maintenance and fast recovery tasks when the native system is corrupted or cannot be used. The Windows PE bootable media can be a CD/DVD disc, USB flash drive, or ISO image file, so you can choose the most convenient one according to your preference.

                            Main Features
                            Graphic Operational Interface
                            Unlike traditional WinPE environment, it brings you a user-friendly graphical interface and a familiar Windows environment, including desktop, Windows explorer, start menu, taskbar, etc. It is easy to use just like using Windows 7. The Windows PE bootable media can be a CD/DVD disc, USB flash drive, or ISO image file, so you can choose the most convenient one according to your preference.
                            Support Network
                            In most cases, the Windows PE created by AOMEI PE Builder can be connected to network; through the network, you can download directly the off-line version of anti-virus software in the Windows PE system created by AOMEI PE Builder.
                            Pack Portable Tools and Drivers
                            This Windows PE boot media contains AOMEI build-in partition manager and complete backup software. If you want to use other drivers or software, you can pack them into AOMEI PE Builder.
                            FREE for both private and business use
                            This software is free to use for both private and business. Individuals can use AOMEI PE Builder to maintain and manage PC system, and Enterprise will maintain computers and server with it. AOMEI PE Builder will save much time and money on system protection and maintenance for you.

                            Windows 7 - Problem Steps Recorder free windows tool psr.exe

                            There is an interesting Windows 7 tool called Problem Steps Recorder.

                            It’s intended for users that need to capture step by step actions and screenshots to illustrate a problem. 

                            If you create a lot of documents with screenshots or you need to document a procedure, this tool can save you a lot of time.

                            start --> psr.exe

                            After that you start recording and you press pause key, in that case you can highlight monitor section (like Windows snipped tool)  and you will acquire a monitor rectangle.

                            In that case after clicking on Add comment button you could add any suitable comment text.

                            Consider that if you need to acquire programs screenshots that was launched ad administrative rights it would be better to execute psr.exe with more permissions.

                            Consider that this tool acquire up to 25 screenshots, if you need to increase this value you need to click on settings:

                            When you will stop acquiring you will save a .mht file

                            This file will be viewable on your browser.

                            Here is an examplificative youtube video:

                            Snip Tip

                            You may have noticed I captured the Start menu in one of my screenshots.  This trick is outlined in the Snipping tool help. To capture a menu: Start the tool; Press Esc; Display the menu; Press Ctrl+Prnt Scrn and then use the snipping tool to capture the menu.

                            Software - FotoJet

                            I found this graphic tool, FotoJet on this website:


                            It is an all-in-one graphic tool for photo editing, graphic design and photo collages. 

                            Its 4.0 version is online now. 70+ overlays and 40+ frames are newly added. 

                            At the same time, users can also use color splash and selective filter.

                            FotoJet offers numerous photo editing tools such as crop, resize, rotate, straighten, exposure, sharpen, dehaze, vignette, tilt shift, and has dozens of templates for collages, posters, photo cards, Instagram posts, Facebook cover photos, YouTube banners, etc. 

                            You can try it on precedent link: https://www.fotojet.com.

                            Hope you find it helpful and kindly review it at your convenience. It would be a great fit for your readers to create awesome photo artworks.

                            Consider that editing can be done on line and, upgrading to pro version, there are other interesting feature improvements.

                            TV - Chromecast and view your mobile device/pc desktop in HDMI to your television and NetFlix

                            There is a interesting Hardware device that must be connected, using HDMI port, to your monitor/television.

                            Meanwhile with a proper app installed on your pc/mobile phone you can transmit your desktop to monitor/television.

                            Hardware device is quite cheap ( 40 Euro).

                            More information can be found here:


                            This hardware device it would be a first step.

                            The second step that I would like to highlight is to subscribe NetFlix to search and view tons of films and tv series for 10 Euro per Months. (HD and Ultra HD)

                            Here they are options available, in my opinion ChromeCast with NetFlix could be very useful but I need to proceed to relative purchase to have a 100% feedback.


                            Hacker - How to disable history in Chrome without using hidden browsing mode

                            I was searching about settings in google chrome to disable history saving.

                            I was surprised that is not implemented. (only manual deletion)

                            So, i searched on internet and I found that, to avoid hidden browsing mode but having cookies saved the only solution is to search for history file here:

                            C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\history putting it in read only mode


                            Active Directory - AD Explorer and LdapAdmin

                            If you search inside relative blog form (sysinternal keyword) you can find tools available about that.

                            At the same time Sysinternal utilities are available through web address too since a lot of years ago.


                            There are, in any case, two interesting tools that are useful to browse Active Directory and to gain more information/edit:

                            Active Directory Explorer 




                            Antivirus - Sophos Antivirus Deployments errors and required services

                            If you are facing this issue

                            After attempting to protect an endpoint computer with Sophos Endpoint Security and Control from the central console the deployment failed.
                            There are several error codes that can be shown in the console (errors covered in separate articles are linked in the table below).
                            There are several error messages that can follow the error code. Example:
                            • Could not start installation program on the computer. The network path was not found.
                            • The installation did not start. The computer may have been shut down, renamed or disconnected, or a required service may not be running. It may be running Windows XP Home or Windows Vista, or Windows 2008.
                            • The installation could not be started. The computer may need additional configuration before installation.
                            • The installation could not be started: Access is denied. The computer may need additional configuration before installation. See knowledgebase article 29287.
                            • The installation could not be started: The network name cannot be found.

                            The common causes of these deployment errors are:
                            • The endpoint computer is switched off or not currently joined to the network.
                            • The operating system of the remote computer is not supported.
                            • The operating system of the remote computer is Windows 8+ in a workgroup environment.
                            • There is a firewall blocking the installation process.
                            • A required endpoint service (Task Scheduler, Remote Registry, Windows Installer) is not started or able to start.
                            • The central share cannot be accessed.
                            • There is a mismatch in DNS where a new DHCP address is registered against the old name and the forward zone cannot update the record.

                            You can solve following Sophos Official KB29287:


                            Powershell - Cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system

                            If you get this error executing powershell script .ps1 you need to:

                            Launch this command to see actual settings:


                            If you get Restricted you need to launch this command:

                            Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

                            For security reason it should be done rollback to this setting:

                            Set-ExecutionPolicy Restricted

                            Sophos - How to create a standalone or custom installer package

                            Here is an interesting article that explain how to create a standard Sophos Package:

                            The tool will allow you to do the following:

                            • Create both managed and unmanaged packages.
                            • Set a primary and secondary update location, which can include a secondary location of Sophos.
                            • Include exported preconfigured policies.
                            • Builds a compressed self-extracting and installing package executable.


                            Vmware 6.0 - “Deprecated VMFS volume(s) found on the host” error in ESXi hosts (2109735)


                            ESXi 6.0 hosts without any VMFS volumes or unmounted datastores report the warning:

                            Deprecated VMFS volume(s) found on the host. Please consider upgrading volume(s) to the latest version

                            Note: For additional symptoms and log entries, see the Additional Information section.
                            RESOLUTION AND WORKAROUND
                            This issue is resolved in vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2, available at VMware Downloads.

                            To work around this issue if you do not want to upgrade, restart the management agents on the impacted hosts. For more
                            Note: Restarting management agents does not impact the virtual machine power state. Also, you need not reboot the ESXi host.

                            More details on Vmware article: