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)

https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=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

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/sbs/2009/09/23/how-to-move-wsus-content-and-database-files-to-a-different-volume/


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:

http://www.sqlcoffee.com/troubleshooting101.htm

https://garvis.ca/2013/01/04/installing-netfx3-on-windows-server-2012/

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:





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Dj Dawit at White Radio about best Hip Hop Music.

[update 2017.03.27]

Here it is podcast too:



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 _
    ("LDAP://cn=MyerKen,ou=Management,dc=NA,dc=fabrikam,dc=com")

objUser.IsAccountLocked = False
objUser.SetInfo

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
    Wscript.Echo
Next

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:

https://www.fotojet.com/

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:

https://www.google.com/intl/en_en/chromecast/tv/chromecast/learn/

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.

https://www.netflix.com/it-en/

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