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Quick hint:

Was password you set more than 15 characters?

Background:

While setting up a new server for a client I used the HP pre-server setup F10 tool to pre-config the system for Windows 2012 Standard. I had already done the array and everything went great. I did each step, setup the date, time, set a admin password and inserted the OS disk. The OS installed and after many updates the system was at the Login prompt awaiting a password and this is where the issue starts. The password I used during the HP Pre-OS setup doesn’t work, I try any error corrections maybe I had caps lock on or the most common with micro keyboards number lock. I tested both and nothing worked. With faced with starting over, which was painful and would cost a few hours I remembered I had a password issue with this client’s administrator password before and hadn’t used it anywhere else. I felt it was a good time to start using a new password for this purpose. The new password was 17 characters which didn’t seem like any issue as the HP pre-conf tool allowed it to work. However, I also remembered the max password char for Windows was 15 characters. So I tested the password with 2 less characters at the end and it worked.

Issues:

HP pre-conf OS tool allows passwords longer than Windows does. Windows max is 15 characters.

Solution:

Take your password and remove the last characters until you get to 15 total characters try that password. You should be able to login and reset the password now. It’s worth creating a second domain admin at this point too.

Problem:

A soon as you finish loading your new Preview of Windows 10 you’ll want to install Office 2013 or Office 2016 from Office 365 and you’ll quickly find that https://portal.office.com / https://portal.MicrosoftOnline.com comes up with a nasty error blocking your access.

Solution:

You’ll be able to access the site with Chrome or by adding the *.Office.com and *.MicrosoftOnline.com to your Internet Explores Compatible sites list under Tools. If you don’t have Tools as an option right click the title bar in Internet Explorer and click to enable the Command Bar, from here click Tools, then Compatibility View Settings and add the above. The *. means include any subdomains or servers. This should solve the issue for the most common Servers and Sites at Microsoft.

Note if you used the Visio or MS Project Services you might have to add those domains too.

Please also include this feedback in your Windows Preview Program Feedback app.

If you are a E3 or Enterprise subscriber you can get the Office 2016 PC / MAC Preview but it will not run side by side with any other Office Version so I’d suggest you wait.

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Thank you Life Hacker for this helpful information. Please use the link above to comment or for more information.

Not too long ago, it was discovered that Verizon was injecting undeletable “supercookies” to track mobile subscribers’ web surfing and the only way you could protect your privacy was through third-party apps. Verizon now, however, lets you opt-out of this program so it will stop inserting the unique identifier (UIDH) if you tell them to.

To disable the tracking, sign into your account on Verizon’s website and opt-out of the program called “Relevant Mobile Advertising” or call 1-866-211-0874. While you’re there, if you haven’t already, you might want to opt out also of Verizon selling your app usage data to advertisers.

It’s a shame that this is opt-out rather than opt-in and that Verizon even continues using these headers when AT&T has stopped its similar program. Still, at least we have the option now.

Verizon Wireless Customers Can Now Opt Out of “Supercookies” | The New York Times

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I needed to verify where the Sysvol folders where setup to as Microsoft Best practices for performance say they should be located on a different drive than the OS. However, this isn’t often done. One of my Raid arrays is failing and I need to take it offline.

After looking around for a minute I googled it and found a few complex options but none were easy or simple. Since the sysvol folder is shared however, I found the location listed in Control Panel – Administrators Tools – Computer Management – Share Folders – Shares.

This was a much faster and easier way they looking in the register or AD tools.

Hope this helps others.

jbenisek:

This has helped so many people I wanted to re-blog it.

Originally posted on Don't Panic:

I’ve run more and more in to this problem with Keyboards and Mice related to a lock up of one of them. This is during normal user activities and results in the Left Mouse button not opening a program but the programs properties. You can still right click and do open however this is a pain.

I learned the solution in Dos when I was 7 or so before Windows 3.1 was released. Credit should go to Nathan Wilcox who is my cousin and showed me this trick to unlock and reset the keyboard and mouse from Basic but it still applies today in any Windows, Linux or Dos OS.

Fix: You must do all of these at the same time. Left Hand = LCtrl + LAlt + LShift while Right Hand = RCtrl + RAlt + RShift = Keyboard and Mouse reset.

To clarify hold down all Ctrl+Alt+Shift at the same time.

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Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

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Crash Plan Pro – $10/month (Even file servers) Unlimited space, Unlimited…

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Posted by: jbenisek | January 20, 2015

How many Centurylink employees does it take?

Took me an hour and talking to 6 people and being told I didn’t have any service with Century link by each of them before someone could open our account. Each one chuckles like I’m the incompetent one calling the wrong company. One employee refused to give his Employee ID or name after excuses why he couldn’t get me a supervisor. If your an employee of CenturyLink let me do your training for you. An M at the end of the account code stands for MIDMARKET! NOT NO ACCOUNT! I just needed to cancel a point to point t1 took 1 minute once a supervisor was contacted. So I give them a 40% chance at really disconnecting it.

After dealing with @CenturyLink for an hour I apologized to Charter for all the mean things I’ve said about them of the last few months since they took @Optimum. Century Link gave me some perspective of real incompetence. Charter’s been pretty bad in the Mountain states but not like this. I once spent 2 hours for one DNS change. No one at then Qwest know what DNS was.

Grrr…. FCC, FTC with ISP’s having lower reputations than Congress maybe it’s time to do something! The current system is broken and it’s your fault!

crashplanpro

Dear friends, clients and family

Yes, this email is real and from Jeremy Benisek at Don’t Panic Business Technologies. This is a critical issue you must have backups or there’s little I can do for you after the fact. Please take a few minutes and watch this video then backup your data online! Plugged in external drives aren’t safe! NAS drives, Servers and any Network connected devices aren’t safe.

Crash Plan Pro has a 30 day trial so you can make sure it works for you. I took the time to write this email because this is IMPORTANT! We’re losing the Cyber War and you’re at risk.

Here’s your NEW YEARS Friendly reminder ransom ware is real and you’re at risk! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW!

Video by NBCNEWS.com – Crypto Locker and options for protection and backup.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/21134540/vp/56781392#56781355

crashplanpro1

Crash Plan Pro – $10/month (Even file servers) Unlimited space, Unlimited Version. The default “check for changes” is every 15 minutes. The Video says $5/month but that’s for a home version of the product vs the business version I suggest for everyone home and work.

http://www.CrashPlanPro.com/

Code 42 makes Crash Plan Pro. The goal is to provide a solution to the backup nightmare and here it is. You can even backup to your external hard drives at the same time for the best redundancy.

http://www.code42.com/

Cost of Equipment loss:

The minimum cost if your computer’s hard drive crashes is $200, if the drive is physically damaged it can cost $1200 to recover. Please send the $120/year to backup all your data.

Rate of creation of new unknown malware.

The growth of malware appears unstoppable. In total, some 20 million new strains were created worldwide in the third quarter of the year, at a rate of 227,747 new samples every day.

Similarly, the global infection ratio was 37.93%, slightly up on the previous quarter (36.87%).

These are just a few of the figures presented by Luis Corrons, Technical Director of PandaLabs, from the latest quarterly report.

http://www.pandasecurity.com/mediacenter/category/malware/feed/

Rates of Real-world detection of known malware.

Here is the information on Antivirus software from a non-profit testing org. The breakdown is Windows Defender built in protection is 84%, you can pay for software that might increase that up to 98% of “known” bugs. But there can be a major performance hit and a lot of false positives.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/

Thank you,

Call me if you have questions.

Jeremy

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