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Domain Name Front Running

Domain Name Front Running

 

I have just been the victim of Domain Name Front Running.

 

I did not even know it existed, or i had been a victim, until it happened again and I was sure it wasn’t a coincidence….

 

What is Domain Name Front Running

Domain front running is when you search for a domain name to purchase but do not buy straight away, and a company registers the name and then tries to sell at auction or through a buy now for several thousands of pounds/dollars.

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How to Backup and Restore Windows 10 Sticky Notes

Microsoft have changed how they store Sticky Notes in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 (and later), so I thought I do a quick post on how to backup and restore your Sticky Notes.

I will cover the older method and the new method, and how to transfer from old to new.

Sticky Notes
Sticky Notes

How to backup Sticky Notes pre Windows 10 Anniversary Update

This method also covers Windows 7, 8, and 8.1. Continue reading

Warning for your Accounts Dept – please read

Fake Internal Email Alert – Impersonated Domain

Watch out for those emails pretending to come from your managing director.

I recently had a companies Finance Manager contact me about an email he had received. He had received this email from his boss, the Managing Director, asking him to pay a client nearly £10,000 for services they had provided. The Finance Manager responded with a question about bank accounts and got a reply within 15 minutes with account details.

He was suspicious as he had just spoken to the Managing Director and also the tone of the email was not quite in keeping with their usual exchanges (although very very realistic – no spelling mistakes, no poor grammar etc). He confirmed this payment with the Managing Director (via phone) and found he hadn’t sent it. (Apparently this company has a policy of double checking either in person or over the phone anyway for an unscheduled payment, so hopefully this would be caught anyway).

This is when I get contacted – to find out who had hacked into the Managing Directors email account.

My Findings

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This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with this version of windows

I was trying to repair a Windows Server 2008 R2 server and got a error  at the System Recovery Options screen when booting from the OS DVD.

This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows

The error read “This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair. Try using a recovery disk that is compatible with this version of Windows.”.

The problem was that I was using the correct recovery disk, so why was windows reporting this. In this case the error is misleading and really meant that it could not find the windows installation. This is because the drivers for the RAID controller card was not included with the windows recovery disk.

To fix this problem you first need your RAID controller drivers on a USB drive plugged into the server. You may need to download the drivers from the hardware vendor of you server / raid controller card if you do not have them already.

Then boot the server from the Operating System DVD and Select Repair your Computer. Continue reading

Windows 10 VPN before log in for domain users

How to create a VPN connection before logging in to Windows 10

I just thought I’d post a quick help guide for those struggling with remote sites that have no site-to-site VPN. For what ever reason the site has no VPN you can get new users logged into a domain.

The situation

I’ve been looking after a site that has remote users and due to the fact the remote office is shared with other companies, it is not possible to set up a site-to-site VPN. In the past we have setup new computers at head office, got the user to log-in and then ship the PC to site. Once on the remote site, they can log in and connect to the VPN to get access to the network shares. This is becoming more difficult as new users are starting at the remote location and need to log in for the first time from there. Continue reading

Exchange 2013 Uninstall Error – generating an offline address book

“This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book”

I was trying to uninstall Microsoft Exchange 2013 after moving to Exchange 2016 but kept getting the error “This mailbox server is responsible for generating an offline address book” in the Readiness checks.

I ran ‘Get-Mailbox – Arbitration’ to verify all the mailboxes had been moved.

Nothing appeared to be pointing at the old server and I could not find any mailboxes on the server.

In the end I ran ADSIEdit and found under Configuration > services> Microsoft Exchange > First Organisation> Address List Container > Offline Address Lists that the Offline Address Book had a reference to the old server. Continue reading

Solved – Dell PowerEdge R430 and installing Windows 2016 from USB

Today I got a delivery of a new Dell PowerEdge R430 and needed to install Windows 2016 Standard on it.

I downloaded the ISO from Microsoft and created a bootable USB pen using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool, but Dell’s LifeCycle controller refused to recognise the USB drive.

Dell, if you’re listening, please let us install from USB through the Lifecycle Controller !

The ISO was 5.47 Gb so would not burn to a standard DVD and I needed to deliver this server to my client the following day.

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Windows 2012 Backup error 0x8004231F

I recently had a server that had Windows Backup failing with the error (0x8004231F) “There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location”

Windows Backup Error
Windows Backup Error

All the hard drives appeared to have plenty of space and the backup drives were new and also had plenty of space.

Disk Space
Disk Space

I deceided to try and run the backup from the command line and while this also errored it gave a bit more detail

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