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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

ShadowProtect ImageManager HeadStart Restore with HyperV

If you are using StorageCraft ShadowProtect and ImageManager, here are the steps to recover a server to a Hyper-V environment.

Background:

ShadowProtect runs on each server you want to back up, and Image Manager manages the backup storage location. Image Manager can also run “HeadStart Restore” jobs. This basically keeps a VMWare (vmdk) or HyperV (vhd(x)) hard drive copy of your backup and restores each incremental backup to this hard drive, keeping it up to date (or as up to date as your policy defines, it may be 1 hour, 1 day or longer behind the server it is backing up).

There are a few steps needs to get this hard drive ready to be booted into. I’ll go through steps here in detail.

Finalize the Hard drive.

The first job is to Finalise the Hard disk(s) you want to mount. This applies any incremental backups taken but not yet applied the virtual hard drive.

Under the Server in StorageCraft Image Manager, Right click on the HeadStart restore job and select Finalise. Continue reading

How to install and run Malwarebytes

How to install and run Malwarebytes

Need to run a though Anti Virus scan on your PC (or Mac) ?
I would suggest the excellent Malwarebytes to compliment your Antivirus product.
To download, install and run Malwarebytes just follow these simple instructions :

First head over to the Malwarebytes home page and get the free download.

You should see the following on the homepage :

 

malwarebytes free download

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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

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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Draytek Router Firmware Damage – the router will die after reboot

Draytek Router Firmware Damage

If you have a DrayTek with Firmware Damage and a warning “the router will die after reboot” read on to learn how to resolve it.

 

I have been flashing some DrayTek routers after I received an advisory from DrayTek about new critical firmware updates.

The first few went as expected with minimal downtime until one, a DrayTek 2830, disconnected midway through the upload of the firmware.

The web page of the router came back with an error “session disconnect”.

When I reloaded the page and logged back in I got the message:

Warning: Firmware Damage!!!

You must upgrade FW immediately, or the router will die after reboot!

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