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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

HOW TO– View VCE Files for FREE

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 4:53:00 PM







So you've read the official guide, watched all the CBT Nuggets and TrainSignal videos and got some hands on experience either at work or using a LAB environment. All you need now is to do some practice questions to prepare you for the exam. This is where a site such as examcollection.com comes in which holds practice questions for many different exams in the form of VCE files. They claim the VCE files are free,which it is, however, you still need their software ,the VCE Exam Simulator.
Many of you would know by now that the .vce files downloaded from exam collections have an encryption that can crash any previous version of the software. So if you bought their software a while back,guess what,you wont be able to use it any longer as it seems they have become greedy and went for a subscription model. This essentially means you can only rent imagetheir software and can never buy it outright and also means that whenever you want to study and prepare for an exam,you will have to fork out quite a hefty sum of money.

Below you will find my guide on an alternative way on how to view vce files.
Part 1 - How to view .VCE Files - Preparation and pre-requisites
Part 2 - How to view .VCE Files - Configuration and Demo
The Pre-requisites
  • Blue stack player. You can download it here.
  • If you don't have a google account,get one here. google account
  • VCE Files free sign up if you haven’t already

1. Install the Blue Stack Player . Essentially this is an Android emulator giving you the ability to install almost any android app or game. Installation is very simple. SImply follow the prompts. You will soon find out its allot more useful than just for VCE. Using it to play your favourite android game in full screen with great graphics is just one Smile Enjoy


2. You will need to access the Android Play Store and for thatimage you will need a google account. Most of you will already have one but in case you don't you can head over to https://accounts.google.com/signup

3. Open the Blue Stack Player,fine the search field and type A+ Player.
Click Search and complete the One time setup
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Follow the prompts and complete the sign in process.

4. After signing in you will have access to the Google Play Store
Follow any further prompted actions.
Now that you have the base and the pre-requisites installed go to page 2 for the fun bits
If you are not keen on reading then follow this step by step video - how to guide.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

FIXED: Symantec Endpoint Protection Won’t Install Windows 10

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 2:23:00 AM

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So I’ve just received my new Windows 10 Laptop and want to install Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.6. I received the following error “the wizard was interrupted before Symantec Endpoint Protection ( SEP ) client could be completely installed” (See Image Above)

Every time it would go through the process of installing,and then rolling back. The strange thing is that on some notebooks it worked just fine.

The Solution

1. The first step is to disable the windows defender real-time protection. If you not sure how to disable it go to –> How to disable Windows Defender

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2. After running the setup again I got a prompted to reboot.

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3. After rebooting and logging in disable Windows Defender again.

4. Go ahead and re-run the setup. Your installation should now proceed.

 

Additional Tips on troubleshooting Symantec Installation Issues.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Find the .net framework version using powershell

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 5:20:00 AM

As you may have figured out by now there is no quick and easy way to find the .NET framework version currently installed on your server.
Here is a quick and simple way.

1.

Copy and paste the script below into a powershell window and press ENTER. Thats it.

Get-ChildItem 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP' -recurse |
Get-ItemProperty -name Version,Release -EA 0 |
Where { $_.PSChildName -match '^(?!S)\p{L}'} |
Select PSChildName, Version, Release

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2.

Copy the contents of the script above and place it in notepad, then save it as filename.ps1.  To use you simply call the file. See below

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I hope this has been informative for you.

Get your Free R50 Shopping Voucher RIGHT HERE

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 1:37:00 AM


Some of you may have heard of the website OneDayOnly.
Its simple really, they get hold of a product, slash its price and then offer it to you for OneDayOnly. You've got 24 hours to take advantage of the deal before its gone forever.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to OneDayOnly and claim your free R50 voucher to buy whatever you want.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

FREE GAME: Multiplayer 8 Ball Pool

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 12:48:00 PM


This game is addictive and fun but best of all you get to play with other people online.
ENJOY!

Play 8 Ball Pool

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to: Recover from a domain controller failure

Posted By: The Funky Tech Guy - 12:27:00 AM
 

I took this how to from a document I wrote some time back but the information herein is still accurate for how to recover a domain controller. At the time i was working at an insurance firm and managed 6 domains. Budget was low and found that the domain controllers was on regular PCs. Needless to say they weren't reliable. I found myself using this procedure regulary for domain controller recover.
I hope this has been informative for you. Like,share and comment.

Preparing a New Server

a. Reinstall the Operating System using Windows Server 2008 R2/2012 R2
b. Give it a temporary name and IP, just to connect to the network and get updates etc.
c. Install all current updates and service packs
d. Install  Antivirus
e. Install DNS
f. Install and configure SNMP
g. Then wait until AD is ready

Preparing Active Directory

a. Seizing Roles

i. On another domain controller in the same domain as the failing DC determine what roles the failing server had by typing netdom query FSMO at the command prompt
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ii. Seize the roles on a command prompt by typing in the following (See Figure Below)
iii. Ntdsutil ENTER
iv. Roles ENTER
v. Connections ENTER
vi. connect to server <servername>, where servername is the name of the server you want to use, and then press ENTER
vii. q ENTER
viii. ? “For a list of roles you can seize”
ix. Seize Role <role you want to seize>
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b. Cleaning up MetaData in Active Directory

This is the process of removing the failed Domain Controller from Active Directory.
WARNING!! Please take note that using the ntdsutil utility incorrectly can have serious negative consequences on Active Directory. If you not sure DONT DO IT! J
i. At the command line, type Ntdsutil and press ENTER.
ii. At the Ntdsutil: prompt, type metadata cleanup and press Enter
iii. At the metadata cleanup: prompt, type connections and press Enter
iv. At the server connections: prompt, type connect to server <servername>, where <servername> is the domain controller (any functional domain controller in the same domain) from which you plan to clean up the metadata of the failed domain controller. Press Enter.
v. Type quit and press Enter to return you to the metadata cleanup: prompt.
vi. Type select operation target and press Enter.
vii. Type list domains and press Enter. This lists all domains in the forest with a number associated with each.
viii. Type select domain <number>, where <number> is the number corresponding to the domain in which the failed server was located. Press Enter.
ix. Type list sites and press Enter.
x. Type select site <number>, where <number> refers to the number of the site in which the domain controller was a member. Press Enter.
xi. Type list servers in site and press Enter. This will list all servers in that site with a corresponding number.
xii. Type select server <number> and press Enter, where <number> refers to the domain controller to be removed.
xiii. Type quit and press Enter. The Metadata cleanup menu is displayed.
xiv. Type remove selected server and press Enter. You will received a warning message. Read it, and if you agree , press Yesimage

xv. At this point, Active Directory confirms that the domain controller was removed successfully. If you receive an error that the object could not be found, Active Directory might have already removed from the domain controller.
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xvi. Type quit, and press Enter until you return to the command prompt.
xvii. Metadata clean is now complete and you can continue with the next step of setting up the server to connect to AD again.

Setting up the replacement server

Switch on the new server, at this stage it is already setup.
i. Make sure the new machine has the correct hostname and IP address. The hostname will be identical to the failed machine.
ii. Go start run and type in DCPROMO
iii. Follow the steps of adding a NEW domain controller in an EXISTING domain. Join it to the same domain the failing DC was in.
iv. Make sure DNS is selected.
v. The installation will begin
vi. After it has replicated you will get a screen to say its complete.
vii. DNS will automatically populate because Active directory Integrated zones are being used.
viii. Reboot the server, check if everything is working
ix. Recovery is COMPLETE!!

Important Notes:

a. The five FSMO roles are:

· Schema master - Forest-wide and one per forest.
· Domain naming master - Forest-wide and one per forest.
· RID master - Domain-specific and one for each domain.
· PDC - PDC Emulator is domain-specific and one for each domain.
· Infrastructure master - Domain-specific and one for each domain.

b. What will happen if you don’t perform the seize in time?

FSMO Role Loss implications
Schema The schema cannot be extended. However, in the short term no one will notice a missing Schema Master unless you plan a schema upgrade during that time.
Domain Naming Unless you are going to run DCPROMO, then you will not miss this FSMO role.
RID Chances are good that the existing DCs will have enough unused RIDs to last some time, unless you're building hundreds of users or computer object per week.
PDC Emulator Will be missed soon. NT 4.0 BDCs will not be able to replicate, there will be no time synchronization in the domain, you will probably not be able to change or troubleshoot group policies and password changes will become a problem.
Infrastructure Group memberships may be incomplete. If you only have one domain, then there will be no impact.

c. DO NOT seize this role on a Global Catalog!

Do not put the Infrastructure Master (IM) role on the same domain controller as the Global Catalog server. If the Infrastructure Master runs on a GC server it will stop updating object information because it does not contain any references to objects that it does not hold. This is because a GC server holds a partial replica of every object in the forest. UNLESS all DCs are GC Servers

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