Here is an excellent tool to check if your IP or domain is on a spam blacklist (a.k.a. RBL):
How to Check Spam Blacklists (RBLs)
article #241, updated 5 hours ago
MegaRAID appears to have been bought by Broadcom
article #1310, updated 11 hours ago
The current download site for MegaRAID (formerly LSI, Avago, et al.) drivers and Storage Manager now appears to be here:
Lenovo System Update (TVSU)
article #1309, updated 12 days ago
A Lenovo-supplied method to update drivers, BIOS, and firmware in Windows.
Windows 10 Distributed Updates
article #1308, updated 18 days ago
Updates are being distributed to Windows 10 via peer-to-peer methods, in addition to cloud-to-PC. This will be essential to handle the big build files, 4 gigabyte plus, at many sites.
Update Windows Drivers with SnailDriver
article #1198, updated 20 days ago
Small but mighty. Recently much improved. Lightweight, powerful, and appears nicely thorough.
Rick's Super-Duper CMD Code Accelerator
article #1306, updated 21 days ago
This one is from the amazing Rick Boatright. I saw the ancestor of this thirty-plus years ago in Unix System V, had no idea it had gotten so useful in Microsoft-land. The gist of it is:
- You have a batch file, and want to access something involving a UNC path, something like this:
- Default logic often involves storage of current location into a variable, CD, resumption of previous, blah, blah, blah.
- But we can do it in one command:
pushd \\SERVER_NAME\share_name\dir1\dir2This does multiple things:
- First, it creates a temporary drive letter for the server and share name. It chooses an available drive letter.
- Secondly, without any further ado, it changes the current working directory of the shell (of the script) to the very location you pointed at.
- So, if you did the pushd above, and if Z: were available, your current working directory suddenly becomes:
where Z: is mapped to
- Then when you’re done with it, just put in
popd, and Z: goes away and you’re back to the current working directory you had beforehand!
Convert Noteworthy Composer to MusicXML and Vice Versa
article #1307, updated 21 days ago
A great tool here:
Latest Microsoft Group Policy Templates
article #1183, updated 33 days ago
It is often helpful to update the Group Policy templates for a domain. The most current set can be found quite easily via a Google search:
They install as an MSI which does nothing but dump them into a folder here:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Group Policy
Once you have the above done, we have manual steps. The best way to approach this is probably in an administrative CMD.
First, look in here:
We will be wiping everything there. If there are many files with numbers at the end of their names, you probably have Microsoft Office templates as well as Windows templates, and you will have to replace them too. There are other templates which could be involved, so be warned and be ready.
For now, we are going to write as if you have just Microsoft default templates there. Wipe them all. Then replace them with all of the .ADMX files in the dump folder, plus just the language folder appropriate for you. The dump folder will have all of the language folders, you want just yours.
The second destination folder is:
A new Microsoft instruction page for Windows Update troubles
article #1305, updated 34 days ago
Here’s a new one, seems to cover some good ground:
When VSS Writers Fail
article #1304, updated 42 days ago
A good thing to do, is to do cleanup/improvement steps, and then restart related services:
|VSS Writer||Service, Short ID & Binary||Service, Long Name|
|ASR Writer||VSS||Volume Shadow Copy|
|BITS Writer||BITS||Background Intelligent Transfer Service|
|COM+ REGDB Writer||VSS||Volume Shadow Copy|
|DFS Replication Service Writer||DFSR||DFS Replication|
|DHCP Jet Writer||DHCPServer||DHCP Server|
|FRS Writer||NtFrs||File Replication|
|FRSM Writer||srmsvc||File Server Resource Manager|
|IIS Config Writer||AppHostSvc||Application Host Helper Service|
|IIS Metabase Writer||IISADMIN||IIS Admin Service|
|Microsoft Exchange Replica Writer||MSExchangeRepl||Microsoft Exchange Replication Service|
|Microsoft Exchange Writer||MSExchangeIS||Microsoft Exchange Information Store|
|Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer||vmms||Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management|
|MSMQ Writer||MSMQ||Message Queuing|
|MSSearch Service Writer||WSearch||Windows Search|
|NTDS||NTDS||Active Directory Domain Services|
|O_Search VSS Writer||OSearch||Office SharePoint Server Search|
|O_Search 14 VSS Writer||OSearch14||SharePoint Server Search 14|
|Registry Writer||VSS||Volume Shadow Copy|
|Shadow Copy Optimization Writer||VSS||Volume Shadow Copy|
|SPSearch VSS Writer||SPSearch||Windows SharePoint Services Search|
|SPSearch4 VSS Writer||SPSearch4||SharePoint Foundation Search V4|
|SqlServerWriter||SQLWriter||SQL Server VSS Writer|
|System Writer||CryptSvc||Cryptographic Services|
|TermServLicensing||TermServLicensing||Remote Desktop Licensing|
|WIDWriter||WIDWriter||Windows Internal Database VSS Writer|
|WINS Jet Writer||WINS||Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)|
|WMI Writer||Winmgmt||Windows Management Instrumentation|