"BitLocker waiting for activation", McAfee Security, and other items
article #1388, updated 3 days ago

If you see “BitLocker waiting for activation”, this is a situation needing careful action: the machine is in an unstable state, and is likely to bluescreen and/or misbehave in other ways unless handled well.

What has happened, is Microsoft’s BitLocker, embedded into Windows, has done at least some encryption of the hard drive, but has lost whatever tool it was that controlled the encryption, so it is not “activated” even though the encryption is in place at least to some extent. One of the tools known to do this, is McAfee Security, it is not unlikely that there are many others.

If you see this situation, don’t try to install or remove anything yet, don’t try diagnostics, just run this from administrative CMD:

manage-bde C: -off

Then, in Control Panel, in the Small Icons, you’ll notice BitLocker Drive Encryption. Please be aware that status reporting in this Control Panel area is not reliably informative. To know what is happening, run this:

manage-bde -status

Discovered by the excellent Yvonne Wynkoop.

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UDP Port Scanner
article #1387, updated 4 days ago

Test if UDP ports are open to the Internet.

https://www.ipvoid.com/udp-port-scan/

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Exclude volumes from StorageCraft OneXafe / ShadowXafe Backup
article #1386, updated 6 days ago

Here’s the doc:

https://support.storagecraft.com/s/article/How-To-Exclude-Volumes-from-ShadowXafe-Agent-Based-backups?language=en_US

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WinZip Driver Updater
article #1385, updated 12 days ago

This:

https://www.winzipsystemtools.com/driver-updater.html

works very well indeed. It knows about drivers which aren’t covered by any of the several other good ones I keep up with. One driver install at a time is free of charge, $30 per machine for automatic.

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When Outlook reports that mailbox is moved and/or just will not behave properly
article #1384, updated 15 days ago

Often we replace Outlook profiles or just OSTs, but there is a much different step. After making sure there are no Outlook.exe processes running, go to the user’s Windows AppData folder:

C:\Users\<username>\AppData

Look for Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook under there, and rename it to Outlook.OLD. Do the same for Local\Microsoft\Outlook if that’s there.

The results are likely to be different :-) You may possibly, also, not have to create a new Outlook profile after doing this. It seems to cause Outlook to replace files which are being corrupted relatively often. This also fixed some mystery IMAP behavior where sync was reported complete but did not bring in new email.

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QuickBooks Now Using Sybase SQL at its Heart
article #1383, updated 17 days ago

I don’t know when this began, but I just happened to see Task Manager on a server running QuickBooks, and it is very clearly running “SQL Anywhere Network Server (32 bit)”, which is some version of Sybase SQL Anywhere:

http://infocenter.sybase.com/help/topic/com.sybase.help.sqlanywhere.12.0.1/dbadmin/da-running.html

The last time I checked this, which was a while ago, it looked like a much more hidden version of Pervasive SQL. This may be a major change at the heart of QuickBooks, hopefully for the better. One does wonder if we could use those command-line options to advantage…

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When Software or Drivers Won't Install in Windows - Replace All Internal OS Certificates
article #1382, updated 22 days ago

Sometimes, when software won’t install, especially something like ShadowProtect SPX which includes a driver, it is because of corruption of one or more internal Windows certificates. A method recommended to some extent in a few Microsoft resources:

certutil.exe -generateSSTFromWU roots.sst
Import-Certificate -FilePath .\roots.sst -CertStoreLocation 'Cert:\LocalMachine\Root' -Verbose

This does not always work. The only thorough method currently known to this writer, is to download this:

http://media.kaspersky.com/utilities/CorporateUtilities/rootsupd.zip

which contains a binary called “rootsupd.exe”. It will unpack itself if one runs it in administrative CMD, with syntax like this:

rootsupd.exe /c /t:C:\rootsupd

It will create the folder C:\rootsupd. Then go into C:\rootsupd, and do these (administrative CMD, not Powershell for some reason!):

updroots.exe authroots.sst
updroots.exe -d delroots.sst
updroots.exe roots.sst
updroots.exe updroots.sst

rootsupd.exe was, according to Google, available by download from Microsoft, but is not at this writing.

One does not have to reboot the system after doing the above, so far it just works.

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Convert Exchange Online / Office 365 Mailbox from AD Sync to Cloud Only
article #1368, updated 26 days ago

In administrative Powershell:

  1. Install-Module AzureAD
  2. Install-Module MSOnline
  3. Connect-AzureAD
  4. Connect-MsolService

In Active Directory Users and Computers, remove the user object from OU being AD-synched. Then complete an Azure/AD sync cycle. Then:

  1. Restore-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName users_login_probably_email
  2. Set-MsolUser -UserPrincipalName users_login_probably_email -ImmutableId "$null"

Do the last step before the next automatic AD sync!

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AMD Motherboard and Video Drivers for HPE MicroServers
article #1381, updated 30 days ago

Here they are.

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FTP Conversation over TCP
article #1380, updated 39 days ago

A great summary of FTP conversation over TCP:

https://www.ncftp.com/libncftp/doc/ftp_overview.html

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