Systems Administration

Folder names in Google Chrome AppData folder allow you to figure out what extensions user has installed without having to screen share.

Sysadmin - 2 hours 57 min ago

I'm not sure why it took me so long to figure this out, but if you Google the seemingly random folder names in c:\users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions, you can find out exactly what extension that folder is for since it corresponds exactly with Google's URL for that particular extension.

For instance, I have a folder named "aohghmighlieiainnegkcijnfilokake" in that directory, and the first hit on Google is the page for the Google Docs extension. This will definitely help me confirm when people are using VPN extensions because they are a bunch of jerks who don't understand they're putting their jobs in jeopardy to watch baseball games for free.

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Two 2012 R2 servers are not pulling updates - can't figure out why. RE: CredSSP

Sysadmin - 2 hours 57 min ago

So I'm stumped here. I've got two servers out of 20+ that are Win2k12r2, and they aren't pulling updates correctly or allowing updates to be applied. The server seems to think it is all patched up, but it's only showing a few updates installed & it won't allow me to install the KBs related to CredSSP - all other servers were updated correctly for this and then we pushed client patches.

I've tried blowing away SoftwareDistribution (stopped services, renamed it, started services). I've tried the windows update troubleshooter. Looking at the windows update logs, I'm seeing a few errors but anything I google just tells me to do what I've already done.

I guess I could try SFC and/or chkdsk but at this point, I'm not sure those would help at all. Anybody have any other ideas on what to look for?

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SQLPro Studio 1.0.178 - Powerful database manager.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 1 min ago

SQLPro Studio is the premium database management tool for Postgres, MySQL, Microsoft Management Studio, and Oracle databases.

  • Intellisense/SQL auto-completion
  • Syntax highlighting with customizable themes (including dark)
  • Tab-based interface for an optimal user experience
  • Context-aware database tree navigation, including quick access to tables, views, columns, indices, and much more
  • SQL beautifier/formatter
  • Database-wide searching
  • NTLMv2 supported (but not required)
  • Netbios support
  • Master password support for additional security
  • Supports the following database servers:
    • MySQL and MariaDB
    • PostgreSQL
    • Microsoft SQL Server (2005 and above)
    • Oracle (8i and above)

Version 1.0.178:
  • Sample connections can now be disabled.
  • Connections can now be searched.

  • OS X 10.11 or later

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PCDJ DEX - DJ software.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 1 min ago

PCDJ DEX 3 is professional DJ Software for Mac and Windows that allows you to seamlessly mix music, music videos, and host karaoke shows. DEX 3 gives you full control over your media, allowing for more creative freedom while mixing than ever before. With our beat-grid-based automatic beat mixing it’s easy to blend tracks, allowing you to focus on the other aspects of your mix.

Since DEX 3 offers no-latency playback, loops, hot cues, and all playback features are ultra-responsive. Use DEX 3 with a keyboard or mouse, or use one of the 65+ supported DJ controllers for tactile hands-on control. So download DEX 3, import you tunes, and cue up your imagination -- DEX 3 is the complete DJ mixing software solution.

  • New setting: keep singers in rotation, even without songs
  • You can adjust the filler music player volume control independent of the karaoke player volume
  • Multiplex karaoke file support (mute/unmute background vocal for multiplex CDG files); usually in these multiplex karaoke files the left channel is instruments-only and the right channel is instruments+voice; to use this feature you need to use/select the karaoke skins (LYRX or LYRX12);
  • Custom video background (image or video) is now always displayed (even when there are no singers in the karaoke rotation list)
  • Included new karaoke-only LYRX skins (2 variations)
  • Several improvements to Hercules DJ controllers mappings/scripts
  • Fixed bug related to setting Samplers’ volume
  • Fixed some zip file issues
  • New skin actions: "filler_player_volume", "master_mode", "master_mode_text", "master_karaoke_mode", "master_karaoke_mode_text"
  • New script actions: "setFillerVolume", "setMasterMode", "setMasterKarMode"

OS X 10.6.6 or later

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DMARC report tools

Sysadmin - 3 hours 9 min ago

Howdy folks,
So recently I have been fixing up email settings with my group and implemented a DMARC policy ( As part of DMARC I now get a nice set of reports that tells me what various email servers are doing. However I now need a tool to process these reports and present them in a friendly manner. There is only once such tool listed on the DMARC website ( and I was hoping you all might have some better ideas on tooling for handling these reports. Simple (and preferably free / reasonably cheap) SaaS tools would be great. I can also be willing to set something up if needed. Just need some ideas as a few searches have been rather fruitless. TIA.

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Can't connect securely to this page..

Sysadmin - 3 hours 10 min ago

When viewing and our O365 tenant address all of a sudden windows 10 computers (1709 and 1803) on my domain are all getting this error via IE 11 and Edge (Chrome/FF work fine)

"Can’t connect securely to this page This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. If this keeps happening, try contacting the website’s owner."

I've got TLS 1.0,1.1,and 1.2 enabled in IE, even tried enabling SSL3.0 again to see if that was it. Patches are up to date as of June. Anyone have any ideas? Searches haven't yielded anything recent to investigate further. I feel like this should be a simple thing, hopefully I am just overlooking something.

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What does it take for an OpenAI bot to best Dota 2 heroes? 128,000 CPU cores, 256 Nvidia GPUs

The Register - 3 hours 15 min ago
And a lot of smart machine-learning coding, of course

OpenAI's video-game-playing bots are getting much better at mastering sci-fi strategy war game Dota 2, seeing off semi pro players with ease.…

OpenAI bots bash human pros in Dota 2

The Register - 3 hours 15 min ago
AI team is set to enter major annual comp in August

AI bots are getting better at playing Dota 2 but can’t quite master the whole game to beat top professional teams yet, according to research from OpenAI.…

Current Student, Working as IT Specialist / SysAdmin, Wondering What to Focus On

Sysadmin - 3 hours 21 min ago

Currently I am working as an IT assistant in a small department. We support just about everything from desktop problems all the way up to virtualization, automation and compute support. Right now I have been given more or less free reign on honing new skills to make myself more relevant and useful. I have spent the past couple of months mostly learning Python and how to apply it to a variety of situations. I have become competent enough to feel comfortable applying my skills to simple situations. What I am currently struggling with is the figuring out how I should be spending my time to make myself more relevant, and what skills I should be looking into. Currently I am competent with VMware, Linux Windows and Mac, and can work with Python and Bash. I started looking into Docker, but wasn't entirely sure how to proceed, and also started looking into PowerShell. The problem that I ran into is that there are so many things to learn and I am not entirely sure what is going to be best for me at this point.

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G-Force 5.8.2 - Visualizer plug-in for iTunes.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 22 min ago

G-Force creates bursts and blooms of psychedelic color. Use it as a screensaver, a music player accompaniment, or a standalone display.

Take in mind-bending visuals while listening to iTunes. Create a bright, morphing backdrop for your next party. Or replace your played-out slideshow screensaver with something bold and beautiful. Get G-Force, and enjoy the show.

  • Endlessly unique. G-Force creates millions of combinations of booming colors, fluid textures, and dreamy shapes. You've never seen a visualizer like this.
  • Easy installation. Simply download G-Force and click to install. A world of visual splendor awaits you.
  • Try it and see. Experience G-Force for yourself -- download the free trial today.

The published price is that of G-Force Gold. Additional pricing information can be found here.

Version 5.8.2:
  • Added setting 'Prevent Display Sleep'.
  • Improved compatibility with Windows screensavers.
  • Addressed JRiver Media Center crash.
  • Major updates to Windows no longer require G-Force reinstallation.
  • Working-around iTunes for Windows issue causing freeze/lockup.
  • Fixed OpenGL/Direct3D toggle setting on Windows.
  • Fixed Mac OS screensaver reverting to main display only mode.
  • G-Force Toolbar now 64-bit on macOS.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Win32/Bluteal.B!rfn - Windows Defender False Alarm?

Sysadmin - 3 hours 23 min ago

Anybody getting this today? I've seen this all over my environment and even on testing machines. It's flagging a Windows DLL (great). We're running Windows 10 x1803.

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Buying a Mini PC for network maintenance and hosting drives?

Sysadmin - 3 hours 29 min ago

I have two vacation homes which I pay the internet for. I wanted to store a Fanless Mini PC in the attic and attach some external drives. This way I can have remote file backups in case anything were to happen to my office. Also so I could manage my homes’ networks (yes I could setup remote management but that’s not as fun as VNC-ing). I was looking on amazon and there’s a bunch of weird branded Mini PC’s. All I would need I imagine is one with USB 3.0 capabilities and gigabit Ethernet

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Badge Printing solution

Sysadmin - 3 hours 36 min ago

I've got my hands on a free Datacard SP25 Plus printer for printing direct to our proximity cards. I'd only need to print 30 badges so I'm trying to find a cheap/free badge printing solution which would include employee's picture, name and title. Is anyone printing in such a low quantity have any recommendations?

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Rant/Question: How do you get your coworkers to realize that many of the things we ask them to do are *not* requests?

Sysadmin - 3 hours 37 min ago

Just had a user complaining about not being able to remote in properly.

Turns out, she did not update the VPN certificate as we asked her to 2 weeks ago.

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Spectra Logic Publishes "Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018"

Spectra Logic today announced the publication of "Digital Data Storage Outlook 2018," the company's third annual data storage industry report. The report provides insights into the trends, technology and pricing shaping the data storage industry today and into the future....(read more)

Open Source Guides for the Enterprise Now Available in Chinese - 3 hours 43 min ago

The popular Open Source Guides for the Enterprise, developed by The Linux Foundation in collaboration with the TODO Group, are now available in Chinese. This set of guides provides industry-proven best practices to help organizations successfully leverage open source.

Misconfiguration of Java web server component Jolokia puts orgs at risk

The Register - 3 hours 48 min ago
You gotta shore it up before you put it to work, says researcher

Misconfiguration of a commonly used Java web server component puts websites at risk of attack, web dev and security researcher Mat Mannion has warned.…

Misconfiguration of Java web server component Jolokia puts orgs at risk

The Register - 3 hours 48 min ago
You gotta shore it up before you put it to work, says researcher

Misconfiguration of a commonly used Java web server component could create multiple risks, according to security researcher Mat Mannion.…

Clan Lord 1073.0 - Online RPG game.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - 3 hours 52 min ago

Clan Lord is a world of high fantasy role-playing on the Internet. Join thousands of players around the world whose online characters are exiled to a dangerous island chain, threatened by monsters, sorcery, and political strife. Not just hack and slash -- heal the wounded, study magic, and solve puzzles.

  • Explore an enormous and constantly growing world.
  • Improve your skills and learn dozens of mystical abilities.
  • Characters work together, not against each other.
  • Form and lead your own clan. Socialize with people worldwide.
  • Join groups of friends for heroic adventures.
  • Gather fame and power -- or scheme from the shadows.
  • Undertake epic quest and drive the dramatic storyline.

Version 1073.0:
  • The tell blade has been re-released.
  • Boostus is back!
  • Several bloodmage bug fixes, and some buffs.

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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