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Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:02
Who wouldn't like a Honolulu holiday? Legacy Windows admins, that's who

Microsoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond’s latest take on managing a Windows environment.…

How to completely mute phone when Do Not Disturb is active?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 15:02

On Android 9 Pie, Do Not Disturb mode no longer functions like a true 'silent mode'. For example, if you have the WhatsApp app open, it still makes sounds for all incoming & outgoing messages.

I want to set my phone to completely mute sounds from apps like WhatsApp when Do Not Disturb is active. Is there a way to do this with Tasker?

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Handling name changes in 0365 with Azure AD connect

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:50

Is there a way to safely change the sAMaccountName and UPN for a marriage with O365 using on-prem AD syncing with Azure AD connect? So the user can login with their new name and login to O365 web dash with their new name as well. it's confusing to have to use maiden name for some things, but not others.

I've been told no in the past, but I'm not sure if there is a way now to change this without completely re-creating the account.

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Did something change in regard to remote app deployments and SSL certificates?

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:44

I have a remote app deployed with a standard GoDaddy SSL certificate that has been working flawlessly for over a year now. Recently, my users started seeing this error when trying to connect externally. "Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server address requested and the certificate name do not match."

When I initially set this all up, I didn't necessarily want my server name and subdomain to be publicly visible. All of the remote app deployment resides on a server with a FQDN of and the RDweb Access can be accessed from

What's strange is when I download a new remote app connection and view the certificate, I'm given this which isn't even the correct certificate. Mine is issued by GoDaddy and expires in 2021.

Any ideas?

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Network Share inaccessible now

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:38

I just finished upgrading all my domain controllers to windows 2016.

I had a network share on each of them that we kept software packages in.

I can no longer access this share by \\\sharename

on the server I can run net share in command prompt and it shows it as shared.

Permissions are set to everyone on NTFS and Sharing.

I can change the sharename to something else like \\\newsharename

and then it works. I changed it back to sharename and it will not work again.

What's keeping this share from working with the share name that it's always had?

Thanks for the input!

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Windows File Server - Logging network authentication

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:26

Usually this request would normally fall under needing to just enable Auditing on the file server to detect when/what/who changed and did what. But since "Get-ADUser -Properties LastLogonTimeStamp" is available already for users who have logged in/out, would i be able to find out who/when has been authenticating to a fileshare without logging into a machine? (A machine from another domain is just authenticating to a share on another domain?)

Or if one of those users has a persistent mapped drive with cached credentials on that domain and uses it daily, is anything being triggered in the event viewer without enabling auditing? (4624 & 4672 in Security just sees login auths)..

Reason for this is needing historical uses without auditing already setup. thanks all

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Removing account in AzureAD that is double matched to an on-premises account

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:17

I have an O365 tenant synced with AzureAD Connect and it's humming along just fine. About 18 months ago the machine that was running AzureAD connect died and had to be taken offline. At the time I just reinstalled Azure AD connect on a new machine and when it asked me to choose a local account I reused the old one. This created a second account in the O365 tenant synced with the on-premises account but with a different name. When I try to delete the original account I cannot.

Is it safe to disable Sync with


Then uninstall AzureAD Connect, delete both service accounts in Azure AD, Delete the on-prem service account in AD then reinstall AzureAD connect, reenable sync and have everything working again? Is there another way to do this?

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Quickbooks Disconnects

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:12

Hello guys. Feel free to refer me to a different sub if this is not appropriate here but I figured you might have the most info on this. I do IT work for a number of small businesses in my area and one of them has me rather stumped. The network is really tiny - about 4-5 machines. They've got an HP Procurve 1410 switch, running on a single Server 2012 R2 Standard box that only has DC and file server roles + Quickbooks database server manager on it. What's happening is that throughout the day, Quickbooks will give errors saying the connection to the file was lost or that a user cannot access a part of the file due to another user being in that area (the other user is not in the area and Quickbooks is in multi-user mode). Furthermore, at random, when browsing network shares on the server, the Windows Explorer window will just disappear. Here's a list of what I've tried so far - with zero success I might add:

  • Tried replacing all cabling going to these PCs and server. Previously a phone guy had daisy-chained the computers through some 10/100 IP Phones (there's a middle finger for those who do that when there are alternatives). Faster network now but still same problem.
  • Replaced the network switch with a managed switch and watched for error counts over a 2 week period (none seen)
  • Moved the Quickbooks files to an SSD in the server - this reduced the frequency of problems but did not eliminate them
  • Checked event logs on server and workstations for any signs of disconnects or traceable errors - could not find any indication of issues there.
  • Ran a verification on the Quickbooks file > No corruption found.
  • Checked firewall rules > They're set correctly for Quickbooks.
  • Removed Avast antivirus > Same issues

I'm struggling for ideas of what else to try here. Any recommendations?

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Help with SYSTEMCTL reloading on config file changes.

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 14:05

Hello everyone. I'm trying to do some systemctl reloads using service.path files and i'm running into some issues and could use some help.

We're attempting to reload nutcracker via systemctl when the /etc/nutcracker/nutcracker.yml config file is changed.

I've made 3 service files (1 path, 2 services)

nutcracker-watcher.path nutcracker-watcher.service nutcracker.service

nutcracker-watcher.path contents

[Unit] Description=Path Watcher for Nutcracker Config [Path] PathModified=/etc/nutcracker/ [Install]

nutcracker-watcher.service contents

[Unit] Description=Nutcracker Service Watcher [Service] Type=oneshot ExecStart=/bin/echo "Testing to see if this fires on reload" [Install]

nutcracker.service contents

[Unit] Description=Twitter's twemproxy nutcracker [Service] Type=simple User=nobody ExecStart=/usr/sbin/nutcracker -d -c /etc/nutcracker/nutcracker.yml [Install]

Now, from what i can tell, no matter what i do inside of /etc/nutcracker/ i cannot get it to do a reload of the nutcracker service (i never see it fire nutcracker-watcher.service either, which i suspect would be fired from nutcracker-watcher.path)

Now I can manually start nutcracker using its nutcracker -d -c /path/to/conf but the service files seem to do nothing.

Anything i'm missing, or some help here would be fantastic. Thanks guys.

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Change border thickness of multiple selections from Menu element (scenes)

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:57


So, does anyone know how to change the border thickness of a selection (or selections), that appears when we choose the 'Multiple Selection' mode on Menu element? This is too thin by default.


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Wanting to leave the Microsoft ecosystem and do DevOps/SRE/Cloud stuff

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:47

I work for a Microsoft partner and have been for the past 5 years.

I'm just so fucking tired of supporting all of this shit for several clients.

I get to wear several hats: AD, Exchange, Lync, System Center, O365, VMware, Veeam, Hyper-V, etc.

I'm constantly being bombarded for help by different clients. I can't seem to work with a particular technology for 30 minutes before jumping to a complete different problem with another client, this work flow drains my fucking brain.

I bought a home server a few months ago to learn some VMware stuff but the thing has been collecting dust ever since I started playing with Azure, it's just so much convenient. (I have free credit from work)

I'm thinking of just going 100% cloud and stop giving a shit about onprem stuff. I don't give a fuck about bare metal anymore, about disk problems, or electrical outages, or any kind of shit like that. I'm done with that world.

I'm also don't give a fuck about supporting businesses with their day to day problems. I want to work in a job that actually requires some engineering, not messing around with patch deployments, Exchange migrations, GPO problems and the usual Microsoft bullshit.

Ever since I've started reading /r/devops I feel bad about myself. Those guys seem to be doing the cool stuff, which I'd love to transition to but I can't seem to get my shit together after work to learn about this stuff because I'm usually drained by that time. That's no excuse tho, I'm putting the time to learn but it's not at a pace that I like.

(Stuff I'm learning right now: Azure, Terraform and Ansible)

Obviously this are just thoughts in my head going around for a few months now, and wondering if any of you basically "changed worlds" so to speak and how did it go.

Am I crazy or are there better jobs out there? Like for example, supporting the infrastructure of a internet facing service (think Netflix) That scenario doesn't involve end-users, printers, AD, and so on.

I want that kind of job 😪

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Simple Volume Licence Pricing Question

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:45

Could anyone provide a rough price (preferably UK) per Windows 10 Enterprise license, and Office 2016 Pro license? I'm aware of 365 alternatives but just want standard pricing for now.

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Searching in Office 365 (Outlook and OWA)

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:44

When searching for a message in Outlook/OWA, all of our users are seeing “Something went wrong and your search couldn’t be completed”, “it looks like there’s a problem with your network connection”, and “an error occurred whole searching. Please try again later”

It’s odd that it’s happening in OWA as well, makes me think it’s a larger issue than just our O365 tenant. Anyone else experience this issue?

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BranchCache & Deepfreeze

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:42

tl;dr summary of the situtation:
Work for a university, 2 campuses ~40 miles away. NAS that stores rather large VMs students need to download is at campus A. Pretty sure the campuses are connected via a 1Gbps line, lab workstations also run deepfreeze so they don't get rekt daily.

So a coworker and I were thinking about a caching server but we've been denied a server spot on campus B (IS vs my dept feud at the top level). So I found branch cache is a decent option in theory.
So just a rough draft type thought. Would a thaw space on say the instructor PCs where before a class they could download said large VMs and other files before hand to aid in the downloading for the lab workstations?
And the 1Gbps link between campuses is shared for the entire university i believe not just our small bit of labs, so bandwidth restrictions.

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Some problems after migration to Office 365

Sysadmin - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:42

Hey guys,

I did a migration to Office 365 Business Premium today for a friend with a small company.

Now i ran into some problems and this seems the right place to ask, tell me if i'm wrong.

I did a bigger migration from Gmail to O365 for the company i work for, i am not a sysadmin although i think this is part of it.

Everything seems to work, the only task i have left is migrate the old email, which i have in .pst format, to the new environment. I just want to log in to outlook 2013 desktop app with the new user accounts and import the pst files.

The problem with that is that's not possible to connect the Outlook 2013 desktop app to the new user@domain account.

Everytime i try to connect i get a undefined error that refers to not finding the name on the server.

I checked the DNS record i put in and deleted a second autodiscover CNAME record, this didn't solve the problem.

Someone else checked the DNS record and could not find anything wrong with it.

I googled a lot of options but not finding much, hopefully you can steer me in the right direction.

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EtreCheck 5.0 - For troubleshooting your Mac; displays important system details.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:35

EtreCheck is an app that displays the important details of your system configuration and allow you to copy that information to the Clipboard. It is meant to be used with Apple Support Communities to help people help you with your Mac. EtreCheck automatically removes any personally identifiable information from the output.

EtreCheck will automatically alert you to serious problems like adware, insufficient RAM, or a failing hard drive.

Note: EtreCheck can generate 5 free reports, which should be enough to identify problems, work through possible solutions, and verify that problems are resolved. If people want to continue to use EtreCheck after the 5 free reports, then a license will be required. The price for the license is about $10 USD. Some regions may be more due to higher costs and VAT. Some regions may be less.

Version 5.0:
  • Now available in the Mac App Store or direct
  • Free use with in-app purchases
  • Ability to generate solutions
  • Improved printing; and
  • Many improvements and bug fixes

  • OS X 10.8 or later

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

The Register - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:30
Stung punters seek compo for 'security feature' update

HP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.…

Moon Invoice 2.4.1 - Invoice app with iCloud syncing (was Moon Invoice Pro).

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:29

Moon Invoice (was Moon Invoice, then was Moon Invoice Pro) is a simple, slick, handy invoicing app that lets you generate, manage, and track the invoices on-the-go. It is a complete invoice solution that allows management of invoices, viewing paid/open/overdue invoices and purchase orders, and managing tax overheads in a professional and impeccable interface. With plenty of templates available, design invoices and estimates the way you want. In addition, stay safe and put your data-backup worries aside with support for iCloud sync.

  • Tweak the invoices the way you want using professional invoice templates
  • Generate daily, monthly and yearly invoices with the help of recurring invoices and expenses
  • Support for adding unlimited companies, enables you to generate invoices for the multiple businesses
  • Multi-currency support for the invoices etc.
  • Manage credits against the invoices on the go using Credit Note feature
  • Track the purchase orders on fingertips
  • Built-in PDF invoice generator
  • Option to set prefix for invoice/estimate/PO number
  • Add/Accept Payment: Add Payment from Moon Invoice enables you to accept payment for the invoices generated using online payment options, which makes payment simplified!
  • Notifications: Moon Invoice lets you know when recurring invoice and expense becomes overdue, so you will never miss the payment!
  • Insights: The graphs/charts from Bar View let you know about your quarterly revenue and expense and invoices to be paid, that are overdue or drafted. Moreover, reporting capabilities lets you to take right decision at the right time for your business.
  • Import/Export/Print Utility: Moon Invoice helps you import/export reports and details of customers, vendors, tasks, products/items and time logs on the go. In addition, Print utility lets you take print from your device.

Note: This application contains in-app and/or external module purchases.

Version 2.4.1: New:
  • Multilanguage support for languages such as Spanish, French, German and Italian
  • Free from calculating tax separately. Now tax inclusive added.
  • Now the choice of unchecking the recurring option in an invoice
  • Get the support of postbox mail app for email
  • Minor bug fixes and lots of improvements in the platform
  • Improved performance for the express user-centric experience

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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PaintCode 3.4.1 - Vector drawing app that generates Obj-C and Swift drawing code.

MacUpdate - Mac OS X - Fri, 09/21/2018 - 13:27

PaintCode is a vector drawing app that instantly generates Objective-C, Swift and C# drawing code. With PaintCode you can create an app that is truly resolution-independent, using code (instead of large number of image assets) to draw a user interface.

  • Stylekit: Change the design of your app in seconds. With StyleKits, integration of the generated code into your app is extremely easy. StyleKit is a special Objective-C, Swift or C# class that contains all your drawings, colors, gradients, shadows and other assets. StyleKit can be exported from PaintCode with just a single click, making the design-tweaking process crazy fast.
  • Variables and Expressions: Want to draw a button with multiple states? Circular progress bar? Animated robotic arm? Never-before-seen user interface control? Creating these complex dynamic drawings is usually extremely time-consuming. Not now. PaintCode’s Variables and Expressions let you create dynamic, parametric drawings with immediate visual feedback.
  • Multi-Canvas, Tabbed Workspace (new): Use multiple drawing canvases in multiple tabs. Each canvas turns into a drawing method in the generated StyleKit code.
  • Better Tools (new): Enjoy rotation and scaling with user-defined origin, powerful bezier editing tools, smart and custom guides, precise boolean operations, mass export and import, hierarchical color library, vertical text alignment, better text editing, improved zoom tool, outline mode and many more features.
  • Dynamic Colors: Reuse the same color multiple times across your document. Derive a new color from an existing color, forming a permanent relationship. Changing the base color will also change all the derived colors. This unique feature means you can base the entire color scheme of your app on a single color, which you can easily readjust when you like.
  • Dynamic Shapes: Define how your complex drawings behave when resized. Draw a resizable button and retrieve drawing code to draw the button to any size.
  • PSD and SVG Import: Import SVG documents into PaintCode, transforming them into Objective-C or C# drawing code. Layer graphics, paths, texts and groups from Adobe Photoshop documents can also be imported.

The published price is that of a Personal license. Click here for full pricing info.

Version 3.4.1:
  • Improves Swift 4.2 code generation
  • Improves Mac OS 10.14 compatibility

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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