Windows Server: Disabling SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1
May17

Windows Server: Disabling SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1

KB ID 0001675 What are these protocols? Both SSL and TLS are cryptographic protocols designed to secure communications over a network (remember the internet is just a network). Originally we had SSL version 1 and version 2. But they were, (to be honest) ‘a bit bobbins’ and full of security holes, so never really took off. Version 3 however did and was widely supported. The problem with version 3 was, (again) that was also ‘bobbins’....

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macOS: FaceTime HD Camera Not Working In Microsoft Teams?
Apr22

macOS: FaceTime HD Camera Not Working In Microsoft Teams?

KB ID 0001671 Problem My firm are in the middle of moving from Skype to Teams, so more and more online meetings are being done with Teams. I have had some problems trying to get my camera to work? Solution Firstly you need to ‘Allow’ Teams to use the camera; Click the ‘Apple’ icon > System preferences > Security and privacy > Privacy > Camera > Tick to enable ‘Microsoft Teams’ (Note:...

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vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers
Apr20

vSphere: Get ESX Server Serial Numbers

KB ID 0001670 Problem A few weeks ago I needed to sort out some extended warranty for a customers servers. To do that  I needed the serial numbers of those servers, (a mixture of IBM/Lenovo and Dell Servers). As I didn’t fancy a drive to two different datacenters, I wanted to try and get them programatically. Solution After some searching I came across a post by one of my old EE buddies LucD with exactly what I needed. I’m...

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Microsoft Teams: Custom Background Images
Apr16

Microsoft Teams: Custom Background Images

KB ID 0001669 Problem With the current lockdown and everyone working from home, I’m using Teams a lot. I use one of the images that I use here at PNL as one of the background images that ‘appear’ behind me when I’m using the webcam in Teams. I was asked today how I did that, so I thought I’d write it up here. Solution I’m using Teams on my MacBook but the procedure it pretty much the same in...

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Windows Server – Schedule a Reboot
Mar02

Windows Server – Schedule a Reboot

KB ID 0001321  Problem Back in the day we just used the ‘At’ command to schedule a reboot, but starting with Server 2012 that was stopped! If you try it now you will see the following; The AT command has been depreciated. Please use schtasks.exe instead Solution (The Quick Way) Execute the following command (change time and data accordingly); schtasks /create /tn “Scheduled Reboot” /tr “shutdown /r /t 0” /sc once /st...

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Powershell: Get Folder Size ‘Quickly’
Feb25

Powershell: Get Folder Size ‘Quickly’

KB ID 0001660 Problem Right clicking a folder and selecting properties is usually how you would see how large a folder is. Which is great, but if your folder size is HUGE (i.e. many terabytes) then this takes ages! Solution If you use PowerShell you can get the figure considerably quicker! Below I want to ge the size of E:\Shared; In MegaBytes; “{0:N2}” -f ((Get-ChildItem -path E:\Shared -recurse | Measure-Object -property...

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