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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Cisco ASA – L2TP over IPSEC VPN
Jan10

Cisco ASA – L2TP over IPSEC VPN

KB ID 0000571 Problem Note: This is for Cisco ASA 5500, 5500-x, and Cisco Firepower devices running ASA Code. When Cisco released version 7 of the operating system for PIX/ASA they dropped support for the firewall acting as a PPTP VPN device. Note: If you want to use PPTP you can still terminate PPTP VPNs on a Windows server, if you enable PPTP and GRE Passthrough on the ASA. But if you want to use the native Windows VPN client you...

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Windows – Find your ‘Uptime’
Jan02

Windows – Find your ‘Uptime’

KB ID 0000552  Problem There are lots of reasons you might want to know your PC/Servers uptime, to make sure a client has rebooted a server (like you asked them to), or to see if a server has had a BSOD and rebooted overnight, etc. Check Uptime with Task Manager You can get your uptime from the Task Manager’s “Performance” tab. To launch Task Manger Start > Run > Taskmgr.exe {enter}. or Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC, or...

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Windows In VMware Fusion ‘Cannot Access Shared Folders’
Dec12

Windows In VMware Fusion ‘Cannot Access Shared Folders’

KB ID 0001627 Problem Every so often I have a problem with the Windows 10 VM that I run on my mac in VMware Fusion, last time I needed to upgrade to Fusion 11.5, before that it was a registry fix. This time I could not access any files or folders on the parent mac. Network Error Windows cannot access \\vmware-host\Shared Folders\{Folder-Name} You do not have permissions to access \\vmware-host\Shared Folders\{Folder-Name}. Contact...

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Windows Error Code 0x800F0954
Dec10

Windows Error Code 0x800F0954

KB ID 0001626 Problem Seen when attempting to add a Windows Optional Feature; Windows couldn’t complete the required changes. The changes could not be completed. Please reboot your computer and try again Error code: 0x800F0954 Solution Typically you see this error if your machine is set to get its updates from WSUS. You can change the way Windows operates to get the ‘Feature addition’ files directly from Microsoft...

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Stop Windows Asking For Password After Sleep / Standby
Dec05

Stop Windows Asking For Password After Sleep / Standby

KB ID 0001624 Problem I’ve done a few posts that involve me demonstrating how to disable a security feature, and people have messaged me with a mix of disgust/distain/horror. But I’m sick and tired of all the machines on my test network getting locked while I’m dragged onto something else, they are test machines, with no live data on them, and there’s only me uses them anyway!  And some people just want to log...

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