Category Archives: Non SCOM Techy Stuff

Some useful non scom related techy stuff

Ping hostname returns a ipv6 address

If you ping a server hostname an get a return with an IPv6 address…….. Pinging SERVER01.mycompany.com [fe80::99be:f51d:****:******] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from fe80::99be:f51d:****:******: time<1ms Reply from fe80::99be:f51d:****:******: time<1ms Reply from fe80::99be:f51d:****:******: time<1ms Reply from fe80::99be:f51d:****:******: time<1ms Then it … Continue reading

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Excel 100 most useful tips

Attached is a document by the company Filtered that lists the 100 most important excel functions and helps you to understand an array of Excel features. 100exceltips

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Monitoring Windows Event Logs…..without using SCOM!

If someone does not have SCOM but wants to monitor Event Logs for a particular event then this can also be achieved using the Task Scheduler to run powershell script. In the example below we are using Event ID 47 … Continue reading

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Remote Desktop Connection Manager Distorted Display

I recently connected a Windows Server 2012 R2 computer to my existing Remote Desktop Manager v2.7 console. When I tried to adjust the screen size to scale to the remote desktop to fit the window the display was distorted. To … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2012 keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Server 2012 Windows Key + C – Opens Charms bar Windows Key + Ctrl + Tab – Cycles through apps Windows Key + Shift + Tab – Cycles through apps in reverse order Windows Key + … Continue reading

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Make single page in word doc landscape orientation

Recently had cause to make a single page within a word document landscape orientation in order to make a diagram that was inserted readable. It can be done easily following the instructions on the attached word doc. NOTE instructions are … Continue reading

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Basic troubleshooting commands

To find out which domain a user is logged into set U To find out which domain controller a user is connected to Set L To find out which active directory site user is connected to nltest /dsgetsite To list … Continue reading

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Ports required to allow server to communicate with domain controllers

Handy list of ports to be opened on a firewall to allow a server to communicate with domain controllers and allow domain user account logons TCP and UDP Port 88 for Kerberos authentication UDP and TCP Port 135 for domain … Continue reading

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Quick and Dirty Network Latency Graph in Powershell

I was on a project recently where I was unable to access (and therefore monitor) any of the networking equipment and the WAN links thereof. Noticing that the issues that were occurring were due to a network problem I spoke … Continue reading

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