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Server 2019 Activation Error: Run “slui.exe 0x2a 0xC004F069” to display the error text

I was trying to activate Server 2019 Standard in a virtual machine this weekend, and on trying to enter the license key I got an error code of “0x80070032″ which wasn’t very helpful. This led onto trying to use slrmgr -ipk to install the license key, which also failed with ” On a computer running…
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27th May 2019 0

Windows 10 Hyper-V failing to connect to virtual machine

I use Hyper-V on both my home and work machines for testing things. My work pc recently stopped connecting when I hit right-click and “Connect” on the Hyper-V Console, whilst my home PC continued to work. Looking under Task Manager there was a Virtual Machine Connection session running but it was not accessible. Running VMConnect.exe…
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16th May 2019 0

Dell XPS 13 asking for Bitlocker key every startup

I’ve recently been encrypting our fleet of Dell XPS 13 laptops ready for GDPR compliance come May 2018. I have had some issues with the machine asking for the bitlocker recovery key on each startup and from what I can tell this involves a TPM level 2.0 being used when Secure boot mode is off…
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12th March 2018 0

Windows 7 USB Drivers for a Razer Phone

[To finish] Razer Phone (USB Hardware ID: USB\VID_1532&PID_9052&REV_0404 and USB\VID_1532&PID_9052) says driver software cannot be installed when using Media Transfer Mode. Transfer Photos in PTP mode works fine however. Using a USB3 or USB2 port doesn’t seem to make a difference, and using an Anker USB3 to USBC also does not work. Plugging into my…
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25th February 2018 0

“Catastrophic Failure” on deleting a BackupExec Backup to Disk Volume

Recently ran into an issue which required me to remove and re-add the Backup to Disk location within Backup Exec. However when I tried to remove the location Backup Exec popped up with “catastrophic error”. Download and install the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Management tools (found here). Go to Backup Exec – Configuration and Settings…
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8th June 2017 0

Writing last logged on user to a machine’s description field in AD (with serial and model of machine)

Originally from https://4sysops.com/archives/automatically-fill-the-computer-description-field-in-active-directory/. Open Active Directors Users and Computers MMC Right click on your domain, and select ‘properties’ from the context menu On the ‘security’ tab, click the ‘advanced’ button Click the ‘add’ button, type ‘Authenticated Users’. Then click OK. In the permission > properties >  dialogue, set the ‘apply to’ pull-down menu to ‘Descendant…
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9th May 2017 0

Upgrade your HP printer firmware with this one weird trick! (technicians hate him)

Sorry for clickbait title. Anyhow, if you have HP Printers and need to upgrade the firmware, you can actually download the firmware and then submit it to the printer via the “print job” form in the printer web interface to upload and update the firmware. This is easier than trying to use the “firmware sender”…
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6th February 2017 0

Samsung PM951 SSD Driver for XPS 13 models

The Samsung NVMe Driver for Dell XPS 13 Models can be found at this link. File name is sp71553.exe. A mirror of the file can be found at here as a zip file.


7th December 2016 0

Deleting a Calendar Event created by a now-deleted Google Apps User

I’ve recently ran into an issue with Google Apps where a number of staff had recurring events in their calendar that were created by a now deleted Google Apps user. I didn’t have any luck finding a resolution to this, but it was suggested I contact the BetterCloud support team (who we use in work…
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5th December 2016 0

Dell XPS 13 9350 disconnecting from external screen powered via USB C

Some Dell XPS 13 9350 laptop models have a Dell Wireless 1820A 802.11ac WiFi card. This can cause interference with the USB C port (even if the latest Thunderbolt firmware/driver and machine BIOS is installed). The resolution to this is to view the properties of the wireless card and turn down the power output to…
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8th September 2016 0