Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Windows 7 UAC Prompts and Network Printers

If you deploy or install network printers to Windows 7 workstations, and there is a change in the driver on the server, standard user(s) accounts will not be able print or update the print driver, and will be presented with a UAC prompt.

The solution is to create a GPO in your environment called Point and Print Restrictions.  It can be found under: Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Printers : Point and Print Restrictions

DO NOT USE THE ONE UNDER USER CONFIGURATION as it will be ignored on Windows 7.

You need to specify which servers users can print to and whether to present them with a warning or UAC Prompt.

Full instructions can be found here:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fix logging onto computer with temporary profile

1) Log onto machine with local admin/domain admin account

2) start > run > regedit

3) HKLM>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows NT>CurrentVersion>ProfileList

4) Under ProfileList, delete any subkey that has a .bak exension (folder with .bak)

5) reboot

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Error opening attachments - cleaning out the Temporary Outlook Files folder

When trying to open an attachment in Microsoft Outlook, you receive the following error:

Cannot create file: FAX.TIF. Right-click the folder you want to create the file in, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu to check your permissions for the folder.

In my case, it was a TIF file;  the actual error will reflect the type of file you are trying to open.

The solution is to empty the Outlook Secure Temp Folder:

Source 2: How-To Outlook

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Managing Published (Metro) Apps in Windows 8 via Group Policy

The following link explains how to manage Windows 8 Tile/Metro/Published Apps via Group Policy:

Updating Windows 8 and Server 2012 via WSUS on Server 2008R2

There is an update to WSUS 3.0 SP2 which allows Windows 8 and Server 2012 clients to receive udpates from WSUS running on Server 2008R2:


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Finding Active Directory Accounts by SID

If you know the SID and would like to find the corresponding Active Directory account, then LDAP queries won't work well. For them to work, you would have to reformat the SID to match the LDAP formatting rules which is not a trivial task.
A much easier way uses an LDAP path. Let's assume you have a string SID in $SID variable, and you would like to find the Active Directory account tied to it. 

Try this:

$SID = ''   # like S-1-5-21-1234567-...
$account = [ADSI]"LDAP://"

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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