Windows update is looping forever

On my windows 2008 r2 server, Windows update was running forever 🙁

Windows update - Fix - 2

I tried a lot of things but fixing the problem was really simple:

  1. Go to https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/971058
  2. Download the fixit
  3. Run the fixit and follow the wizard

Then your problem will be fixed automatically 🙂

Still problems? Try this post: http://superuser.com/questions/951960/windows-7-sp1-windows-update-stuck-checking-for-updates

Note: If you have a WSUS server and you still have problems to find windows updates you can try to temporary disable the WSUS client to change the registry key UseWUServer to dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"UseWUServer"=dword:00000000

Windows update - Fix

 

Find your fastest DNS server

There is a nice cross-platform open source tool to find out what the best DNS server is for your internet connection.

  1. Go to https://code.google.com/p/namebench/downloads/list
  2. Download the namebench tool
  3. Extract and start the tool
  4. Click on “Start Benchmark

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This benchmark takes some time. About +/- 15 minutes. Then you get the results in your browser:

DNS-Namebench1

DNS-Namebench2

201% faster name query performance!!! WOW!

When everything is setup you can check your DNS settings with a nice website: https://www.dnsleaktest.com/

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To find the best DNS server for you start the tool at different times during the day.

Happy resolving 🙂

Remove Spyware

First I had a problem with delta-homes.com spyware. When I remove that software a crappy mystartsearch.com browser hijacker came by… ARGGG!!!!

So removing the software is quite easy when you follow this staps

  1. Download superantispyware (free)
  2. Install superantispyware (select free editon)
  3. Run a quick scan
  4. Clean and reboot
  5. Run a full scan
  6. Clean and reboot
  7. Download and run ADWCleaner
  8. Scan and clean

AdwCleaner

Enjoy your adware free system 🙂

Fix Intel SSD 320 problem on a Macbook

From one day to another my Intel 320 SSD was not visible anymore. So I download Ubuntu 14.04 boot it and start gparted.  Then I saw no SSD disk in my disk selection 🙁

ubuntu-disk-missing

So I download the Intel firmware tool and boot it and then I get a BAD_CTX and a disk with 0GB 🙁

bad_ctx

After some google’ing on the BAD_CTX I saw this was an known issue. The only way to fix this was completely secure erase your disk and so all your data on the disk is gone ARRRRGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I found a lot information how to secure erase the disk but finding some mac / apple specific articles was a lot more painful.

So I tried a lot of things and fixing the problem is quite easy if you know the steps. So I explain this for you so it cost you only one evening to fix this 😛

First go to https://partedmagic.com/ and buy and download parted magic ISO ($9). Now burn the parted magic ISO to a CD.

Then boot the parted magic. If you don’t know how to boot from a CD or USB with mac you must press the “option (alt) key” immediately after you press the power button and select the disk.

If parted magic is started, start secure erase and follow the wizard to accomplish this step. If you disk is frozen use the sleep key in the wizard to change the state to “not frozen”.

After the disk is completely erased shutdown the computer.

Now download the Intel SSD drive firmware update tool and burn it to a CD. Then boot the tool and update your disk firmware.

Then reinstall your OSX. For the people who use time machine is very easy to get the latest status back to your pc.

I know one thing for sure. This was my latest Intel SSD…

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Some extra info:
CNET outdated article
Secure erase article from Parted Magic
Nice blog about this issue and fix it with a standard PC

Cannot disable mail enabled public folders

Output

    PS C:\Users\jfb> get-mailpublicfolder -Identity "bccp11-036"

    Alias                Identity
    -----                --------
    bccp11-036           matricis.local/Microsoft Exchange System Objects/Correspondance 81807753


    PS C:\Users\jfb> disable-mailpublicfolder -Identity "matricis.local/Microsoft Exchange 
System Objects/Correspondance 81807753"

    Disable-MailPublicFolder : No existing 'PublicFolder' matches the following Identity: 'matricis.local/Microsoft Exchange System Objects/Correspondance 81807753'
    At line:1 char:25
    + disable-mailpublicfolder <<<<  -Identity "matricis.local/Microsoft Exchange System Objects/Correspondance 81807753"
        + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (0:Int32) [Disable-MailPublicFolder], MapiOperationException
        + FullyQualifiedErrorId : 826D5700,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.MapiTasks.DisableMailPublicFolder

Cause

I have resolved the issue, to solve this, we have to go into Active Directory Users and Computers. Under View, select Advanced Features. Now, under the /Microsoft Exchange System Objects folder, manually delete the Correspondance 81807753 object.

To prevent this, you have to mail-disable the public folder before deleting it from the public folders

Source

Tip:

If you want to quick find the old public folder use a custom AD search:

(&proxyaddresses=smtp:some@mail.nl)

Clone HP ThinState Capture USB stick (or any other USB disk)

The ThinState USB disk is split into 2 partitions. And the second partition isn’t accessible in Windows so it was very hard to build a stick from scratch. There are a lot of Windows USB clone tools but because I had to clone the ThinState 16GB to a 8GB stick also, it was impossible to do it from my windows workstation. But when some things get more difficulty what do you do? Use Linux 🙂

The Easy way (same USB stick size or bigger):

$sudo dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc bs=512

The “Hard” way (clone to smaller USB):

First resize the partitions with gparted to the minimum size. Then find out the last sector of the /dev/sdb2 (where sdb2 is my USB stick)

$sudo fdisk -u -l /dev/sdb

Output:

Disk /dev/sdb: 14,9 GiB, 16026435584 bytes, 31301632 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0x6a60ab98

Device     Boot   Start     End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 *       2048 2099199 2097152   1G b W95 FAT32
/dev/sdb2       2099200 14131199 12032000 5,8G 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Now use dd with sector 12032000 + 1.

dd if=/dev/sdb of=/home/myusername/usbimage.img count=12032001

and write the *.img file back to your new USB stick:

dd if=/home/myusername/usbimage.img of=/dev/sdb

Storio 2 convert any movie

It is possible to convert any movie to play it on a storio 2. The steps you must take:

SUPER-settings-storio

  • Convert / encode the movie
  • Upload it to your storio and have fun 🙂

TIP: Set the Frame/Sec on 10 if you want to reduce the size of the move. 10 FPS is low but good enough for the Storio

Install Disk Cleanup without Desktop Experience to clean WinSXS

For: Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

Copy the following files:

> copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe C:\Windows\System32\

English:

> copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui C:\Windows\System32\en-US\

Dutch:

> copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_nl-nl_72d752f33b5fc86a c:\Windows\System32\nl-NL\

Run the cleanmgr.exe:

> cleanmgr.exe