Category Archives: Applications

Replace SSL Certificate in Dell OpenManage Server Assistant 7.3

Dell OpenManager Server Assistant is hardware health monitoring and configuration software that can be installed onto PowerEdge servers. It is very useful as it lets you see details of the hardware, along with any faults, plus can be used to … Continue reading

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Find the DLL used by an Internet Explorer Add-on

Found this by accident, but it’s surprisingly easy. I’m using the latest IE, version 11. Click the IE settings cog, and then click Manage add-ons from the menu. In the Manage Add-ons dialogue box, highlight the add-on you want to … Continue reading

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EMET 5.1 crashes IE11 – SEHOP

I’ve been running EMET on all my PCs for several years now. I realised that several were still running the version 3.5 tech preview so thought I’d better upgrade to the latest and greatest, EMET 5.1. Having done this, the … Continue reading

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Record audio output directly on Windows 7 with Audacity

There are a lot of uses for being able to directly record the sound that your PC is making, and it’s relatively easy to do. This method does not require you to have to use any cables, it just uses … Continue reading

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MsMpSvc terminates on Windows Server 2003 with defininition version 1.171.1.0

Have had various servers this morning with the Microsoft System Center Endpoint Protection Client service msmpsvc.exe terminating frequently. The service control manager restarts it but it dies again fairly quickly. So far all the servers are running Windows Server 2003 … Continue reading

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Powershell function to pin and unpin from Windows Taskbar

Wrote this to make it easy to add and remove pinned items from the taskbar. Code function Pin-Taskbar([string]$Item = “”,[string]$Action = “”){ if($Item -eq “”){ Write-Error -Message “You need to specify an item” -ErrorAction Stop } if($Action -eq “”){ Write-Error … Continue reading

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If you use Windows Gadgets maybe avoid IE11 for now

I know Microsoft ditched gadgets, but I have a few really handy ones on my Windows 7 machines. Seems like IE11 breaks them, they don’t display properly anymore. That’s the built-in currency converter, CPU Usage and weather gadgets. Nasty. The … Continue reading

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Set Internet Explorer Address Bar Search via Group Policy

OK, this is kind of a cheat, this is using Group Policy Preferences (GPPrefs) to add a set of registry entries, it’s not a custom .admx or something more fancy. But it does work. Firstly, I suggest you create a … Continue reading

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Server 2012 Remote Desktop Session Host: Installation hangs at Windows Installer Coordinator

You install a product from a .msi, and whilst Windows Installer is running you get an additional progress dialogue: Windows Installer Coordinator Please wait while the application is preparing for the first use. [Cancel] Had this on a 2008 R2 … Continue reading

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