Friday, 8 September 2017

Default printer settings OS X

How to save your chosen printing presets as the Default Settings.

Once you have created the settings you require, e.g. duplexing turned on, and saved them, you should select them from the Presets dropdown whilst holding down the Option (Alt) key, this will then set them as the default for printing for every software package.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Windows 10 Safe Mode

On certain devices it can appear to be hard to get into Safe Mode in Windows 10, e.g. Microsoft Surface Pro 4. If your device has failed to the point of not booting Windows and the F8 key is not working then if you can get a Windows 10 recovery drive set-up you can boot your device, once you have selected Language and Keyboard options select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Command Prompt. At this stage if you have a bitlocked hard drive then you will be required to enter you key.

Once done you can gain access to the C: drive, then enter the following in the command window

  • c:
  • bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy
  • exit
Then select Turn off your PC and the boot your device and repeatedly press F8, this should hopefully get you into a similar set of screens to the recovery drive but this time there will be an option to access boot options which include Safe Mode.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Equallogic Snapshot error

Dell Equallogic PS arrays have a new "feature" introduced from firmware version 8 onwards, this feature warns you if your snapshot space is below a 15% threshold. It looks something like this

"WARNING event from storage array EQLName
subsystem: MgmtExec
event: 8.3.65
time: Wed Jun 12 00:00:05 2016

Free space is below threshold of 15 percent for pool PoolName. Default Snapshot Schedule will run with max-keep set to 1."

Now if you are not using snapshots or do not need to be reminded every day that this situation exists then you can do the following via the CLI.

To disable the default policy run the following commands:

To verify: grpparams default-snapshot-sched show

To disable: grpparams default-snapshot-sched disable

Getting OS X to show logon boxes on log in screen

Occasionally you can be presented with an OS X logon screen which only shows a single users icon and their password box, normally the last person logged on. There then appears to be no obvious way to log in with a different account, there is a Cancel option but that just does not help. To get round this you press the Command+Option+Control+Enter keys together and you will then be presented with a standard logon box for username and password and can now login as normal.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Opening Startup folder

How to open the Startup folder in Windows 7 and 10

1.    Use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + R to open the Run box.
2.    Type and enter “shell:startup” (no quotes and no spaces).
3.    Click “OK”.

The Startup folder will open.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Photos not loading in Outlook

Photos do not load in Outlook 2016 and no option to download.

Control Panel --> Internet Options --> Advanced --> Security -->

Uncheck the box: 'Do not save encrypted pages to disk'.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Microsoft server 2008 R2 quota service reporting wrong %Used

If the in built quota management in Server 2008 R2 is misreporting the amount of space used in a folder you can use the tool dirquota that comes with the File Server Resource Manager,

It has many features but to clear the problem discussed you can rescan the folder using the following in an Administrator Command prompt

dirquota quota scan /path:path_to_folder

Then to view if the scan has been successful use

dirquota quota list /path:path_to_folder

This should show what the use is now and the management console should now show the correct size when refreshed.