ShadowCopy Backup after renaming VSSADMIN.EXE

About VSSAdmin.exe: Windows uses VSSAdmin.exe to create shadow copy backups for the drives which have shared folders enabled. At the same time, Encryption viruses use the same vssadmin.exe file to delete the existing Shadow Copy backups from the system after encrypting all your data files. Hence, it puts us into a situation where we cannot restore the files from Shadow copy. Creating Shadow Copy Backup via PowerShell: In order to create the Shadow copy backups manually after renaming the VSSAdmin.exe file, follow the step-by-step procedure. First of all, identify the drives for the Shares that you want to backup via ShadowCopy. (Ex. C:, D:, E:, etc.) We’ll need an account to run the scheduled task that we are creating in the next step. Its is best to create a new user to perform the task like “Backup User”. This ensures that when the regular admin password is changed, the Shadow Copy Backup procedure is not affected. You also need to make sure that the password of this user doesn’t expire. Don’t forget to create this user with Local Admin / Domain Admin Rights depending on the environment. Open Task Scheduler and Create a new Task. Create a New Task from the right-hand side pane.             In the Create Task Window under the General Tab, specify the following details. a) Name of the Task. b) Select “Run whether user is logged on or not” c) Select “Run with highest privileges”               Go to next Tab – Triggers, click on New and define a schedule to it to run. I would...

No Network Connection after Windows 10 Upgrade – Fixed

Follow me If you are experiencing issue with your network that it doesn’t connect to the Internet after you have upgraded to Windows 10, this solution might work for you. Symptoms: No Network connectivity, Local Area Network and/or Wifi Network icons are missing from Network Connections window. This issue started right after the PC was upgraded to Windows 10. Here is the step by step procedure that may help you resolve the issue. Open “Program and Features” and check if any Cisco VPN Client is installed. If so, uninstall it. [Start – Run – type appwiz.cpl – and hit ok] Reboot your PC, if you uninstalled the Cisco VPN Client, else continue to next step. Open Command Prompt as Admin [Right Click on Start Button – Choose Command Prompt (Admin) Type the following command in the command prompt and hit enter: reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f Now in Command Prompt type the following command and hit enter: netcfg -v -u dni_dne Restart your PC. Now check if your internet connectivity has been restored. Hopefully, this will help you resolve your issue. However if the issue still persists, please feel free to reply if any questions. Follow...

Windows 10 System Tray Notification Issue

Follow me Issue: When launching System Tray Notification customization screen, then the app which should let you choose what icons to display crashes. Event Viewer generates the following event: Log Name: Application Source: Windows Error Reporting Date: 8/7/2015 8:26:52 AM Event ID: 1001 Task Category: None Level: Information Keywords: Classic User: N/A Computer: <ComputerName> Description: Fault bucket 133160775683, type 5 Event Name: MoAppCrash Response: Not available Cab Id: 0 Problem signature: P1: windows.immersivecontrolpanel_6.2.0.0_neutral_neutral_cw5n1h2txyewy P2: praid:microsoft.windows.immersivecontrolpanel P3: 10.0.10240.16384 P4: 559f39ae P5: combase.dll P6: 10.0.10240.16384 P7: 559f3aac P8: 8000000b P9: 00000000000230e5 P10: Attached files: C:\Users\<UserName>\AppData\Local\Temp\WEREEFC.tmp.WERInternalMetadata.xml These files may be available here: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportArchive\AppCrash_windows.immersiv_99c5ea1a61de85babe857e24ded7ba7aac73c69_8de139c6_651df536 Analysis symbol: Rechecking for solution: 0 Report Id: 45701013-b7ac-46d5-84d5-1e9240c73cb1 Report Status: 0 Hashed bucket: 425f2775c7d2694961f171de48856c04 <XML Data Removed> Solution: Go to Taskbar and Start Menu Properties. Click on Customize… Within the SYSTEM window, ensure that you are on Notifications & actions. Instead of clicking on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar”, click on “Turn system icons on or off” Click on the back arrow icon on the top left, and then click on “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” Voila, you have the “Select which icons appear on the taskbar” window open. Under “Always show all icons in the notification area”, choose to turn that Off. Now, you can choose what to appear in the System Tray Notification Area. Follow...

Office 365 Migration Portal Not working

Office 365 Migration fails to start… Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object Today, while working on a Migration for Office 365, I encountered an issue. I was unable to create a batch from the Office 365 ECP to migrate mailboxes from Local Exchange to Office 365. Below is the screenshot attached to the issue. As of now, there is no reported solutions to this issue. Further research shows that multiple users are reporting the similar error starting today. Probably something is not working from MS side. Although, the Office 365 Portal Health report doesn’t state it as a problem yet, but we are sure that Microsoft is aware of this issue, and will be fixing this issue. We’ll update this blog again, when the issue is resolved....

Exchange with Local Domain – Your Certificate will Expire by Nov 2015

Recently, I noticed that the Certificate Authorities like GoDaddy are issuing a warning when you purchase a Certificate with Internal Sever name (example: domain.local). The use of internal domain names has been discontinued by Certification Authorities and Browsers (CAB). If you intend to issue a certificate with .local or any internal domain name, then your certificate will expire by November 2015. After November 2015, you’ll loose the ability to purchase an SSL Certificate if you include a .local domain or any other internal domain in it. If you already have one, and you have not done anything about it till Nov 2015, it will expire. You must have a question in your mind, why not purchase the certificate without the internal domain (.local) and use it. Yes, you can use it, however if your Internal domain is .local, then your users will continuously get Certificate warning on Outlook when launched and while using it. What does it mean for you? Since Active Directory was introduced by Microsoft, most of the users have promoted their internal domain separate from an external domain. Exchange Servers were configured with the internal domain names as well. Outlook always contacted the Exchange Server via its .local domain name. Now, if you also have a similar environment, you must be thinking about how you can avoid this from happening, and also issue a proper certificate for your Exchange Organization. How do you fix it – Redirect your Exchange Server to use External URL You’ll need to run the following commands on your Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 Management Shell. These commands will update the URL for three services:...