Windows 10 not Booting Up after Joining to the Domain

We have encountered a strange problem where after joining a Windows 10 PC to the domain, it won’t boot up.  It was stuck on a black screen where you can see the circle revolving. You will feel like it’s going to boot up but eventually, it won’t and the circle will keep on revolving. We figured that the PC won’t boot up in Safe Mode or even after disconnecting the network cable.After Resetting the OS multiple times, changing the Hardware, OS installation disk and even the Hardware Vendor, all we will see is the rotating dots for Windows logo after it has been joined to the domain. After applying different permutations and combinations, we have narrowed it down to the Default Domain Policy. How did we find out it’s the Default Domain Policy: We moved the PC to a Test OU and applied Block Inheritance, however, the issue persisted. So we ended up moving the user as well to the Test OU, so there are no policies applied to the user or the computer. And voila, the issue is resolved. Moving the user and the PC back and forth and applying the GPO one by one, narrowed it down to the Default Domain Policy. We did try to isolate the issue to specific settings in the Default Domain Policy, however, it was too time to consume. So the solution: Rebuild the Default Domain Policy from the scratch via dcgpofix command and the issue is resolved. How to rebuild the Default Domain Policy via dcgpofix ?Open the administrative command prompt and type the following command and hit Enter. Dcgpofix /ignoreschema...

Disable Windows Script Host via Group Policy Object

Windows Script Host or WSH, is a Microsoft technology that provides scripting abilities like batch files, but includes many more features. Such Scripts can be run directly from the desktop by double-clicking a script file, or from a command prompt. It can be run from either the protected-mode Windows-based host wscript.exe, or the real-mode command shell-based host cscript.exe.Several “HTML malware” have been reported to use WSH objects as a result of which, those who do not require this feature, tend to disable it. But disabling WSH, will prevent users from running any scripts, including VBScript and JScript scripts, that rely on this technology – and some software may require this feature to be enabled. Windows applications and processes may be automated using a script in Windows Script Host. Viruses and malware could be written to exploit this ability.VBS scripts are used by malware authors either to cause disruption in an environment or to run a process that will download more advanced malware. The ILOVEYOU VBS malware caused a huge amount of damage back in the early 2000’s. Nowadays most VBS scripts causing more irritation like hiding folders, moving files etc. We can disable them completely by disabling the Windows Script Host engine which is what. VBS files use to run. This can be very much useful for securing your environment against Cryptolocker and Ransomware. Please follow the steps below in order to strengthen your environment by disabling the Windows Script Host via Group Policy Object:A. Create a new GPO on the Domain Controller and name it as: SecureEnvironment Open Group Policy Management Console.Expand the forest.Click on the domain.Right click on the Group...

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...

Camera you can attach to your IPhone- DxO one making it possible

Sony came up with an amazing idea of QX series cameras which are bigger and clunky Wi-Fi Model, but DxO will be giving a tough time to Sony with its new phone attached camera. DxO’s small, grip size camera plugs into a Lightening connector which will convert your IPhone or IPad into a display for a camera that has 20 Megapixels, 1-inch-sensor and f1.8 camera. the dimensions are 2.7 x 1.9 x 1 in/67.3 x 48.3 x 25.4mm and it weighs 3.8 oz/108 g. The front has a cover that slides over the lens. When you slide it down, it turns the camera on; sliding down again pops the Lightning connector out of the side of the body. When connected to the phone, it acts as a grip, and has a real two-stage shutter button (for half-press prefocusing), though the camera uses an electronic shutter. A small touchscreen status LCD on the back switches between still adn video mode witha swipe. Below the LCD we can see a covered compartment with the MicroSD slot and USB connector. Most cameras have between one and threeaspherical lenses but this one consist of six aspherical lenses The connector mount can rotate 60 degrees forward and backward for up-high or waist-level shooting, or to help prop up the phone when it’s sitting on a flat surface. If you connect the camera in the reverse orientation, it’s ready for selfies. The accompanying app offers full manual controls, including the ability to stop down the aperture from f1.8 to f11, though you’ll find usual full auto and program scene modes as well. The ISO sensitivity range...

Windows 2008 R2: Unable to open server manager or event viewer Error:System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException

Follow me One of the Windows 2008 R2 server suddenly started to have some issue with Event Viewer and Server Manager not loading with following error. System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException Exception stack trace : at System.RuntimeTypeHandle.CreateInstance(RuntimeType type, Boolean publicOnly, Boolean noCheck, Boolean& canBeCached, RuntimeMethodHandle& ctor, Boolean& bNeedSecurityCheck) at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceSlow(Boolean publicOnly, Boolean fillCache) at System.RuntimeType.CreateInstanceImpl(Boolean publicOnly, Boolean skipVisibilityChecks, Boolean fillCache) at System.Activator.CreateInstance(Type type, Boolean nonPublic) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.FormView.InternalInitialize() at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.View.HandleInitializationRequest(IRequestStatus requestStatus) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.View.ProcessRequest(Request request) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.ViewMessageClient.ProcessRequest(Request request) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.Internal.IMessageClient.ProcessRequest(Request request) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.Executive.RequestStatus.BeginRequest(IMessageClient messageClient, RequestInfo requestInfo) at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.Executive.SnapInRequestOperation.ProcessRequest() at Microsoft.ManagementConsole.Executive.Operation.OnThreadTransfer(SimpleOperationCallback callback) I researched on the issue and found suggestions to uninstall/reinstall or repair .Net 3.5.1. We successfully repaired Dot net on the server with no success with the primary issue. Further research pointed me towards some issues with system fonts can cause this problem, after hunting around bushes for several font settings I finally looked at the following registry location. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts All the values (font names) has data with wierd names ending with numbers like times_01.ttf or arial_05.ttf I went ahead and Exported the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts registry from another working server 2008 R2 and imported it right into the problem server. Voila 🙂 , this resolved the issue for me. I closed and reopened server manager and Event viewer, all comes up just fine. PS: If it doesn’t straight away you may reboot the server Hope this article helps you fix the issue at hand, else start a  thread at our forum for free support or reach us for paid support options....

Unable to configure phone with Exchange 2010 via ActiveSync- Event 1008

Follow me Recently, I was working on an Exchange where Mailboxes were migrated from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2010. The old server was dying, and hence the client turned that server off. Everything started to work fine, however when the users tried to reconfigure their phones, it failed. After further checking on the issue, I noticed that only the users who had their phones previously configured with their work email, are failing to configure. If we try to configure a new phone with the same account it works. Hence, I started to further look on the new Exchange 2010 Server to find out the issue. FYI: I checked online for suggestions, and a number of people suggested to remove the ActiveSync Partnership from the exchange server. I did so, however it did not resolve the issue at all. What did I found on Server? I noticed that the server is showing the following warning for all users multiple times: Log Name:      Application Source:        MSExchange ActiveSync Date:          3/2/2015 6:45:50 AM Event ID:      1008 Task Category: Requests Level:         Warning Keywords:      Classic User:          N/A Computer:      Exchange.Domain.Local Description: An exception occurred and was handled by Exchange ActiveSync. This may have been caused by an outdated or corrupted Exchange ActiveSync device partnership. This can occur if a user tries to modify the same item from multiple computers. If this is the case, Exchange ActiveSync will re-create the partnership with the device. Items will be updated at the next synchronization.  URL=/Microsoft-Server-ActiveSync/default.eas?User=smcculley&DeviceId=Appl*Removed*&DeviceType=iPhone&Cmd=Sync — Exception start...