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PostHeaderIcon Export/Import Printer Preferences

At work we have a department that has about 40 printer objects installed.  These objects all have different printer preferences set.  When a new user logs into the PC those settings don’t carry over.  So you have to touch each printer and set the preferences again.  After doing some searching we found out where those settings are saved in the Registry.  So we exported the following keys and saved them in a .reg file.

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PostHeaderIcon Domain Account Lock Out

We had an instance where a user changed positions and because of that change his group membership changed.  When his group membership changed he started getting messages about his account being locked out when trying to logon to the system.  We would unlock his account, but within a few minutes it would lock again.  We searched the Event Logs on our Domain Controllers and were able to identify the computer that was causing problems.  If the computer was turned off he didn’t have this problem, but as soon as the computer was turned on the account would start locking.

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PostHeaderIcon Install .NetFramwork 3.5 on Windows 10 using DISM

  1. Insert or mount your Windows 10 disc.
  2. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator.
  3. Enter the following:  dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess
    NOTE:  Change “D:” after the /Source switch to the drive that contains the disc.

This should work with Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.

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PostHeaderIcon Create a test file of a certain size

There have time that we want to test file transfer speeds across our network.  The problem is we need to use a known file size to make sure we can use the same size data in each test.

On Linux and Mac systems you can use the following commands:

300MB file (random data):  dd if=/dev/urandom of=300mb.log bs=1024 count=307200
300MB file (zero data):  dd if=/dev/zero of=300mb.log bs=1024 count=307200

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