Test Linux Audio and Performance in Perl with realtimeconfigquickscan
article #430, updated 4 days ago

This:

https://github.com/raboof/realtimeconfigquickscan

is really intended for use to test realtime kernel audio configurations. However, the Perl script above does form a very good overall Linux performance optimization test, you can ignore a few items you may not need.

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Cannot delete printers in Vista, 7, and Above
article #691, updated 7 days ago

If you get “permission denied” trying to delete printers, delete everything relevant in all of these places (leaving the folders of course):

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers\Connections
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Devices
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PrinterPorts
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PushedPrinterConnectionStore\*
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Connections
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers

restart the spooler, refresh the Devices and Printers window, and you may be done, the involved printers will probably vanish. If they don’t they will be deletable at this point. If there are multiple user profiles on the PC, you will have to delete them in the other profiles. On some machines, some of the folders won’t exist, and this is perfectly fine.

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Disable RTF (and WINMAIL.DAT) in Exchange 2010
article #773, updated 8 days ago

To disable Rich Text Format, and eliminate WINMAIL.DAT transmission, in Exchange 2010:

  1. Open the Exchange GUI console,
  2. Open Organization Configuration, Hub Transport, and the Remote Domains tab.
  3. Open the Properties of Default/*.
  4. Browse to the Message Format tab.
  5. Under “Exchange rich-text format”, choose “Never use”.

In Exchange Online / Office 365:

  1. Office 365 admin center
  2. under Admin, Exchange admin center
  3. under Mail Flow heading, Remote Domains
  4. edit Default
  5. set “Use rich-text format”, to Never.

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Use Your Scanner and Printer as a Photocopier
article #815, updated 10 days ago

You have a scanner and a printer; let’s use them as a copier:

http://icopy.sourceforge.net/

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Setting a Power Plan by Group Policy
article #707, updated 13 days ago

There are two separate methods in Group Policy, to handle power management. One of them is here:

Computer Configuration / Preferences / Control Panel Settings / Power Options

The above provides GUI to set many settings, and it may be sufficient. But if you need to address settings which are not available in your server’s OS install, possibly because of special client-side drivers and hardware, you need this second method:

Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Power Management / Specify a Custom Active Power Plan

The second option does require that you create a template power plan on the most recent OS you have, export it, import it into your server (export is easy but import is tricky, use POWERCFG with full drive letter-and-pathname and don’t have spaces around), and then choose in the above group policy location. The power plan will then be distributed to all clients automatically.

Much more information is here:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/197908-power-plan-specify-default-all-users.html

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Tuning Windows Servers for Performance
article #814, updated 16 days ago

Interesting material here:

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529134

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Delete user profiles entirely from command line
article #120, updated 16 days ago

Currently a third-party app does it well:

https://helgeklein.com/free-tools/delprof2-user-profile-deletion-tool/

DELPROF was part of the Server 2003 Resource Kit, also here:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=901a9b95-6063-4462-8150-360394e98e1e&displaylang=en

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Update QuickBooks Manually
article #813, updated 19 days ago

Manual updates for all versions are available:

http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/ProductUpdates.aspx

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Roll-your-own DropBox
article #812, updated 21 days ago

Here:

http://syncthing.net

is a very real roll-your-own DropBox solution, very cross-platform. It is not turnkey yet, but it does work very well indeed, both LAN-local and over the Internet.

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Something to Check in QuickBooks
article #811, updated 26 days ago

Sometimes, when QuickBooks installs its server piece, the service account (QBDataServiceUserXX) is set up as a Standard user. Set it as an Administrator to fix lots of things. This is done in the User Accounts area in Control Panel. It can take a while to make the change.

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