.NET 3.5 Install Produces Error Code With WSUS
article #1108, updated 3 days ago

From the indefatigable Matt Quick:

Sometimes, trying to install .NET 3.5 either via Add/Remove Programs or via the standalone offline installer produces an error code. This is due to WSUS not having the files for .NET 3.5. Use the following workaround to avoid taking the machine off the domain, installing .NET 3.5, then putting it back on the domain:

This worked for me. Windows has to download the 3.5 installation files, but the server is configured not to use Windows Update (common for managed servers), but WSUS. The above article describes how to fix this. In a nutshell:

  1. Start the Local Group Policy Editor or Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, and then select System.
  3. Open the Specify settings for optional component installation and component repairGroup Policy setting, and then select Enabled.
  4. Select the Contact Windows Update directly to download repair content instead of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) check box.

Make sure Windows Updates Service is set to Manual or Automatic to apply this fix.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Windows Installer and Updates


Antimalware for Remote
article #168, updated 3 days ago

My first has been MalwareBytes for a long time:


But I’m starting to need more:


Categories:   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues   Cleanup


JEB's Diagnostic Sites
article #164, updated 3 days ago

Here are web sites for diagnosing DNS, Internet email, and other issues.


A very good place to test Internet email servers and servers in general exposed to the Internet at large.


DNSstuff is excellent for diagnosing DNS issues of all kinds.  Most of its tools require a small subscription fee.


whatismyipaddress.com is very good for obtaining geographical and ISP information for an IP address.


is very good for testing Exchange WAN services, e.g., smartphone access, Outlook Anywhere.

Categories:   Internet Networking   Tools


Connect PowerShell to Exchange Online / Office 365
article #804, updated 7 days ago

Contributed by the excellent Matt Quick:


  1. $msolcred = get-credential
  2. connect-msolservice -credential $msolcred
  3. $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $msolcred -Authentication Basic –AllowRedirection
  4. Import-PSSession $Session

Categories:   Exchange and Exchange Online   Office 365


DNS, Whois, et cetera
article #12, updated 7 days ago

A great place for general DNS lookup info:


The best WHOIS:


And one for info about IP addresses:


Categories:   DNS   Internet Networking


Outlook command-line switches
article #1106, updated 10 days ago

This is a very long list, the most complete list I’ve seen:


Lots of possibilities for cleanup and fixup.

Categories:   Outlook & Exchange   Outlook


CATE: Clean All system and user profile Temp folders, Etcetera
article #484, updated 10 days ago

For quite a while I had been curious as to why a simple method to do this was not available. CCLEANER and others do not do everything needed. Well, the following .VBS originated with the excellent David Barrett ( http://www.cedit.biz ) and has been rewritten a lot by yours truly (JEB of Ponderworthy). One thing discovered along the way, is even in XP there is a user profile called the “System Profile” — XP has it in C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\systemprofile — and malware often dumps junk into it, and sometimes many gigs of unwanted files can be found in its temporary storage. The below cleans all user profiles including those, as well as the Windows Error Reporting cache, and the .NET caches, and the system TEMP folders, and in recent versions, many Windows log files which are often found in many thousands of fragments on drives.

The tool is designed for Windows 10 down through XP. As of 2017-10-10, it is self-elevating if run non-administratively.

The full text can be downloaded here in a zip file.

Categories:   Cleanup   


Great place for legitimate downloads of commercial music
article #1105, updated 12 days ago

Try this:


Categories:   Web Sites   


Disable "Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry" in Windows
article #1092, updated 14 days ago

For the last year or two or three, it’s been helpful to check Task Manager and see if a Microsoft telemetry service is eating up hard drive and/or CPU bandwidth. The fixes change over time because Microsoft changes its methods. Here is a page with very effective methods, kept up to date so far:


I am using these four steps:

sc delete DiagTrack
sc delete dmwappushservice
echo "" > C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Diagnosis\ETLLogs\AutoLogger\AutoLogger-Diagtrack-Listener.etl
reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DataCollection" /v AllowTelemetry /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   


AutoHotKey and VBscript self-elevate to administrator
article #1104, updated 14 days ago

There is a way:



Categories:   Scripting