• Windows Tips

    YourPhone or YourPhone.exe what is it?

    I was randomly looking through the Windows Task Manager and found “Your Phone”. What is it? Is it spyware or a virus? It’s a Microsoft UWP App that is built into Windows 10. It allows you to transfer texts, calls, emails and pictures from your phone into Windows. Type in “your phone” into the start button to find it. How…

  • Windows Tips

    Notebook battery troubleshooting

    A great little program for troubleshooting notebook batteries is already included in Windows. I will describe the steps to save a battery report and help you troubleshoot your notebook battery. Open command prompt cmd. Windows R and type cmd and enter OR right click on the start button and go to run and type cmd. Type powercfg /batteryreport The file…

  • Powershell

    Simple Powershell script to email locked out accounts to the admin

    1. Save the following into a file e.g lockedout.ps1 Import-Module ActiveDirectory -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue $Result = Get-ADUser ((Search-ADAccount -LockedOut).SamAccountName) | Select SamAccountName,Surname,GivenName,DistinguishedName | ConvertTo-Html | Out-String If ($Result) { Send-MailMessage -To email@me.com.au -From admin@somewhere.net.au -Subject "Currently Locked Out Accounts" -Body $Result -BodyAsHtml -SmtpServer mail.somewhere.net.au } 2. Setup up a task schedule to start at 12.00 AM and repeat every 15 minutes for…

  • Windows Updates

    Microsoft OneNote has stopped working

    Are you using OneNote 2016 and can no longer start it? You will see this error message “Microsoft OneNote has stopped working” If this suddenly occurred after May 7th 2019 then it was caused by a recent Windows Update. The update was released on May 7th 2019 and then pulled by Microsoft after discovering it crashed OneNote. This is the…

  • Microsoft KB

    DCOM Event ID 10016

    Are you using Windows 10, Server 2016 or 2019, viewed the event viewer and found DCOM Event ID 10016 with something similar to this error message: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the COM Server application with CLSID {D63B10C5-BB46-4990-A94F-E40B9D520160} and APPID {9CA88EE3-ACB7-47C8-AFC4-AB702511C276} to the user NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM SID (S-1-5-18) from address LocalHost (using LRPC) running…

  • Powershell

    Remotely rename a PC with Powershell

    Do you need a quick and easy way to rename a computer that is joined to a domain remotely via Powershell? 1. Enable "Windows Management Instrumentation" and "Remote Management" rules on your computers firewall. This can be done via Group Policy for multiple computers. Note: If you don't enable WMI rules, you may get an error such as "Cannot establish…

  • TSF Reviews

    IT Tech Tool Kit List

    If you are an IT tech and need ideas for your own tool kit, have a read through these. 3 in 1 LCD Screen Computer Monitor LED TV Laptop Tablet Cleaner Cleaning Kit 12mm Hook and Loop 20 metre Double Sided Heavy Duty 20m Black cable wrap strap Electronic Accessories Storage USB Cable Organizer Bag Case Drive Travel Insert SEATAY…

  • Microsoft KB,  Windows Updates

    A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed – WDS PXE issue

    I kept getting “A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed” in MDT/WDS. I had no idea it was actually a cumulative (March) windows update that broke the WDS server this week. The MS article says “After installing this update, there may be issues using the Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) to start a device from a Windows Deployment Services…

  • PC Building

    SSD SATA vs SSD NVMe, What’s the difference?

    “just because it is a M.2 drive it doesn’t mean it is NVME.” I’m building a new PC and need a refresher on SSD’s in 2019. Firstly lets explain a few tech terms. SATA is a computer bus interface that connects host bus adapters to mass stroage devices such as hard disk drives, optical and ssd’s. SATA 3.0 can achieve…