Category Archives: Windows

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Who deleted the files from the Windows file server?

Classic whodunit – the file is gone. Who deleted it? Well, unless you’ve already prepared for this, Windows has no log for you. Sorry. The good news is that this is an excellent time to prepare for the next time. So let’s do that. Enable the auditing of file operations to the Windows Event Log […]

Enable remote management of Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Core

This is a reference for the commands to enable the firewall rules necessary to remotely manage Windows Server Core and Hyper-V Core. I keep having to look these up… Enable-NetFireWallRule -DisplayName “Windows Management Instrumentation (DCOM-In)” Enable-NetFireWallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Event Log Management” Enable-NetFireWallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Service Management” Enable-NetFireWallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Volume Management” Enable-NetFireWallRule -DisplayGroup “Remote Scheduled […]

Forcing Cygwin to create sane permissions on Windows

If you use Cygwin to mainly manipulate files in your regular Windows filesystem, under /cygdrive/…, you have probably seen this message more than a few times: “The permissions on <node> are incorrectly ordered, which may cause some entries to be ineffective” You have also likely seen “NULL SID” as the top entry in permission lists. […]

Using external Certificate Authority certificates in a restricted or closed environment

In this example, we’ll be using a wildcard certificate from Let’s Encrypt, obtained through their recently released wildcard certificate offering. What we’re doing The use case is that we want, for one reason or another, to use this certificate in an environment that does not have unrestricted internet access, such as a health institution or […]

How to deal with error 0xc03f6506 when upgrading stubborn Windows 10 Home Edition machines to Pro using a VLK

So, the machine auto-activates Windows 10 Home Edition at install time. No prompts, no nothing. You insert the generic upgrade key, and it throws an unhelpful error message back at you: This probably surprises nobody, but trying again, as the above message suggests, will not work for you. The solution? Stuff the install media (in […]

Shrinking a Windows 10 installation for small harddrives

Cheap Windows 10 capable devices often come with very limited internal storage space. To make use of this, it is of course crucial that Windows itself takes up as little space as possible. To combat the bloat, there’s a little known feature in compact.exe, the built-in disk compression tool, that compresses the operating system itself, […]