Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2837655) RT – Error 0x80240017

Update for Microsoft Office 2013 (KB2837655) RT – Error 0x80240017

Experiencing this error during a Microsoft Windows 10 Update?  Download the update manually from here and the error should go away.

Didn’t work? Open a command prompt as an administrator and copy and past this into the command prompt.  Reboot and try your updates again.

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
et stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

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Setting the optimal MTU inside of your router

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How you find the optimal MTU settings is truly a matter of opinion.  Here is what we do…remember setting firewalls, routers and your computer will truly tweak out your connection.  Start on the outside and change your router or firewall first and then each computer (Use TCPOptimzer for computers).  Don’t forget access points and other devices.

  • Find an ISP or a website you can ping.
  • Ping the website from the command prompt (Windows) using the following command
  • ping -f -l 1472 http://www.yourwebsiteaddress.com   (the -l is an “L” that is a lowercase and there is a space between each command and switch)
  • Hit the enter key
  • If you receive the message of fragmentation, reduce by 10 or 20 until you get responses.  Increase the number by 1 until you are 1 less away from getting a fragmentation message (midpoint – between high and low)
  • Now add 28 to this number…

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AlphiMAX PTP Estimator provides an excellent way to align your wireless antennas

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Need an excellent program to estimate your wireless bridges from building to building?  AlphiMAX provides an excellent online program to estimate your wireless links.

Sign up is easy and fast.  The PTP Estimator requires that you have the Latitude and Longitude of both buildings.  You can get an estimated Lat. and Long. from Google maps.  Find your location on Google maps (you should use a GPS) and right click on the location you want then select “What’s here?” .    This will provide the numbers you need.  Remember, it is best to use a GPS on each site where you intend to erect an antenna.

PTP Estimator

You can also search for a location by name by clicking the area in the center of the online application.  icon

Once you have the Lat. and Long., enter the numbers at the top of the online application.  Click Estimate.

Entering LatandLong

The interface will…

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Atheros Wireless Drivers

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Need an update and stable version of your Atheros Wireless Drivers?

Often the wireless drivers found at,  https://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-drivers.html  , are more stable than the manufacturer.

Atheros

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Trackpad or left/right click not working on laptop – Windows 10

If your mouse suddenly is not working on your laptop after a Windows 10 update, you may want to try these tips.  First, hook up a USB mouse to your computer. Next try these steps –

  • Update your Synaptics, ELAN or trackpad driver from the manufacturer.
    • Uninstall and reinstall
      • If necessary, find the service and delete the service by using the SC delete command if necessary
      • ALWAYS reboot after installing or uninstalling
  • Use Synaptics drivers from Synaptics if necessary (if these apply)
  • Update your Chipset driver or use the Microsoft Chipset drivers
    • Use the Let Me Pick option when updating these drivers
  • Backup your files and perform a system restore – remember, this may affect programs

Note:  If this is a menu issue (menu or taskbar not working, see our post on fixing this issue.

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Windows 10 menu not working

Has your Windows 10 menu stopped work? Here’s what you can do.

  • Open up PowerShell as an administrator
    • You may have to navigate here if you cannot open with the menu –
      C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0
      PowerShell
    • Right click and run as Administrator
    • Next type in the following command (as one line)-
      Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage 
      -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}
    • Next open services.msc using a command prompt
    • Stop the service – Tile Data Model Server
      services
    • Delete the following folder –
      C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\TileDataLayer
      Database
    • Restart the service
    • Reboot
      • Note: Having trouble with some of these commands?
        • To get to a command prompt, you can do one of several things including right clicking on the desktop, create a shortcut and type CMD.exe – To run as an Admin, right click the shortcut and select run as an admin.  You can do the same with PowerShell.
        • Need to reboot but can’t get to the menu?
          • Type Shudown /r at the command prompt
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Microsoft Office Training Center

Want to learn Microsoft Office?  Here’s a quick link to –

Office Tutorials

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Microsoft Attack Surface Analyzer test your system’s security

Microsoft’s Attack Surface Analyzer will take a quick snapshot of your computer’s state before and after the installation of software.   IT Professionals can asses their organization’s applications.  Other IT personnel can use this to look at the risk of software installed.  Be sure to read Microsoft’s overview of this software.

Start

 

Scanning (baseline)

Scanning

 

Once this scan is ran, a new scan can be ran to compare the newly installed product changes to your computer.

Start New after Scan

 

 

Report Generation

 

The Report

Report

 

Report Details

 

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How fast can a credit card skimmer go in place?

Less than a minute…

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ESET Sysinspector – System Information for Windows

Want to find out information that goes well above and beyond looking at your hardware?  Dozens of features are available by downloading and running ESET Sysinspector.

ESET Sysinspector

Eset Sysinspector

 

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2016 Middle Tennessee Cyber Summit

Cyber security

Free – security conference with Man in the Middle demos, Capture the Flag and Industry leading speakers.

The program will include presentations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, FBI, and private sector cyber security partners. They will address business and industry intrusions, incidence handling and response, identifying vulnerabilities, understanding threats, and designing strategies for security. It will be of particular interest for governments, health care, education, transportation, financial institutions, utilities, business, and industry professionals.

The conference will close with live demonstration challenges as well. Plus everyone in attendance at theconference will receive a Free T-Shirt!

Attention Law Enforcement, SCADA Professionals, Infrastructure, Higher-Ed and IT Professionals…want to learn more about internet security and Cyber Crime? Sign up for the free seminar at Middle Tennessee’s Cyber Summit http://2016cyberconf.com

Speakers –
Caitlin Huey is an intelligence analyst with the NCFTA, focusing on critical infrastructure and threat actors in underground forums.
John E. McClurg is Vice President and Chief Security Officer of Dell’s Global Security Organization.
Mike Thompson is a Cyber Security Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory.
Stacey A. Wright is the Security Operations Center (SOC) Intel Program Manager at the Center for Internet Security (CIS) where she runs the day-to-day operations of cyber intelligence analysis program within theIntegrated Intelligence Center (IIC) and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC).
Betsy Woudenberg -Founder and CEO of Intelligence Arts, a security consulting firm based in the Washington DC area. She is a former U.S. Intelligence officer with experience in cyber operations and telecommunications.

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Use PortQry to find open ports on a router or computer

PortQry is a download from Microsoft that allows you to see what ports on a remote device are open. While you can use Zenmap, PortQry is a program designed by Microsoft to find and troubleshoot connections.  You can download PortQry here.  When it ask where to unzip, use C:\Windows (See image below).

Unzip

Usage

  • Open a command prompt as an Administrator
  • Type Portqry -n 192.168.1.1   (Substitute the IP as necessary)

Example One

 

Other Ways to use PortQry

C:\WINDOWS\system32>portqry /?

PortQry version 2.0

Displays the state of TCP and UDP ports
Command line mode: portqry -n name_to_query [-options]
Interactive mode: portqry -i [-n name_to_query] [-options]
Local Mode: portqry -local | -wpid pid| -wport port [-options]

Command line mode:

portqry -n name_to_query [-p protocol] [-e || -r || -o endpoint(s)] [-q]
[-l logfile] [-sp source_port] [-sl] [-cn SNMP community name]

Command line mode options explained:
-n [name_to_query] IP address or name of system to query
-p [protocol] TCP or UDP or BOTH (default is TCP)
-e [endpoint] single port to query (valid range: 1-65535)
-r [end point range] range of ports to query (start:end)
-o [end point order] range of ports to query in an order (x,y,z)
-l [logfile] name of text log file to create
-y overwrites existing text log file without prompting
-sp initial source port to use for query
-sl ‘slow link delay’ waits longer for UDP replies from remote systems
-nr by-passes default IP address-to-name resolution
ignored unless an IP address is specified after -n
-cn specifies SNMP community name for query
ignored unless querying an SNMP port
must be delimited with !
-q ‘quiet’ operation runs with no output
returns 0 if port is listening
returns 1 if port is not listening
returns 2 if port is listening or filtered

Notes: PortQry runs on Windows 2000 and later systems
Defaults: TCP, port 80, no log file, slow link delay off
Hit Ctrl-c to terminate prematurely

examples:
portqry -n myserver.com -e 25
portqry -n 10.0.0.1 -e 53 -p UDP -i
portqry -n host1.dev.reskit.com -r 21:445
portqry -n 10.0.0.1 -o 25,445,1024 -p both -sp 53
portqry -n host2 -cn !my community name! -e 161 -p udp
Interactive Mode:

Used as an alternative to command line mode

portqry -i [-options]

For help with Interactive mode options:
– run portqry.exe
– then type ‘help’ <enter>

example:
portqry -i -n server1 -e 135 -p both
Local Mode:

Local Mode used to get detailed data on local system’s ports

portqry -local | -wpid pid | -wport port [-wt seconds] [-l logfile] [-v]

Local mode options explained:
-local enumerates local port usage, port to process mapping,
service port usage, and lists loaded modules

-wport [port_number] watches specified port
reports when port’s connection status changes

-wpid [process_ID] watches specified process ID (PID)
reports when PID’s connection status changes

-wt [seconds] watch time option
specifies how often to check for status changes
valid range: 1 – 1200 seconds
default value is 60 seconds

-l [logfile] name of text log file to create
-v requests verbose output

Notes: PortQry runs on Windows 2000 and later systems
For best results run in context of local administrator
Port to process mapping may not be available on all systems
Hit Ctrl-c to terminate prematurely

examples:
portqry -local
portqry -local -l logfile.txt -v
portqry -wpid 1272 -wt 5 -l logfile.txt -y -v
portqry -wport 53 -l dnslog.txt

 

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Hands on Labs for Server and other Microsoft Products

Do you want hands on labs that can help you understand how Server or other Microsoft products work?

Resources –

Public – DreamSpark for Education

DreamSpark for TCAT Shelbyville CIT Students

Microsoft Virtual Labs

Free eBooks from Microsoft

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Manually Update Windows 10

How do you get the cumulative packages for Windows?  Go to the Microsoft Catalog with Internet Explorer.  You’ll have to add an add on that will prompt you to install a small program.  (Also works on other OSs)

March 2016
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/search.aspx?q=kb3140743

Cumulative update pre-March release
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3135174

All you have to do is replace the kb at the end of the above url in order to get what you need.

History of Windows 10 Updates

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/update-history-windows-10

 

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Hyper-V Windows 10 host Server 2012 R2

Need to run a server from Windows 10?  Getting a certification?  Learning Windows Server?  You can easily host a virtual machine using Hyper-V.  (You can use Hyper-V to experiment with Linux or other operating systems)

Getting Started

Navigate to the Control Panel.  Click on Programs and Features.  Click on Turn Windows Features on and off.   Select Hyper-V.  Allow Windows to install the feature and reboot.

Start the Hyper-V Manager.  After starting the Hyper-V App, select the Virtual Switch Manager.

2 Hyper-v manager

 

2a Hyper-v Manager

Want to know more about a Virtual Switch?

 https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831823.aspx

“The capabilities provided in the Hyper-V Virtual Switch mean that organizations have more options for enforcing tenant isolation, shaping and controlling network traffic, and employing protective measures against malicious virtual machines”

2b Hyper-V Switch Manager

Name your Virtual Switch.  Select External Network so that it will be on the same network as your host computer.  Select the network card.

2c Hyper-V Switch Manager b

Next, right click on your computer name in the manager and create a New instance for a virtual operating system.  The New Virtual Machine Wizard will guide you through creating your computer.

3 New Machine

In this case, we have redirected (below) where our Virtual Machine will be stored.

4 Where to Store5 Generation

Give your computer adequate resources such as memory and hard drive space without robbing your host.  In the case below, we assign 2Gb of RAM from an 8GB computer.

6 Memory

Select the virtual switch that you created.

7 Switch

Create a virtual hard disk.  Because this is a computer that will be used for SQL and testing of SQL, we only assign 40 GB of space.

8 Configuration

During this installation, we are also using an ISO of Server 2008 R2 and will install after finishing the wizard.

9 OS

10 Ready for install

Once you finish the wizard, you will see your Virtual Machine (pre-installation).  When you are ready to start the installation, click on Start and then Connect.

11 overview12 Starting

The VM will start and installation will begin.  Installation will be a simple step through procedure.

13 Installing Server14 SELECT15 Custom16 Installing17 Booting18 Settings

Once you login to the computer, the Server Manager will initialize.

19 After Login in Server Manager

Click on Add roles and features.   As a minimum, install Desktop Experience to add desktop icons and .Net 3.5.

20 Dashboard

You can use the alternate Manage or Tools to add roles and features or access common items such as the control panel.

21 Features22 Features Install

23 Which One

Selecting your features.

24 Desktop Experience

If you get an error, click on the menu and select Media and mount the ISO into the virtual DVD.

25 Media

26 Installing features

Click on Close and Reboot.

 

Note:   If you use a virtual machine, monitor resources of the host and guest and always make sure that adequate cooling especially for laptops.  Also if you want to disable Secure IE, Open the manager and click on the server icon.  Click on IE Enhanced Security Configuration and disable.

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Windows 10 Update March 2016 adds reliability and OS improvements

A large update that is around 500+ mb is ready to be downloaded for Windows 10. The Update, KB3140743 contains quality improvements that include things such as reliability, resuming from things such as hibernation, shutdown, kernel, storage, the Start menu, Windows Hello, Miracast, display modes, Applocker, IE 11, Edge, network connectivity, network discovery , File Explorer and more.

For a list of the other information included with this update, see the Windows Update website at – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/update-history-windows-10

How do you get the cumulative packages for Windows to manually update by downloading the packages?  Go to the Microsoft Catalog with Internet Explorer.  You’ll have to add an add on that will prompt you to install a small program.  (Also works on other OSs)

March 2016
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/search.aspx?q=kb3140743

Cumulative update pre-March release
http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=KB3135174

All you have to do is replace the kb at the end of the above url in order to get what you need.

History of Windows 10 Updates

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/update-history-windows-10

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Microsoft unveils Windows 10 feature designed to stymie advanced hack attacks-PCWorld

Microsoft wants to help protect companies from hack attacks, and it’s introducing a new Windows 10 feature soon to improve the operating system’s security capabilities.

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is aimed at helping businesses deal with serious threats by using machine learning to protect Windows 10 devices. The feature builds a profile of how a computer behaves, and then alerts IT managers if it starts acting in a way that’s indicative of a security breach. If the system detects an attack, it will provide administrators with recommended steps to remediate it.”..Read more

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Can’t print black on your HP OfficeJet all-in-one?

I have a good friend who could not print black on his HP OfficeJet all-in-one printer.  Oddly enough we tried different cartridges, aligning the heads, menu reset, looking for air in the hoses, cleaning the heads with software and manually.  Nothing worked.

Oddly enough we checked the manual and searched the ends of the internet only to find one person who said to press and hold #6 for 10 seconds, unplug the printer on the 10th second, release the buttons, wait 30 seconds and finally press and hold #6 while plugging it in for an additional 10 seconds.

The printer made every noise that you could imagine for around 20 minutes.  Once the printer came back online, we printed a test page and amazingly it printed the sharpest fonts anyone has ever seen.

Apparently there are three ways to reset some of these printers.  Our recommendation is to contact HP of course and check your documentation.

  • #3 Paritial Reset
  • #6 Semi-Full
  • #9  Full Reset

Once you know how to reset your printer, you can easily find this information on the internet if you include the #number in your search.

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Show all processors in your Task Manager

Only see a single processor in Windows 8 or Windows 10?  You can see all of the processors by switching to logical processors by changing the view.

Physical Processor

Right click on the graph and select change graph to and select logical processors.

Change

 

Logical Processor

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