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About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.

Should you disable 8dot3 for performance and security?

icrosoft did recommend to disable short names  in a security guide some times back.  There is evidence that file operations in directories (folders) that contain a large number of file can be slowed by short file name creations.  So does … Continue reading

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Slow SQL Connection or Network in Windows 10 – Update

Finally found a small problem with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.  After upgrading, we have discovered that Windows  was responding slow to our SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server / other versions.  What we discovered is below. Slow response … Continue reading

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Seizing the Operation Master Roles in Windows Server – RID issues

How to repair AD in this state (object can’t be created -users/other) command prompt (admin) – Type the following… ntdsutil roles connections connect to server quit seize schema master seize naming master seize RID master seize PDC seize infrastructure master … Continue reading

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Is your SSD or HDD dirty?

You can of course use the Windows GUI to check your SSD or HDD.  But did you know that you should check your drives by typing the following (you can copy and paste in a elevated command prompt and change … Continue reading

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Here are “100 common Windows 10 problems and how to solve them” | TechRadar

Originally posted on What's On My PC:
This is a good educational piece for anyone who is using Windows 10. Having issues with Windows 10? Well, we’ve got some answers for you here… Source: 100 common Windows 10 problems…

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Error 1935 while installing Office

If you receive the error 1935, take the following steps- Make sure you have C++ Redistributables  Link  Uninstall Office (Make sure you have any documents backed up) Run the Office Installation Cleaner (easy fix two found in Option Two at the … Continue reading

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Aomei Partition Assistant Lite Edition

Need a free partition software to partition or re-partition a hard drive?  Here’s an excellent piece of software that saved us a ton of time on one of our servers and helped Mickey with a friend’s project.   Cost – … Continue reading

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Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer – Check Out Your Network

Microsoft Research TCP Analyzer (Link) is a network analyzer that allows you to analyze network traces of Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connections. Given a Microsoft Network Monitor trace, the analyzer provides various performance statistics and visualizations for the captured TCP … Continue reading

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Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors?

Originally posted on What's On My PC:
Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors? For example, Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. If you want to learn quickly…

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How can I improve my internet performance with DNS information in my router?

There are dozens of tips on the web from MTU size to tweaking network card or wireless router alternate firmware.  What isn’t covered a lot is DNS queries.   DNS or Domain Name Services is used when you type the … Continue reading

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Why Do You Subnet?

Why? The Golden Question All over the internet you will find information on ‘How to Subnet’.   Suddenly you are thrown into a world of bits and binary and given charts of ‘How to Subnet’.   But why do you subnet? Subnets … Continue reading

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A Search Engine that shows devices on the web

Secure your devices.  Bottom-line, there are malicious users on the web that can find your device (webcams, IP cameras, routers, SCADA and other devices).  Change the default passwords and update software/firmware when it is available.  Disable UPNP and look for … Continue reading

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Windows won’t Activate?

Windows not Activating?  Go to a command prompt as an administrator and type the following: SLMGR -REARM Reboot  

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Need to optimize your network – Silly Window Syndrome could be happening

Need to speed your internet up or tweak your network out?  Here’s some things to take into consideration.  Something called Silly Window Syndrome can occur if a server or workstation that has a shared files has high latency. You see, … Continue reading

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Mickey’s solution to viruses and malware that won’t let you open the desktop

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
Ever run into a virus that won’t let you open the desktop or go into Safe Mode?  This solution will work on many of these viruses and not necessarily on all viruses…

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Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority. 

Need to optimize your network? Look at adjusting LocalPriority, HostPriority, DNSPriority or NetBTPriority.  (Host/DNS resolution) The tweak works by increasing the priority of four processes. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\ServiceProvider\ LocalPriority = 4 (DWORD, the default is 499, change to 4) HostPriority = 5 (DWORD, … Continue reading

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Diagnosing your network and measuring speed.

Diagnosing your network? Here’s a GUI program to ping and get averages and speeds over a period of time – nine years ago we featured Performance Pinging by Carsten Schmidt and cannot find a working website from the author to … Continue reading

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Should you disable 8dot3 for performance and security?

Microsoft did recommend to disable short names  in a security guide some times back.  There is evidence that file operations in directories (folders) that contain a large number of file can be slowed by short file name creations.  So does … Continue reading

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Default_error_stack files

You’ve discovered hundreds or even thousands of default_error_stack files.  What should you do and what are they? These files tend to be driver errors and can be safely deleted.  There were over 2.3 GB of these data files on my … Continue reading

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Truly reset the TCP/IP stack – Fix network/internet problems

Having connection issues and no viruses or malware?  Hardware OK? Try typing the following at a command prompt to fully reset the TCP/IP Stack- netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset netsh interface ipv4 reset netsh interface ipv6 reset netsh interface … Continue reading

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