Category Archives: Technology

Optimizing your server with more than one network card

New IT professionals may think that adding a second network card will improve throughput.  While this can be true, IT personnel need to be aware of several rules behind configuring multiple network cards. Assuming the server will be in the … Continue reading

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Internet or network application slow? You may need to temporarily disable Nagle’s Algorithm

With the Nagle-Algorithm, Windows takes small packets and packages them in to more manageable and efficient sizes.   If you have poor latency, you might try to disable the Nagle-Algorithm.  Nagle’s algorithm helps to control congestion when small packets are … 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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Review – GL-MT300N-V2 (Mango) Mini Smart Router

Do you travel?  Want extra protection of taking a router with a firewall with you when you are on the road?    Want the flexibility of OpenWRT? The GL iNet GL-MT300N-V2 mini smart router is loaded with a ton of features.   … Continue reading

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Fix Windows Update errors by using the DISM or System Update Readiness tool

At an elevated command prompt (command prompt as administrator) – type  DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth What should you try first? – Try the PowerShell post we made on an earlier date to check for updates. Open PowerShell as an Administrator … Continue reading

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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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Optimizing MySQL- Moodle

To be specific, if you are loading Moodle, look at the optimization at – https://docs.moodle.org/37/en/Performance_recommendations On our server, we use a SSD with the Inetinfop\Parameters set to 2.  You need to run the performance under plugins at 100,000 request.  So … Continue reading

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Updating Drivers? Don’t forget the chipset!

While I’d like to guess that over 98% of the computers that I have worked on that are privately owned; the drivers were out of date or missing critical drivers that other drivers rely on. Here’s what I mean.  If … Continue reading

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Link aggregation – Use Multiple NIC Cards

There is truly an advantage to adding multiple NIC cards to a computer.   It won’t speed up a single internet connection but it can help with loss of signal, detecting access points, transferring information to and  from computers. When adding … 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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WMIC – a little known command in Windows

So what if you needed to find out information about your computer that is otherwise available in third party programs or all over Windows?  You can use WMIC to find out a lot of information about your computer.   I’ve been using … Continue reading

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Need System Information? Use PowerShell

If you need system information about your BIOS, Motherboard and more, open PowerShell as an Administrator and past the following into PowerShell – Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_ComputerSystem Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_BIOS Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Baseboard Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_Processor Get-WMIObject -Class Win32_LogicalDisk Get-WMIObject -Class … Continue reading

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Windows 10 Shell Commands you can run from the ‘Run’ line

e following shell commands can be ran from the ‘run’ line in Windows 10 shell:AccountPictures %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\AccountPictures shell:AddNewProgramsFolder Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Get Programs shell:Administrative Tools %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools shell:AppData %AppData% shell:Application Shortcuts %LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts shell:AppsFolder Applications shell:AppUpdatesFolder Installed Updates shell:Cache … Continue reading

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Good tweak or bad tweak? TweakHound helps you decide.

An excellent site to look at tweaks and optimization of your operating system is TweakHound.   TweakHound gives step by step guides and hundreds of tweaks – they also help you look at these individually and explain why they are good … Continue reading

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Display Driver Uninstaller

If you are a gamer or in IT, you may have noticed a performance degradation after changing your video card or after upgrading the driver. Display Driver Uninstaller helps to remove orphaned files and registry keys. Go over to TECHSPOT … Continue reading

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Change network adapter priorities in Windows 10 – PowerShell

irst thing – disable network adapters you don’t use If you use Ethernet, disable everything but flow control Disable LLMNR Adjust NTLM Perform test with Totusoft’s network speed test Next, avoid latency of your network card by adjusting the network … Continue reading

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Is your AHCI Link Power Management viewable from the Power Options Console?

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
If you can’t see your AHCI Link Power Management from the Power Options, there is a way to add it.  Always backup your computer before modifying the registry. You can add the…

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

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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_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpipServiceProvider LocalPriority = 4 (DWORD, the default is…

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High Resource Utilization – It could be your memory compression

Have you noticed high resource utilization?  CPU, Memory or Disk at 100%? Of course this could be malware, a virus, a startup app or program. It could also be memory compression. Windows 10 offers memory compression which takes little-used elements … Continue reading

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