Windows 10 Quick Tips – Analyze your disk space

Want a quick look at your files and how much space your are taking by categories?

Click on Settings, Click on Storage and click on the storage device to get a quick look including Onedrive if you are logged into it.

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Download Offline Maps

Want to download maps to your computer?  Maps to help you with everyday tasks?

Go to Settings, Click on Offsite Maps, Select your continent, Select USA, select the states that apply to you.

1 maps 2 Download maps 3 USA 4 Tennessee

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Downloading your ISO

Before upgrading, we recommend you download your Windows 10 version to match your version of Windows (Home or Pro).

Go to the following website and download the utility that will download your ISO.  Once downloaded, burn it to a disc (create a Windows Disc).

1 Create an ISO

2 Downloading Home

Once downloaded, burn these to a disc (DVD).

3 Downloaded ISOs ready to burn

Right Click on the ISO and select Burn disc image.

4 Burning image

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Windows 10 Quick Tips – Godmode

Yes, Godmode is in Windows 10.  Thanks Dawn!

Bring all your system settings and configuration options into one location using Windows 10 Godmode. Create a new folder and rename it: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}


GodMode Settings

And….you can copy this to a flashdrive and carry it with you.

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Hide the Search Box

Want to hide the search box?  Right click the taskbar, select Search and select Hidden, Show Icon or Show Box.

hide and show

Show BoxSearch Box

Show Icon

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Hide Box /Icon

Hide Search Box

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Windows 10 Quick Tips

Look for our Windows 10 Quick Tips over the next several weeks.  Look for the tips in the link below –

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Using Snap

Working with several programs at once?  Want to see what you have open so you can possibly use another program while multitasking?

Drag the program you are working on over to the right side of the screen until you see the transparent outline covering half of your screen.  Let go of the mouse.

Side by Side

Remember you can use your Windows Key and the Right, Left, Up and Down arrow keys to move windows.

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Notification / Action Center

Need to turn Bluetooth on or connect to your wireless network? How about adjust your screen brightness, create a VPN, turn on Airplane Mode, take a note to One Note and save it to your Onedrive, set your location for news and the web, go to tablet mode because you have a touchscreen or go to all settings.   The notification action center tells you about apps and can feed you a ton of information.

Here’s how to configure what you want.   Open the Action Center, open  settings, click on the System group, and then click “Notifications and actions”.

notification center

Notify Bluetooth on

Setting up notifications

Setting up Notifications Two

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Windows 10 Quick Tip – Screen Brightness

Need to change the brightness of your screen? Click on the Battery icon on the taskbar and you can quickly click the brightness button to cycle to 25, 50, 75 or 100% brightness.

25 50 75 100

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Enterprise computing is tough – Here’s some tips

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Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
Here’s a few tips we use when optimizing and troubleshooting computers and mobile devices on our network.   Remember Windows 8 is a different operating system and Windows Surface tablets can be…

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WinMTR enhances Tracert

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Want a quick and fast way to check if you have lost packets to a destination address?  WinMTR (direct download) offers a visual way to see where packets are lost and offers an export to html or to text.

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Error when running NetSH command to fix Winsock

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Restart the computer.
Press F8 during the startup prior to the logo splash scrren.
Select Directory Services Restore Mode, and press ENTER.
Click Start, and click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
Locate the following registry subkeys:
Right-click each key, and then click Delete.
Click Yes to confirm the deletion of each key.
Close Regedit.
Locate the Nettcpip.inf file in %winroot%inf, and then open the file in Notepad or another text editor.
Locate the [MS_TCPIP.PrimaryInstall] section.
Edit the Characteristics = 0xa0 entry and replace with 0x80.
Save the file, and exit your program
In Control Panel, double-click Network Connections, right-click Local Area Connection, and then select Properties.
On the General tab, click Install, select Protocol, and click Add.
In the Select Network Protocols window, click Have Disk.
In the Copy manufacturer’s files from: text box, type c:windowsinf, and then click OK.
Select Internet…

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Shrink LDF files in MSSQL

If you have noticed a lack of disk space and used SpaceSniffer to see what was taking so much room on your Microsoft SQL server; you may be in for a surprise when your LDF file (log files) have grown to an almost unmanageable size.


There’s an easy fix that.

First open Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.  Next, backup the transactional log. (Right Click your table, go to Tasks, Backups and Choose the backup type as Transaction Logs)


backup in progress

Next, we can flush the LDF file by doing a checkpoint Query.  Click on new query, type in Checkpoint and Execute the query.


After running the Checkpoint query, backup the log again.  Now Shrink the file by Right Clicking, Tasks, Shrink, File and specify Log as the file type.

Shrink the ldf

after shrink

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FireEye Threat Map

Adding to the threat maps we blogged about come FireEye. Another excellent resource for security personnel.

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Why IT stays stressed…

Nothing to say…


(found in a residence…)

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Microsoft Virtual Academy – Windows 10 for IT Professionals

Are you an IT Professional?  Want to know more about Windows 10?

Walk through what’s new in Windows 10 deployment and management, with a team of experts.


 Microsoft Virtual Academy has several hundred courses on Windows, Azure, SQL, Server and more.
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Free eBooks from Microsoft Press

There are dozens of ebooks available from Microsoft.  One of the latest-
Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition
Ed Bott
Published: May 2015|115 pages


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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 sent continuously by TCP.   When enabled, this helps to prevent a flood of these packets.

More information –’s_algorithm

How to disable Nagle’s algorithm-

Open regedit.exe.  Navigate to HKey_Local_Machine\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\

Find the interface that has your current IP address (see example below)

Find IP address

Add the following values and make sure they are set to 1.

TcpAckFrequency and TCPNoDelay

Add values

This is only a temporary fix for the reduction of some applications on the internet.  Once your project or need is fulfilled, you should re-enable the algorithm by deleting the keys and rebooting or changing the values.

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Map a drive to your own computer’s drive

Network admins and programmers generally use a shared folder to develop and test software.   Usually there is a program that is shared to multiple computers and there is a common drive letter assigned to and mapped to workstations.

An example of this is Quickbooks may be installed on an Accounting server and a folder made and shared and audited on the server for key personnel.   On the personnel’s computer, we would travel to the Accounting server by going to the run or search box and type \\accounting .  Once the Accounting server appeared and we were authenticated, we would see the Quickbook folder and right click and map the drive.  Let’s say Q (for Quickbooks).   This gives the personnel instant access to this server by clicking on their computer icon.

But what would happen if you were assigned to test the software on your laptop or netbook while on the road?      However, I have used a simple way to travel and develop programs or test software on a mapped drive by using my own C: drive.

Here’s how you can map the folder out and give yourself access to see how the program reacts to a mapped drive.

  • Share the folder out and give appropriate permissions – in the case it would be your login account
  • Always enable auditing (See our article)
  • Double Click Computer – Double Click the C drive – Highlight the folder – Hit your Alt key – Click on Tools – Map Network Drive – Select a letter – Click on browse (or type in your NetBios name such as \\yourpc\folder) –

Highlight the folder you want mapped and click OK.  Finally hit finish.  You will now have a drive letter and can test the software.

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mRemoteNG for all your remote session needs

Need a program that can connect through RDP, VNC, ICA, TightVNC, SSH, Telnet and more?  mRemoteNG is an excellent program to do that.  (Thanks Gavin!)

This all in one remote program that can be installed or is portable.

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