by lunarg on June 18th 2018, at 12:17

The actual serial number of a Barracuda NG Firewall can be obtained remotely in two ways:

  • Log on locally using NGAdmin and read the serial number from the dashboard. The serial number shown there is the actual serial number, and not the configured serial number.
  • Log on locally using SSH and run hwtool -s will also display the actual serial number.
by lunarg on May 29th 2018, at 19:11

A very useful guide on how to download specific files (such as older versions of games) on Steam:

by lunarg on May 2nd 2018, at 15:43
After performing actions which causes the SID to change (such as sysprep or a DC promote/demote), when opening an existing task in the task scheduler, you may encounter the following error:

Task Scheduler
General page initialization failed.
The specific error is:
"0x8007000d: The data is invalid." An error has occurredattempting to retrieve task account information.
You may continue editing the task object, but will beunable to change task account information.

As a result, it is also not possible to view or change the account information for the selected task.

To work around the issue, remove a saved RSA key, which has been invalidated with the change:

Stop the Task Scheduler s  ...
by lunarg on April 3rd 2018, at 13:38

DellEMC offers a free-to-try virtual appliance of DataDomain, allowing you to do a Try & Buy. You can download the appliance here:

by lunarg on March 22nd 2018, at 16:34
On a fresh install of Windows Server 2012R2, not joined to a domain, the first network connection (obtained through DHCP) is always treated as a Public network. Normally, when joining a domain, the network connection then becomes a Domain network, but if the server will not be joined to a domain, you probably will want to set it to Private. Unfortunately, the Public Network link in Network Center is not clickable, and thus, cannot be changed. But you can make the change anyway through the Local Security Policy.

Through Powershell (preferred method):

Look up the name of the network interface (e.g. "Local Area Connection") in the network adapters list.

Open an elevated Powershell   ...
by lunarg on March 12th 2018, at 12:01

A very useful blog article about killing active sessions to a compromised Office 365 account:

by lunarg on March 12th 2018, at 08:27

Starting from Windows 10 Creators Fall Update, you can use VT escape sequences to colorize the output to console. You can use this to colorize columns in Format-Table, too.

A sample snippet, colorizing the output based on the contents of the "Status" field:

$somelist | FT FirstName,LastName,@{l="Status";e={
    switch ($_.Status) {
        "OK" {$color = 92; break}
        "NOT OK" {$color = 91; break}
        default {$color = 93}

A complete list of color codes can be found here:

by lunarg on February 23rd 2018, at 11:19
When opening the EMC or EMS on an Exchange 2010 server, you may encounter this error:

The attempt to connect to http://server.domain.local/Powershell user 'Kerberos' authentication failed: Connecting to remote server failed with the following error message: The WS-Management service cannot process the request. The system load quota of 1000 requests per 2 seconds has been exceeded. Send future requests at a slower rate or raise the quota for this user. The next request from this user will not be approved for at least X milliseconds.

To workaround the issue, perform a restart of IIS: open an elevated command prompt and run:

iisreset /restart

After the restart, you will be able to log  ...
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