Travis Wade

Just a collection of crap I like to keep.

Disable DEP Windows Server 2016

2018-09-09 Travis
By default in Windows Server 2016, DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is enabled for security reasons. However, this can lead to issues with certain applications and or services. You can disable DEP, but leave PAE (Physical Address Extension) enabled. You can do so from either the GUI (Graphical User Interface) or from Powershell. From the GUI Right click on Start Menu > System. Open start, and type “System”. On the left, click Advanced system settings > Advanced tab > under the performance section, Settings… > Data Execution Prevention tab: Continue reading

Create a simple logoff batch file to keep on your desktop

2018-09-09 Travis

For the lazy Sysadmin… If clicking start, logoff is too much work and slowing you down, there’s an easier way!

Open notepad, place the following snippet in the text editor and click Save As. In the drop-down below the file name, select All File types and give your file a name (perhaps logoff?). Be sure to place the .bat extension at the end of the file name to save it as a batch file.

shutdown -l

Now every time you double click this file, you’ll log off of the computer.

Apply custom printer settings for all users in Windows 10

2018-09-08 Travis
Printers are the bain of every IT administrator’s existence. Every manufacturer is different, there are a million and a half methods for managing them, users install them in ways that not even you knew were possible, the list goes on. But let’s say that you have a computer that’s shared among many users throughout a shift across multiple shifts. That very computer has several different printers installed via various methods. Continue reading

WSUS Maintenance on Windows Server 2016 (and more)

2018-09-07 Travis
Painful, manual WSUS maintenance on Windows Server 2016 Standard Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) is a phenomenal utility that comes baked into the Windows Server operating system. However, as I have found out today, the built-in tools for keeping WSUS neat and tidy are lackluster at best. There are literally hundreds of items you’ll find on the internet for how to maintain cleanliness of WSUS, and a lot of depends on your environment. Continue reading

Allow non-privileged Windows users to restart a service

2018-09-07 Travis
In your domain environment, you likely have User Account Control (UAC) enabled for most administrative functions on your Windows machines. Some of those tasks include the ability to start, stop, restart services. Let’s say you have a shipping center where printers occasionally have an issue and the Print Spooler needs to be restarted. Standard users are not going to be able to do this typically, their only option is to restart the computer. Continue reading
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