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    $50 Google Store code if you buy a Pixel 3a.

    Just got an email with a promotion for $50 to spend in the Google Store when you buy a Pixel 3a. <EDIT> Looks like someone used it. I don't know anyone that's going to be buying one any time soon, as all my friends either already have phones, or are IOS users. I've had enough discount...
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    Office 2019 & WSUS?

    So, with the changes present in what MS is forcing on us for volume licensed versions of Office 2019 (Click To Run instead of MSI based), we've had to make several changes in the configuration of new systems. No more just running each piece as needed (Office + Visio + Project + whatever else)...
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    I've been out of the loop for years. Need an ATX case

    It's been nearly a decade since I've built a full ATX system. It's been laptops, mATX, or ITX for me. But, thanks to some really great luck, I just got a system from work that I'm free to use. But, it's evident that when it was built 7 years ago, it was over specced and half-assed in its...
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    Issues with new cluster and migration.

    I've got VCSA 6.7 set up on a Precision 3620 with local SSD storage. I was trying to update, but can't put the machine in maintenance mode while the VCSA is online. So, I picked up a T1650 to add to my home lab. It's an Ivy Bridge with half the RAM, and only a single 256GB SSD. More than enough...
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    Got a VMUG Advantage membership. Setting up a VCSA, it's complaining about licensing

    So, a couple weeks ago, I convinced work to get me a VMUG advantage membership for the training purposes. I've set up VCSA 6.7, but something I've run into that's not quite acting right is licensing. I'm getting an alert that "There are vCenter Server systems with expired or expiring licenses...
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    Has anyone been able to successfully deploy new AMD drivers remotely & silently?

    We have a refresh in a couple weeks to push out an upgrade from Solidworks 2017 to 2018, and with that, I need to push out new drivers. I've got the setup working properly for Quadros, but I'm stuck on the FirePros. Granted, of the 39 W4100s that we have that are eligible for upgrade (the...
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    Small & powerful, but good battery life alterntive to 7490?

    I bought a Dell Latitude 7490 a month and a half ago. Loved it. Loaded up the 32GB RAM I had, and it was nearly perfect. Good screen, quad core, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe, 14" and less than 4 lbs while lasting 15 hours or so when I was using it for things over than virtualization (which I'd have it...
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    Command line to force Windows update, and restart + update when done?

    I've got a few hundred computers that still haven't updated to 1803, and I'm going to be in this weekend for regular scheduled maintenance on the servers. I'd like to be able to push something via command line to tell all computers to run all Windows Updates I've put out via my WSUS, and...
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    Group Policy or scripts that can set preferred band?

    I'm trying to find some way I can push out something via group policy (or PDQ Deploy, since it actually works reliably and repeatedly, rather than requiring pagan rituals and sacrifices to Cthulhu and just hoping for the best after 12 reboots) that will set our wireless devices to prefer the...
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    DHCP reservation migration to a new scope

    I've got a project that involves updating 20 servers to have new DHCP scopes going from class C to class A. Setting up the scopes are no big deal, but we've scopes with DHCP reservations ranging from as few as a dozen, to ten times that. Is there an easy way to migrate these over, or am I...
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    Can anyone speak to Threadripper performance within Solidworks Simulation for FEAs?

    I'm looking to set up a bank of systems that users will remote into to run FEA stuff within Solidworks (2017, for now). We have a system set up, that by virtue of water damage from a roof that was being repaired that drenched the entire 2nd floor of our office, and managed to destroy the...
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    Reality check (Upgrading to Ubiquiti)

    I've been planning on eventually upgrading to an Ubiquiti setup since I moved into my house about 2.5 years ago. 1 story ranch + basement, each 1400 square feet. Currently, my home setup is handled by a Netgear R7000 AC acting as a gateway, and a WNDR 3700 N router acting as an AP. DNS and...
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    Any way to keep Windows at a specific version?

    I have a couple virtual machines that work properly in 1703, but fail in 1709. Microsoft hasn't seemed to put out a fix for it yet. If RemoteFX is enabled, when people disconnect from RDP and try to reconnect, it builds new sessions rather than reconnecting to old ones, orphaning in-progress...
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    Office 2010 not reactivating against WSUS server.

    I originally posted this in the Networking area, but it was suggested to post it in OS's. Last summer, I created a new Microsoft Deployment Tool server, that runs on 2016 instead of 2012, and was only set up for installations of Windows 10, purging out all the Windows 7 stuff. With this...
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    KMS server working for activations, having errors with reactivations for Office 2010

    Last summer, I created a new Microsoft Deployment Tool server, that runs on 2016 instead of 2012, and was only set up for installations of Windows 10, purging out all the Windows 7 stuff. With this change in servers, I moved all of our KMS stuff off the old system, and onto the new one...
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    Upgraded, can't remove old VMs

    I upgraded my home ESXi server from a 256GB SSD to a 512GB. Unfortunately, the three VMs that were on the drive are showing up as invalid. I forgot to remove them from inventory before I powered the server off. I moved them over to my 1TB SSD, powered off the system to swap drives, then moved...
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    Running into an issue with Hyper-V guest 1709 system RDP Sessions

    I'm running into an issue where RDPing into a system results in a new session being opened up. Dual Xeon E5-2687v4 (2x12/24), 256GB DDR4, 2x Quadro P5000, 8x 1TB RAID0 Windows 10 1709 host This was originally purchased as a workstation, but after storm damage ruined the motherboard, we ended...
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    Looking at replacing my G700S, best driverless mouse?

    I love my G700s, but I think it's time to upgrade..not because of any issues, but more because the old G5 at work has seen better days, as has the RatPadz GS that's been worn smooth over the years. I liked the G700s for its ability to have settings enabled without needing the software...
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    Crashplan alternative for business that wants to store locally?

    I know there are a few other posts about Crashplan's changes in the home market, but this is not exactly related. 150 computers, (144 licenses in use). The thing we liked about it was that stored the data locally. It updated every 15 minutes, so odds were pretty good that if something was lost...
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    Best small laptop for audio?

    I got an HP Envy from a client last week in trade for labor on a new system. I planned on using it for portable Kodi, but honestly, I just am not a big laptop person. So, I'm looking at fixing it and flipping it in favor of a smaller laptop. Are there any 14-ish laptops with a 1050 or better...
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    Deploying Windows 10 to about 250 computers, MDT tweaks?

    I'm part of a project that will be wiping and installing Windows 10 on a bunch of computers in the engineering department. We use MDT for deployments, but they're typically in the half-dozen at a time range, not 250 in a weekend. I've got the image, and I've got enough people and hardware to...
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    Nexus 6P being replaced under warranty for free, but any others I should look at?

    I love my Nexus 6P, but the battery's been weird on me lately, and since I still had a few months left in that 2 year warranty I bought, I figured I ought to exercise it and get it replaced. So, my "new" 6P will be here Thursday. I'm wondering if I shouldn't just turn around and toss it on eBay...
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    Consistent permissions errors with ReFS that aren't present in NTFS on external drive

    I picked up a WD 8TB external that was in the hot deals section a couple weeks ago, and formatted it as ReFS instead of NTFS. All I use the drive for is a backup target for Veeam backups in my network, and it hosts a copy of my data drive (230 GB of data). While I have no issue with the...
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    WSUS OS upgrades being pushed to downstream replica servers

    I have a WSUS server that I'm going to be pushing Windows 1703 upgrades probably within the next few weeks. We have hundreds of computers to upgrade, and 20 locations (downstream servers). However, when I go look at the downstream servers, it shows that upgrades aren't being downloaded, and...
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    Good torture test for high end system?

    I'm having a bit of a problem: the tools that were pretty good for testing reliability a decade ago don't seem to be able to stress the new systems. Prime 95? A classic, and my old go-to. It's maxing out 24 cores. Yay. But it's using 2GB of RAM...I've got another 126GB to test out. I'd...
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    No, tablet, I don't want to activate. Ever.

    Nearly 3 years ago, through some special, work bought 50 tablets through Sprint as some "we're desperate for subscribers, if you buy these for free and keep service on them for 2 years, we'll drop your bill $300 per month". I'm not sure how it worked out, but, whatever. 49 Galaxy Tab 3, and 1...
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    Have I finally exceeded the limits of Tomato?

    I have a home network that was running DD-WRT, until I ran across a reason to switch to Tomato: VLAN'd Guest wireless that I was able to set off of my home network, limit the bandwidth to 2Mbps, and require a disclaimer to be signed before use. VLAN'd wireless that has full bandwidth, but I...
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    Well, I've screwed up. Unassign hot spare, expand on PERC H710?

    I was trying to add a drive to my RAID 5 array of spinning drives...and somehow managed to assign it as a hot spare. This was not my intention, I wanted to expand it from a 3 drive RAID 5 to a 4 drive. Short of copying what I need and rebuilding from the ground up, isn't there a way I should be...
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    My Google-Fu is weak. Compacting ESXi VMDK?

    I've got some thin provisioned virtual machines that don't get much use. They're each set for a 40GB drive.. And, they've used all that space, but now that I've run a cleanup, they're down to about 20GB of used area. I don't want to SHRINK anything, I just want something comparable to what...
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    PowerEdge T320 backplane with multiple RAID controllers?

    Doesn't matter any more. delet eme
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    Suggestions on making a 1U quiet?

    There's an R610 at work that we've phased out. I've sold it's 2 brothers to my former company, and this one was left behind being used as a proof of concept before we bought a new R430. Dual hex, 192GB RAM, and thanks to the upgrades, a PERC 6/i and 3 trays (with just 64gb SSDs, since we had...
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    Cloned my template, the sysprepped it. Rebuild, or clone the clone for template?

    I cloned my template 2012R2 system in VMware. I turned on what I thought was the new system, but apparently it was the template, sysprepped it, and went to join it to the domain, and then realized that I had the wrong PC. Now, I'm left with a clone of the template, that I've not sysprepped...
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    Shoehorning Enterprise concepts into a Tomato network.

    So, the reality of what I'm looking to do is smacking me in the face right now...and it would be a whole lot easier to have a bit of low end hardware pulling fulltime duties rather than relying on a laptop to do it all through virtualization. That, and VMware and Hyper-V don't play nice on the...
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    Force PIN numbers to exclude banned passwords?

    We're instituting PINs for Windows 10 users, as we're starting to use biometrics in in some departments (payroll for security purposes, IT for convenience purposes, etc.). We're not quite 2 factoring everything yet. We're taking advantage of Windows Hello for the fingerprint readers, and I...
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    Block Windows 10's captive portal actions?

    We have a couple hundred computers that we block internet on. We allow intranet websites only. Unfortunately, because the computers are seeing captive web portals, they're trying to bring up a website to sign in, which they're blocked from by our iBoss device. Is there a registry entry, or...
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    Am I missing something? Pushing 1607 update through WSUS

    I read that as of August 16th, WSUS would be able to start pushing the 1607 update to Windows 10 to machines. But, I'm not seeing anything for doing so within the available updates within WSUS, and I'd much prefer to use it than trying to update through flash drives like I had to do during the...
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    Weird issue with timezones changing after 10 upgrade.

    First off, I'm aware of the option to have Windows detect and change the timezone automatically. That is disabled, via group policy. (registry update setting tzautoupdate is set to 4) For whatever reason, several computers that have been upgraded from 7 to 10 are running into problems where...
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    Office 2010, 13, 16 KMS activation breaking after Windows 10 upgrade

    We're running into an issue where our Office KMS activations are breaking after we upgrade the systems from 7 to 10. It seems to act like the KMS server is no longer hosting KMS keys. It can access the server just fine, nothing's being blocked that we can see port-wise. Anyone run into this...
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    Best M.2 2242 drives?

    I'm on the fence between picking up a Samsung 950 Pro 512GB, and sticking with the PM871 256GB that came in this laptop, and picking up a 2nd M.2 drive to just house VMware machines. And since that decision now no longer includes "putting my PM871 M.2 in my new desktop" as an option, the...
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    Balanced videocard; PhysX on a Quadro 4000?

    Work is phasing out all their internally built systems for Dell Precisions. So, since I'm system administrator, I claimed one to replace my home system (that I JUST sold, and was better than this, but my coworkers and friends want me to play Doom with them). It's old, but was decently...
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