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Remove or Hide System Reserved Partition

This post shows you how to fix a new box that has a System Reserved Partition taking up a drive letter and accessible by all.

Here is the fix using Diskpart:

  1. Load Command Prompt (cmd)
  2. Load Diskpart (diskpart)
  3. List Disks (list disk)
  4. Select Proper Disk (select disk #)
  5. List Partitions (list partition)
  6. Select Proper Partition (select partition #)
  7. List Volumes (list volume) NOTE: Look at Drive letter of system reserved volume
  8. Select the volume to hide (select volume #)
  9. Remove assigned disk letter (remote letter X)

Done!

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Exchange 2007 SP1 Installation Error HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component.

I was recently installing and configuring a new server with 32 processors and installing server 2008 Standard and Exchange 2007 SP1 Standard. During installation I received the following error:

HRESULT E_FAIL has been returned from a call to a COM component.

After finding a Knowledge-base article from Microsoft, I discovered Exchange 2007 SP1 doesn’t support installation on a server with more than 24 processors, but is perfectly fine updating and running on a server with more than 24 processors.

Here is the fix for installing Exchange 2007 SP1 on a server with more than 24 cores.

For Windows Server 2008 and for Windows Server 2008 R2

To reduce the number of active processor cores, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start start button, and then type cmd in the Search programs and files box.
  2. Right-click cmd.exe in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.
     UAC If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
  3. At the command prompt, copy or type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    msconfig.exe
  4. Click the Boot tab.
  5. Select the operating system that is used with Exchange Server 2007. Typically, this is labeled Current OS.
  6. Click Advanced.
  7. Note the number of processors that are currently set, and then set the number of processors to 24 or fewer.
  8. Restart the server.
  9. Install Exchange 2007.
  10. Click Startstart button, and then type cmd in the Search programs and files box.
  11. Right-click cmd.exe in the Programs list, and then click Run as administrator.
     UAC If you are prompted for an administrator password or for confirmation, type the password, or provide confirmation.
  12. At the command prompt, copy or type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    msconfig.exe
  13. Click the Boot tab.
  14. Select the same operating system that you selected in step 5 and that is used with Exchange Server 2007.
  15. Click Advanced.
  16. Restore the number of processors to the value that you noted in step 7.
  17. Restart the computer.
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Setting Anti-Spam SCL in Microsoft Exchange

This post goes over setting the Anti-Spam SCL in Microsoft Exchange. I typically recommend leaving the Delete and Reject settings alone, but change the Move Message to Junk if the user is reporting a high amount of spam making it to his inbox. This is done with the command below SCLJunkThreshold.

SCL (Spam Confidence Level) determines what to do with a message

By Default Exchange is set as follows:

9 = Delete Message with no NDR

7= Reject Message with NDR

5= Move Message to Junk Mail in Mailbox

There is also a Quarantine option in Exchange that is configurable through EMC (Exchange Management Console) in Organization Configuration -> Hub Transport -> Anti-Spam Tab under the Content Filtering Module Properties

Note Junk Mail Threshold is NOT configurable in EMC and must be set via Shell. Here is the commands for EMS (Exchange Management Shell)

Set SCL Junk Mail Threshold

Set-OrganizationConfig -SCLJunkThreshold 5

 

Check SCL Junk Mail Threshold

Get-OrganizationConfig | Format-List SCLJunkThreshold

 

This should give you a good control over what is getting filtered and where it is going. You can always check a message SCL rating in Outlook by looking at the email’s header.

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Taking ownership of an entire drive in Windows

The commands below will show you how to take ownership of an entire drive. Here is a simple script to accomplish just that.

Create a cmd file takeowner.cmd in notepad and type the following or past this in a command line prompt one line at a time:

takeown /f %1 /r /d y
icacls %1 /grant administrators:F /t

EOS Blockchain

The Complete Beginners Guide to Getting Started on the EOS Blockchain

EOS Blockchain Overview

This Guide shows you everything you need that will get started on the EOS blockchain. Creating Keys, wallet, account, and using dApps are all in this guide. The following videos will get you running EOS decentralized Apps.

Watch all EOS Videos from YouTube via Playlist here: Instructional EOS Videos for beginners

First Video

Install a Linux terminal in Windows 10 afterward we will be able to build EOS tools in here. This is important to do as you can’t compile EOS natively in windows. This is why we are going through and installing this terminal in Windows 10 for the EOS Blockchain toolset.

Second Video

You will be installing the EOS tools in the Linux terminal, afterward, we will create the keys and start using EOS Blockchain. This compile process will take a while so prepare yourself for about 40-60 minutes to build these tools that we will use in the next video. We will be following the official developer’s website for EOSIO.

Third Video

Creating your keys, installing them in a wallet, and creating an EOS account. When making your account make sure you pick a memorable name because it will be used everywhere on the EOS Blockchain.

Fourth Video

How to use decentralized apps (dApps) in EOS. You need to stake resources to use these apps. This can be done directly in the dApps, but I do recommend using EOStoolkit.io for security and clarity.

We have now accomplished all our goals, therefore can start using dApps on EOS!

Here is a list of dApps I highly recommend and my affiliate links to help me out. If you would like to donate to me directly, you can send me some EOS to my EOS account: titusmaximus

RPG Game – EOS Knights https://game.eosknights.io/ Ingame Settings type: titusmaximus as referring account to receive 1000 magic water
Numbers Game – EOS Lottery https://eosshishicai.com/link/titusmaximus
Dice Game – EOS Bet https://dice.eosbet.io/?ref=titusmaximus

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snipping tool

Snipping Tool Removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809

Snipping Tool Overview

The Snipping Tool is being removed by Microsoft in October 2018 Update 1809 and I am not happy! This tool is one of the best tools Microsoft has ever created, so why? Well, they want you to use the Snip and Sketch App from the Microsoft Store. Spoiler: It sucks.

Greenshot the best Snipping Tool Replacement

So what should you use? Greenshot. Its freeware and it just works. Not bulky with a toolbar, but adds a tray icon, which you don’t have to use. You can just press print screen and away you go.

Download it from there website here: http://getgreenshot.org/downloads/

Microsoft Snip and Sketch Replacement

Currently, this is labeled as Screen Sketch, however, this is changing to Snip and Sketch App in the next update. Here is the preview of the upcoming disaster for Microsoft their predictably bad moves on forcing their tragic app store on us. Here is today’s download image of the app prior to the upcoming update that sunsets our beloved Snipping Tool.
Snipping Tool

Conclusion

With Snipping Tool gone, you might as well get used to something new, and Greenshot is a great freeware that has been around for 4 years. In the short week or so that I have been using this, I have grown to love it more than the old Snipping Tool. The features give me more options, but with its polish, I am much more efficient than I ever was.

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stake EOS

How to Stake EOS?

How to Stake on the EOS blockchain Overview

This video goes over how to stake EOS for CPU, RAM, and bandwidth. It shows real-world examples of staking and unstaking EOS when utilizing the EOS dApps.

Staking Basics

You can stake and unstake from many dApps, but my preferred method is using the EOS Toolkit and finalizing my amounts in there. Personally, I recommend 8 KB for RAM, 15 EOS for CPU, and .1 EOS for Net as this will give you the ability to play and use pretty much any decentralized app out right now.

Time it takes to Un-Stake EOS

When you stake EOS make sure you understand that it will take 72 hours to un-stake EOS. This means you will be waiting for 3 days before you will be able to use that EOS again. It is important to note, that once you unstake you can not touch or even stake EOS with those coins. It is locked for the entire duration until it shows in your balance again.

Links for Staking EOS

View All Videos / Content / Guides / Solutions @ https://www.christitus.com
Stake EOS on EOS Toolkit from Genereos Block Producer @ https://eostoolkit.io/home

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should you stay in crypto

Should you stay in Crypto? Is it Over or Just Beginning?

Crypto Overview

This video is out there for anyone thinking about staying in crypto or getting into it. I give my introduction to cryptocurrency and a background about me and my experiences.

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About me 0:00
-15+ years in the IT Field
-3 years of Computer Science
-Researched many crypto projects
-Early Bitcoin miner when you could mine on GPU
-Early Ethereum miner and entered @ $17

Common Mistakes 5:31
-Holding and Not making entry/exit points
-Relying on crypto for retirement
-Investing in something you don’t understand

Keys to success 8:27
-Invest Time before money
-Research, Research, and Research
-Be willing to admit you are wrong in crypto
-DO NOT TRUST ANYONE ON THE INTERNET!

Conclusion

Cryptocurrency will be around for a long time, but if you are looking for a quick get rich quick scheme this is not for you. The time to make a quick buck is pretty much gone and you’d be better served with more traditional investments that are as risky. Always invest responsibly and use a traditional 401k to store the vast amount of your wealth. Its a gambler’s fallacy to directly put a sizable amount of money in crypto, because when crypto does become mainstream for all the masses it will be in index funds and readily available for all. The one thing I want to re-iterate and if you take nothing from this video it is the following, Invest your time and not your money!

For your consumption, forget FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and remember this if you invested $1000 at the start of this year, you’d have about ~$340 right now. Don’t be that guy!

Crypto

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/4rdIeb7w/

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SciDex

SciDex ICO Review

SciDex Overview

This video goes over all the aspects of the SciDex ICO and grades it based on criteria that have made ICOs successful in the past.

Official Links

Official Site/
Protocol Whitepaper
MarketSpace Whitepaper

4 Criteria for ICO Review

1. Real World Application
2. Funding
3. Tangible Progress
4. Misc. Concerns

Conclusion

From the look of everything, I’m betting it will be another ICO Scam. There is a possibility I am just missing the entire point of this ICO, but everything I have seen just screams that this is a project going nowhere fast. I normally don’t do these types of reviews, but a subscriber asked for my honest opinion of the project and here it is. If you have an idea or want me to review something let me know below.

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Using IOMeter to determine hard drive performance

Using IOMeter Overview

Using IOMeter will give you a great benchmark on any hard drives and network drives you have. I use this quite often as you can see the effects of new hardware, introducing Link-Aggregation, or troubleshooting drives to determine if they are losing performance.

Steps to Follow

1) Download IOMeter from the Official Site and run setup
IOMeter
2) All Programs -> Iometer -> Iometer

3a) Under ‘Topology’ tab, select the local machine

3b) Delete All workers but 1

3c) Under ‘Disk Targets’ tab select the drive you want to run the IO test on:

3d) Set Maximum Disk Size to 204800 Sectors (one sector is 512 B, so 204800 sectors gives 100MB)

IOMeter
4) Under ‘Access Specifications’ tab, under Global Access Specifications, select Default, and Click Add

Note: Default test is – 67% read, 33% write, 2 KB, 100% Random non/sequential writes, Burst Length 1 I/O. This is fine for this brief guide and the sample results below use this. 

 

IOMeter

 

5a) Under ‘Results Display’ tab, under Update Frequency, set to 10 seconds

 

IOMeter5b) Under ‘Test Setup’ tab, set Run Time to 1 minute ( If bench-marking a SAN or Network drive I recommend doing it for 5 minutes for consistency. )

6) Clone Workers from the first page to the number of cores you have. (Ex. Quad Core = 4 workers)

 

7) The click the green flag to start the test, and choose a location to save the results….

Conclusion

Remember to benchmark often and always do a before and after you make any changes. This is imperative so you can see any performance gains or losses you might incur. There are many times I have been surprised by the results of switching hardware or simply testing older hardware to see how it is holding up. One thing is for certain, I haven’t found a freeware tool that is better than IOMeter in the past 15 years that I’ve been doing IT.

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SSL Certs

Issuing SSL Certs using Let’s Encrypt in Ubuntu

Issuing SSL Certs Overview

This Video goes over Issuing SSL Certs using Let’s Encrypt in Ubuntu 16.04. The basic steps outlined in the video are adding the repository, installing certbot, issuing a certificate, and enabling SSL.

Links

Let’s Encrypt @ https://letsencrypt.org/
Certbot @ https://certbot.eff.org/

Command List for Issuing SSL Certs

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common -y
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:certbot/certbot
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install python-certbot-apache -y
sudo certbot --apache

Finishing Up

After performing these steps you will make your site secure and it will automatically renew this certificate. This is a great set it and forget solution, expecially if you are running your own site on a budget.

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missing www

Google Chrome missing www and how to fix it

Google Chrome missing www

Chrome started rolling out update 69 at the beginning of this month (September 2018) causing a missing www in the address bar. There are two things this update did that you need to be aware of.

Google Chrome Update 69 Changes

  • Show trivial sub-domains (missing www in the address bar)
    • Fix: Type this in your address bar:
    • chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-scheme-and-subdomains
    • Set to DISABLED
  • Chrome now defaults to SSL / HTTPS for all websites
    • So I didn’t realize this happened and launched a new ubuntu web server to find it unreachable with apache installed. After wasting a lot of time, more than I’m willing to tell you here, I found out the new version of chrome will default to https:// before everything unless you explicitly put http:// in the address bar. This includes IP addresses and the like. So make sure you have SSL certs updated otherwise you are going to have a bad time.

Conclusion

I typically love a lot of the Google projects and updates they do, but the missing www in the address bar left me a little puzzled and why they thought they needed to do it. On the plus side, I do like the new chrome tabs, so the entire update is not all bad. Also, the changes to default to secure sites has been a long time coming. There are many different reasons for this, but the fact is by forcing webmasters to use SSL and get secure is a good thing. These days non-secure http sites can easily be exploited by a variety of different methods and this is a welcomed change in my opinion.

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EOS Account creation

EOS Account Creation and using Accounts on the blockchain

EOS Account creation

I posted an article about EOS Titled “Why EOS is destined to fail?“. Shortly after, I received a couple responses from folks that said the chain is down or not working or just simply too hard to use. It made me scratch my head and after a couple minutes searching I really didn’t find too many articles outlining how EOS works, EOS Account creation, or how an average person can use it. It also made me realize that a ton of people that invested in EOS simply aren’t using the chain. I decided to do something about this, and create a bunch of how-to videos.

I want to streamline this process as much as possible, so I created 3 videos for so anyone can do EOS Account creation.

EOS Account Creation Videos

  1. https://youtu.be/RriP3LmuKNA – Installing Linux Subsystem
  2. https://youtu.be/hbK9SQ9lxXI – EOS Command Line Tools Setup (September Update)
  3. https://youtu.be/0EPcHWvgQ3s – EOS Account creation and usage

TLDR; Install Linux Subsystem in Win10, use EOS CLI to create keys, create an account, and play a game!

I know I come off a lot like a doomsayer of EOS, but I am just pointing out things I see wrong with the chain because everyone else is just hyping things up. That said, EOS shouldn’t fail from a lack of public knowledge, because EOS has some great ideas that make it very unique when compared to other chains out there. This goal of this is to make EOS Account creation as easy as possible for everyone. Don’t treat EOS as an investment like a 401k, but treat it like a public computer! Use it, don’t just sit on a bunch of EOS because one day you might wake up and find all of it gone.

Donate to me via EOS Blockchain – My EOS Account Names:

  • titusmaximus
  • xxdonatetome
    • Note: this was created during the 3rd video

Also, check the video descriptions for command listing and helpful sites that I use during the creation of them.

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Linux Subsystem

Installing Linux Subsystem for Windows 10

Linux Subsystem Overview

The following video goes over installing Linux Subsystem on Windows 10. Most notably it allows you to run Linux terminal commands in Windows 10 without having a virtual machine or dual boot into a Linux operating system.

Enable Linux Subsystem Feature

cd ~
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Note: Perform in PowerShell

PowerShell Installation Method

Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://aka.ms/wsl-ubuntu-1604 -OutFile Ubuntu.appx -UseBasicParsing
Rename-Item -Path ~/Ubuntu.appx -NewName Ubuntu.zip
Expand-Archive ~/Ubuntu.zip ~/Ubuntu cd Ubuntu ./ubuntu.exe

Microsoft Store Installation Method

  • Open the Microsoft Store
  • Browse to Ubuntu-1604 and subsequently click the Install button

In Closing

The Linux Subsystem is a welcomed addition to Windows 10 because most things that come from the Microsoft store are garbage. Above all using this will give you the ability to check out and compile many GitHub projects. It is now one of the first options I enable when I do fresh installs of Windows 10 due to the fact Linux is not practical all the time.

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