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Free College and Trade Schools in the US?

$0 No fee Courses - Certificates or Recognition of Completion Requires a Fee 1.  https://online-learning.harvard.edu/  (Harvard) 2.  https://www.open.edu/openlearn/ 3.  https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/categories/tech-and-coding-courses 4.  https://online.stanford.edu/ 5.  https://www.coursera.org/ 6.  http://oli.cmu.edu/independent-learner-courses/ 7.  https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm 8.  https://www.edx.org/ GUI Web & Mobile Development - "Low Code" https://www.outsystems.com/ Tuition-Free US Colleges. Tuition-free does not mean $0.00 in college costs. It just means that you are not paying for tuition. You will still need money for other fees the college enrollment may charge for in providing services to students (e.g. books, meals, room and board if applicable, exams, etc). So...it's not a free ride. You also have to keep your academics up at all of these schools. Do not expect a free ride at these schools. You have to work and with a $0.00 t

Fix Veeam Backup Error VSSControl -2147212529

1. Login to the VM and run Powershell or CMD prompt from an administrator-level login. 2. Run vssadmin list providers 3. (FYI. This is for VMware or Nutanix Acropolis VM's, not Hyper-V)... Anyway...you will see this a reference to Hyper-V: "Hyper-V IC Software Shadow Copy Provider" Open up regedit and delete the key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Providers\ {74600e39-7dc5-4567-a03b-f091d6c7b092}] @="Hyper-V IC Software Shadow Copy Provider" "Type"=dword:00000002 "Version"="1.0.0.0" "VersionId"="{c797fff9-2c3e-453c-a3e9-cc7673a6c732}" 4. Reboot the server. 5. Kick off the backup again and it will run. Thank you Micro$oft for buying your Hyper-V components into the OS so deeply...good grief. Reference Article:  https://www.veeam.com/kb1785

Check Problems on Multiple Windows Servers with PowerShell

1. On Linux create a file with vi and hit "i" on the keyboard and paste the data in. On Windows create a file and save it with "All Files" and put .ps1 as the extension. Powershell on Linux does not have the get-eventlog command. 2. Don't forget to change the hostname or point to the file with the list of hostnames: $logs = get-eventlog system -ComputerName typemyservername  -source Microsoft-Windows-Winlogon -After (Get-Date).AddDays(-7); $res = @(); ForEach ($log in $logs) {if($log.instanceid -eq 7001) {$type = "Logon"} Elseif ($log.instanceid -eq 7002){$type="Logoff"} Else {Continue} $res += New-Object PSObject -Property @{Time = $log.TimeWritten; "Event" = $type; User = (New-Object System.Security.Principal.SecurityIdentifier $Log.ReplacementStrings[1]).Translate([System.Security.Principal.NTAccount])}}; $res Reference: https://www.codetwo.com/admins-blog/how-to-check-event-logs-with-powershell-get-eventlog/

How to Install the Veeam Agent for Linux on Ubuntu Linux

1. You can run a test on an Ubuntu server VM on VMware Workstation or via Virtualbox. 2. Download the free edition for Veeam for Linux agent (Note: The agent relies on Veeam Snap, so you need to install both). https://www.veeam.com/linux-backup-download.html Public Repository:  http://repository.veeam.com/.private/deb/  (RPM or Deb Package managers) *Instructions:  https://helpcenter.veeam.com/docs/agentforlinux/userguide/installation_offline.html?ver=30#deb There is a depedency on dkms. Run which dkms on your server CLI to verify that it is installed. You will get a response /usr/sbin/dkms if it is installed. If it is not installed run sudo apt-get install dkms - y 3. Create a folder for veeam under /opt 4. sudo wget http://repository.veeam.com/.private/deb/veeamsnap/veeamsnap_3.0.2.1185_all.deb 5. sudo wget http://repository.veeam.com/.private/deb/veeam/veeam_3.0.2.1185_i386.deb FYI. If you use the links here  https://www.veeam.com/linux-backup-free-download.html  

Web URL Spaces

The following character set is for spaces in URL addresses since website URL addresses cannot have spaces by protocol. %20 this is used in the case of a space of a web URL

How to Cleanup the WinSXS (Windows Update Folder)

1. Open Command prompt as an administrator 2. run the following commands in command prompt or powershell. 3. Run the analyzer: dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore 4. Enter the command: Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup 5.  Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup If you need to manually clean that sucker up. Then go to the following folder and delete all files older than 1 year. C:\windows\WinSXS Caution: Be careful not to delete the "Backup" Folder: C:\windows\WinSXS\Backup Absolute Kill Option. Seriously. Be careful if it's running a critical application. This is a RGE (Resume Generating Event) 6. Stop all running services 7. Remove-Item -path c:\Windows\WinSXS\* -Force If you didn't kill the server. Rejoice. If you did (and your on VMware), roll back the snapshot

How to Configure System Logging on VMware ESXi 6.7

Go to Configure - > Advanced System Settings Click on "Edit.." Search syslog.global Enter your LUN: [LUN NAME]/ folder name Click Ok. Quick and Easy folks... Reference Articles: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2007658 https://www.virtubytes.com/2017/10/18/configure-esxi-syslog-location/ https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.7/com.vmware.esxi.upgrade.doc/GUID-9F67DB52-F469-451F-B6C8-DAE8D95976E7.html

How to Quickly Connect to an AWS Linux EC2 Instance from SecureCRT

1. Create your AWS EC2 Instance (Linux Versions Don't Matter) 2. Click on Quick Launch (You can create a folder if you have more). Click Properties and pick your keypair (pem format is fine. You don't have to convert it with SecureCRT like you have to do with Putty). 3. Click Connect.

How to Add a USB to Hyper-V (Pre-VMware Data Migration)

You need to copy the data off of the Hyper-V Server and it's driving you nuts over the LAN. 1. Connect your USB to the physical server. 2. RDP into Hyper-V. 3. Open Hyper-V Manager. Click on the host and then select "Hyper-V Settings". 4. Enable/Check Use Enhanced Session Mode (2 Places) 5. Now click the VM itself and click settings and click "Integration Services" and select "Guest services". (NOTE: If the VM is online. Reboot it to pick up the change). 6. When you first connect to the VM. It will pop up and ask you to select an option. Integration Service is the last icon on the top left of the VM Toolbar. 7. Click on Local Resources ==> More 8. Click on Drives and select the USB you connected E:\ etc. Select Drive's that I Plug in Later if you will add more USB's later. 9. Now it will show the mounted USB. Copy your data! Credits: YouTube University! =) https://youtu.be/ckiZA8DC5n4 (Easy w/

I'm Unable to Uninstall any Programs or Install Software on Windows Server 2012 R2

1. You try to uninstall a program on Windows Server and your unable to proceed after getting an error that the their is a pending operation. 2. Troubleshooting Tip #1: Open up Task Manager and then find any msiexec services and right click and then "End Task" to all of them. 3. Try again. If everything works fine. Your done. 4. Troubleshooting Tip #2: Scan for Malware (MalwareBytes) or download and run CCleaner (I do not recommend this on production servers...that's your own risk. 5. Clean up the registry errors and then uninstall any unnecessary, unused and "makes no sense that it's installed" software. 6. Try again. If everything then works ok. Your done. FYI. Doing things manually without a backup in the registry can wreak havoc. Be careful. If it's a VM. Take a snapshot. 5 minutes of patience and preparation can save you hours of anger, stress and fear of getting your head chomped off by _____________________!

How to Convert an OVA Image to an AWS EC2 Instance

1. Create an S3 Bucket to import the OVA Image. 2. Upload the OVA Image via the browser. (Pro Tip: If the OVA has a long and complicated name, rename it. Your going to be using the command line.) 3. Install the AWS CLI and Python onto your Laptop https://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/userguide/cli-chap-welcome.html 4. Verify via CMS that python --version and pip --version is working and you get a response. Example: C:\Users\ubuntu.power>pip --version pip 19.0.1 from c:\users\ubuntu.power\appdata\local\programs\python\python37-32\lib\site-packages\pip (python 3.7) C:\Users\ubuntu.power>python --version Python 3.7.2 FYI. You can also use PowerShell https://docs.aws.amazon.com/powershell/latest/userguide/pstools-getting-set-up-windows.html 5. You will need your AWS Secret ID and Key from IAM. Generate a new one if you forgot it or haven't use it or just plain don't know it. https://blog.migrationking.com/2019/03/how-to-quickly-setup-aws-cli-on-windows

How to Quickly Setup the AWS CLI on Windows

Download the AWS CLI App. https://aws.amazon.com/cli/ 1. Open Powershell after you install the software. 2. type aws configure 3. Note: If you don't know or have your Access Key Id and Secret Key, create a new one and delete the other one. 4. Check your region here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html

How to Configure AWS Active Directory Conditional Forwarders for a Trust between Your AWS Managed Microsoft AD and On-Premises Domain

As you get started. Make sure your VPC configurations for Inbound and Outbound traffic are correct. If you are using a VPN. Make sure the AWS CIDR and your Local CIDR's are there. The local CIDR range is also your local AWS CIDR, not just your on-premise CIDR block range. 1. In order to establish a connection between your on-premises Active Directory and the AWS Cloud AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory you must setup both the on-premise server ( LOCALDOMAIN.COM ) and your AWS Domain ( AWSDOMAIN.LOCAL ). 2. Create an AWS EC2 VM that will be joined to your awsdomain.local domain. After you have created the VM. Login to the VM and add the DNS addresses that are listed for AWSDOMAIN.LOCAL in the AWS Directory Service. Do an ipconfig /all to make sure that the DNS IP addresses are correct or nslookup will fail. 3. FYI. You cannot RDP into the AWS DC's for the AWS Managed Microsoft AD. You have to use the Server Manager Tools on the server that is joined to the the AWS

How to Enable Windows Server 2016 Remote Shell

1. Open PowerShell 2. Get-Item WSMan:\localhost\shell\allowremoteshellaccess 3. Open GPEdit and Turn it off. Restart the installation for the File Server and then you can turn it back on. Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Remote Shell > Allow Remote Shell Access 4. gpupdate 5. Now run the app again. Thank you XIA!! https://www.centrel-solutions.com/media/xiaconfiguration/adminguideweb/RemoteShellRequests.html

How to Recover a Deleted Office 365 Mailbox

1. Launch Powershell as an Administrator 2. Connect to Office365 via the CLI (You can't do this from the GUI/Browser) https://blog.migrationking.com/2018/12/how-to-connect-powershell-to-office365.html 3. You will need both GUID's to move the old mailbox data that was soft deleted to the new mailbox that was created. NOTE: Background on how this would be applicable. The reason you would have to do this is if you had a local hybrid Active Directory and you did not migrate one mailbox to Office365 or whatever other reason you had a local mailbox stuck on the local exchange DB. You deleted the mailbox in OWA and Microsoft Active Directory Sync wiped out your Office365 account because the local AD account was wiped/deleted when you were fixing the OWA on-premise. You created a new account and when it was replicated to Azure Active Directory and you enabled the Mail license, you now need to copy the data from the old mailbox to the new Mailbox. Either way, you have a new mai

VMware Tools ISO Does Not Exist

1. You attempt to Install VMware Tools and you get the following error: The required VMware Tools ISO image does not exist or is inaccessible. vix error code = 21001 Unable to install VMware Tools. An error occurred while trayin got access image file "/user'/lib/vmware/isoimages/windows.iso" needed to install VMware Tools: 2 (no such file or directory). Please refer the product documentation or KB article 2129825 for details....blah blah blah you get the point. First...that KB article is wrong. It's 1036810: https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/1036810 2. Go to the latest VMware Tools of your OS (You don't need to be logged in): https://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/latest/index.html 3. Download the ISO and then WinSCP the file or whatever method you want to use to copy the file to /usr/lib/vmware/isoimages/ The quick and easy way is to just mount it and then install the VMware Tools. If you want to get gritty! Follow on! 4. If you don't

How to Rename a Windows 2019 Server from the Command Line

1. From VMware (CTRL+ALT+Insert) 2. Check hostname post installation 3. hostname 4. netdom renamecomputer WIN-BLAHBLAH /newname:WS2016-BLAH /reboot 0 6. Y 7. Reboot 8. Login (CTRL+ALT+Insert) 9. Don't be scared little buddy. It's just the command line. =) The Windows Server CLI experience is not for newbies. Use the Desktop Experience if you find it extremely difficult and PowerShell very hard. It's not like Linux. 10. typing the command sconfig will take you into the base configurations of the server. Remember. Windows Server 2016 does not allow you to just turn on Desktop Experience. You have to clean install a new OS. 11. You need to run sconfig in order to enable RDP, etc.