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How to change port settings for printers in Windows 10

First off, click on start, then type “printers” and you should see “Devices and Printers”, click on that

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Find your printer and click on it once, then click on “Print Server Properties”

Update 9/14/17 – If this doesn’t work for you, try typing control panel, then clicking in it. Find “View Devices and Printers” and click on it.

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Once the Print server properties dialog appears, click on the tab which reads “ports”.

You should see an option for “Configure Port”.

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Or you may see “Change Port Settings” on the bottom of the dialog.

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Note (9/14/17): If these steps don’t work for you, I’m willing to bet you have a USB printer that just isn’t being recognized. Try unplugging both the power and the USB port from the printer. Then plug in the USB cable, and the power.

If this still doesn’t help, I would uninstall everything related to the printer, unplug the USB cable, and the re-install it. This has helped me out, especially with those fancy all in one printers.

How to Install Oracle VirtualBox Additions in Fedora 22

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I’ve had to beat around the bush in past distros, and finally found a pretty straight forward way to get the VirtualBox Additions working on my Fedora Virtual Machines under Oracle Virtual Box. It’s handy because you get all the native mouse and display support. Here’s all you have to do.

Once you’re at the Fedora Gnome Desktop, click on Activities (or press the windows key on your keyboard) and type terminal. Then click on the terminal icon.

Quick note, they replaced yum with dnf, don’t panic, the yum command still work. Anyway …

Enter the following:

su

(type your password)

dnf -y update kernel*

dnf -y install kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms

Reboot

Insert the disk and run it.

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You’ll have to enter a username and password.

When it’s all done, you should see something like this:

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Then reboot again.

How to Change your Password from the Command Line in Windows

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I mainly run into this when I’m using a server core install, but this works on pretty much any version of Windows. The only caveat is that you need to be an administrator on the system.

Of course, you need to run an elevated command prompt as well.

Just enter the following, and you’ll be prompted to enter the password and confirm it.

net user %username% *

You can also run the following command, which specifies the password:

net user %username% %password%

So, if BoDuke wanted to set his password, he would enter:

net user BoDuke *

or to specify a password of “GeneralLee4Life!” he would use:

net user BoDuke GeneralLee4Life!

Missing Internet Explorer in Windows 7?

I don’t know how it happens, but once in awhile you’ll run across a computer that doesn’t have any web browser. Where did Internet Explorer go? I don’t know why it happens, but sometimes IE just decides enough is enough, and disappears.

Microsoft has this really neat KB Article titled “How to repair or reinstall Internet Explorer in Windows” and although it’s wonderful, it doesn’t help you if you don’t have a web browser. The link for each version needs to be accessed with a web browser, and of course, you don’t have one. Also, if you try to download one of them using a working computer, it tells you that version of IE is already installed, or isn’t applicable to your system.

Download and Install Firefox

My advice is to download Firefox. It’s a great browser. Of course, you’re going to have to use another computer, then somehow get it over to your computer via flash drive or something. Once you get it there, install it.

Now you have to uninstall whatever version of Internet Explorer you already have. To do that:

1. Click the Start button, and enter Programs and features in the search box.

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2. Click Programs and Features in the list of results, and then click View installed updates.

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Once you’ve clicked it, wait for the progress bar up top to finish loading all of the results.

3. Find internet explorer.

The quickest way to find it is to type it in the “search updates” box, and hit enter.

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Once you find it, right click and choose “Uninstall”

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4. In the Uninstall an update dialog box, click Yes to uninstall.

This could take awhile.

5. Click Restart now to finish uninstalling.

If you want to continue with installing the new version, you’re going to want to reboot first. Of course, save any work before you do.

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Now that you have Internet Explorer uninstalled:

Go to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Site, and download the version you would like. Right now the easy one is Internet Explorer 11. It’s going to download and install the updates for that version, so that could take awhile too. It’s also going to want to reboot when it’s done. I know, such is life.

Hopefully, after everything is installed, you’ll be good to go.

How to Open a Shared Calendar in Outlook 2003

Using the Navigation Pane:

Step 1: Click on the Calendar Shortcut button

In Outlook, Click on the Calendar Button in the Navigation Pane. The button may look like this:

Or if the shortcut bar is not expanded, it may look like this:

Step 2: Click the Open a Shared Calendar Link

Scroll down to the Bottom of the pane, and there is a link titled “Open a Shared Calendar”.

Note: The “Open a Shared Calendar” Option only shows up if you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server.

After Clicking the link, the “Open Shared Calendar Dialog Box page will appear. Pressing “Name” will open up the Address book, and you will be able to select a specific user from the list.

After opening a user’s calendar once, their name should appear under the “Other Calendars” section of the Navigation Pane.

How to Check or Change the Default Reminder setting in Outlook 2003

Meeting invitations use the default reminder options of the person who creates the meeting, and ignore the default reminder settings of the recipient.

To Check or change this setting:

In Outlook, click on Tools | Options

On the tab titled “Preferences”, find the section titled “Calendar”

If the “Default Reminder” check box is not selected, then no reminder will be placed on appointments by default. If the check box is selected, then the time shown will be used for the default reminder.

How to Check or Change the Default Reminder time setting in Outlook 2007

Meeting invitations use the default reminder options of the person who creates the meeting, and ignore the default reminder settings of the recipient.

To Check or change this setting:

In Outlook, click on Tools | Options

On the tab titled “Preferences”, find the section titled “Calendar”

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If the “Default Reminder” check box is not selected, then no reminder will be placed on appointments by default. If the check box is selected, then the time shown will be used for the default reminder.

“Unspecified Error has occurred” 0x80070190 when activating Office 2010

I had to do some digging on this one when I first ran into it. I believe it’s actually an issue with a computer which installed the Office 2010 Service Pack 2 before the copy of office could be activated. I’ve been meaning to automate the install of office with the Service pack to see if that straightens it out, but I haven’t yet.

So, you set up a new computer, and realized that office isn’t activated when you get the Microsoft Activation Wizard.

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Since you’ve already entered the product key thorough a transform, you click on “I want to activate the software over the Internet (recommended)”. The next thing you know, you’ve got this very specific (not!) error message:

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An unspecified error has occurred. Your request cannot be processed at this time. Please try again later. (0x80070190)

Don’t bother trying later, it still won’t work. Here’s what you need to do.

Open up an elevated command prompt, then navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office14

Run “cscript ospp.vbs /act”

The script will run through and activate all of your office products that have keys already. After that, you should be good to go.

What to do about Shell Shock (bash vulnerability)

One of my rules of thumb is that if a virus, worm, trojan, or other vulnerability has made it to the broadcast news, then it’s probably nothing to worry about anymore. I’ll have to say, I’m not sure how much longer that’s going to hold true. This morning Shellshock (officially it’s CVE-2014-6271) made the broadcast news, and it’s actually something that we should worry about.

When I say we, I mean we sysadmins / IT guys. Although … Continue reading What to do about Shell Shock (bash vulnerability)

How to Share your Calendar with other users in Outlook 2003

If you are using Outlook at work, and it’s set up to use a Microsoft Exchange Server, then you can use Shared Calendars, a handy little feature.

Note: Just a heads up, sharing your calendar gives other users access to the details of you appointments, subject, location, etc. You do not have to share your calendar if all you want to do is let other user’s know when you are available, that is already done using the Free / Busy Information. All a user has to do is try and schedule you in an appointment, and they will see if you’re available.

Using the Navigation Pane:

Step 1: Click on the Calendar Shortcut button

In Outlook, Click on the Calendar Button in the Navigation Pane. The button may look like this:

Or if the shortcut bar is not expanded, it may look like this:

Step 2: Click the Share My Calendar Link

Scroll down to the Bottom of the pane, and there is a link titled “Share my Calendar”.

Note: The “Share my Calendar” Option only shows up if you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server.

After Clicking the link, the Calendar Properties page will come up, and you can assign specific permissions.

Step 3: Use the Calendar Properties Page to Assign Users the Appropriate Permissions

Below you’ll see a picture of the Calendar Properties Page

The “Default” entry is used to set the permissions that you want all of the users in your organization to have.

If you only want specific users in your organization to have access, leave the default permissions in place, and use the “Add” button to add users from the Address book.

Once you have added users, you can assign them permissions by highlighting the appropriate user, and check or uncheck the check boxes corresponding to the permissions you want to grant or deny.

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The quickest way to set permissions is to use the “Permission Level” Drop Down. The Reviewer role gives the user selected read only access to your calendar. You can also use these to quickly give a user some basic permissions, and then make the specific changes that you want.