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Changing the network from public -> private in Windows 10 is way to convoluted

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/05

I often wonder why do they make changing the network location more difficult in each Windows version.

Anyway: for Windows 10, the secpol.msc way still works even though by default you now need to use a command prompt or the Windows-R key-combo to start it as typing it in the “Ask me Anything” search often gets you to bing (the search is too slow to figure out it is available locally even if you’re running a machine with SSD).

So from [WayBackTop 10: Windows Firewall Netsh Commands (via: Windows Server content from Windows IT Pro), this still works in Windows 10:

a secpol.msc way that is easy:

  1. Press Win+R, then type secpol.msc
  2. Click on “Network List Manager Policies”
  3. Double-click on your network
  4. Optionally give your network another name
  5. Click on “Tab Network Location”
  6. Set “Location Type” to “Private”

Go back to Network and Sharing Center to check the result.

In Windows 10 there are half a dozen other ways: [WayBackNetwork Location – Set to Private or Public in Windows 10 – Windows 10 Tutorials

  • Option One: To Change a Network Location in Settings app
  • Option Two: To Change a Network Location in Registry Editor
  • Option Three: To Change a Network Location Local Security Policy
  • Option Four: To Change a Network Location in PowerShell
  • Option Five: To Change Network Location of Current Network Connection in PowerShell
  • Option Six: To Change Network Location of Current Network Connection using a VBS file

I like this PowerShell script too via [WayBacknetworking – How do I force Windows 10 to see a network as private? – Super User:

## Change NetWorkConnection Category to Private
#Requires -RunasAdministrator

Get-NetConnectionProfile |
  Where{ $_.NetWorkCategory -ne 'Private'} |
  ForEach {
    $_
    $_|Set-NetConnectionProfile -NetWorkCategory Private -Confirm
  }

–jeroen

 

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Finding out when your domain password will expire :: Active Directory :: Admin Tips :: Windows 7 :: Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000/XP/NT Administrator Knowledge Base :: KBase Tips :: WindowsNetworking.com

Posted by jpluimers on 2018/02/02

Here’s how you can find out when your domain password will expire.

net user %USERNAME% /domain

It figures this out for the current logon domain (so it doesn’t work cross-domain) but it is a great help, especially when filtering out just the password information:

net user %USERNAME% /domain | findstr "Password"

This can be done in a more complex way with dsquery or adinfo that are tools to query

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Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9, Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

Consolidating NTFS free space

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/29

For shrinking VM disk images, it’s important to consolidate NTFS free space towards the end of the this.

I’ve tried many tools, starting with defrag C: /X (which tries, but doesn’t give good results) and found out these steps give the best results:

  1. Perform an Ultradefrag full optimisation,
  2. Perform a MyDefrag Consolidate free space script on the drive.

If shrinking still fails then:

  1. Try the Ultradefrag at boot time
  2. Verify what kind of file(s) prevent shrinking: they show up in red after the MyDefrag session:
    1. Zoom in them (they can initially as small as 1 red pixel) by clicking on or near them, repeating the zoom long enough so you can hover over with the mouse and the lower part of the screen shows a filename like  where you cannot find much information about “$badclus:$bad:$data” but appear to be clusters marked as bad on NTFS level using something like chkdsk /B.
    2. If it was a bad sector like above, then try to resolve it with [WayBackntfsfix which ships with GParted live boot:
      1. boot a [WayBackGParted — Live CD/USB/PXE/HD drive,
      2. run GParted to see the drive path (for instance /dev/sda1)
      3. start a terminal
      4. run this command:
        ntfsfix -b /dev/sda1
        which will give output like this:

        Mounting volume... OK
        Processing of $MFT and $MFTMirr completed successfully.
        Checking the alternate boot sector... OK
        NTFS volume version is 3.1.
        Going to un-mark the bad clusters ($BadClus)... OK
        NTFS partition /dev/sda1 was processed successfully.
      5. boot back into Windows
      6. on an administrative command prompt run this for the affected drive letter:
        chkdsk D: /B
        (reboot if needed)
  3. Shrink the drive using diskmgmt.msc

If you still cannot shrink, then try [WayBackhttp://ftp.raxco.com/pub/download/pd14.0/pd14.0_pro.exe PerfectDisk by Raxco free trial.

Note:

MyDefrag (formerly named JkDefrag) is not maintained any more but the 4.3.1 version in the WayBack machine still works very well as the underlying defragmentation APIs in Windows haven’t changed.

References:

For FAT32:

For GParted / ntfsfix:

PerfectDisk via:

–jeroen

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows Vista | Leave a Comment »

Task Scheduler – command-line End a Running Task

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/12/11

schtasks /End [/S <system> [/U <username> [/P [<password>]]]] /TN taskname

[WayBackEnd a Running Task

Every now and then you have those Scheduled Tasks consisting of batch files that – despite trying – still ask for user input.

If – even after a reasonable time out – the Task Scheduler still hasn’t killed them, you can kill them by hand with the above schtasks in a snap.

–jeroen

Posted in Console (command prompt window), Power User, Windows, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016 | Leave a Comment »

Excellent blog post from Jessica on how to setup the best Linux on Windows environment! @jldeen – via @shanselman

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/11/20

Via [WayBackScott Hanselman @shanselman: Excellent blog post from Jessica on how to setup the best Linux on Windows environment! @jldeen:

[WayBack] Badass Terminal: FCU WSL Edition (oh-my-zsh, powerlevel9k, tmux, and more!)

It’s that time again! The time to write another epic blog post, this time for WSL, also known as Windows Subsystem for Linux.

It requires Windows 10 Version 1709 (Fall_Creators_Update) which has build number 10.0.16299.

–jeroen

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