tl;dr: Open PowerShell As Admin. Find VM's GUID. Get-WmiObject -Namespace root\virtualization\v2 -class msvm_computersystem | select elementname, processid, name| ft -auto Kill related vmwp.exe <GUID>. taskkill /PID 1234 /F (Only during specific scenarios/if above won't work): net stop vmms & Restart Hyper-V Server.   What happened?! Someday I was in the process of shutting down an Hyper-V Virtual… Read More


    Installing a new wireless miniPCI-Express adapter on your Lenovo laptop is a pain in the ass not always as straightforward as 1-2-3 (normally, you'd open the back panel, chuck-in your new fancy wireless ac adapter and configure its drivers). This is because Lenovo has adopted "draconian" security measures (within their BIOS) to prevent… Read More


On Windows 1511 or 1607 ("Anniversary Update"), to connect to a VPN) you have to: Go to Settings.   Select Network & Internet.   Select VPN.   Click on the desired VPN profile. Click on the Connect Button(!).   This 5-step process is overly complicated to end Users.   An OLD Trick. To make Windows… Read More


  Ready for Windows 10 Creators Update? Go to Settings -> Update and Security and check to see if the next major incremental Windows 10 "Creators Update" has been enabled for you. Here's three simple reasons that made me justify the Windows 10 Creators Update odd 1h upgrade time (hint: you'll get this time back… Read More


  These days, a proper Windows file server is considered "commodity". NAS boxes are considered commodities too. Should you wish not to stick to commodities and live "off-the-grid", your LAN documents sharing needs may simply be served by a simple CentOS box (configured with Samba).   "What's the catch"?! No centralised Users management (such as when on Active… Read More


    or How-to forcefully RE-APPLY GPPs (and "do not reapply"). Someday I was playing with Group Policy Preferences (GPPs) and I noticed that my policy didn’t literally apply more than once (ie. after updating one of the policy preferences with the "new settings", that is)! To reproduce the issue, I followed these steps: 1. Created… Read More


    If you ever had to deal with MySQL in the past, I'm sure you had to spend lots of time searching on Google (as I did..). To save you some searching, I'll post some commands I "learned while doing". I'll assume all you know about MySQL is "mysql -u root -p" The above… Read More


    To successfully import a "maildir"-type of mailbox into Outlook, you first need an intermediate step. The intermediate step involves the conversion of the "maildir" mailbox into the "mbox" format first. Once you have the single mbox-file, you can then extract the *.eml messages (& subsequently open them with Outlook).   1) "maildir" To… Read More


  Someday I had a VM installed on a passthrough Hard Disk Drive. Some weekend, instead of going out, I decided I required that bloody drive to experiment "some more" ('though, a compassionate hoarder feeling inside of me didn't want to bork that OS). My solution was to migrate my Virtual Machine into a VHD… Read More