MySQL Tools & Co. are very nice and smart toys, 'though sometimes DB Admins like to overcomplicate things that should be easy and simple. Over time and experience, I developed a specific taste for the following mysqldump options: mysqldump -u root -p - -add-drop-databases - -add-drop-table - -databases DB_NAME > filename.sql Beware of the dreaded… Read More

  If you are in the process of deploying a new CA, and you are thinking of issuing Certs that use SHA512 Hashes, think again! (From"If you currently use SHA512 certificates, and do not have this update installed, you may have problems in one or more of the following scenarios by using TLS 1.2:… Read More

  [UPDATE - 2016/Jul/30 - Windows 10 Support and Recommendations]:   Thanks to Microsoft's policy of backwards compatibility, Windows 10 supports Autologin, so the below "ORIGINAL ARTICLE" instructions still do work. 'Though, before setting up Password-less Autologin on Windows 10, you might wish to investigate if your device supports Windows Hello and (if not), perhaps… Read More

  As I said on my previous post titled "3 ways to grant “Local Admin” permissions to Domain Users": There are 2 ways to use Restricted Groups. The first way simply adds New Users along the pre-existing Local Administrators Users (within the (Local) "Administrators"-Group). The second way resets (ie. deletes/wipes) ALL the pre-existing Local Administrators Users… Read More

  There are three ways (that I know of..), to grant “Local Machine” Administrator credentials to a Windows Domain User: lusr-method (!). "Restricted Groups" / Secure Restricted Groups (convenient for that funny bunch). “Secure Local Administrators” (a-la Alan's way).   lusrmgr.msg. to grant “Local Machine” Administrator permissions to a Windows Domain User through lusrmgr.msc: Remotely… Read More

  2 Options. When you need to provision a new Windows program to by multiple Users (ie. that remotely login to the same TS/RDS Host), you have 2 options. Setup.EXE VS Setup.MSI If your app comes packaged with a 3rd party installer (generally "Setup.EXE"), you'll need to manually place your TS/RDS Host into "Install Mode".… Read More

Alcatel OmniPCX requires a .wav format file sampled in PCM 8000 kHz, 8 bits, mono - full stop. 3, 2, 1...action! Record your voice message as a wav file. To record a voice prompt, you may simply... Run "Windows sound recorder". Record a wma (or a wav) file. Then you'll need to convert your message… Read More

Thanks to the following (awesome) blog post:, today I was able to add/show non-indexed network locations into my Documents Library. This workaround is especially useful whenever you're storing, say, your family Pictures on a (Linux-based) NAS that does not support indexing. For convenience’s sake, I’ll report what's involved the way "it worked for me":… Read More

  In case you missed how to get the free Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 upgrade, here's a quick rundown of what's involved: 1) Install and restart as requested. 2) Open the Windows Store "As Administrator". 3) Click (or tap) on the huge "Update to Windows 8.1 for free"-tile & Select Download. The download… Read More