If you have your machines bound to an Active Directory domain, renaming computers is a snap thanks to the awesome power of PowerShell. Renaming One Computer Use the following command to remotely rename a computer: Rename-Computer -ComputerName <OldName> -NewName <NewName> -DomainCredential <Domain\Username> Some other useful switches: -Force Forces the command to run without asking for […]

The Mac OS X login screen can be customized in System Preferences under Users & Groups > Login Options.  One of the options here allows for the login screen to display either a list of users or a name and a password field.  When set to a list of users, all available accounts will be […]

Finder includes the Connect to Server option that is useful for a variety of things.  Connections can be added to a Favorite Servers list by clicking the plus button which then remembers connection paths: The paths added to Favorite Servers are actually stored within a file located at: ~/Library/Application Support/com.apple.sharedfilelist/com.apple.LSSharedFileList.FavoriteServers.sfl NOTE: .SFL files are binary plist […]

A System File Checker is an extremely useful tool that will scan all protected Windows system files and replace corrupted files with a cached copy that is located in a compressed folder at %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.  This is useful for fixing a large variety of problems, especially when dealing with Windows boot issues. An SFC scan is generally ran directly […]

I occasionally run into a 80004005 error when working with SCCM operating system deployment task sequences.  The error generally displays immediately after putting in the password for the bootable media/PXE boot, and the smsts.log appears similar to the following: The issue here is that the date and time on the client are incorrect.  This problem can be […]

MSI file software installers can be convenient in Windows because they work so well with Windows Installer (MSIExec.exe).  Each MSI contains a product GUID that is unique to it.  This GUID is useful to know but can sometimes be difficult to identify. A quick and simple way to find out a .MSI file’s product code is […]

I frequently see a Windows 7 SP1 issue where, after a fresh install, Windows Updates fail with error code 8007000E: Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter is not helpful as it simply reports that it cannot find a solution to the problem. To fix this, go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > View Installed Updates. […]