Windows 10 start menu search problem

Hi,

when Windows 10 came out, I bravely installed it on my business notebook. It works great, except Start menu search. Everything I searched returned blank. So I got couple of days to check what was going on.
I tried repairing Windows with SFC, I tried turning off Cortana, tamper with registry.. but nothing worked.
Then I suspected the GPO. So, I tested one by one, and finally I got to one where we had all our Internet Explorer settings.
After couple hours of trial and error, I got to conclusion that this two settings enabled Windows 10 start menu search:

Allow Website caches and database must be turned on, and I set it up to 50MB (default is 10)

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And if pop-up blocker is turned on, change it’s setting to Low: allow pop-ups from secure sites.

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So this helped for me.

Good Luck

Windows Server NIC address error

We virtualized one of our servers with VMM2012 P2V. Conversion went like a charm, but there was some IP problems.
So, the VMM2012 converted NIC adapters, but he transferred addresses to Hyper-V Virtual Network adapter, because his physical adapters are no longer present.
The server was up and running in virtual environment, but I hade to make some modifications to NIC.
then I received an error:

“The IP address X.X.X.X you have entered for this network adapter is already assigned to another adapter……”

So that means that no longer present adapter has the same address as the new virtual one.
Now, first of all we must go to device manager, but we must be able to see also nonpresnet adapters.
Open CMD as admin on that machine:
set devmgr_show_nonpresnet_devices=1
start devmgmt.msc

On View menu select Show hidden devices.
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Expand Network adapters, and uninstall old/no presented adapters.

I suggest restart the machine

Good Luck

Uninistall of SC agents from Core OS

I deinstalled VMM 2012 from one server. But its agents remained on my Hyper-V core installation servers. How to uninstall them if no Add/Remove programs exist, or you dont have original agent.msi package?

On Core OS (2008 or 2012) run regedit
Go to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Uninstall
Expand Uninstall, then search in subfolders for string in DisplayName =”System Center Virtual Machine Manager Agent (x64)”, then you know this is a folder for VMM agent.
Now from that same folder copy entire string (example: MsiExec.exe /I{5142AB0B-73E3-4AD3-9D0F-65B3D9026769}) from UninstallString to CMD window in CoreOS and press Enter.

Good Luck

Windows: RPC server unavailable

Today I had some problem of connecting to some of Windows 7 machines. The error I recieved was: The RPC server is unavailable.
After searching some articles on the net, I found out that I need to enable RemoteAdmin firewall rule, and add DCOM TCP port 135 to Inbound rules.

call netsh firewall set service RemoteAdmin enable
call netsh firewall add portopening protocol=tcp port=135 name=DCOM_TCP135

For port 135 there is a firewall rule Windows Management Instrumentation (DCOM-In) which needs to be enabled.

Good Luck

SRSS – Get list of Reports and Its Data sources and Datasets

I needed to get the list of my reports and what data source and dataset they use.

use ReportServer;
WITH XMLNAMESPACES ( DEFAULT ‘http://schemas.microsoft.com/sqlserver/reporting/2010/01/reportdefinition’, ‘http://schemas.microsoft.com/SQLServer/reporting/reportdesigner’ AS rd )
SELECT distinct ReportName = name
,DataSetName = x.value(‘(@Name)[1]’, ‘VARCHAR(250)’)
,DataSourceName = x.value(‘(Query/DataSourceName)[1]’,’VARCHAR(250)’)
,CommandText = x.value(‘(Query/CommandText)[1]’,’VARCHAR(250)’)

FROM ( SELECT C.Name,CONVERT(XML,CONVERT(VARBINARY(MAX),C.Content)) AS reportXML
FROM ReportServer.dbo.Catalog C
WHERE C.Content is not null
AND C.Type = 2
) a
CROSS APPLY reportXML.nodes(‘/Report/DataSets/DataSet’) r ( x )
CROSS APPLY x.nodes(‘Fields/Field’) f(df)
ORDER BY name

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Good Luck

Enable / Re-enable mount of ISO image in Windows 8

Yesterday I installed CD Burner XP. After that I couldn’t mount ISO images anymore.

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The solution to this problem is in file association.

Right click on ISO file, select properties;

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Choose button change on Opens with:

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From the list, choose Windows Explorer

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Close properties window, and then try the right click menu on ISO file

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Good Luck

SQL – Linked Server xp_prop_oledb_provider error

 

When you create a Linked Server on SQL Server, some users may get this error:
EXECUTE denied on object ‘xp_prop_oledb_provider’, database ‘mssqlsystemresource’, schema ‘sys’.

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So, the only thing you need (if you have set up your permissions correctly on Linked Server) is to run the following code:

GRANT EXECUTE ON SYS.XP_PROP_OLEDB_PROVIDER TO LOGIN;

If you use domain user, change login to [DOMAIN\username]

 

And this should solve your problem.

 

Good Luck

Windows 8 Tips & Tricks

Ok, since I have Windows 8 couple of months, I would like to share some things with you.

First of all, it took me some time to find out where shut down, restart or log off is…

Log off (sign out) or switch user

On Start screen / Metro screen, right click on user:
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Shut down, restart and sleep
Open Charms (Win Key+C) then settings
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then click Power and Shut Down or Restart or Sleep
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Quick access menu

right click on the left bottom corner

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Get list of all apps

press Win Key+Q, or go to Start/Metro right click on empty space and in the right bottom corner select All apps
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Logon to Desktop not Start/Metro

Ok, first of all find scheduler, then Create basic Task, and on every logon start explorer.
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Click finish, restar and test it out.

Good Luck