Microsoft 365 Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
Nov19

Microsoft 365 Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Microsoft 365 licenses include a subscription to Windows 10 Business (Pro) edition but for a PC to be eligible it must have a valid Windows 7 Pro license key. I don’t understand this, they should just give it to you as part of the subscription but there you go. If you have Windows 7 home edition then you must purchase a copy of Windows 7 or 10 pro and install that or upgrade first. Assuming you are upgrading Windows 7 Pro...

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Setup A Cyber Essentials Software Restriction Policy
Nov15

Setup A Cyber Essentials Software Restriction Policy

Passing Cyber Essentials and CE Plus is fairly easy but only if you know how to implement each of the technical controls. One of the more difficult aspects of passing a Cyber Essentials Plus audit is being able to block the malware and malicious test files. During a Cyber Essentials Plus audit the auditor will attempt to run a variety of script, compressed and executable files to see if the system is susceptible to malicious code...

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Microsoft 365 How to Manually Sync Policy Changes On a PC
Oct22

Microsoft 365 How to Manually Sync Policy Changes On a PC

You make a change to a Device Configuration poilicy within the Microsoft 365 portal and hit the Sync button but nothing appears to happen. Sometimes you just want to be 100% sure a PC has checked into InTune and grabbed and applied the latest settings. To do this you need to perform a manual sync. 1. Click start then click the settings icon. 2. Click on ‘Accounts’. 3. Click ‘Access work or school’ then click...

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Can’t Uninstall HP Drive Encryption Software
Oct02

Can’t Uninstall HP Drive Encryption Software

Trying to upgrade to Windows 10 or simply want to uninstall HP Drive Encryption but can’t? Getting the error HP Client Security Manager 8.x is required? During a recent Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade I encountered this error and here is how I solved it. Step 1: First install the latest version of HP Client Security Manager https://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp98501-99000/sp98508.exe Step 2: Next Install the latest version of HP...

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How To Develop PowerShell Scripts For The Raspberry Pi
Sep16

How To Develop PowerShell Scripts For The Raspberry Pi

A.K.A How to Run PowerShell on the Raspberry PI Ok you want to run PowerShell scripts on your Raspberry PI. Well look no further because I have a detailed step by step guide below! This guide assumes you have already connected your Raspberry PI to your network either by a cable or via wireless. This guide also assumes you prefer to develop the code on your Windows PC using a program with similar features to the PowerShell ISE. Basic...

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Bypass MFA for Azure Runbooks
Sep03

Bypass MFA for Azure Runbooks

If you use Azure runbooks and utilise scripts which connect to Office 365 services you will run into issues if the account you use to authenticate has MFA enabled on it. One option is to bypass MFA on the account for any connections coming from a specific Azure datacenter. This doesn’t open up the account to the internet but please understand that anyone trying to access your account from the same datacenter will also be able to...

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How To Enable OneDrive Files On Demand
Jul23

How To Enable OneDrive Files On Demand

OneDrive Files On Demand is a feature which sets OneDrive to only download files to a local device when a file is clicked on rather than potentially downloading gigabytes or terabytes of files. From the users perspective they don’t really see any difference, they can still see all of the files and folders except they are not using up space on their PC until they open or edit a file. You can enable this option manually on each...

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HP Bloatware Removal Tool
Jul20

HP Bloatware Removal Tool

If you don’t maintain a prebuilt Windows image used to deploy new workstation because you simply build them as they come in then this tool may be for you. We prefer HP equipment but they always come with annoying HP bloatware. You could reload the device but that takes time you don’t want to waste. One of my fellow engineers Thomas Lambert put this little script together which will run through and uninstall the most common...

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How To Uninstall Programs Using PowerShell
Jun05

How To Uninstall Programs Using PowerShell

Listing all installed programs, checking to see if a program is installed by its name and uninstalling programs is super easy and efficient using PowerShell and the Get-WmiObject cmdlet. List All Installed Programs Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Product Running this cmdlet will produce a list of all installed applications. Note this wont list any Windows Apps which are installed. List Installed Programs By Name Get-WmiObject -Class...

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Ubiqiti Unifi How To Print From Guest Wireless To A Printer On The Network
Jun05

Ubiqiti Unifi How To Print From Guest Wireless To A Printer On The Network

You setup a secure segregated guest network and then bugger a guest needs to print some important documents using your printer! Within your Unifi controller go into the settings of the site by clicking on the cog icon. First for this to work your printer must have a static IP address on the network. Click on Guest Control.Scroll down to the Access Control section and add the IP address of each printer into the ‘Pre-Authorization...

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