How to create a URL file

Could Not Edit .url file Properties

How to Create a URL file to use as a shortcut

I encountered an issue recently that was very unique and out of the ordinary. A client had an application that must be started from an IE URl shortcut. Now, before i get to the problem, I admit there is probably another way to have fixed this issue but I was looking for the fastest method possible, I would have really liked to find the real cause of the problem, I found a way around it.

This application, although ti uses IE to start, has an installer. That installer is large and installed a boat load of files. Normally, the installation works without issues, as did this installation. During the installation the url to the web server must be entered. It was copied and pasted correctly.

The URL was wrong however and I found out later that another IT person tried to install the application and possibly entered it wrong and the problem was that the URL could not be edited, nor replaced from a working copy form another machine.

 .url file properties could not be changed or modified

Deleting then replacing the file form another system did not work. The incorrect url that was par of the properties of the url shortcut would just revert and change back to the incorrect setting. Simply, the h in http was missing. One would think just edit the properties of the URL file and add an h, but that just did not work. The h would always be missing. Even when deleting and replacing the file with a working shortcut from another machine, the h would disappear.

The location of the file was the Public Desktop. In the user’s own Desktop folder , the file would work and not change back to the incorrect version. In the Public Desktop folder however, the file would be copied from a working machine, but when tested the link would not work.

What finally worked was to open the page in Internet explorer and creating a new shortcut url link. The way to create a .URL file however is not by dragging the address bar of IE to the folder location or the desktop but to HOLD  the SHIFT key while doing it.

Create a .URL file

Open the desired web page in Internet Explorer then hold the shift key and click drag the item in the address bar of Internet Explorer to the desired location on the computer (Desktop, Folder, Shared Drive). 


Enable .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2012

Add .Net Framework 3.5 SP 1 to Windows Server

The .Net Framework feature 3.5 is not installed with Windows 2012 or Windows server 2012 R2 operating systems. Some applications require Framework 3.5 installed as a prerequisite. such as VMware vCenter 5.5.  Some application installers will install the feature during the installation of the application. You can however install the .Net Framework Feature manually. The option to install it as a feature feature is grayed out. The grayed option to install .Net Framework feature is bewildering because it is listed to be installed but not available and Grayed out.

 Enable .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2012 R2

I used the following instructions and the screen shots were from the actual installation of .Net Framework feature on Windows 2012 R2.

 The option to install .NET Framework 35 on Windows 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 server is grayed out.

Enable .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2012

Enable .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows Server 2012

To install .NET Framework on widows Server 2012, for example as a pre-requisite for VMware vCenter 5 and VMware vCenter 5.5, run the following command to install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. it will install .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 on Windows 2012 server when the option to do so from the features and Roles server management snap-in is grayed out.

Follow these steps to enable .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 in Windows Server 2012 , they worked for me when installing .NET Framework as a pre-requisite to vCenter 5.5 U2.

1. Open a Command Prompt window with Administrator Privileges

2. type: dism /online /enable-feature /all /featurename:netfx3 /source:d:sources\sxs /limitaccess

Change the “d” in the command to match the drive letter of your DVD/CD drive os the virtual drive that has the Windows Server 2012 DVD ISO mounted.

Quickbooks 6000, 83, H202 Error – Quickbooks Database Server Manager

Quickbooks database multi-user mode stopped working, H202 Error.

The scenario is that Quickbooks stopped working in mutl-user mode after years of working. The cause of the problem may have been because the server had it’s ip address changed. The Quickbooks server is a file server that also has the Quickbooks Database server manager installed on it. It had to be moved to another location and thus it’s ip address had been changed. Prior to this move , the Quickbooks server manager worked well for multi-user mode access to Quickbooks databases. The tests in included using newly created databases and old pre-existing databases. None could be used and accessed by multiple users.

QuickBooks Error H202 Multi-user mode Problem. Quick Books Database Manager

QuickBooks Error H202 Multi-user mode Problem. Quick Books Database Manager

H202 Error: Could not connect to Quickbooks database server

The server and client were able to communicate with no issues. No firewalls were preventing access, this was thoroughly vetted out and tested to not be the problem and but just using pings but also testing for listening ports and to be sure firewall exceptions were added for all ports even though windows firewall was already disabled for  the domain.

Quickbooks H202 Error

After trying an assortment of potential fixes, including running a repair installation of the Quickbooks Database server manager, a new install of a newer version of the server manager worked. The clients were version 13 of Quickbooks and the Database server manager was version 11. installing version 13 on the server fixed the problem immediately. Perhaps uninstalling and re-installing the existing version 11 may have worked but since version 13 was available, it was used instead and now it matches the client version of Quickbooks.



Lock Computer,Workstation, Desktop or Server from Command Line – Command Prompt

Lock Computer from Command Line

Lock Windows From Command line

Lock a Desktop or Server from Command line

Lock A Desktop using Command line

To lock a computer desktop or server from a command line or command prompt use the following (not case sensitive):

RUNDLL32 USER32.DLL,LockWorkStation

To run the command, open a command prompt window by clicking on Start then type cmd (or upper case CMD – case does not matter) then hit enter or click on the small CMD icon that appears as you search above the search field itself.


When the command window opens paste or type RUNDLL32 USER32.DLL,LockWorkStation  and hit enter.

CTRL ALT DELETE while in Remote Desktop RDP /RDC session

To send Control Alt Delete while in an RDP / RDC remote control session use the keys CTRL + ALT plus the End key.

Logoff using Command line

To logoff a workstation (XP, Windows 7 , Windows 8) or Microsoft Server and version open a command window and type logoff and hit enter (case does not matter so you may use LOGOFF )






Internet Explorer Script Error preview.js When printing from Browser

Internet Explorer, IE Printing Error – preview.js

Internet Explorer Script Error preview.js When printing from Browser

Internet Explorer Script Error preview.js When printing from Browser

Internet Explorer Printing Error

URL: res://ieframe.dll/preview.js

Right Click Print or Menu File Print Option


Click Start thenRun. In the run or open window enter this code

regsvr32 “%programfiles%\internet explorer\ieproxy.dll

You will get the floowing window. Open a new browser window and try printing by right-clicking ont he screen and choose print or choose file print ffrom the menu bar if it is displayed.


Still can’t print?

Check that you have a default printer enabled. If there is no default printer opf if the printer has an issue , you will receive the preview.js cript error.




DNS server machine currently has no DNS domain name

DNS server machine currently has no DNS domain name

DNS server machine currently has no DNS domain name

This was a domain controller whose records in DNS were showing only the hostname name of the DC/DNS server. The records in DNS did not show the full internal FQDN. For example, the server name was only displayed, not server.domain.local . Computer group policies would not apply to member computers in the domain. Event ID 414 was being logged on to the DNS event log.

The server was a Windows 2008 R2 domain controller with integrated DNS role.  Although this problem is more prevalent with Windows 2003 domain controllers DBNSserver, in this case there is another domain controller on the network to which this server was joined to and promoted to a DC. That other server is a Windows 2003 Windows server.

This was fixed with a simple registry modification that did not even require a reboot. This 100 percent worked for me. Please read here for the steps and details.

vCloud Director 5.5 Changes to DNS Settings Will Not Automatically be Applied to DHCP

Occurs when Changing Static IP Pool DNS server address

vCloud Director 5.5 Changes to DNS Settings Will Not Automatically be Applied to DHCP

vCloud Director 5.5 Changes to DNS Settings Will Not Automatically be Applied to DHCP

vCloud Director 5.5 Changes to DNS Settings Will Not Automatically be Applied to DHCP

This message appears when changing the static I pool DNs setting in vCloud Director Org (tenant) Network

Make any change in the DHCP, to ensure your DNS setting has changed . The change in DHCP can be removed afterwards.

Exchange 2010 Command Line to Export Mailbox to PST

Login to the exchange server with an account that has appropriate rights to perform the export operation. This account may have to have Export rights granted.

The domain administrator account, if you have access to it, will already be enabled and granted the rights to export a mailbox to a PST file.

Once logged on, start an Exchange Management Shell session.

Enter the following command :

New-MailboxExportRequest -Mailbox {user alias without the squiggly brackets}  -FilePath \\A file server on your network\a shared folder\name-of-the-pst-file.pst

The following screenshot is from a real export on a real server (this was not on a lab server)

export mailbox to pst on exchange single user


The following comamnd can be run to check the status of the export and any other exports that are in progress.


HP ILO Remote Support Software

Remote Support Software



Software for remote desktop control online through the web enables desktop, thin-client, tablet, and smartphone users to get help when they need it over the web. Remote desktop control through the web for remote support reaches just about all devices and hardware platforms included smartphones, tablets, laptops, virtual appliances, virtual hosts and server. Also included are Apple Macintosh systems and servers. Although the technology to run such applications differs slightly, the concept and results are the same online remote support software for web based remote desktop support

The technology permits admins and users both to benefit from faster help and support utilizing the convenience of the web and faster cellular networks of 3G and 4G speeds. Faster networks also means faster connection times and access to remote assistance without the lag and delay of technologies of the past. Technologies of the past for networking and remote support access lacked in speed and reliability. Broadband has aided in better responses times for support and for users to have their systems updated and working properly again after a mis-configuration or other issue such as drivers or application problems have prevented them from completing their own tasks due to system downtime. Web based computer remote support software and web based access to support groups and departments allows for faster resolution times to correct even the most serious of issues at times. Remote access has become so much more reliable and used so widely that in the case of servers, manufactures have created a system that allows technical people to remotely access servers without the operating system even running. Such technology is used by HP for example.

Web Based Remote Support Software

Image is from Dell

Image is from Dell

HP’s ILO technology is built-into their servers. It was developed for remote access to servers even when they are not booting to the server operating system such as Windows or VMware for example to name a few. HP’s ILO is web based if the proper firewall access is enabled by the admin in advance. I anticipate seeing such access to servers to be available to an online service which would mean the server would connect out to a site and register and make themselves available for connectivity. This would further enhance the web based remote support software feature of the technology because in the cased where security concerns and policies have keep the firewalls restrictions tight.  Web based remote access to the servers when regardless if there is an operating system installed and running such as windows server or Linux Enterprise, Cent OS, or VMware just to name a couple examples, enables a server administrator to update firmware , or even install operating systems on bare systems. Web based remote access to server and other systems will also enable the shipping of systems to distant location and still be accessible to deploy software and restore systems from backup.

The server’s console is remote controlled as if the tech support person was right in front of it. It is accessible in a manor which allows operations to be performed in order to return the server into production or to make upgrades, updates, or changes that will make the system perform better once returned to production use. Software for online remote computer control of a server that does not even have an operating system on it makes support much easier and faster.

HP is not the only server manufacturer that has low level built in remote access of their server hardware. Dell also has developed and built a similar competing technology to HP ILO. Dell technology is called DRAC, which stands for Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) . It has essentially the same features as HP’s ILO. It permit admins to have remote access and remote control of server hardware even if there is not operating system installed on it. In fact, DRAC and ILO remote access and remote control does not require a hard drive to be installed in the system . This permits even the configuration of hard drives a out of the box. All the way from physical installation and the creation of RAID volumes.  Ground up installation from out of box to production using software for remote access and remote support through the web.

dcpromo demoting Win2k3 Server Failed to configure the service NETLOGON

Failed to configure the service NETLOGON as requested.
“The wait operation timed out”

dcpromo demoting Win2k3 Server Failed to configure the service NETLOGON

dcpromo demoting Win2k3 Server Failed to configure the service NETLOGON

The error message seen above in the image can occure when demoting an Active Directory domain controller.

Error demoting domain controller: Failed to configure the service NETLOGON

Received this error while demoting an SBS 2003 Active Directory domain controller as a final part of a migration to SBS 2011.  After overcoming obstacles to get exchange removed, this error came up during the dcpromo process in which the domain control that was formally y the SBS 2003 server would be turned into a member server.

The solution to this problem was simple and hopefully it is for you too if you have come across this post looking for an answer should you be confronting this right now.

Change the DNS configuration on the server you are trying to demote and be sure it’s first DNS server configured in the TCP configuration is assigned to the SBS 2011 server or just another Active Directory DNS server if you are just demoting a non-sbs domain controller.