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posted Jul 30, 2020, 10:24 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jul 30, 2020, 10:35 PM ]

Suzuki Volusia VL800 with Dnepr MT10 Sidecar (outfitted with some Ural accessories)
800cc Engine, one wheel drive, 5 speed transmission. 

Grub Boot Loader

posted Jul 30, 2020, 9:31 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jul 30, 2020, 9:33 PM ]

SUDO PICO  /etc/default/grub
Locate and change GRUB_DEFAULT=0  
Change to 2,3,4 depending on how many entries are in your boot loader.

Typical Linux is line 0, then a Memory Test is Line 1, then Windows is Line 2.  So if you want Windows, set it:

Then Press and Hold   CNTRL and then press X
When it asks to save, press Y and press Enter.

When back to command line, type:   SUDO Update-Grub and press enter.  Then SUDO Halt -P  to shutdown.  Then test your handy work.

Using an RMM and PowerShell to Set a static IP

posted Apr 8, 2020, 4:44 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Apr 8, 2020, 4:48 PM ]

New-NetIPAddress –IPAddress -DefaultGateway -PrefixLength 24 -InterfaceIndex (Get-NetAdapter).InterfaceIndex

.180 - .198 Only Act Use
.219 for routing.

Google takes on Active Directory

posted Jan 17, 2020, 6:19 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Feb 18, 2020, 7:06 AM ]

Manage Windows 10 devices through the G Suite Admin console

Posted: 16 Jan 2020 01:45 PM PST

What’s changing 

We’re enabling enhanced desktop security for Windows with a new beta. This will allow you to manage and secure Windows 10 devices through the Admin console, just as you do for Android, iOS, Chrome, and Jamboard devices today. It will also enable SSO so users can more easily access G Suite and other SSO-enabled applications on Windows 10 devices.

With these new controls G Suite admins can:

  • Enable their organization to use existing G Suite account credentials to login to Windows 10 devices, and easily access apps and services with SSO 
  • Protect user accounts with anti-phishing, anti-hijacking, and suspicious login detection technologies 
  • Ensure that all Windows 10 devices used to access G Suite are updated, secure, and within compliance 
  • Perform admin actions, such as wiping a device and pushing device configuration updates, to Windows 10 devices from the cloud without specific network requirements

Sign up for the Beta on this:

Manually Download Latest Win 10

posted Dec 12, 2019, 12:42 PM by Andrew Chadick

Windows Update (via PowerShell command line)

posted Dec 3, 2019, 6:53 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Dec 3, 2019, 6:59 AM ]

Install-Module PSWindowsUpdate
Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
Import-Module PSWindowsUpdate

usoclient.exe  /StartScan, /StartDownload, /StartInstall
startdownload               (download updates)
startinstall                    (install updates)
Refreshsettings             (Refresh settings if any changes were made)
StartInteractiveScan      (Open a dialog and start scanning for updates)
RestartDevice                (Restart computer to finish installing updates)
ScanInstallWait              (Scan, Download, and install updates)
ResumeUpdate               (Resume installing updates on next boot)

Thanksgiving - Turkey

posted Nov 12, 2019, 11:02 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Nov 30, 2019, 6:19 PM ]

Read through, don't follow like a traditional recipe -

Prep - 24 hours before - Start the Brine process. 

I generally go for a 20-ish pound bird or larger... 26 is my target size -make sure it's completely prepped, neck removed, organs removed. (save these for gravy). Make sure feathers are completely removed. 
You need to make this an all day project, you are going to be at the stove on and off for roughly 7 hours. Give yourself time, and when the bird comes out of the oven, let it rest for half an hour at least before carving it.

Day of, remove from Brine, rinse bird thoroughly inside and out.  

Peel bag of baking potatoes, and halve-them at an angle.  Place in  a butter greased turkey pan - lining the bottom of the pan. Then drizzle olive oil lightly over the tops of the raw peeled potatoes.

Make your stuffing - I do mine completely by sight and texture.   Bread crumbs, chicken broth, celery, carrots, onion, mushrooms, sausage, and green apple.
The Stuffing is made of dried bread crumbs, about 8 ounces of chicken broth (added to lightly moisten the bread crumbs -not to soak them wet). In a pan, place the sliced mushrooms, peeled and diced onion and saute with diced celery and shredded carrots until onion is translucent, add the cooked and crumbled seasoned and savory game sausage, and then the peeled and diced green apple.  Combine in a large bowl.  
When stuffing the bird, pack the stuffing in tightly at first and then looser as you approach the opening, you want the top to look loose and fluffy.  If there is leftover stuffing, put in a glass Pyrex dish to cook separately, or another day.
Note about sausage, make sure it's a flavor you like before using it in stuffing.  The complex flavor of the sausage will color the stuffing.  This stuffing is a meal unto itself.

Take the turkey and completely heavy dust coat the bird with bread flour while it's still damp from its rinse.  
(Flour should be adhered thoroughly on all surfaces.)

Stuff the bird, both cavities.  You can use toothpicks to hold the neck flap in place while rotating the bird if needed.
Place bird on top of the roasting pan lined with potatoes. (potatoes are there to lift the bird off the bottom, and give roasted goodness to serve with the bird).
Salt and Pepper the top outside of the bird, making sure to get the breast, legs, and wings with dry seasoning ingredients. 

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees. Place bird in the oven, uncovered for 35 minutes at 425.

At 35 minutes lower the temperature to 325 and cover with a loose sheet of foil.
At every hour mark from here on in, baste.  Cook until internal temperature of bird reaches at least 165 degrees but no more than 170.
Should look something like this when ready.

For the turkey gravy, I put the neck, and internal organs in to a saucepan with 4 cups of water.  I put the burner on roughly medium-ish, and just let it simmer along for the course of the day while the bird is cooking. I add water as needed to keep it at that 4 cup level, trying to keep it about the same because of evaporation.  Prior to pulling the bird out of the oven, you can get a feel for that as you check the temperature, turn the burner up to high and bring the water to a boil.  Scoop out the organs and turkey neck and if you don't want to consume them(just toss them away). Add 1/2 cup of butter. Add a little flour and cornstarch (about equal parts 2 tablespoons of each) to the boiling water and whisk until thick, turn to medium and keep stirring slowly for about 15 minutes, then turn to lowest setting and keep warm until ready to serve.  Note: do not use the drippings from the turkey pan, they will be too salty.

Cranberry sauce - 
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
12 ounces of fresh cranberries
Zest of the orange, somewhere in the line of 2 teaspoons worth
and a pinch of kosher salt

Bring the orange juice, water, cranberries, and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stir until the sugar is fully absorbed and the cranberries are mush.  Turn the temperature to low and add the rest of the ingredients, zest of the orange and a pinch of salt.  Let cook for about 20 minutes more, then turn off burner and let it cool.  

Waldorf Salad -
6 Tbsp mayonnaise 
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/3 cup of flaked Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon honey
fresh ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon
2 honey crisp apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half 
1/4 cup of raisins
1 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 cup chopped, lightly toasted walnuts
Romaine hearts Lettuce - chopped
Combine in a large bowl and toss together.

BBQ Sauce that Bites back!

posted Nov 12, 2019, 9:19 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Nov 12, 2019, 9:31 AM ]

                ¼ cup ketchup

                ¼ hoisin sauce

                2 Tablespoons lemon juice

                2 Tablespoons sugar

                2 cloves garlic, minced

                1 Tablespoon Siracha, Tabasco, or Louisiana hot sauce (At least this amount,... to taste.)

                1 teaspoon habanero chile hot sauce

                ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

                ¼ teaspoon ground allspice.

-Credit to Alyssa B. for this brilliant creation.

Newest Build - Version 1903 - breaking the Start Menu

posted Oct 25, 2019, 6:31 AM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jan 7, 2020, 6:29 AM ]

Once again, Microsoft released an update that broke the start menu.  It's the same deal as my 2016 posts on this topic. At least the fix is pretty straightforward, and not difficult to do.  It's just time consuming and a pain if you have lots of workstations that all applied this update.

Log in as your admin profile; Then you delete the c:\users folder for your profile, and then also go in and delete the corresponding registry entry under profiles, then log back in as the user having the start menu issue.  The profile rebuilds/reloads, and the start menu works once again.  Then you just need to recreate the app shortcuts. Details below.

Active Directory, Log in as the domain admin, go to C:\Users and delete the account folder. Then go to regedit.msc and delete the corresponding registry key for the profile. Go Here:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Look on the right side window pane of regedit.msc, and find the profile name by clicking through the list, most likely the bottom one. Right click, delete.

Then reboot.  Login as that user, the profile will reload/rebuild.  The start menu will work once again.  However, the apps themselves may need to have their links recreated.  Pause here, and wait and see.  If you have your apps back, there is no need to continue.  If you find that you don't have your office suite, or other apps restored, continue on.

Open PowerShell, run as admin, then copy paste this: (then press enter)
Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Once running, this powershell command will rebuild the start menu list of apps.  Once it completes, restart the computer one last time, and log back in.  Everything will be back up and working.

Or, you could skip all of this and simply roll back to a previous version ... but where's the fun in that?


DHS Binding Operational Directive 18-01 (BOD 18-01)

posted Jun 7, 2019, 2:50 PM by Andrew Chadick   [ updated Jun 12, 2019, 11:53 AM ]

If you are seeing a lot of attempts coming in where phishing emails look exactly like internal emails and are getting through your spam filters, there are some things you can do to mitigate your risks. 

I have seen such emails come through recently which I could barely tell weren't from our own domain, with no evidence of spoofing except minor character changes in source; which has prompted me to increase the mail servers SPF, DKIM, and DMARC record settings to make it as next to impossible to impersonate a user on the server as is possible without someone literally hacking one of our accounts.
If you are interested, this tool will check your email settings for you and tell you what you need to do: to increase security.  You Run the DKIM test tool, and send an email to the randomized address it gives you.  After you click send, just wait until the server receives the email and it will diagnose your settings and tell you what's what with your settings. It will even run a spam check. 

After you have done that, you can check all your changes with this site: to verify compliance with the current standards. It's basically a dashboard view of your settings.

If you need assistance creating a DMARC record, this tool works great:

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