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You know, it is possible that someone may post an answer here in a day or two describing a great utility that was able to fix all of their PC's boot problems really easily, without having to dig into the nuts and bolts. But just in case that doesn't occur, it would definitely be helpful to know what happens when you try to boot, the screens or messages you see, what you have tried so far, etc (as noted above). Give us a little grain to mill for awhile.  :)

Or Darik's Boot And Nuke. Depends if you need to leave an O/S on it. DBAN will not.

WiFighter - giving its all to give you a better connection!

I could swear there was a tool that was discussed here years ago with the need to do just that (the mapping)... I don't think there was complete success at that time but I remember the discussion!

Developer's Corner / Re: Code signing certificate?
« on: January 18, 2022, 08:49 PM »
We've used RapidSSL (= Digicert) certs for years now for corporate web sites, they've been generally inexpensive and the process (bought through Servertastic as a reseller) is pretty straightforward. Never had a need for code signing, but their certs are $425us or $625us for a one year cert, discount if you get multiple years. How does that compare, out of curiosity?

RapidSSL/Digicert code signing certs

Living Room / Re: How to boot up an old PDP-11 computer from the 1970s
« on: December 16, 2021, 05:42 AM »
You haven't lived if you haven't toggled in the program that lets your new Imsai 8080 read the loader from the paper tape!

N.A.N.Y. 2022 / Re: NANY 2022 Pledge: Something Stupid This Way Comes
« on: November 24, 2021, 06:31 AM »
Don't be wicked!

Screenshot Captor / Re: May be a bug?
« on: October 23, 2021, 11:24 AM »
@limelect, i was going to download a prog or two from your site but couldn't find the right links?

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: October 07, 2021, 08:53 PM »

Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor
« on: August 24, 2021, 06:42 PM »

General Software Discussion / Re: email sender rewrite proxy
« on: August 18, 2021, 05:12 PM »
This thread sounds like the same problem:

Thanks - I didn't look deep enough in the support forum! This looks promising.

General Software Discussion / Re: email sender rewrite proxy
« on: August 17, 2021, 05:17 PM »
Sadly there is no way to modify the system. And of course the people who set this up have been gone for years. (Isn't that always the case?)

I still have some vague ideas bouncing around in my head, maybe one of them will pan out. But between all the folks who visit DC, we have seen almost everything before.  :D

General Software Discussion / email sender rewrite proxy
« on: August 17, 2021, 01:50 PM »
Hi folks! I am in need of collective wisdom. I need a band-aid to go between ancient LOB software and M365 email.

The company finally killed off the on premise Exchange and Notes servers. However, with all of the systems running on local servers and sending out emails to both company and external recipients, I had to put in place some proxy servers to gather the messages and relay through 365. This is done using hMailserver with a simple authenticated relay configuration, and sender addresses are all set up with mailbox delegation to the account the proxy server is sending as. Works fine, except...

We have one old system that sends email reports using a very specific sender address. The authors of this software hard coded the sender address using a domain that is currently owned by IBM. And because the relays can only accept sender addresses that are known in the organization, and we cannot define this domain in 365, the emails are rejected.

I have done my due diligence and have changed the offending sender address to an acceptable value, with the same number of characters, everywhere that I could find on this server. Still the bad address gets used. I have spent way too much time looking for where it is coming from, our DBA has dug through the database, still can't find it.

So all that is to explain why I am looking for an email proxy that will allow you to rewrite a sender address. Mail comes in, if it's from address xyz then it gets changed to be from abc, then gets sent on to the "normal" proxy. If the sender is not xyz, then it just gets sent on.

It needs to be something that can run on Windows server, ideally something as simple as hMailserver. I tried to write a rule for hMailserver to do this but was not successful. Volume of messages is low so does not need to be super efficient, just needs to be reliable.

Anyone have any ideas? I have not yet stumbled upon the magical query to make the google give me a good answer...

If there was a password change recently then usually a phone, people don't ever remember to change the password there also. Also go into credentials manager (control panel) and cleat the stuff out. but look at the 4740 security event for the machine name, usually (not always) there's one listed.

For tougher cases you can turn on netlogon logging on the dc (google it, and don't forget to set a size value, 32mb should be fine but i think it's in bytes) and check the log, that can help identify indirect causes, the log is in windows\debug\netlogon.log which is renamed to .bak when it's full.

T-Clock / Re: Not working at all
« on: May 31, 2021, 08:28 AM »
Do you have an antivirus/antimalware program where you can whitelist files and/or folders? It honestly should be pretty straightforward unless there is something actively interfering.

T-Clock / Re: Not working at all
« on: May 25, 2021, 06:19 AM »
I know we've covered this recently but don't have time to find the other thread. T-Clock Redux works great in Win 10, currently I am on 20H2. My instructions for "installation" are here (it isn't a run-installer kind of install), these are for an older release but the process is exactly the same:

How to set up T-Clock 2010 build 95

1. Copy the entire T-Clock folder (contains Waves, Win32, x64 folders) into Program Files
2. Run clock.exe from the subfolder of the proper bitness
3. Right click and choose T-Clock Properties
4. On the About tab select Start T-Clock when Windows starts
5. On the Clock Text tab, choose Marlett, size 8 neither bold nor italic
6. On the Time Format tab, check Custom Format and set it to hh:nn:ss  POSIX\ndddd mmmm d, yyyy
7. On the Mouse tab, set the Action to Show Calendar and set the tool tip to dddd mmmm d, yyyy

Steps 5-7 are my preferences, replace with whatever you want.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: May 22, 2021, 10:08 AM »
Fwiw, in my recent experience, there is a lot of ransomware that doesn't give a whit if it's running on a VM. Considering the virtualization of America's businesses, it does not surprise me at all that ransomware doesn't hold back on a VM any more.

But for that - just so everyone knows - best practice is (1) don't link up your VMware to use domain credentials, and (2) don't back your stuff up to permanently connected repositories (like "my backup drive is an iscsi connection to a big disk array") or to a NAS that is linked to the domain. Those things mean that bad guys who acquire domain admin have access to all your assets and can scramble at will. Sending copies offsite is the best.

And worst case your business pays and gets it all back, then you have to fix your external access holes RIGHT AWAY because successful perps often sell your system access to additional bad guys.

And also fwiw, I installed the Russian language on my home PCs after reading this because there's no down side and might be free, albeit iffy, protection.

Edit: and if you do that just remember, Windows-Spacebar lets you switch back to your preferred language when you accidentally switch to Russian.  :D

Depending on the Acronis product, some of the boot disks have a separate task (separate from backup/restore) to adjust the O/S for new hardware. If your Acronis boot disk has that, try running it.

And if you have downloaded the drivers for your new hardware, maybe put them all on a USB stick, you can point Acronis to this new group of drivers to make sure it sees what is needed.

@Deozaan would this count?


Velaris we are happy to have you here!

General Software Discussion / Re: I Need Help!
« on: May 07, 2021, 06:03 AM »
Somehow I missed your first post, but found this one. Great detective work and a simple solution!  :Thmbsup:

 :Thmbsup: What he said!!

So many too resources, lol.. How can anyone ever find them all??
We all get here on different paths and see different things along the way - and as Curt reminds us, what we're looking for might already be here!  :D

Just as a note, Lopesoft FileMenu Tools includes a "pack to folder" option that does what you want (among many other useful things). There's a limit of packing 20 objects for the free version, a license (€10+vat) removes that restriction. I purchased a license years ago and it has worked well.

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