Reset hidden administrator user Windows 8

Today I run in a problem with a Windows 8 virtual desktop. The user administrator was hidden and so I wasn’t able to change the password in a new one.

I found this article which solved my problem.

Windows 8 Unhide Administrator Account

SCCM Client Agent TAB Actions explanation

I found today a very interesting article in which al possible actions of the SCCM Client Agent TAB Actions is explained. Look here fore the original article. Below you will find a shortage of that page:

  • Branch Distribution Point Maintenance Task verifies any prestaged packages and downloads any that do not exist on the branch distribution point. While Technet does not explicitly state it, I believe this task is useful only on branch distribution points and is ignored on normal clients.
  • Discovery Data Collection Cycle causes the client to generate a new discovery data record (DDR). When the DDR is processed by the site server, Discovery Data Manager adds or updates resource information from the DDR in the site database.
  • File Collection Cycle When a file is specified for collection, the Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 software inventory agent searches for that file when it runs a software inventory scan on each client in the site. If the software inventory client agent finds a file that should be collected, the file is attached to the inventory file and sent to the site server. This action differs from software inventory in that it actually sends the file to the site server, so that it can be later viewed using Resource Explorer. This is a part of SCCM inventory functionality.
  • Hardware Inventory Cycle collects information such as available disk space, processor type, and operating system about each computer. This is a part of SCCM inventory functionality.
  • Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle The client downloads its policy on a schedule. By default, this value is configured to every 60 minutes and is configured with the option Policy polling interval (minutes). However, there might be occasions when you want to initiate ad-hoc policy retrieval from the client—for example, in a troubleshooting scenario or when testing. This action initiates ad-hoc machine policy retrieval from the client outside its scheduled polling interval.
  • Software Inventory Cycle collects software inventory data directly from files (such as .exe files) by inventorying the file header information. Configuration Manager 2007 can also inventory unknown files — files that do not have detailed information in their file headers. This provides a flexible, easy-to-maintain software inventory method. You can also have Configuration Manager 2007 collect copies of files that you specify. Software inventory and collected file information for a client can be viewed using Resource Explorer. This is a part of SCCM inventory functionality.
  • Software Metering Usage Report Cycle collects the data that allows you to monitor and client software usage.
  • Software Updates Deployment Evaluation Cycle initiates a scan for software updates compliance. Before client computers can scan for software update compliance, the software updates environment must be configured.
  • Software Updates Scan Cycle Just after a software update installation completes, a scan is initiated to verify that the update is no longer required and to create a new state message that indicates the update has been installed. When the installation has finished but a restart is necessary, the state will indicate that the client computer is pending a restart.
  • User Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle Similar to Machine Policy Retrieval & Evaluation Cycle, but this action initiates ad-hoc user policy retrieval from the client outside its scheduled polling interval.
  • Windows Installer Source List Update Cycle causes the Product Source Update Manager to complete a full update cycle. When you install an application using Windows Installer, those Windows Installer applications try to return to the path they were installed from when they need to install new components, repair the application, or update the application. This location is called the Windows Installer source location. Windows Installer Source Location Manager can automatically search Configuration Manager 2007 distribution points for the source files, even if the application was not originally installed from a distribution point.

Internet Explorer InPrivate-navigatie starten

Soms heb je problemen en kom je er niet uit. Je wilt inloggen op een webpagina en dat wil maar niet lukken.

Een snelle mogelijkheid is om vanuit het venster Internet Explorer te starten met een InPrivate-navigatie. Dat kan door:

  1. De toetscombinatie CTRL-SHIFT-P
  2. Via het menu: Extra, InPrivate-navigatie starten.

Probeer nog eens in te loggen. Als het nog niet lukt probeer Internet Explorer te starten zonder Add-ins. Dit kan door:

  1. Te gaan naar Start. Tik bij het witte venster in: powershell <enter>.
  2. Vul achter de prompt in: [CD C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer] (alleen het gedeelte tussen de blokhaken) en geef <enter>.
  3. Vul dan in: [iexplorer -extoff] (alleen het gedeelte tussen de blokhaken) en geef <enter>.

Probeer nu nog eens in te loggen.

Change SQL instance from dynamic to specific port

For several reasons it’s very handy that a certain instance is running on a static port. In this article I describe how to do the different steps

  1. Start the SQL Server Configuration Manager
  2. Click open the SQL Server Network Configuration and click on the rule Protocols for <instancename>
  3. On the right pane you see a list of protocols. Double click ‘TCP/IP” and go the tab “IP-addresses”.
  4. Delete by every IP-addresses the zero by TCP Dynamic Ports see pictures below
  5. TCP Dynamic Ports

    TCP Dynamic Ports


  6. TCP Dynamic Ports

    TCP Dynamic Ports

  7. Delete by IPALL also the portnumber by TCP Dynamic Ports
  8. Change by IPALL the portnumber by TCP Port into the number you like
  9. Click Apply and close the screen.
  10. Click in the SQL Server Connection Manager below SQL Server Configuration Manager (Local) on SQL Server Services.
  11. Do a right click on the instance which you modified in the earlier steps and click on restart.
  12. To Check if the instance is running at the specific port take the following steps
  13. Login with a domain or sa account on the SQL server
  14. Start the Microsoft SQL Management Studio
  15. Login to the instance you will change
  16. Start a new query and past the following SQL-query
  17. Past only the text between the brackets
    USE master
    GO xp_readerrorlog 0, 1, N’Server is listening on’, ‘any’, NULL, NULL, N’asc’
  18. Execute the query. The results likes 
  19. Finally I rebooted the server and check the port again.