BitLocker on Windows 10


Three quick commands to turn on/off and check BitLocker on Windows 10 Professional and Enterprise. You have to run the following commands in an Administrative terminal. To turn on BitLokcer against volume C:  manage-bde -on C: -RecoveryPassword -skiphardwaretest -UsedSpaceOnly To turn off BitLocker against volume C:  manage-bde -off C: To check BitLocker against volume C:  … Continue reading BitLocker on Windows 10

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Enable Fingerprint login on Windows 10


It took me some time to get this one work, here are a couple of gotchas I learned. If the Fingerprint option is greyed out with a note '*Some settings are hidden or managed by your organization'. The fix is to update the registry key - [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System] "AllowDomainPINLogon"=dword:00000001  If the fingerprint sensor is not responding during … Continue reading Enable Fingerprint login on Windows 10

Restore MSSQL database using batch script


If you are looking for a tool which can restore the MS SQL DB backup from the production environment to the development environment, this script is just the one that you are after. In my example, the script does the following things: 1) Copy of the latest pro db backup to local. 2) Close all connections of … Continue reading Restore MSSQL database using batch script

WinSCP or Putty authenticates against Microsoft ISA/ TMG


Many companies use Microsoft ISA/ TMG as their enterprise proxy solution. This may work for most cases. But in some scenarios, it does not work well. For example, use WinSCP or Putty behind the proxy AND the proxy requires authentication. ISA/ TMG is mircrosoft technology, it uses NTLM based authentication which is not supported by … Continue reading WinSCP or Putty authenticates against Microsoft ISA/ TMG

Troubleshoot ‘Windows Process Activation Service’ failed to start


I was setting up a IIS test environment for testing the mobile redirection this afternoon. That's a test box which may serve for other purpose as well. For some reason, the WAS service (Windows Process Activation Service) just refused to start with the message 'Error 3: The system cannot find the path specified'. I am … Continue reading Troubleshoot ‘Windows Process Activation Service’ failed to start