How to setup windows authentication on Windows

Here on the steps to enable windows auth on Windows 7:
a) In Control Panel open “Programs and Features”.
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b) Select “Turn Windows features on or off”.
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c) Navigate to Internet Information Services > World Wide Web Services > Security
and make sure the Windows authentication node is checked.
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To enable Windows authentication on Windows Server:
a) In Server Manager, select Web Server (IIS) and click Add Role Services.
b) Navigate to Web Server > Security
and make sure the Windows authentication node is checked.

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How to offer remote assistance with Windows 7 on your network

1) Go to your start menu and type “assistance” in the search box (see below).
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2) Windows will find the Windows Remote Assistance program.
Select that program.
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3) You will now have 2 choices, ask for assistance or offer assistance.
Choose the second choice “Help someone who has invited you” (Doesn’t matter that no one has invited you.)
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4) On this screen click the link, “Advanced connection option for help desk”.
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5) Now you can type in a computer name or ip address (and it will keep a history of what you previously entered).
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6) Click Next and it will start a remote assistance session.

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How to remove a feature with PowerShell

Here are the PowerShell commands to remove a feature.

Step 1
Uninstall the feature.
Uninstall-SPSolution -identity “<WSP FileName>”
(For ex, Uninstall-SPSolution -identity “Deploy_Service_Requests_Lists.wsp”)

Step 2
Remove the solution.
Remove-SPSolution -identity “<WSP FileName>”
(For ex, Remove-SPSolution -identity “Deploy_Service_Requests_Lists.wsp”)

* Note pay attention to SPSoluion (farm solution) vs SPUserSolution (sandboxed solution). You need what kind of solution you deployed to know which command to use.

Here is the link to install a feature.

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Where can I find Active Directory Tools

In order to get the option to manage users, computers, etc in AD you need to have the AD tools installed.
This is a 2 step process.

The first step is you need to install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with SP 1.

The second step is to enable the AD tools in control.
From the control panel, click Programs and Features.
Select Turn Windows Features on or off (on the left side)
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Under Remote Server Administration Tools –> Role Administration Tools, select AD DS and AD LDS Tools.
Select the Active Directory Administrative Center.
Click Ok.
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Now under the Start menu –> Administrative Tools you will find your AD tools
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Live Mesh sync error

I was using live mesh to sync my favorites, and some folders.  I had to switch live mesh accounts and when I tried to use mesh with my new I got the following error
“This folder can’t be synced. It is already being synced, contains folders that are already being synced, or is in a folder that is already being synced. Please select a different folder or move this folder to another location.”

In order to solve this I deleted everything I could from the directory C:\users\<MYUSERNAME>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mesh

Then I stopped and restarted live mesh.  Then I had to setup what was synced, but I had no trouble after that.

Command line to lock Windows 7 PC

For security reasons, I would like my PC to lock after I walk away from it.
I have a problem where on of Windows 7 PC’s doesn’t start the screensaver (which I have set to require me to log back in).

Yeah I can hit windows+L to lock my PC, but I forget sometimes (like when I go home for the weekend).

So I setup a schedule task to run the following command:

%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe user32.dll,LockWorkStation

The task runs every day after 5:30 PM, so my PC will always end up locked.

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Windows 7 GodMode (or 32bit Vista)

Windows 7 (or 32bit Vista) have a God Mode, which gives you all the settings of control panel in one folder (without having to browse around in control panel).

WARNING: THIS DOES NOT WORK ON 64bit Vista OR 64bit WINDOWS SERVER 2008.  DO NOT FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS IF YOU ARE RUNNING 64bit Vista OR 64bit WINDOWS SERVER 2008.  IF YOU DO EXPLORER.EXE WILL REBOOT OVER AND OVER.
Here are the instructions for removing GodMode, https://chrisbarba.wordpress.com/2010/01/06/how-to-remove-godmode-from-vista-64bit/

GodMode

Here are the instructions for adding a GodMode folder.
Right click on the desktop and add a new folder.
Name it the following GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

After that you will have this folder on your desktop.

How to remove GodMode from Vista (64bit)

So my friend Dennis blogged about GodMode so I thought I would give it a try.

Yeah, don’t do it on 64bit Vista.

If you made the mistake of trying to create a GodMode folder on 64Bit Vista (or Windows Server 2008), then explorer.exe will restart over and over.

So how do you get of the folder?  You have 2 choices.
1) You can go to another computer and browse to the desktop on your computer (\\computername\users\USERNAME\desktop\) and delete the GodMode folder.

2) If you have trouble with this (or don’t have another computer) then you can reboot into safe mode command prompt.  Then you can change directories to the desktop (cd c:\users\USERNAME\desktop).  Then run the following command: rd /s “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”   Click Y, when asked.

(You can also rename the directory and delete it after you reboot).

Then reboot and everything should be back to normal