Category Archive: Microsoft Windows

Oct 03 2012

Ping returns IPv6 address and not IPv4 address

Some of you might have run into this problem. You want to Ping a server or device to get the IP Address. When you run the Ping command in the command prompt you get this long unknown list of characters as result. This address is the IPv6 address for that specific device.

Why IPv6 you may ask? The sole reason for the switch from the IPv4 protocol to IPv6 protocol is because IPv4 only supports 4.3 billion addresses and with the rate that internet connected devices is multiplying these days something had to be done to prevent us running out of IP addresses. IPv6 was born and support 40,282,366,920 billion billion billion usable addresses.

How do you then see the old IPv4 address when you Ping your server or device that is now IPv6 ready? Just add a “-4” at the end of your Ping command.

C:\ping <hostname> -4

Ping returns IPv6 address and not IPv4 address

 

Ping returns IPv6 address and not IPv4 address

 

 

Sep 25 2012

The Trust Relationship between this Workstation and the Primary Domain failed

Since Windows 7 is in production a new error had shown up and I never found the real workaround.

If you had the error message “The Trust Relationship between this Workstation and the Primary Domain failed” when you tried to logon you will know what I’m talking about.

Most of the time I receive this error when the workstation is connected to a domain and you do a System Restore. I also had it before after certain Windows Updates. As soon as the workstation reboot after the System Restore or Windows Update you will get this error and then you won’t be able to logon with your domain user and password. Next you will realise that the Local Administrator Account on the workstation is disabled by default in Windows 7 so if you haven’t setup an Local User or enabled the Administrator Account you have yourself a little problem.

The Trust Relationship between this workstation and the Primary Domain failed

 

Here is how I normally fix the issue:

First if you don’t have a Local Account to login to, disconnect the workstation from the network by removing the network cable. Now reboot the workstation into Safe Mode and login with the Domain Username and Password that is known to you. Next enable and reset the Local Administrator Account’s password and reboot and login with the Local Administrator.

When logged in with the Local Administrator Account or Local User with Administrator Rights, make a backup of the User Folder (C:\Users\<username>).

Then remove the workstation from the domain and reboot. When the reboot is done, log back in with your Local User with Administrator Rights.

Open REGEDIT (START -> RUN -> REGEDIT) and browse to the following Registry Key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList\

In the “ProfileList”, search for the profile that you can’t login to anymore and remove the Profile from the ProfileList.

Reboot the workstation and again log in with your Local User with Administrator Rights. Re-join your workstation to the domain and reboot again. Now, logon with the domain user that you were unable to logon with before.

After the new profile for the Domain User has been configured in Windows 7, restore the backup that you made of User Folder by copying all the files back to the profile (Documents, Desktop and Favourites etc.)

This always solves the error “The Trust Relationship between this workstation and the Primary Domain failed”. If you have any other solution or a quicker fix for this, please inform me.

Sep 24 2012

Internet Explorer Warning: Security Update MS12-063

If you are an Internet Explorer user like me, be warned! Microsoft Corp discovered a bug in Internet Explorer (all versions) that makes your Operating System vulnerable to attacks by hackers. They released the warning on 17 Sept 2012 and urged all customers to download the security update available on Microsoft’s website.

There are millions of Internet Explorer users around the world that might be affected so rather be safe than sorry and run your Windows Updates to get the Security Update. Microsoft also released a free tool, known as Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit or EMET, which is available from Microsoft’s website. You will have to configure it manually.

Alternatively you can download Security Update MS12-063 (KB 2744842) and install it manually. This Update was released by Microsoft on 21 Sept 2012 and don’t need any configuration. Make sure you download the correct Update for the version of Internet Explorer that you are using.

Take the following security measurements to protect yourself against hackers:

–          Make sure Automatic Windows Updates is enabled on your PC.

–          Make sure you have a good Anti-Virus and that it is updated with the latest Anti-Virus definition.

–          Check in your Add/Remove Programs that you don’t have any malicious software installed.

–          Stay away from websites that asks you to install browser add-ons.

–          Alternatively you can use another Internet Browser like FireFox, Google Chrome and Opera.

 

To ensure your Windows Updates is enabled, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.

Aug 27 2012

Windows 8 Release Date

I have done a lot of searching to find more information with regards the Release Date for the all new Microsoft Windows 8. Most of the articles that I found said that Microsoft had hinted that the release for Windows 8 will be in 2012. Some even said that Windows 8 will be release as early as the beginning of 2012.

Then I found an article where the Seasoned Microsoft-Watches Mary-Foley said that the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) date could be as early as April 2012.

In the end I found the most convincing hint. This was made by Microsoft Corporate vice president Dan’l Lewin. According to what he said, Microsoft Windows 8 is likely to be released next autumn, late 2012.

So I’m looking forward to the Windows 8 Release Date to get my hands on the all new version in the latest Microsoft OS.

Windows 8 Logo

Aug 27 2012

Install and Enable Telnet in Windows 7

Telnet is a very useful tool that shipped with Operating Systems since the MS-DOS days. It always came installed by default and was always ready to be used. Then came Windows 7 and Microsoft decided to make it an add-on feature. The reason for that I’m not sure of, but that it’s always been a very useful tool is certain. Here is how to Install and Enable Telnet in Windows 7.

If you go to START -> RUN in Windows 7 and you type telnet, you will receive an error message that looks like this.
Telnet Error Telnet could not be found on Windows 7

 

 

 

 

Let me show you how to Install and Enable Telnet in Windows 7 as this is a tool that I use almost daily.

Click on START and go to CONTROL PANEL
In CONTROL PANEL click on PROGRAMS AND FEATURES

Then on the top left menu, click on TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR

Install Telnet on Windows 7 - turn Windows Features on off

 

 

 

 

 

A Window will open with all the installed Windows Features and also the additional Features that you can install. Scroll down to the Feature TELNET CLIENT. Tick the box next to it and click OK

Install Telnet Windows Features List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows will start to install this Feature for you.

Installing Telnet for Windows 7 Making Changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the installation is done, you can test Telnet by clicking on START -> RUN and type telnet.

Telnet should open like this and you will be ready to use it.

Telnet Installed on Windows 7 Telnet Windows

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