Article #7: Changing product Keys In WIN7 command line

Needs a tidy up but you get the idea….

Class: Procedures
Key Change in WIN7


Description Freefield: Changing the windows product key in windows 7 can be done through the command line;To Start open cmd, by typeing cmd into the start menu search bar, When the cmd icon is shown right click it and select open as administrator.With your administrator cmd prompt open you then type in “slmgr.vbs -ipk ” replacing with the windows key, making sure to include the Dash’s i.e. “4j3h3-3543j-xxxxx-xxxx-xxxxx” and then press enter.

This should then bring up a small box informing you if the key was correct and installed successfully, if the key is incorrect make sure that the key was typed properly and that the cmd prompt is being ran as an administrator.

After successfully installing the key it needs to be activated this can be done by typing slmgr.vbs –ato into the Administrator cmd prompt and pressing enter.

This will then bring up a box informing you if the key activated successfully or not.

Article #20: vmware hp P2V fix

A classic problem i get asked about a lot: HP Teaming refuses to die!


Class: Solutions
fixing the network teaming


Description Freefield: Using HP Proliant Support Pack Cleaner v1.1 from



Article #5: Fujutsu Megaraid HDD upgrade


Class: Solutions
Adding disks to Fujitsu servers


Description Freefield: Fujitsu Disk upgrades with LSI megaraid

After much experimentation the solution I found to do this

Add the additional hard disks on spare sata ports
Boot into the raid configuration and create a new array with the two hard disks
The ui here sucks – you need to press spacebar/enter to select each disk press f10 to create the array – ignore that it says that it will add them to the existing array when you press f10 again it does create a new array make sure to select raid 1 (The default) and ensure you have added both disks
There is no need to initialise the array – if you make a mistake you can delete the new array safely and try again
On reboot boot of an up to date version of acronis to copy the drives and resize
Power off – remove the old disks

Power on – tell megaraid to ignore the drive changes

Article #15: Configure nat on virgin superhub


Class: Solutions


Description Freefield: Virgin Super Hub turn off NAT

Took me a little while to find the settings



Change the router password to something more secure and write it on router

Click on Superhub settings

scroll down and enable modem mode

You must connect your firewall wan port to the port nearest the coax connector

if you want to change any settings the superhub will move to


Article #25: Windows 8 – Product activation blank disk


Class: Solutions
If you install Windows 8 upgrade on a blank drive you won’t be able to activate it.


Description Freefield: If you install Windows 8 upgrade on a blank drive you won’t be able to activate it.Why can’t I activate Windows?

If you received a message saying that Windows couldn’t be activated, here are a few reasons why it might not have worked, and some things you can try to fix the problem.

You upgraded to Windows 8, but didn’t have a previous version of Windows installed (error 0xC004F061)

If you see error 0xC004F061 when you try to activate Windows 8, it means that you’re using a product key for an upgrade version of Windows 8 and a previous version of Windows wasn’t on your PC when Windows 8 was installed. To install an upgrade version of Windows 8, you must already have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed on your PC.

If you formatted the drive before the upgrade version of Windows 8 was installed, you won’t be able to use your upgrade product key to activate Windows 8. To activate Windows 8, you’ll need to install your previous version of Windows, and then reinstall Windows 8. For help with the activation process, contact support.

Here is the fix for this problem:



Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0

Run the following a command prompt with elevated rights:
slmgr /rearm


List of commands:
  • Regedit:
  • HKLM/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE
  • Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0
  • Run the following a command prompt with elevated rights:
  • slmgr /rearm
  • Reboot.

Non-techs the management team – typical business setup

1st line – answer calls deal with basic issues

2nd line – deal with escalated issues and any problems that 1st line cannot resolve – speak to customers from time to time but not first point of contact

3rd line – deal with projects and escalated issues 2nd line cannot handle – rarely speak with end users – technical skills take precedent to interpersonal skills

IT Manager – responsible for managing the team – project direction, project management and planning and liaising with management team

IT Director/CIO – responsible for direction of IT and ensuring that the resources and budgets meet the business needs

Exchange 2003 pop connector missing email

Check pop3 connector running in services

iisreset at command line

move  good email from C:\Program Files\Microsoft Windows Small Business Server\Networking\POP3\Failed Mail

to the above “Incoming mail” directory

wait for pop3 polling (15mins)

Check with user all ok

I enable IT managers to go from crisis management to business development

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