PRTG Network Monitoring Review: #1 Recommend Tool on Reddit and Spiceworks (2018)

If you look around on Reddit /r/SysAdmin or on Spiceworks you will see this question a lot: “What is the best Network Monitoring Tool?” There are literally dozens of questions and polls on Reddit and Spiceworks with this question, and every time PRTG is the most used or recommended network monitoring tool for both Windows and Linux. The reason? Paessler PRTG is really easy…

Fixing No Signal when connecting your DisplayPort in 5 min

I was handed a workstation where the screen didn’t turn on any more. The workstation was equipped with a Nvidia Quadro GPU that only has Display Ports. So first I tried the most obvious things, like upgrading the Nvidia drivers, removing the drivers completely and installed an older version. But still the monitors didn’t turn on, so I took another model…

Bios Recovery Dell Vostro 3500 / 3700 after update failed

Last week my dad called me, he was updating the bios of his Dell Vostro 3500 laptop when he suddenly got a warning that the battery was running low.  He had the AC plugged in, but still, the laptop just fell out, and the bios update wasn’t finished yet. So he gave me a call if I had an idea how to…

Exchange Online and Apple Mail

Most Apple users really like the Apple Mail application and don’t want to switch to Outlook when they buy Office 365 or Exchange Online. And that is not necessary either, but connecting the Exchange Online mailbox in Apple Mail can be tricky sometimes. On some clients, the autodiscovery feature is not working correctly. Also adding a shared mailbox is a little…

Cloud Based Server Monitoring tools Compared

While more applications are moving to the cloud, the need for a local server goes away. But as an IT Pro, you still want to monitor your IT infrastructure. This is where a cloud based monitoring solution comes in. You only need to install a small agent on a simple pc to monitor the whole network. No need for a…

Managing email addresses with PowerShell

One of the most common tasks as an administrator is to find, change or add an email address to a user mailbox.  PowerShell makes this tasks a lot easier, you can easily find the users where the e-mail address belongs to and add or remove an alias. In this article I will show you some tips howto find an e-mail…

Office 365 Comparison chart – Business Plans vs F1, E1, E3 and E5

Selecting the right Office 365 version is an important step before migrating to the cloud. With the multiple plans that are available for Business and Enterprise Organisation,  each bringing different features and limitation, can it be hard to find the right plan. I created this Office 365 Comparision Chart to help you select the best plan for your business. This…

Export Yammer user profile photos with PowerShell

Yammer allows you to export the users to a CSV file, but that comes without there profile picture. But there is a Yammer API, so with PowerShell and the data from the CSV file we are able to get the profile pictures as well. Export the Yammer Users CSV file First we need a CSV file with all the users,…

Enable BitLocker on Windows 10

We can use PowerShell to enable Bitlocker on domain joined Windows 10 machines. By using PowerShell for this task we can deploy it to multiple machines at ones and in the meantime store the recover password in the Active Directory. How To enable Bitlocker with PowerShell The basic With the use of te BitLocker Windows Powershell cmdlets we can, for…

Printer settings could not be saved – Changing print driver Win 2012r2

You are changing a printer driver of a shared printer and you get the error: “Printer settings could not be saved: Operation not supported”. So why are you unable to update the driver of a shared printer? When a printer is shared and in use, changing the print driver could cause a conflict in the print jobs. So how do…