Category Archives: Solving Problems

Backing up an iPhone with Broken Screen

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I was recently tasked with needing to backup an iPhone using iTunes where the screen had been broken. As most iPhone users know, neither iTunes nor most 3rd party iPhone software will sync data with your iPhone when it’s in a locked state. Unfortunately, neither the thumbprint scanner nor the touch screen worked, so I had no way to enter that password.

My first stop was to the Apple Store, hoping that they had some method to backup the data, or that they could fix the device, however neither was possible. The device was beyond repair and would need to be replaced. That was not the answer I was hoping for.

The steps below outline how I unlocked the iPhone so I could backup the data without access to the touchscreen.
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Making Registry Changes for All Users with PowerShell

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I recently had to throw together a quick script to modify the registry of each current user on a set of given laptops, as well as any future users. While a GPO is normally the way to go for something like this, it wasn’t an option for me here. This builds a little more on my May 2017 post where I just needed to get the

Feel free to steal, use, and abuse – but like all samples found online, please run through a test environment first, and use at your own risk!
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Remove Recent Printers from Chrome Preferences File (PoSH)

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Chrome does not remove “Recent Printers” from the print option box when a user or an administrator deletes a printer from the machine. This can cause problems when a printer is removed by policy or is updated with a new print server name, but a user continues totry and print to the old server. This script will remove the printer from the PREFERENCES file. You can provide no printer list and all Recent Printers will be removed, or you can specific a specific printer.
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Citrix – Installation Error DVCRenderingAdapter.dll Failed to Register

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I recently was troubleshooting the following error on roughly 400 systems that we were deploying the Citrix Receiver v14 to:

Citrix Receiver DVCRenderingAdapter failed to register

Image Credit Christopher Cable.

 

CustomAction +DVCRenderingAdapter.dll.827545C6_7013_4DE1_8E6C_DAEE4C57F54A returned actual error code -2147319780 (note this may not be 100% accurate if translation happened inside sandbox)MSI (s) (5C:9C) [10:08:57:789]: Product: Online Plug-in — Error 1904. Module C:\Program Files\Citrix\ICA Client\DVCRenderingAdapter.dll failed to register.  HRESULT -2147319780.  Contact your support personnel.
Error 1904. Module C:\Program Files\Citrix\ICA Client\DVCRenderingAdapter.dll failed to register.  HRESULT -2147319780.  Contact your support personnel.

 

There are a few discussion board posts online that discuss this issue and provide some helpful tips for manually fixing the issue.  Ones that helped me the most was this response by Mike Moskal on the Citrix Discussion Board.

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Resolving VMWare Error “There are no un-bridged host network adapters” after Windows 10 Upgrade

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After upgrading to Windows 10, all of my VMWare Professional v10.x guest machines lost their connection to the network. Taking a look at their network connections, I found that I’d lost the default vmnet0 network, and trying to add it back as a bridged network threw the error “There are no un-bridged host network adapters”.

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