Fix for OneNote 2010 not being able to sync.

2012/07/12 Leave a comment

If you have OneNote 2010 and Windows Live Sign-in Assistant installed, and are behind a NAT/Firewall. You may not be able to sync your notebooks with Skydrive. To correct this issue you need to modify the registery to have OneNote not use the Window Live Sign-in Assistant.

Make sure OneNote is closed

For 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


For 32-bit Office on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



The funny Windows Update button on the Printer Drivers page

2011/09/19 Leave a comment

Had an issue last week where a system I was working on was missing the “Windows Update” button on the Add Printers drivers page.








Turns out that this button is controlled by a registry key. It is located here: “HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\DriverSearching”

It is called “DontSearchWindowsUpdate”, it is a REG_DWORD with a value of 0 or 1.

It is from the ICM.ADMX, but that wasn’t applied to the system, so that made this much more difficult to find.



Categories: Printer Driver, Registry

WSUS and Powershell

2011/03/10 2 comments

Don’t get me started on how bad of an interface WSUS has, if there is one product that could use a facelift it would be the WSUS admin mmc.  It may be a great product for managing a single company’s server update infrastructure, but it lacks when you expand that out to a multi-company model. Let me explain, I work for a large hosting provider. We have multiple customers who we manage with our WSUS infrastructure. Just looking at the WSUS server today we have over 500 groups defined with over 5000 patches in the system. WSUS does not provide a decent way to pull a report of say all patches that are approved and not installed on a specific group. The canned reports are lacking and slow.

Here comes powershell to the rescue.  A couple folks out in the ether have written some cool code to assist in getting metrics and reporting.

WSUS Powerpack

This utility is available here

This gives you some code examples as well as hooking into Quest’s PowerGUI application where you can run queries directly from the interface.

WSUS Admin Module

This utility is available here

This is a module that you can load into your powershell session, which is makes it very desirable for my uses. With a couple of values provided I was able to quickly query the WSUS server to find out that not all of my customer’s servers are reporting to their group correctly. I can also with the same query dump a report of those servers that are having issues.


I am also working on a fellow co-workers powershell script to make it more modular and versatile for the masses to use.



Categories: powershell, wsus Tags: ,

Hello world!

2011/03/06 Leave a comment

This is my first foray into the bloggosphere. I hope to use this as a way to organize some of the oddities that I experience in my day to day job as a systems engineer, hopefully my experiences here will benefit my fellow engineers.

Categories: Uncategorized