Custom Git Status and Git Pull commands to work with all of your repositories

If you work with many Git repositories it is easy to miss a repository when you commit your changes, and very time consuming to pull from all repositories. It is easy to automate both processes. In this example, we will place all files in the ~/Git/devops-scripts folder. If you want to place your files at another […]

Windows 10 can’t connect to this network

If your Windows 10 computer can successfully connect to some wireless networks, but cannot connect to certain wireless networks, it is possible, that the stored credentials are out of date. To force Windows 10 to ask you for the updated username and password In the Start Menu select Settings,   On the Windows Settings page […]

Turn off the built in touchpad when a mouse is attached

All laptops today feature a touchpad, that enables you to move the pointer on the screen. It can be very annoying when your thumb accidentally moves the cursor when you type, even if an external mouse is connected to the computer. Windows 10 provides a checkbox to automatically disable the internal pointing device when you […]

How to verify or generate file checksums

You can verify the checksum of a file with the built-in features of the operating systems On Macintosh and Linux Open the terminal window and execute the commands SHA-256 shasum -a 256 FILE_NAME On Windows CRC32, CRC64, SHA256, SHA1, BLAKE2sp Right-click the file in Windows Explorer and select CRC SHA > * (star) The popup window will […]

The User Profile Service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded.

When you try to start a remote desktop connection to a Windows computer on the domain you may get the error message: The User Profile Service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded. To enable the User Profile update Remote into the computer with a local administrator account, In Windows Explorer open the C:\Users\Default\AppData folder, […]

Manage Windows Backups

To manage the Microsoft Windows Backups you can use a command line tool. Open a command prompt as administrator Show the existing backup versions Wbadmin get versions Clean up the backup disk To keep a number of latest backups and delete the rest Wbadmin delete backup -keepversions:NUMBER_OF_BACKUPS_TO_KEEP To keep the latest backup only Wbadmin delete backup […]

Second monitor does not work on Toshiba P-70A in Windows 10

Since I installed Windows 10 on my Toshiba P-70A laptop, the computer does not recognize the second monitor. To make the second monitor work, I had to uninstall the display drivers and remove them from the computer: Open the File Explorer Right click This PC and select Properties In the upper left corner select Device […]

Minimum Windows workstation setup to work with Windows servers

If you work on a Mac or Linux workstation and need to script and administer Windows servers, you need a few Windows tools. You can create a Windows Virtual Machine hosted in the free Virtual Box from Oracle. For installation instructions see Install the DevOps development tools on Windows Notepad++ Chocolatey Git AWS CLI (Amazon Web […]