Unable to Enter Credentials to Access Network Folder

Have you ever encountered this scenario when trying to access a network folder (Etc. \\\Software\)?

  1. You try to access the network folder but you can’t remember the credentials when prompted to login.
    Note: You actually checked “Remember my credentials” to login without realizing it!
  2. You close the login dialog and get the poor server administrator to help you reset your credentials.
  3. When you try to access the network folder again, the login dialog just won’t popup!
  4. You can’t enter your new credentials and just receive an error code of 0x80004005 instead.
  5. You feel helpless and somehow feel that retrying another 10 times will do the trick but it doesn’t.

Well, I have. After some googling, I found that you can do the following:

  1. Launch Credentials Manager and remove the old credentials that you keyed in the first time.
  2. Launch Services and restart the Workstation service.
  3. Try to access the network folder again, it should prompt for the credentials this time round.

Generate System Documentation using SYDI

I came across an excellent open-source tool that is able to generate detailed information about a system. You can document everything like BIOS information, OS Product Key, installed programs and even installed Windows update patches.

As always, best way to know if it’s true is to try it.

  1. Download SYDI (Script Your Documentation Instantly).
  2. Extract the zip file.
  3. Launch Command Prompt.
  4. Change directory to the extract folder.

    cd C:\Users\Matthew\Downloads\sydi-server-2.3

  5. Generate the documentation specifying the file path of the output file.

    cscript sydi-server.vbs -oC:\Matthew-PC.doc

    The lack of space between the o parameter and the file path is intentional

  6. You can leave it as ‘.’ for generating your own machine’s details or you can enter an IP address of your server in the same domain if you like.
  7. You can find the generated documentation in the file path you specified in step 5.

Well, that’s basically it. You may find that the information generated by the tool overwhelming. Personally, I’ll just delete anything that I don’t need.

If you want, you can enter the following help command to see how to customize the generation:

cscript sydi-server.vbs -h

Setup Database Mirroring in SQL Server Management Studio

Setting up database mirroring greatly increases the availability of your database and allows you to have a complete redundancy of the data. You can choose to bring the warm standby online anytime or automatically switch to the warm standby when your main database goes down (Automatic failover).

There are different operating modes that we can use when setting up database mirroring, the following is the recommended order to implement them:

  1. Start in asynchronous, high performance mode. (Monitor network errors that may cause database mirroring to fail)
    It is not recommended to use a witness for this mode.
  2. Then synchronous, high-safety mode without automatic failover. (Check for database performance)
  3. Lastly, synchronous, high-safety mode with automatic failover.

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