Windows computers not reporting to WSUS

Verify client configuration

Local Computer Policy

Verify Resultant Policy is correct

Verify Correct GPO’s are being applied

C:\>gpresult /scope computer

Update Group Policies

C:\>gpupdate /force

verify connectivity


telenet 8530

If you are using a hosts file and having troubles with resolution, check out this post

Reset the client

wuauclt.exe /resetauthorization /detectnow

Force check in

wuauclt.exe /reportnow

Check WSUS in 10-15 minutes

If you are still having issues check out the client log file:


Windows hosts file not being used for resolution

windows version: Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 SP2

Verify it’s not working

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /displaydns | more

Check for type-o’s!

Start with the simple solution first

Verify hosts file location

Open Registry Editor

Verify key: My Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services|Tcpip\Parameters\DataBasePath

Copy Value data and paste it into Explorer to verify you are editing the correct file

Verify file permissions (This was my issue)

If machine\users is not given Read and Read & Execute permissions, add the account.


Windows 8 automatically connecting to unsecured wireless networks (MAKE IT STOP!)

Issue: Windows 8.1 w/ Intel wireless driver will automatically connect to “free”, unsecured, wireless networks.

This issue has been bugging me for a little bit, but has not been at the top of list until there were a large number of unsecured wireless networks available while traveling. So here’s the solution.


  1. open the control panel
  2. Open “Network and Internet”
  3. Select “Intel ProSet/Wireless Tools”
  4. Select “Settings…” under “Intel Wifi HotSpot Assistant”
  5. Remove all check boxes
  6. Close out of the dialog box




Enter the BIOS on Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga S1 (Windows 8/8.1)

Enter the BIOS for ThinkPad running Windows 8/8.1

Note to self: When shutting down Windows 8.1 hold down the shift key when selecting “Shutdown.” Once this is performed, you can press F1 when the Lenovo logo is shown to enter the BIOS setup or F12 for boot order.



IPHTTPS interface creation failure (error: 0x643)

OS: Windows 8
Issue: DirectAccess connection will not complete
Cause: I believe this to be related to updating the Intel wireless drivers
Solution: Still trying to find it

C:\Users\virtrick>netsh int https show int

Interface IPHTTPSInterface (Group Policy) Parameters
Role : client
Last Error Code : 0x643
Interface Status : IPHTTPS interface creation failure

External monitor turns black & white when docked

The issue

When docking my Lenovo T430 laptop running Windows 8, one of my two Acer S240HL monitors goes black & white; always monitor 1 of 2.

The band-aide

  1. Open the NVIDA control panel
  2. Notice “Digital vibrance” has changes to 0%
    • Capture
  3. Click “Restore Defaults” in the top right corner and click Apply. This will return the setting to 50%

The permanent fix

In the recent round of Windows updates there appears to have been a fix. The issue fixed it self…