Archive for February, 2012

Manually Feed Mid Weight Letter

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

<sarcasm>I love nothing more than dealing with printer drivers.</sarcasm>

After updating the driver for an HP LaserJet 4515 from the discrete PCL6 to UPD 5.2 users started reporting that the printer was not printing. The display was showing a message that said, “MANUALLY FEED MID WEIGHT LETTER”.

Looking at the tray settings on the printer all paper sizes & types were correct. Looking at the Device Settings tab for the printer on the print server the tray settings were correct as well.


The issue turned out to be that the paper type in the driver was set as to Mid-Weight 96-110g by default.

To fix do the following.

  • Right click on the printer & select Properties.
  • Click the Advanced tab.
  • Click Printing Defaults.
  • Select the Paper/Quality tab.
  • Click the arrow in the Paper type drop-down & select More.
  • Expand Type is & select Unspecified.

  • Select the General tab & click Printing Preferences.
  • Repeat the same steps for the Paper type.
  • Click OK through all remaining dialog boxes.

PowerShell Cmdlet to export directory & file info

February 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I needed a quick way to export the directory & file info for a certain directory to a CSV file. Open a PowerShell prompt. Navigate to the desired directory. Run the following cmdlet:

Get-ChildItem -Recurse | select Directory,Name,LastWriteTime,Length | Export-Csv C:\Temp\DirTree.txt
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Quick Post: Dell OptiPlex 790 Other Devices

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

After installing Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 on a Dell OptiPlex 790 I had a PCI Simple Communications Controller showing up under Other devices.

To fix install the Intel Unified AMT 7 Management Interface Driver (version A01) released on 8/8/2011. Download locations are or

No Certificate Templates Could Be Found Error

February 14, 2012 10 comments

I was doing a little Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) testing in the lab. I came across the following error when browsing to the web enrollment page, “No certificate templates could be found. You do not have permission to request a certificate from this CA, or an error occurred while accessing the Active Directory.”

Searching around online I found plenty of articles & posts on this error but none of the solutions fixed my issue. After three days of troubleshooting here’s what worked for me.

Being a lab at some point I had changed the Authentication settings in IIS on both CertEnroll & CertSrv to Anonymous Authentication Enabled & Windows Authentication Disabled.

When I changed them back to the defaults which are Anonymous Authentication Disabled & Windows Authentication Enabled I stopped getting the error.

Compare Two Columns in Excel

February 10, 2012 Leave a comment

To compare two columns (A & B) in Excel use the following formula in C. If more than 1000 rows are used update the formula as needed. Autofill the C column as needed.


UPDATE: I kind of like this a little better.


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