Jan 05

WinRM would not listen on port 5985

The WinRM was configured to allow remote administration via a GPO but it wouldn’t let us connect with Enter-PSSession. The firewall rule was there passing the traffic on TCP port 5985.

Checking WinRM config showed something strange:

winrm enumerate winrm/config/listener

Listener [Source=”GPO”]
Address = *
Transport = HTTP
Port = 5985
Hostname
Enabled = true
URLPrefix = wsman
CertificateThumbprint
ListeningOn = null

So WinRM was actually configured but wasn’t listening on any network interface. Why?

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Jan 03

What is Add-PrinterDriver actually used for?

As of Windows 8.1 / Server 2012 R2 there is one beautiful cmdlet -Add-PrinterDriver. It dramatically simplifies driver/printer installation.

Naturally you will be tempted to install a driver from an .inf file like this:

Add-PrinterDriver -Name "HP Universal Printing PCL 6" -InfPath "C:\Install\HP\hpcu160u.inf"

But you will be blamed:

Add-PrinterDriver: One or more specified parameters for this operation has an invalid value.

So it does not work as you/we may think. Sigh… So then what it is used for?

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Dec 30

Running Linux on Windows 10

INTRODUCTION

Often developers and related OPs need to test stuff on Linux (web, cli, .NET Core etc.). The typical approach was to spin up a Virtual machine (VM), install and configure a Linux distro and play with it.

Main Cons include: you need a hyper-visor software, enough RAM, fast hard drive, to fight with basic operations like cope-paste text and files between machines etc.

Well, good news! As of the Anniversary Update Windows 10 supports the so called “Windows Subsystem for Linux” (WSL). It allows you to run natively* most of the non GUI Linux stuff**on Windows without the overhead of a virtual machine.

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Dec 29

How to enable Night Light feature on DisplayLink devices in Windows 10

Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a cool new feature called “Night Light“. It allows you to warmer the colors of your monitors during dark hours (or in a dark room) so your eyes feel more comfortable (programmers will appreciate it much!). It supportsf.lux‘s basic functionallity, but now it is a built in Windows 10 feature. Great!

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