If your printer gets stuck during the installation phase (i.e. doesn't get past "initializing printer"), and you can't 'remove' it to try again, here is one solution to get rid of it. I have run into this issue more often lately and it has always been frustrating to clean up after a failed printer install. The first step is to get into Device Manager - in Windows 8 and 10, right click the Windows Icon to get to the Quick Access Menu and then choose 'Device Manager'. Once in Device Manager, on the Main Menu, select 'View' and then 'Show hidden devices'. You can now scroll down to the 'Print queues' section and then delete the printer that is stuck initializing. For good measure, go ahead and reboot your...
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This post is about how to process a Windows Server 2012 or 2016 domain controller to synchronize its time with a trusted external resource. Having a valid and accurate time source is critical for a properly configured domain. Use your favorite search engine to locate the trusted NTP time servers for your area. I am located in Canada and so I will be using
0.ca.pool.ntp.org 1.ca.pool.ntp.org 2.ca.pool.ntp.org 3.ca.pool.ntp.orgLog into your domain controller with administrative credentials and launch a command prompt. Stop the time service:
net stop w32timeEnter the following to configure your NTP time servers:
w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:"0.ca.pool.ntp.org, 1.ca.pool.ntp.org, 2.ca.pool.ntp.org, 3.ca.pool.ntp.org"and then hit Enter. Remember to use your time servers in place of *.ca.pool.ntp.org. Let the domain controller know that these are your trusted servers:
w32tm /config /reliable:yesRestart the Time Service:
net start w32timeReview the results:
w32tm /query /configurationEnsure everything is proper and typed correctly and...