How to fix “Cannot apply changes to this Internet Shortcut” Windows

Symptoms: Windows Server 2016 , Windows Server 2019 , or Windows 10 Trying to change the URL shortcut path on a start menu item. Error: “Problem with Shortcut” “Cannot apply changes to this Internet Shortcut” The file is NOT read only You are logged on with an admin account For example, you want to change the shortcut …Read More…

Best Free Computer Incident Response Templates and Scenarios

Welcome! You may use these incident response templates and scenarios internal to your business and team.   You do not have permission to claim ownership, re-publish this material to the public, or sell it.  All text is original work by Kieri Solutions LLC: V. Amira Armond. Table of contents 1:  What is incident response.   2.  Before …Read More…

Firmware and complex systems patching and upgrades in Frederick, Baltimore, Gaithersburg MD, and DC region

In many organizations, the servers and especially the storage area network (SAN) are critical.   The thought of installing firmware on these systems or performing a major operating system upgrade is incredibly scary to the IT staff. I was working at a company recently which was having trouble with their backup system.  Their backup system did …Read More…

Network hardening near Baltimore MD, Frederick, Rockville, Gaithersburg and DC

Kieri Solutions implements deny-by-default firewalls and network segmentation for government, small, and medium businesses. This is a specialized skill which requires very strong knowledge of a broad range of platforms as well as network security. If you would like to chat about your network hardening and compliance project, email us at info@kieri.com If you want …Read More…

VMware vSphere ESX and vCenter Upgrade 5.5 to 6.0 or 6.5 or 6.7 best practices

Tips, tricks, and missing steps for the VMWare upgrade Having done several small / medium business upgrades from vCenter and ESXi 5.5 to 6.0 and 6.5 and 6.7, I wanted to share some best practices and lessons learned with the IT community. Table of Contents Upgrade from 5.5 to 6.7 cannot be performed in one …Read More…

Disaster Recovery Plan and Business Continuity in DC, Frederick, Baltimore, Rockville, and Columbia MD

“ “Two out of every five companies struck with a major disaster are unable to recover. Of the survivors, one third go out of business within the next two years. ” — Gartner Study – 1996 Availability and Integrity – why you need Business Continuity Plans and Disaster Recovery Plans. Did you know that Information Security …Read More…

VMWare and Netapp consultant in DC, Baltimore, Columbia, Frederick, and Rockville MD

We install and configure Netapp Disk Shelves and VMWare vCenter and ESXi for small and medium businesses in Maryland and DC. (more about VMWare and virtualization later in this article!) Netapp installation, integration, and maintenance Kieri Solutions endorses Netapp products because they are designed to be highly available and have several options for nearly instantaneous …Read More…

SBDC – Intro to GDPR training – Frederick MD

If your business deals with the personal information of EU citizens, or you are not sure if GDPR applies, you should come!     On May 25, 2018, new legislation aimed at giving individuals more control and protection over their personal data – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – went into effect. Is your …Read More…

No, your computer isn’t slow.

How many times has this happened to you… You buy a brand new computer and things are great!  You can browse the web at speed.  Programs open and close when you ask.  Life is good. Then time goes by – maybe a year.  You’ve accidentally opened some sketchy websites (clicking links on Facebook is more …Read More…

Why you should consider a credit freeze – EquiFax hack

Now that Equifax has disclosed the hack of 143 million American’s personal records, there is no longer any hope of keeping our data private.  You are an identity theft victim, you just don’t know it yet.  I’ve long said that every big-name company has been hacked; they just haven’t disclosed it yet.  This is just …Read More…