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File Checksum Integrity Verifier utility

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/841290/availability-and-description-of-the-file-checksum-integrity-verifier-u

 

Commands
-add file | dir: Compute the hash and send it to an output device (default screen). The dir parameter has the following options:
-r: Recursive.
-type: Specify file type. For example, -type *.exe.
-exc file: Do not compute these directories.
-wp: Do not store the full path name. (By default, FCIV stores the full path name.)
-bp: Remove the base path from the path name of each entry.
-list: List entries in the database.
-v: Verify hashes. The -v option has the following option:
-bp: Remove the base path from the path name of each entry.
-?, -h, or -help: Open extended help.
Options
-md5, -sha1, or -both: Specify hash type. (By default, MCIV uses -md5.)
-xml db: Specify database format and name.

Note When you use the -v option to verify a hash, FCIV also sends a return error code to indicate whether a hash is verified. A zero (0) indicates success, and a 1 indicates failure. With the return error code, you can use FCIV in automated scripts to verify hashes.
Example usage
To display the MD5 hash of a file, type the following command at a command prompt:
fciv.exe filename
Note filename is the name of the file.
To compute a hash of a file, type a command line that is similar to any one of the following command lines:
fciv.exe c:\mydir\myfile.dll

fciv.exe c:\ -r -exc exceptions.txt -sha1 -xml dbsha.xml

fciv.exe c:\mydir -type *.exe

fciv.exe c:\mydir -wp -both -xml db.xml
To list the hashes that are stored in a database, type a command line that is similar to the following command line:
fciv.exe -list -sha1 -xml db.xml
To verify a hash in a file, type a command line that is similar to any one of the following command lines:
fciv.exe -v -sha1 -xml db.xml

fciv.exe -v -bp c:\mydir -sha1 -xml db.xml
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Database storage format
The File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) utility can store entries in an XML database file. When FCIV is configured to store hash values in an XML database file, the hexadecimal hash values are stored in base64 encoded format. When you view the XML database directly, the base64 encoded representation of the hash value does not visually match the hexadecimal value that the console displays. FCIV decodes the base64 encoded hashes when it displays the contents of the database to the screen. Therefore, it displays the correct hexadecimal value.

The following example shows how FCIV computes the MD5 hash value for Ntdll.dll and displays it at the command prompt:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>fciv -add ntdll.dll
//
// File Checksum Integrity Verifier version 2.05.
//
6cbfd919baa7c9e03c8471ae4d8f8bb0 ntdll.dll

 

Here is the hash value for the same file that is base64 encoded and stored in an XML file by using the following command:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>fciv -add ntdll.dll -xml c:\temp\ntdll.xml
<?XML version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?>
<FCIV>
<FILE_ENTRY><name>ntdll.dll</name><MD5>bL/ZGbqnyeA8hHGuTY+LsA==</MD5></FILE_ENTRY></FCIV>

 

Here is the value that appears in the XML file that uses FCIV to list the contents.

Note It matches the value that was computed in the first example.
C:\WINDOWS\system32>fciv -list -XML c:\temp\ntdll.XML
//
// File Checksum Integrity Verifier version 2.05.
//
Listing entries in database:
—————————-

MD5 Filename
————————————————————————-
6cbfd919baa7c9e03c8471ae4d8f8bb0 ntdll.dll

Number of entries found: 1
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Verification
How to generate and verify hash values for a Microsoft Download
Download the file to a temporary directory (such as C:\Temp).
To extract the contents of the file, use the /x switch. Specify an output directory for the extracted files when you are prompted (such as C:\Temp\Files).

You can also use the /extract switch to extract the files without starting Setup.

For additional information about the /extract switch, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

262841 Command-Line switches for Windows software update packages

The security update may be an IExpress package. If it is, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base about how to extract an IExpress package:

197147 Command-line switches for IExpress software update packages

To create a database for a single file and to save it to the C:\Temp directory, type the following command:
fciv.exe -add c:\temp\files\filename.dll -wp c:\temp\files -XML c:\temp\filename.XML
To verify the contents of the XML database against an installed file, type the following command:
fciv.exe -v -bp c:\installeddirectory -XML c:\temp\filename.XML
Note installeddirectory is the location of the installed file.

Note When you use the -v option to verify a hash, FCIV also provides a return error code to indicate success (0) or failure (1) to verify a hash. Because of the return error code, you can use FCIV in automated scripts to verify hashes.
FCIV will confirm at the console if the hash values for the file matches the values that are stored in the XML database.
How to verify the hash values for the files in the Windows directory and in all sub-directories
You can also build a hash database of your sensitive files and verify them regularly.
To create the database and to save it to the C:\Temp directory, type the following command:
fciv.exe -add %systemroot% -r -XML c:\temp\windows-hashes.XML
To list the contents of the database to the console, type the following command:
fciv.exe -list -XML c:\temp\windows-hashes.XML
To verify the contents of the XML database against the current file system files, type the following command:
fciv -v -XML c:\temp\windows-hashes.XML

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Categories: Tools, Windows

Google News RSS option

HTML – https://news.google.com/news/search/section/q/{YOUR SEARCH TERM}
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How to remove custom template information from word document (doc/docx) before sending.

Sometime you may use a custom template to build the document and then later you may want to  remove such information from the documents properties before distribution.

doc_docx_template_properties_screenshot

The steps are as below:
Removing the template information without removing all other “personal” data:

Open Word. Click “File” and then “Options” on the bottom of the left sidebar.

The Word Options dialog provides you with a variety of settings to help you manage Word.

Click “Add-Ins” on the left sidebar. A list of Microsoft Office Add-ins appears under Add-Ins. Select “Templates” in the box next to Manage at the bottom and then click the “Go%u2026” button.

The Templates and Add-Ins dialog opens with your current template listed in the field under Document Template.

Open Word. Click “File” and then “Options” on the bottom of the left sidebar. The Word Options dialog provides you with a variety of settings to help you manage Word.

Click “Add-Ins” on the left sidebar. A list of Microsoft Office Add-ins appears under Add-Ins.

Select “Templates” in the box next to Manage at the bottom and then click the “Go%u2026” button. The Templates and Add-Ins dialog opens with your current template listed in the field under Document Template.

Delete the current template name and select OK. (alternatively select “Attach” and choose Normal.dotm).

In the properties summary the template should now show as: normal.dotm

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Which IBM hardware can run which OS ?

pSeries (POWER-based Platform, currently P8): AIX (=IBMs UNIX), Linux (SuSe, Ubuntu), iOS (formerly known as AS/400)
zSeries (mainframes): z/OS (replaced MVS, OS/390 and VM), z/Linux
xSeries (=Intel-compatible): Linux and everything else running on Intel-systems.
pSeries systems can use either the IBM hypervisor which runs iOS-, AIX- and Linux-LPARs or (only Power8) the Power-KVM (=Linux’ KVM adapted for pSeries) with Linux-Systems as LPARs. Notice, however, that Power-KVM has a slightly smaller throughput than IBMs hypervisor.
zSeries can run z/OS and z/Linux
For xSeries the same as for any Intel-compatible PC applies.

Categories: IBM, Linux, Tools

Worlds Greatest Windows App

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Intel Rapid Storage Technology (Intel RST) RAID Driver / Intel Matrix Storage Console Windows 10

If your PC has Intel Based SSD Cache Boost to manage on Windows 10 x64 you can download the latest from

 

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/25165/Intel-Rapid-Storage-Technology-Intel-RST-RAID-Driver

 

Version: 14.6.0.1029 (Latest)
Date: 08/26/2015
Size: 12.17 MB
Language: English
Operating Systems: Windows 7*, Windows 8*, Windows 8.1*, Windows Server 2008 R2*, Windows Server 2012 R2*, Windows Server 2012*, Windows® 10, 32-bit, Windows® 10, 64-bit
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Stickies – Stick it Notes

http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/stickies/ (Seems to be the better)

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