# VirtualBox – Failed to acquire the VirtualBox COM object.

Under the Details it was complaining about VirtualBox.xml

Looking in Windows Explorer in the .VirtualBox folder

it shows that the VirtualBox.xml file being empty. Delete the file. Reinstall VirtualBox. Now go to your VM’s in

Open up the VM folder and double click on the “Virtual Machine Definition” file to “reimport” them into VirtualBox.

# Enable or Install Group Policy Editor on Windows 10/11 Home

Normally you can’t run the Group Policy Editor on Windows Home editions. But there is a way to enable it.

First, open up a Command Prompt (Not Terminal) as Administrator

Now copy and paste each of the commands.

FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")
FOR %F IN ("%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum") DO (DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:"%F")

Now we can launch Group Policy Editor by typing in the following

gpedit.msc

More details can be found at the following sites

https://linustechtips.com/topic/1482968-windows-doesn%E2%80%99t-suck-microsoft-just-wants-you-to-think-so%E2%80%A6/#comment-15762053

https://www.itechtics.com/enable-gpedit-msc-windows-11/

# Disable Telemetry on Windows 10/11

If you are on Windows Home, you will need to enable the Group Policy Editor
Enable Group Policy Editor on Windows 10 or 11

Open up gpedit.msc

Computer Configuration -> Windows Components -> Data Collection and Preview Builds -> Allow Diagnostic Data

Double click on Allow Diagnostic Data to bring up the window. Set it to Enabled, and then under Options, set Diagnostic data off

Hit Apply and your good to go.

# SSH “Permission denied” to local IP address – Windows

This could potentially be a number of issues. But Windows can show this error if you have any VPNs running that have the “Kill Switch” enabled. You can either add the local range as an exception, or not enable the Kill Switch.

# SCP can’t copy file “.//cap.pcap: Broken pipe”

This error can show up on Windows if you have already copied a file with the same name. To fix the issue, just copy it to a file with a different name. Change cap.pcap to cap1.pcap and so forth as needed.

scp user@192.168.1.20:/tmp/tcp.pcap .\cap1.pcap

# Import cert.pem on Windows

First thing you will need You will need the .pem certification.

We’ll be using the certutil.exe utility to import the certificate.

.\certutil.exe -addstore -f "Root" 'C:\Users\path\to\cert.pem'

Example output for importing a self signed UniFi certificate.

PS C:\Windows\system32> certutil.exe -addstore -f "Root" 'C:\Users\path\to\cert.pem'
Root "Trusted Root Certification Authorities"
Signature matches Public Key
PS C:\Windows\system32>

# How to setup a Chia Harvester on Windows

The following instructions are for setting up a Windows computer as a Chia Harvester.

# Prerequisites

Before we get started you will need the following

1. Have a current Chia farmer
2. You will need the \ca folder from your main farmer.

The ca folder should be located in

%homepath%\.chia\mainnet\config\ssl\

You should be able to copy and paste the above in File Explorer. Copy the ca folder to a USB drive or share it via a network share.

# Setting up harvester

1. Copy the ca folder to an easily accessible place on your harvester
3. Close chia
4. Open PowerShell and paste the cfollowing commands in. Change the sections in bold to reflect your settings/options
cd \$env:APPDATA..\local\chia-blockchain\app-1.2.5\resources\app.asar.unpacked\daemon
.\chia.exe init -c D:\ca\
.\chia.exe stop all
.\chia.exe configure --set-farmer-peer 192.168.188.2:8447
.\chia.exe configure --enable-upnp false
.\chia.exe start harvester -r

Check the main Farmer to verify the Harvester connected.

# Disable Telemetry for DotNet SDK

First option is to open a Power Shell or Command Prompt and type, think it may need to be an admin prompt.

set DOTNET_CLI_TELEMETRY_OPTOUT=1

As a secondary option you should also be able to do this from the GUI by doing the following.

Search for Environment Variables

Edit Environment Variables

Create Variable named DOTNET_CLI_TELEMETRY_OPTOUT

with a Variable value of 1

Save by Hitting OK and OK again.