I can’t connect – but the firewall is off!

Sometimes you simply cannot connect to another system, in one case a domain controller. You know the server is running. You see it, you log into it, you connect to other systems from it. What are you to do? In one case, this happened in a domain controller scenario, where 2 DCs wouldn’t replicate. Now,…

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PS without BS: How many times have you joined the domain?

Ever since the beginning of what is today called Active Directory, the default has always been to let “Authenticated Users” join computers to the domain. Authenticated Users is essentially anyone with a domain credential to access the network. This, of course, comes with a trade off – these “authenticated” users can only join computers 10…

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How can I still use NTBackup after Server 2008?

You’re probably wondering why on earth anybody would still want to use NTBackup after we removed it after Windows Server 2003. I’ve been using this tool seemingly forever, and it is invaluable to my system admin toolbox, especially on my home servers. One big reason to use this is the old fashioned conundrum of “I…

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PS without BS: multiple replace of a string

Been a busy blog day, but the last one today (promise). There is feature that is unique to PowerShell that makes it better than say your old VB/VBScript and really sets it apart. To replace text in a string multiple times in VBScript, you had to do something like the following: dim string1 as string…

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PS without BS: Extracting DHCP Reservations to a CSV

Just a quick snippet that shows how to extract existing reservations into a text file using PowerShell and Windows Server. Some have a need to export a list of IP addresses into a CSV file that you can quickly drop into Excel. For those wondering, yes, I like using active DHCP reservations for all my…

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CMTrace without CMTrace

A quick blog to give cheap pop to PowerShell and it’s rescuing power, yet again. Just a nice, quick and dirty trick to emulate CMTrace when you are in an environment that may whitelist software from running on clients or they simply disallow tools from being copied to systems without change control. For those not…

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Changing individual quick action buttons via GPP

I was asked today if there was a way to change individual quick action items via GPO, and unfortunately, there isn’t. You can, however use Group Policy Preferences (GPP) to do this. Take for example, switching to Tablet Mode. These are the 3 registry keys involved. Path: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell Note that all of the below keys…

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512MB should be enough for anybody

A quick blog on Hyper-V and OS Deployment. I was scratching my head on an error while deploying an operating system through MDT. The error was from DISM in the bdd.log: Error 14 Not enough storage space is available to process this command. So, there are various fixes out there on the internet, from replacing…

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MDT: Having to change the customsettings or bootstrap

Just a quick blog on MDT, in case anyone else has run into this. One thing to keep in mind is that MDT does have a lot of moving parts, and sometimes you need to make changes to your main configuration files. Why? Maybe you’ve changed a password on a domain account that connects to…

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PS without BS: Managing WSUS

In this blog, I will leave you with some scripting snippets on how to manage WSUS: Block 1: Connect to the WSUS server and set the configuration. We are first going to set the property “Download update files to this server only when updates are appoved”, turn off all update languages, and then set the…

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