Overcoming the dreaded 0xc000014c message on start

I had a recent incident with my SCCM server (running Windows Server 2012 R2) in my lab that had an issue – it just shut down on me and came up with this infamous screen (truncated for all of our sake’s). Windows Failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause….


Detecting and remediating SMBv1

We have recently issued a Security Update (4013389) for Windows SMB. This does affect all supported versions of Windows at this time. SMB isn’t safe, and causes you to lose some key protections, among them: Pre authentication integrity, which new in Windows 10/2016. It improved “man-in-the-middle” protection against attacks tampering with SMBv2’s connections and authentication…