Do You Allow Blank Passwords In Your Domain?

Do you or did you back in the days use your own code or a third party tool to create user accounts that did not update the userAccountControl attribute after the account was created? Well then there’s a change you might have accounts in your domain that are allowed blank passwords or even worse have…

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DS Role Service Disabled

In Windows Server 2012 there is a new service called DS Role Service.This is used for the promotion and demotion of the AD DS. This service iscreated due to a change in how the Domain Controllers are setup. The Domain Controlleris now a Role in the same way as DHCP or DNS. This creates a…

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Step-by-step walkthrough: Installing an Operations Manager 2012 Gateway

  Step-by-step walkthrough: installing an Operations Manager 2012 Gateway Server To make this document, I installed 3 test servers; the evaluation image of Windows Server 2008 R2 can be downloaded from the Microsoft site here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd459137.aspx This installation was done on a generation 1 Core i7 portable with 1 SSD drive and 8GB of memory….


Upcoming Windows Milestones Shared with Partners at WPC

More information can be found here: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/09/upcoming-windows-milestones-shared-with-partners-at-wpc.aspx From this post, the most important news is “Tami confirmed that Windows 8 is on track to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. For enterprise customers with Software Assurance benefits, they will have full access to Windows 8 bits as early as August.” 🙂  


Upgrading CLM or ILM 2007 to the latest binaries

The upgrade history for CLM/ILM has vastly improved with the ILM FP1 SP1 release, with this release the admin can upgrade all versions of CLM to the latest regardless of version. Prior to this the upgrade could require an uninstallation of the existing installation, depending on which version of CLM you were running. The current…


Windows Phone and the PFE == Don’t Panic

Anyone who’s ever read Douglas Adams’ HGTTG knows the value of having a traveling companion you can stuff into your pocket. Something that you can rely on being with you day and night, no matter where in the world you are or what set of clothes you’re wearing 🙂 Something that keeps track of your…


Failed to read %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE environment variable from Win32_Environment WMI class

For those wanting to get rid of the SCCM MP error (introduced in the latest version 6.0.6000.3) “Failed to read %PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE environment variable from Win32_Environment WMI class”, there is a hotfix available now: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2692929 More information, as always, can be found on Kevin Holman’s blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2011/09/30/mp-update-new-configmgr-2007-mp-version-6-0-6000-3-resolves-top-issues.aspx   HTH, Danny    


Update rollup 2 for AD FS 2.0 available

Update rollup 2 for AD FS 2.0 is now officially available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2681584 for all 18 languages that are supported by AD FS 2.0.   This update rollup includes the hotfixes and the updates that fix 4 product issues and add 1 new capabilities to the product (see summary list below or see KB article…


Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and App Controller is available

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Update Rollup 1 is now available and can be downloaded here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29697 Update Rollup 1 contains a number of fixes for System Center 2012 Operations Manager, including cross platform fixes, as well as support for Oracle Solaris 11. A number of fixes may require manual steps to install. A detailed…


Controlling CSP selection during autoenrollment through the pKIDefaultCSPs attribute

We want to enable autoenrollment for our Bitlocker installations but want to allow clients without TPM’s to enroll from the same certificate template as backup. The pKIDefaultCSPs attribute in certificate templates contains a numbered list of CSP’s that are valid for enrollments against that template. The numeric value determines the priority so if you populate…