SAMBA, NTLM SSP, and A Gap in Enterprise Configuration Control

Recently I had the opportunity to work with a customer on a Samba upgrade that broke connectivity to a Windows 2008 R2 domain. Background: As reported by the customer, Samba 3.x on their version of Linux was able to connect to any Windows 2008 R2 domain controller, accepting referrals based on IP (\\xxx.yy.zzz) or name (\\<servername>). After…

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Service Manager 2016 Console: Error When Launching the Console Using Run As

In this customer’s situation, running interactively as administrator is prohibited for the usual security reasons. For Service Manager administrative functions, SCSM admins launch the console using Run As and specify administrator credentials. This worked perfectly fine with the SCSM 2012 R2 console, but when they launched the SCSM console using Run As, and then clicked…

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Office 2010 Clients Stop Activating via KMS After Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2

Bottom line: Make sure you properly migrate Office KMS activation when you migrate the KMS server. Environment: Windows 7 Enterprise clients with Office Professional Plus 2010 KMS role migrated from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 R2 over a month before Issue: Customer reported that about 40 days after KMS migration, the installation team found…

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Service Manager 2016 Setup Doesn’t Detect Data Warehouse Management Server

My client ran into an issue in January running a test upgrade of their lab Service Manager 2012 R2 environment (UR9) to Service Manager 2016. Setup properly detected their management server as a “Service Manager Management Server”. Unfortunately, when run on the data warehouse server, it detected that as a “Service Manager Management Server” as…

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The TechTAM Blog on TechNet is Live

The Technical TAM blog is now live on Technet. What you can expect: notes from field experience with customers covering a range of topics spanning Service Management, Delivery Management, DevOps, System Center for Infrastructure Management, Private Cloud, and occasional notes on products that might be valuable to a larger audience. Looking forward to sharing and to…

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