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Disable stale AD Computers

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Robocopy /MIR

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Mirroring Directory and Permissions To do a mirror operation and properly copy the file and folder permissions, use the /sec and /secfix commands. The /sec command will copy the file security over for changed files, while the /secfix command will update the security for unchanged files. By combining these commands with /mir you will effectively […]

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Infrastructure Monitoring Tools

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LPAR2RRDSTOR2RRDCheck_MK (CMK)

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Enable NPS Authentication logging in Windows Event Log?

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I came across two occurrences where authentication attempts were not being logged at all through the NPS event logs. auditpol /set /subcategory:”Network Policy Server” /success:enable /failure:enable  The above command resolved it for me in both cases!

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How to RunAs administrator in Windows Server CORE?

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I have a few servers without GUI, I hit a wall trying to pop elevated shell when logging into the server using non administrative account. To get around this you can: runas /user:acme\administrator “cmd.exe /C powershell.exe”‘  

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Windows 2019 Domain Controller Default Group Policy Reports

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These are group policy reports from a fresh Windows Server 2019 Domain Controller deployment. If you need a reference to how the defaults policy should look like, here they are. Default Domain Controllers Policy Default Domain Policy

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Install Microsoft Exchange 2019 on Windows Server 2019 Core

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Install Windows Features Install-WindowsFeature Server-Media-Foundation, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, RSAT-Clustering-CmdInterface, RSAT-Clustering-PowerShell, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Metabase, Web-Mgmt-Service, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Server, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Static-Content, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-WMI Install C++ Runtimes Visual C++ 2012 Runtime Visual C++ 2013 Runtime Install UCM When installing on headless Windows use the package from Exchange […]

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Meet my new standing desk, effydesk.

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Picked up a effydesk.ca business frame (black, frame only) and matched it up to with an IKEA GERTON tabletop that has following dimensions: Length: 155cm Width: 75cm Height: 73cm My main reason to go with the business over the home edition is due to a few advantages. The height adjustable desk frame can handle more […]

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Self-help summed up

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See failure as a beginning. Never stop learning. Assume nothing, question everything. Teach others what you know. Analyze objectively. Practice humility. Respect constructive criticism. Take initiative. Give credit where it’s due. Love what you do.

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Backing up VMware ESXi VMs with ghettoVCB

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If you’re running on the free version of ESXi then ghettoVCB is a good, less resource-heavy, and free, alternative – perfect for a home lab! Pre-requisites SSH access to your ESXi host. A datastore, preferably a remote NFS or iSCSI one, where backups can be stored. Installation Download the ghettoVCB VIB and then using your tool of […]

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Slipstream Windows 2000/XP/2003

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The other day I had to install Windows XP on a very old laptop and it took quite a bit to get a bootable USB stick created and slipstream the necessary drivers to recognize the IDE drivers. These instructions are for Windows XP: Download Novicorp WinToFlash (no Rufus will not work) Download nLite Download DriverPacks […]

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Update VMware ESXi host management IP in vSphere 6.7

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Recently I had to update all the hosts in my cluster to a new IP to move them over to a different VLAN. There is a lot of information out there on how to do this, here is what worked for me. Turn off vSphere DRS/HA to prevent any kind of failover Migrate all VMs […]

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IBM Power9 9009-22A & StorWize V7000 Gen3 Benchmarks

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IBM Power9 9009-22A 512GB DDR4 Memory 2x 8-Core Power9 Processor 2x400GB NVMe M.2 SSD for rootvg 16Gb FC 2 Port Adapter Pair FW910.20 (VL910_122) firmware AIX 7.2 ML3 AIX_AAPCM mpio driver algorithmset set to shortest_queue reserve_policy set to no_reserve queue_depth set to 32 IBM StorWize V7000 GEN3 17x 1.92TB 2.5In NVMe Flash Drive 16Gb FC […]

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Installing Exchange Server 2013 CU21 requisites on Windows Server 2012 R2

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We are going to install Exchange 2013 CU21 ( combination of Mailbox and Client Access  role) on a single box. Install the Unified Communications Managed API 4.0 Runtime, and the Visual C++ 2013 redistributable package. Install the required features using: Install-WindowsFeature AS-HTTP-Activation, Desktop-Experience, NET-Framework-45-Features, RPC-over-HTTP-proxy, RSAT-Clustering, Web-Mgmt-Console, WAS-Process-Model, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Digest-Auth, Web-Dir-Browsing, Web-Dyn-Compression, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Http-Redirect, […]

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Enable Copy & Paste in VMware vSphere 6.7

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If you want to enable copy & paste on VMware vSphere 6.7 do the following: Disable Lockdown Mode if it is enabled and start the SSH service Log in to the ESX/ESXi host as a root user. Take a backup of the /etc/vmware/config file. Open the /etc/vmware/config file using a text editor and add these […]

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Headless Windows Server, how to manage firewall remotely?

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I noticed that once you deploy headless windows servers (domain controllers as an example) you can manage everything remotely (mmc, event viewer, rsat, etc.) except Windows Firewall right out of the box. To be able to manage the firewall remotely, you need to open additional ports on the headless instance using: netsh advfirewall firewall set […]

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Convert Windows Server 2016/2019 from EVAL to FULL

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Most evaluation versions can be converted to full retail versions, but the method varies slightly depending on the edition. Before you attempt to convert the version, verify that your server is actually running an evaluation version. For releases of Windows Server 2016 prior to 14393.0.161119-1705.RS1_REFRESH, you can only perform this conversion from evaluation to retail […]

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Deploy headless Server 2016 Domain Controllers

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This guide will show you how to deploy two headless Windows Server 2016 domain controllers in a new environment. This guide (first of the series) assumes you are standing up a hybrid Microsoft environment within a VMware homelab. First we need to get a few things out of the way: 2 Windows 2016 virtual machines […]

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EWS Powershell Script to find the ‘True’ Read Status of an email message.

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Some business requires to track the READ status of some critical messages that was sent to all or some of the users. They want to know if the email was delivered to the Mailbox and was read by the user. Grab the script from: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/santhse/get-readstatus/ If you are running on-premise, use: $credentials = Get-Credential $messageID = […]

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Lets see how far we get.

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This blog sure does feel empty huh?! #!/bin/bash echo “Hello Earth!” echo “Hello Mars!”

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