Introduction I was working with a customer recently who could not get clients or servers at a new remote site to activate using Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA). They were getting event ID 8214 as in the image below. Notice in the above where I bold the computer name Client1.Child1.Contoso.local. This means that Client1 is … Continue reading Active Directory Based Activation (ADBA) Fails with Error: 0x8007202B
The Issue Recently I was at a customer that had a very strange and specific requirement. They wanted to query All File Type Extensions with a count on all machines in the environment. This was an environment with 30 000+ machines and they wanted it to run quickly and once off. The Investigation System Center … Continue reading Powershell – "Search and Count All File Extensions on Multiple Machines using Powershell"
Introduction Welcome to part 4 in my Active Directory Cleanup Series. This part is concentrated on pulling a report of Windows Operating Systems that are obsolete/unsupported. Using this report you can review them and decide if they should be removed or upgraded. Script 1: Long 1 liner. The following script was posted on one of … Continue reading PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 4 – Unsupported Windows Operating Systems
In this blog post series, we will cover some useful scripts and methods which will help you to organize and maintain your GPOs, and clean up the mess surrounded in your Group Policy environment.
Introduction Hello everyone. Part 3 in my AD Cleanup series is stale computer objects. Stale computer objects are computers that haven't logged into the domain for a specified number of days. This script includes a NumberOfDays parameter that either you specify when calling the script or it defaults to 120 days during script execution. The … Continue reading PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 3 – Stale Computer Objects
For a full walk-through of this setup, please watch the video at the end of this post. Greetings readers, Hyper-V nested virtualization in Azure has unlocked different scenarios and use cases such as sandbox environments, running unsupported operating systems or legacy applications that require specific features that are not natively supported in Azure, think about … Continue reading How to enable Internet and vNET connectivity for nested VMs in Azure
Introduction Hello again, Scott Williamson back with the next installment in the series "PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup". For this installment we going to take a look at a script that finds computers that have a space in their name. Per RFC 1123 DNS host names cannot contain white space (blank) in their names. This is … Continue reading PowerShell: Active Directory Cleanup – Part 2 – Spacey Computer Names
The Issue Recently I installed the Latest Tech Preview in my lab environment and while running an In-Console update I received an error "Configure SQL Server Service Broker - Failed". The Investigation If you watch a video Steve Rachui posted some time ago, there are some valuable tips for which logs to review and the … Continue reading System Center Configuration Manager – "Configure SQL Server Service Broker Failed"
Windows Server 2019 has a lot of additional capabilities that can be added. Those features are easily added with the Add-WindowsCapability PowerShell cmdlet. When adding a capability it pulls from either the Internet or a WSUS server. Sometimes the capability needs to be added in an offline environment where there is no Internet and the … Continue reading Offline installation of OpenSSH Server on Windows Server 2019
The Issue Recently I was posed a question where a customer wanted their users to experience a more advanced or informative when software gets installed. They also required that data be saved so that users work are not affected. Requirements: The Mimecast for Outlook add in had to be installed (This requires Outlook to close) … Continue reading Infrastructure – System Center Configuration Manager – “Deploying applications with the PowerShell Application Deployment Toolkit”