I’ve been working on needed to copy a number of files from one client site to another, my issue is that they have separate Active Directory domains and there is no trust between them. Using PowerShell, we can save a user credential and then use that to map a network drive with them and perform … Continue reading "Copying files from one server to another as a different user (two separate domains) using PowerShell"
Working with one of my education customers I recently had to perform some maintenance on their SQL Database server as they were running low on disk space AND had a free unused virtual disk where we could throw their tempdb onto (it was meant to go here but they didn’t place it there during installation). … Continue reading "Moving the SQL Server tempdb file location after SQL Server is installed"
So we’ve been deploying Firefox for quite a while pretty much everywhere we can however, only recently have we started standardising the deployments across the organisation’s that we manage. We’ve deployed Internal Root CAs using the CCK2 method to improve our user experience with Deep Packet SSL inspection however setting up configurations and extensions and … Continue reading "Deploy Firefox in the Enterprise with uBlock Origin, HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger using Group Policy"
Over the summer holiday period, I was assisting a school with building out an SoE for the new year. One of the things we used to do with Windows 7 was tweak the Taskbar to contain only items we were after instead of the default items of Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer and Windows Media Player. … Continue reading "Change Windows 10 Taskbar Icons Script Deploying a custom taskbar for Windows 10"
I’ve been busy lately assisting with a number of Office 365 migrations. Every single one is different and while many are straightforward, In some cases, you will find applications or devices that don’t support the requirements for connecting to Office 365 using TLS or SSL or they may not even work over standard ports such … Continue reading "Using Stunnel to Allow Legacy Apps and Devices that do not support SSL POP3 or TLS SMTP to Connect to Office 365"
A customer of ours has a large archive of files located on a NAS device (around 15TB worth) that they want to simply push off to tape and then remove from the NAS. Network drives don’t show up in Veeam whilst creating backup jobs, so we needed a way to get this working. We use … Continue reading "Veeam File to Tape Job and how to backup up files directly from a Network Share"
So I’ve recently started experimenting with a Palo Alto VM Firewall that we are about to trial. Unfortunately they don’t offer a Hyper-V virtual machine so I’ve had to stick this into dev our ESXi host. After importing the .ovf, I edited the network adapters onto the right VLANs for me to get it going … Continue reading "How to Configure the Management IP of a Palo Alto Firewall through a console connection"
I was at a customer site and they had a single Hyper-V host (running Server Hyper-V edition) and had done an in-place upgrade. Microsoft generally recommends you always do fresh installations and migrate, except for Configuration Manager servers where it is a supported configuration to upgrade Windows versions. They were starting to run low on … Continue reading "Delete Windows.old from an upgraded Windows Server install operating in Core"
If you find yourself taking over a cluster with a name that is silly or doesn’t make sense, you can rename it without much issue. Your main thing to watch out for are backup software that target the cluster (such as Veeam or DPM). You just need to ensure they are reconfigured to use the … Continue reading "Renaming a Hyper-V Failover Cluster"
The Reset password utility for Virtual Machines has come in handy on the odd occasion when we never recorded or misplaced the password for a VM running in Azure. The downside is this tool does not support running against Domain Controllers (to reset the in-built Administrator account). So what happens when you have a domain … Continue reading "How to Reset a Domain Controller’s Domain Admin password for a Virtual Machine running up in Azure"