So just a quick one today. I was recently working on a SQL Server, running through some Database Mail setup and testing (see Microsoft Docs) with one of our applications. I needed a way to see what e-mails were being sent out as well as what wasn’t. The below queries will give you the info … Continue reading "Queries for troubleshooting the Database Mail (dbmail) function of Microsoft SQL Server"
So getting BitLocker enabled in an Active Directory environment is fairly painless and helps to get your end user devices more Secure. I’ll outline the steps you need to take to enable it as well as get the recovery keys stored in Active Directory. I’ll also dive into replicating this setup on Azure AD/Intune in … Continue reading "Enabling BitLocker with Group Policy and backing up Existing BitLocker recovery keys to Active Directory"
We’ve started to deploy the latest release of Windows 10 and it’s interesting to note that Microsoft have released with little fan-fare some changes to the way Updates are deployed for the 1903 release. Microsoft are now pushing updates through what is called the Unified Update Platform (see this RPC Mag article). Anyway, the main … Continue reading "Windows 10 May 2019 or 1903 Software Update Management Changes for WSUS and Config Manager"
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"
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"
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’ve got DirectAccess running in your environment for remote access you’ll know how great and seamless it is for your end users. For businesses with large segmented internal networks we need to make sure that your external users can access all of the internal resources they need. For this to happen we need to … Continue reading "Allowing DirectAccess to other internal Subnets or VLANs in your Network"