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"
So, I recently inherited a small client with SBS 2011 and their previous IT admin only ever used the Default Domain Policy to apply computer and users settings (such as mapped drives and printers). Microsoft has quite a strong recommendation of best practice for the two policies which goes along the lines of; Default Domain … Continue reading "Reset the Default Domain and Domain Controller Group Policy Objects to their out of box state"
I was recently setting up some Linked SQL Servers for a customer to perform queries against a database on one server through another. One of the things you need to get right when setting up linked servers when using Service accounts in Active Directory is SPNs (or Service Principal Names) and Authority to Delegate (for … Continue reading "How to easily Check your SPN and Delegation settings for SQL Server in an Active Directory environment"