So we had recently enabled DNS scavenging for a large environment who also had a DirectAccess server. The next day we were getting help desk calls about remote users not able to connect and those who were in the office unable to use their devices. One of the cornerstones of DirectAccess is DNS and the … Continue reading "Watch out when you enable DNS Scavenging and have a DirectAccess environment"
I recently had to extract some data from our DirectAccess server to get information about a particular user and their number of connections during a time period along with data transferred. The Remote Access Management Console allows you to view these details but not extract or save them. So I turned to PowerShell and used … Continue reading "Extracting Reporting data from your DirectAccess Server to CSV using PowerShell"
So I’m going through and trying to automate a lot of things in our environment (one thing you should always try and do as a SysAdmin is to automate repetitive tasks) and to help me achieve this I’m using Group Policy, step one is enable Remote Desktop to all of our Servers automatically. Created the Group … Continue reading "Remote Desktop is Blocked in Windows Firewall even though Group Policy Setting is set to allow"
Starting with Google Chrome 58 no longer trusts certificates without the Subject Alternative Name attribute, so this makes it a little troublesome for those with internal CAs where you rely on them for Software Development. We noticed last week that some end users couldn’t hit an internal application over HTTPS, but was fine in Firefox … Continue reading "How to allow an Active Directory Certificate Authority to generate Certificates with a Subject Alternative Name attribute"
I was recently helping out a colleague with an SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) installation. When it came time to configuring that instance of SSRS and making it listen on port 80 for that particular site we got The URL has already been reserved warning message, navigating to the Reporting Services URLs gives us a HTTP … Continue reading "Fixing SQL Reporting Services The URL has already been reserved error during Configuration"
I was looking at an old Exchange environment that was being used to send bulk mail outs. We noticed every now and again a bunch of e-mails would not be getting sent, trawling through Message Tracking Logs we could see that the messages were failing because of an AGENT FAIL which usually means that there … Continue reading "Bypassing Anti-Spam on an Exchange 2007/2010 Receive Connector"
I had a VM snapshot/checkpoint running for several months in my test lab and after reverting the snapshot back I went to login to the machine and got the dreaded Trust relationship between this computer and the primary domain failed error message. So I logged in as a local admin onto that machine, opened up … Continue reading "Fixing The trust relationship between this computer and the primary domain failed Error when restoring a Snapshot or Old Virtual Machine"
This one has been sitting in my drafts folder for a while but last year I was experimenting with our SharePoint environment and thought it would be a cool idea to have a view of our web mail and calendar come up into our SharePoint homepage as web parts. Now if you are running SharePoint … Continue reading "Using custom OWA URLs in SharePoint to display your inbox as well as calendar and other items"
So a lot of environments are making the jump to Exchange 2013/2016 away from 2007/2010. From a management point of view the largest change is the move away from a GUI Management option to web-based and PowerShell management. One of the tools missing is the Message Tracking tool, which in a basic form is available … Continue reading "Make viewing and sorting Exchange 2013 / 2016 Message Tracking Logs using PowerShell easier with GridView"
So I was recently setting up a demo environment in Azure with two servers. Our goal was to have Remote Web Access and then publish RemoteApps through that so we could give live demos. The process to setup Remote Desktop Services is much easier in Server 2012 / 2012 R2 thanks to the Add Remove … Continue reading "Adventures with setting up RDS RemoteApp and Web Access in Windows Server 2012 R2"