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"
So recently I’ve been working on improving and streamlining our imaging process. One of the pain points that I have had with Windows 10 was an easy way of setting the default wallpaper, but without locking out the user, i.e. Group Policy from changing it in the future. After a long session of Google Fu … Continue reading "Setting the default wallpaper on a Windows 10 image deployment through MDT"
Quick one today. By default, when creating a room resource mailbox, Exchange will grant default permissions of AvailabilityOnly for any user (default), if you are after people knowing who has booked a room or resource then you can adjust the permissions to Reviewer. The quickest way to do this is via PowerShell, you can use … Continue reading "Adjust resource mailbox calendar permissions on Exchange 2010/2013 using PowerShell"
So I was out installing a new laptop for a client recently, their server infrastructure is very old (they’re still running Server 2003 but about to migrate) and doing the final stage of the deployment I was installing the local printer in the office but got Windows cannot Connect to the Printer (0x0000007e) error every … Continue reading "Fixing Windows cannot connect to printer with Error Error 0x0000007e when shared on Windows Server 2003 or 2008 32 bit (x86) and your client is 64 bit"
So I’m in the final stages of getting our Windows 10 Deployment ready to go and I am currently in the process of branding and customising our image, which includes setting a custom Start Menu Tile Layout. This is done with the use of two PowerShell commands Export-StartMenuLayout and Import-StartMenuLayout. I created our preferred start menu, … Continue reading "Issues Deploying a Custom Windows 10 Start Menu Layout when using an image with a Default Profile"
The process for running LDAP queries via secure channel for Moodle is fairly straight forward. This method is not using a trusted certificate but is encrypting the traffic between Moodle and your Domain Controller to prevent snooping. The first thing you will want to do is install the latest OpenSSL binaries onto your Moodle Server. … Continue reading "Using LDAPS (Secure LDAP Binding) with Moodle for Sign-In running on IIS in a Windows Active Directory Domain"
So I was asked recently to setup a test environment for one of our CRM applications. So I went ahead and instead of copying the existing Virtual Machine I decided to create a new one from scratch. Installed SQL Server 2012 and the required application files. As I went to install the database onto the … Continue reading "Changing the SQL Server Collation After Installation for SQL Server 2012 or 2014 without re-installation"
During a deployment of Windows or even after Windows is deployed you see an Open File – Security Warning prompt when a .EXE runs (similar to the one on the right). This happens because when you download an .EXE, .ZIP, or .CAB Internet Explorer (as well as Firefox and Chrome) saves what is called a … Continue reading "How to remove the Open File Security Warning Prompt during Driver Deployment or User Login when using MDT or SCCM"
Quick post today, I organise my driver folders into manufacturer and model and then use a task sequence to pick machine specific drivers. Getting the exact model name helps and one day to do that is via a WMI query. It’s a command I try to use quite a bit (and tend to forget the … Continue reading "Getting a machine product name and serial number using WMIC for use with MDT or SCCM"
If you work in a place with a lot of remote users and a password policy with expiration set then you need to give your users a way to reset their passwords. Microsoft ISA / TMG configured with forms based authentication were able to do this out of the box. The good news is Exchange … Continue reading "Enable a user to Change their Password if it has Expired using OWA for Exchange 2010 and 2013"