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COM+ Network Access firewall exception for WS2012r2

Say you have a shiny new Windows Server 2012 r2 that you want to view the event logs on from your Windows 8.1 workstation (why am I saying this… no reason). If you have Windows Firewall turned on (in my … Continue reading

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Help Windows! My DHCP scope is full!

Start of new semester at the U… it seems everyone came back with more WiFi gadgets than ever, and wants them all on the network AT ONCE.  So, our /20 network (4096 addresses) we already planned to supplant with another … Continue reading

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<unknown> disk space on WS2008R2–vssadmin command

Seth B and I have racked our brains today on why a plain-Jane domain controller (just AD-DS role, no DNS, no DHCP, nothing else with any logging load) had <25% free disk space (16/67GB).  The weak-sysadmin-crutch-tool WinDirStat showed us an … Continue reading

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Today’s edition of “Thanks a lot Microsoft…”

Trying to answer for my supervisor what seems like a simple enough question “how many users do we have in Active Directory.”  Good old Active Directory users and computers (ADUC, aka dsa.msc) is kinda kludgy in this respect: I can … Continue reading

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Microsoft DNS server recursion problems

Many of you at UNI know we’ve had a problem over the past couple of years – oh, since Windows Server 2008r2 was installed on our domain controllers seems to be the timeline.  Various webpages when loaded from a workstation … Continue reading

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Ctrl+Alt+End is your Remote Desktop friend

So you’re out of the office, but accessing your domain workstation via Remote Desktop.  Notification area says “your password expires in 1 day – change by hitting ctrl+alt+del” – but when you do this, you’re of course bringing up your … Continue reading

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Microsoft Key Management Service (KMS) 2012

The blessings of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 have descended to us mere mortals with Microsoft software assurance.  Alright, how are we going to activate these new installs? You remember the game from 2008/Vista and then 2008R2/Win7… and again … Continue reading

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Windows 7 PEAP server ‘connect to’ wildcard

Contrary to ‘what’ you’d expect’ and several help forums on the interwebz – on a Windows XP, Vista, 7 client machine using PEAP for wireless or wired 802.1x network access you cannot configure the “connect to these servers” with a … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting Remote Desktop Gateway (formerly known as tsgateway)

Rather than provide portable computers for staff, the culture at my day job is for people to use iPads and other data consuming devices to remote back to their office desktop computer and do *all* their work.  Since leaving 3389 … Continue reading

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Use ADUC to find client machine OS versions

I’ve been asked “how many Winders XP machines ya got left” – off to Active Directory Users and Computes (aka ADUC, aka dsa.msc) Find the domain/CN/OU you wish to search, right-click Find – then in the find drop-down list choose … Continue reading

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