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How to Check for Missing Updates in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Microsoft has updated the Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) to version 2.3, allowing IT administrators to scan networks for missing patches on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. While you can check for missing security updates on individual servers ...
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Defcon 21 - So You think Your Domain Controller is Secure? - YouTube 22:25

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Robocopy and Task Sequence

Sometimes we need copy files from the server to the client during OS deployment, but if you’re a large organization with many physical locations, copying files from a specific location may not be suitable as it may cause copying files from the WAN link. ...
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Reclaim disk space after an in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 (Virtual to the Core)

You could notice, after an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 made via an “in-place” upgrade rather than a reinstallation, the total amount of free disk space has lowered is really notable.

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Active Directory without Microsoft: An open source alternative to Bill Gates for your home lab

Graham F French is an IT veteran of almost two decades and specialises in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure technologies. He can be found on twitter at @NakedCloudGuy and blogs at thenakedcloudguy.com. He holds VCP5-DCV and MCSE qualificat ...
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Microsoft's Active Directory Replication Status Tool

Yesterday, Microsoft released version 1.0 of their Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS This tool is a nice GUI app that is similar to our friend repadmin.exe. This tool can be run from your workstation, and can analyze your entire Acti ...
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Enable LSA Protection in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 include updates to the Local Security Authority (LSA), which is responsible for processing local and remote user logins, to help mitigate Pass the Hash (PtH) attacks, in which hackers attempt to capture user password ...
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Windows Management Framework (PowerShell) 4.0 is now available – ensure you already have .NET 4.5

WMF 4.0 contains updated versions of the following features: Windows PowerShellWindows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE)Windows PowerShell Web Services (Management OData IIS Extension)Windows Remote Management (WinRM)Windows Management In ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual RSS (vRSS) In Action

My clients or employers are normally into lots of data, large files &  number crunching. That means they like CPU power, memory, bandwidth & IOPS. That doesn’t mean they want to spend fortunes but it does mean I got a standing order to get ev ...
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Virtualizing existing domain controllers in VMware Converter 3.0 (1006996)

A converted domain controller does not synchronize. The DNS services on a converter domain controller does not bind to the network interface. The local domain database file ( NTDS.DIT) is corrupted in the new virtual machine. The domain controller be ...
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Finding and Deleting Unlinked GPOs with PowerShell

It is time to get rid of the Group Policy clutter! For anyone that has attempted a Group Policy cleanup, you will know how daunting that clutter can be. Today, we are going to tackle the first step in that process. We are going to quickly find all unlinke ...
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Enterprise PKI with Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Certificate Services (Part 1 of 2)

PKI is heavily employed in cloud computing for encrypting data and securing transactions. While Windows Server 2012 R2 is developed as a building block for cloud solutions, there is an increasing demand for IT professionals to acquire proficiency on imple ...
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Violin gangs up with Microsoft: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?

Flash array front runner Violin Memory can now run Windows Server inside its high-end arrays, giving the server OS access to up to 64TB of NAND with the ability to run all Windows enterprise applications in solid state storage. Violin and Microsoft have ...
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Configure LDAPs an Active Directory Domain Controller for LDAP over SSL Connections

I recently had to configure a Directory Sync feature between a cloud based SPAM filtering service and a client’s Active Directory and came across the option of either syncing via regular LDAP port 389 (unecrypted) or LDAPS over SSL port 636.  While t ...
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HOWTO: Obtain DNS information from NIC’s via PowerShell

Recently we have had a need to confirm DNS settings on various Windows Servers to ensure that they are pointed to the correct servers and not fully dependant on servers in a remote site, incorrectly.  In order to do so, one needs to be able to get a ...
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PowerShell Rename-Computer: The One Cmdlet to Rename Them All

Renaming computers suck! Sure, there are worse things in life like famine, natural disasters, etc. Regardless though, the process is way more tedious than it should be. You have to remote in and kick off any logged on user. Even if you use Concurrent RDP, ...
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Paper: Microsoft Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guides

Microsoft has released two papers related to Desktop Hosting. The first is called: "Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide" and the second is called: "Windows Azure Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide". Both documents provide a blueprint fo ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 & Windows 8.1 KMS Service Activation

As with all new versions of Windows since 2008 / Vista we need to set up the KMS (Key Management Service) to support the newest versions. Our KMS servers are running on Windows Server 2012 now. But perhaps yours are still running on a Windows Server 2008, ...
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Notes on how to configure an external NTP time source for a VMware ESXi 5.1 Active Directory PDC emulator domain controller

I’ve been asked several times over the past year with how to properly configure an Active Directory controller with the PDC Emulator FSMO role to sync with an external time source and not relying on the synchronization between the virtual machine’s VMware ...
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