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How to Make a Domain Admin in Azure Domain Services
Mar25

How to Make a Domain Admin in Azure Domain Services

I had an issue the other week where I logged in thinking I was as an admin but I wasn’t able to create any OU’s or group policies. In my case I was building out a Windows Virtual Desktop deployment for a client, created the Domain Services in Azure then added a server to the domain. I then found I couldn’t manage it. In the image below the ‘new’ section from the menu is missing. Luckily there is an easy...

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Hide Specified Drives Group Policy
Mar25

Hide Specified Drives Group Policy

If you need to hide specific or system drives on a computer or RDS server you can use group policy to do this easily. First create and link a group policy to the OU in Active Directory where the computer or server resides. Next enable Loop back processing in replace mode and this will mean that any user who logs into that computer will also get the user section of the policy applied to them when they login. Next in the policy navigate...

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Windows Explorer Missing in Group Policy
Mar25

Windows Explorer Missing in Group Policy

Trying to find some settings in Windows Explorer but its missing from your group policy? I had this issue to but it turns out Microsoft have renamed it File Explorer. User Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> File Explorer In my case I wanted to hide specified drives in My Computer but turns out to be an each fix once you know its just been renamed!

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Cant Remove Hyper-V VM Cannot Connect to Virtual Machine Configuration Storage
Aug13

Cant Remove Hyper-V VM Cannot Connect to Virtual Machine Configuration Storage

Found a redundant VM on your Hyper-V host? This typically only happens in test environments but rarely in production and caused by a VM folder being deleted or moved. In the screenshot below you can see the VM ‘Mindex’ in an off-critial state. You cant remove this server from the host using the GUI. Open a Powershell windows as admin and type ‘Get-VM’ and press enter. This will list all of the VM’s on the...

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Act Failed to Open Scheduler log Error Occurred While Loading Scheduler log file
Jul20

Act Failed to Open Scheduler log Error Occurred While Loading Scheduler log file

Getting the following error and having trouble resolving the issue? “Failed to open scheduler log. Error occurred while loading scheduler log file.” Under the menu ‘Other tasks’ click ‘Stop Service’ then Browse to c:\programdata\act\act data Rename ‘SCHEDULER_LOG’ TO ‘SCHEDULER_LOGOLD’ Now in the task scheduler click ‘Start service’ from the ‘other...

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Windows Server File Migration Service Guide
Apr18

Windows Server File Migration Service Guide

Starting from Windows server 2019 we see the introduction of the Windows server file migration service feature. This feature allows you to easily migrate a file server, all of its file shares and folder permissions to new physical or virtual server. This feature will sync all file shares to a new server, set the same permissions then when you are ready it will assume the old servers IP address and name. The idea is to make migrating...

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Server Storage Migration Service Extension Not Visible
Feb13

Server Storage Migration Service Extension Not Visible

Recently i’ve been experimenting with the Server Storage Migration feature in Windows server 2019. This feature allows you to clone an existing file server and migrate its shares and files to a new server and perform a cutover migration to the new server. I had an issue where the server storage extension was not showing up in the list of extensions despite being installed! As you can see here the extension is not listed. It...

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Upgrade Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Full Version
Jan29

Upgrade Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Full Version

I recently ran into an issue where I wanted to test a deployment using Windows Server 2019 Storage Migration Service feature. It turns out an Evaluation installation does not support storage migration service and it will not appears to be missing in the Windows Admin Center. I needed to upgrade Windows Server 2019 Evaluation to Standard edition. which is fortunately very easy! First open up a Powershell window and run...

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Convert a Physical Server to Virtual using Hyper-V
Feb09

Convert a Physical Server to Virtual using Hyper-V

If you need to convert an aging physical windows server to a virtual machine running on a Hyper-V host Microsoft offer a couple of tools for the Job. The first application is Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 but unfortunately Microsoft have said they are pulling the application and it will be no longer available towards the end of 2019. They are instead leaving the conversion problem to 3rd party vendors. Luckily there is...

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How to Setup a Unifi Cloud Controller in Azure
Jan18

How to Setup a Unifi Cloud Controller in Azure

Welcome to my in depth guide to setting up a Unifi cloud controller in Azure. If you love the great value Ubiquity products offer but want centralised cloud management like you get with Meraki products then Unifi wifi points, firewalls and switches combined with a cloud controller hosted in Azure make for a killer solution especially for the MSP’s out there looking to manage a large number of sites and devices. Configuring a...

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Unifi Guest Wifi Unable To Obtain IP Address
Oct12

Unifi Guest Wifi Unable To Obtain IP Address

Having trouble getting your guest WiFi portal working using UniFi? I did too and its most likely caused by you using a separate DHCP server on the network rather than using your USG for DHCP. Here is the fix! Go into ‘Wireless Networks’ and Edit the guest WiFi network.   Scroll down to ‘Advanced Options’ and you will see an are to enter Excepted Devices. These devices are allowed to receive broadcast...

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How To Upgrade Azure AD Connect Software
Sep04

How To Upgrade Azure AD Connect Software

  Upgrading to the latest version of Azure AD Connect is a fairly painless process and solves a recent issue with high CPU usage. Here’s how you do it. First download the latest version of Azure AD Connect onto the server which currently runs it from here       Although the upgrade process keeps your current settings I always find it useful to view the current configuration to better undstand whats being used...

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Azure AD Connect Microsoft Online Reporting MonitoringAgent Startup High CPU
Sep04

Azure AD Connect Microsoft Online Reporting MonitoringAgent Startup High CPU

A recent update to Windows Server has caused Azure AD Connect to hog CPU time on some servers. To fix this download the latest version of Azure AD Connect and upgrade your installation. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=47594 The upgrade requires no reboots or down time the only issue is that the sync process will be stopped until the upgrade is complete. Upgrading the software typically takes 10-20 minutes...

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Active Directory Object Contains Other Objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and all of the objects it contains?
Aug09

Active Directory Object Contains Other Objects. Are you sure you want to delete object and all of the objects it contains?

So you try and delete a user in Active directory and get a message asking if you are sure you want to delete it and all of the objects it contains. You stop and think, what objects does it contain? This is normally caused by old Exchange 2010 attributes attached to the user account. To see what the sub objects are click on ‘View’ then ‘Users, Contacts, Groups and Computers as containers.’ from within Active...

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No Network Card After Windows Update KB4088875 and KB4103718

Another round of updates and more issues to resolve, the work of us IT administrators is never done! If you have a PC (Likely windows 7) which has suddenly dropped its network card after applying KB4088875 or KB4103718 then dont worry so has everyone else 😉 We’ve heard some horror stories of 60 servers going offline with this one but the fix so far has been: Reinstall the network card drivers along with any missing chipset...

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How to Setup a Single Server RDS Deployment Using Server 2016
Mar27

How to Setup a Single Server RDS Deployment Using Server 2016

Welcome to my guide on how to configure a single server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) deployment using server 2016. We’re seeing less and less RDS deployments but some situations still require some lite RDS access. Specialist software which doesn’t run over a VPN or is not cloud based is ideally suited to RDS deployments. I’ve still seen lots of engineers struggle to properly configure a single server deployment so...

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Hyper-V Stuck Starting at 10%
Jun24

Hyper-V Stuck Starting at 10%

Had an issue with several virtual machines not starting this week, they just got stuck on 10% and no matter how many times I restarted the VM and the Host they wouldn’t start running. This could have been a disaster if it happened on a live system but luckily it wasn’t. Let’s take a look at how to fix it. First turn of the VM’s  that are experiencing the problem. If they wont turn off then you will need to kill...

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Cant backup server event id 8230 in logs
Feb18

Cant backup server event id 8230 in logs

I’ve had an issue where a server hasn’t been backing up for a couple of days and all of the recommended solutions didn’t work. In the end it was a case of trial and error until I managed to get it working. First thing is to check the Application log and in my case I was receiving event ID 8230. There are plenty of recommended solutions to this problem but none worked for me.   When a backup hangs it can be for a...

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