Jul 25 2014

Changing the Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) Admin Password

We all know how important passwords are especially those for domain administrators accounts, because those accounts have rights to log in to domain controllers. If the password of one of those accounts is compromised, access to your domain controllers is granted. You know what could happen next.

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Jul 13 2014

Creating and Using VMware Guest Customization Specification

I know many of you deploy a lot of  VMs in you VMware Infrastructure. Been there, and still doing that. I also know that most of you are using PowerCLI to automate the deployments to make time for some reading; but there are things that need to be done in the guest OS during the …

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Jun 19 2014

Creating Fine-Grained Password Policies in Windows Server 2012/R2

Until not long ago if you wanted to assign different passwords policies to different users, you were forced to create a new domain in the forest. Starting with Windows Server 2008, Microsoft came with fine-grained password policies (FGPPs) a functionality that will let you have different passwords policies in a single domain.

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Jun 16 2014

Upgrading from SCVMM 2008 R2 to SCVMM 2012 R2

Hi there, me again. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 is out for quite some time now and you are thinking to upgrade your VMM 2008 infrastructure. Don’t rush it, because the upgrade path is not done with just a few clicks. Microsoft made sure this process will be confuse for admins, and I …

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Jun 01 2014

Integrating DaRT (8.x) with MDT (2013) and enable DaRT Remote Control

I know you like MDT, is a great deployment solution, but it gets even better if the right tools are integrated into your images. I also know that a lot of times during deployments something gets messed up, some clients get an unexpected error, a script gets stuck somewhere, and the deployment stops.

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Apr 06 2014

Configuring Distributed Key Management (DKM) in VMM 2012

Before we start digging into the practice stuff, I want to put some theory here so you can at least make an idea what Distributed Key Management or DKM is and why do you need to know how to configure it. VMM encrypts some of the data in the VMM database like the administrator passwords, …

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Mar 09 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012/R2

I’ve been thinking for a while to write this article, and eventually I did it. For those that don’t know what Hyper-V Replica is, I will try to summarize it. Is a host-based replication in the hypervisor, and we are talking about Hyper-V here, at no extra costs; its free. By implementing this feature, you …

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Dec 24 2013

Creating a persistent scratch location on ESXi

When you install your ESXi host(s) on a flash drive, which is pretty common in an enterprise environment you will get a message on the Summary tab in your vSphere client or Web client interface “System logs on <ESXi host> are stored on non-persistent storage“.

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Dec 15 2013

Creating an Offline MDT Deployment Media

Everything is working fine in your main office, you capture, you deploy, you migrate, but you have a bunch of small branch offices (10-20 PC’s) with limited bandwidth where you need to do the same thing. Well…you could just tell the people in those offices to leave their desktops and laptops on and deploy or …

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Dec 01 2013

Configuring VMware High Availability (VMHA)

OK, you created your VMware cluster but the VM’s are not protected from hosts failure, and by not protected I mean your VM’s will not be automatically migrated to a working ESXi host and automatically powered on. They will be left in a powered off and not available state. The second bad thing about this …

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