Nov 19 2014

Installing and Configuring NFS on Windows Server 2012/R2

There are times when you need to access some Windows shares from Linux machines, or systems that have some Linux variations. A few methods exists on how you can do this, and NFS (Network File System) is one of them. NFS exists for a long time in Windows, starting with server 2003, and it’s still …

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Oct 29 2014

Configure Syslog on ESXi 5.x Hosts

No matter how small or how big your VMware infrastructure is, you still want to know what’s happening on your hosts, and most of the time for security reasons. You also need to be alerted in case something goes wrong or might go wrong, who’s logging in and logging out etc. All those actions I …

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Sep 25 2014

Creating Standalone and Enterprise (EMS) TMG 2010 Arrays – Domain Environment -

OK, so you have your Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 (TMG) protecting your services in the infrastructure, and is doing a pretty good job too. I agree with you, but this TMG server of yours can fail, and if it fails all those services will either get unprotected or users can’t access them anymore. …

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Sep 17 2014

Configuring Hyper-V Replica using Certificate-Based Authentication (HTTPS)

You know that starting with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has a new feature that replicates VMs from one host to another for a disaster recovery scenario! I talked about it in this article; but configuring replication that way over non-trusted networks

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Sep 02 2014

Enabling the Active Directory Recycle Bin in Server 2012/R2

I don’t wanna be wrong here, but I think that one of the most common Active Directory disasters that administrators face is the accidentally deleted object(s). Even if you put a strong security in place, there comes a time when you need to delegate permissions and with that accidents happen. &nbsp

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Aug 06 2014

Set Up Automatic Certificate Enrollment (Autoenroll)

Managing certificates usually does not need to much intervention. Issuing and enrolling for certificates, again is a piece-of-cake… in a small environment. But if you are running more than let’s say 50 workstations and servers enrolling for certificates is a week job, if not more.

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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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