Oct 10 2017

Join VCSA 6.x to an Active Directory Domain

We started deploying our VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) either with an embedded PSC or an external one, and once the deployment was finished we noticed that we can’t use our Active Directory domain credentials to log in into vCenter. The only way we can get in is by using the

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Oct 03 2017

Migrating from FRS to DFSR

You’ve migrated your domain to the latest version, but did you really? I’m asking this question because I’ve seen a lot of Active Directory environments migrated but not at 100%. Before making my point here, let me start with a little refresher for those that forgot about SYSVOL.

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May 09 2017

VMware vSphere 6: Configure VMCA as a Subordinate CA

I must say that VMware has done a great job with the vCenter server appliance. Not only is easy and fast to deploy but it also gives us the ability to change its certificate using a nice menu screen that they called it vSphere 6.0 Certificate Manager. As you know, changing certificates

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Apr 26 2017

Deploying the VMware vCenter 6.0 Appliance (VCSA) with an External Platform Service Controller (PSC)

As you know, starting with vSphere 6.0 VMware introduced the Platform Service Controller (PSC) which changed quite a bit how their Data Center applications interact with each other. They are all tight to the PSC, because the PSC is the one that deals with the identity management, generation of SSL certificates, license keys, global permissions,

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Feb 13 2017

Building a three-tire Windows Certification Authority Hierarchy

Security is very important all over the internet but it’s also important in an organization, and it gets easier or harder to implement it depending on the size of the organization. Now I know, and you know, that there are many ways and many types of security implementations,

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Jan 05 2017

Deploying and Configuring VMware vSphere Replication Appliance 6.0

For most companies backups are not enough, because in case of a disaster they need to be online as fast as possible in order to serve clients and not loose revenue; so they built secondary datacenters for disaster recovery and bought expensive storage to manage and replicate VMs from the main site (production site) to …

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Oct 28 2016

Configuring certificates in 2012/R2 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Nowadays, IT security it’s a serious deal, and Remote Desktop Services is no exception especially if there are external clients connecting to the infrastructure. In order to make it easier for those clients to connect, we as administrators have to configure these services as smooth and transparent as possible, and to secure them, we will …

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Oct 17 2016

Creating a 3-Leg Perimeter Network (DMZ) with TMG 2010

You’ve been thinking on moving some internal services more closely to the internet to provide a better experience for your users, and you’ve heard that by creating a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) will help you accomplish that, with security in place. Creating forests and domains that will be exposed to the internet might be another reason …

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Sep 27 2016

Creating Active Directory Forest Trusts

Most companies nowadays have, or they prepare having multiple Active Directory forests in their environment, and as you know, forests are a completely different entity compared to an additional domain or tree. One forest does not trust another one, and can’t share information with another forest, unless a trust is created between the two. Usually …

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Sep 07 2016

How to reset forgotten Active Directory Domain Administrator password

It happens. Not so often, but it happens when you just can’t remember your domain/enterprise administrator password anymore. This is a big deal since you are the Active Directory God. Just imagine not being able to log in to your domain controllers for a day and you get my point. And since everything nowadays is …

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