Feb 18 2015

Restoring failed Active Directory Domain Controllers

Just when you think everything is going well, disaster happens, and one or more of your domain controllers gets offline. This can happen due to a hard disk crash, a bad network card, file system corruption or corruption of the Active Directory database. Even if you have good backups somewhere on the shelf that’s only …

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Jan 13 2015

Deploying and Configuring VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.x

VMware vCenter Server Appliance or vCSA for short, has greatly improved compared to previous versions, and in version 5.5 which I’ll discuss in this article some most wanted limitations were lifted. Now it can support up to 100 vSphere/ESXi hosts and 3.000 virtual machines with the integrated vPostgress database, which is more than enough for …

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Jan 12 2015

Customizing the Default Local User Profile before imaging

Creating a default user profile was easy and fast in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. All you had to do is create a user account, customize it, then click a button and you were done. Starting with Windows Vista everything changed about this. You still have the old and powerful “Copy to” button,

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Jan 06 2015

Add a vCenter Single Sign On (SSO) Active Directory (AD) Identity Source

Starting with version 5.1 VMware introduced a new service in the vCenter Infrastructure suite called vCenter Single Sign On (SSO). The addition of this new service greatly improved the security of VMware’s cloud services by allowing them to communicate to each other trough a secure token exchange mechanism. The other benefit is that users will …

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Dec 15 2014

Add Domain Users to Local Groups using Group Policy Preferences

Until server 2008 came out, every time you wanted to add domain users or groups to computers local groups you had to rely on scripts or use Group Policy Restricted Groups to make the changes. The last one worked great but it failed working when you wanted to modify those local groups on your client …

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Dec 03 2014

How to add drivers to a VMware ESXi 5.x ISO

How many times you needed to inject drivers in your ESXi image because they are missing for your specific component? A lot of times I bet, especially if you have new hardware or servers build using custom components in order to make a home lab. Usually the storage and the network drivers are the problem …

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Nov 28 2014

Configuring SSTP VPN Client Access on TMG 2010

I don’t wanna call VPN an old technology, because it’s been improved over the years, but I can say it exists for a long time. The majority of the companies out there is still using it. What actually does, it allows users to connect to the company’s network from a remote location (home, airports, hotels …

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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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