Mar 11 2020

Migrating the WSUS database from WID to SQL Server

Running WSUS with the Windows Internal Database (WID) has been working great for us, for years, but if we want to have the database on a separate volume, if we want better performance, better management tools and especially being able to back it up using our internal or cloud backup tool, then we need to …

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Feb 11 2020

Converting UEFI + GPT Windows Server to Hyper-V VM

There are times when you need to take your Windows Server UEFI physical machine and convert it into a virtual one to play around with it in your lab. So you take the Disk2VHD utility, convert the machine, then attach the resulted VHDX file to your new Hyper-V VM in the lab. Very soon you …

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Aug 19 2019

Promoting Domain Controllers using Install From Media (IFM)

I have never taught that I will ever use the IFM (Install From Media) option when promoting a Domain Controller until I actually need to, and funny enough, not to long ago I need to. I had a site where a domain controller was needed, so I went with the normal process of adding an …

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Aug 09 2019

Installing and Configuring MDT with Windows 10 ADK

I was browsing my blog, and during this time I noticed I have a series of articles on how to install and configure MDT so you can successfully deploy your chosen OS in your company, but they are outdated. Don’t get me wrong, they will still work, but a few things have changed since I …

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Apr 12 2019

Blocking Remote Access for Local Accounts by Group Policy

It is all about security now, and no matter how restrictive we configure our firewall rules and filters, we still got the internal users. They are the ones that click in the wrong places and install the wrong software, and when the wrong stuff get’s into our network, it can do a lot of damage.

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Apr 01 2019

Replace VMware VCSA 6.x Certificates with ADCS Certificates via the GUI

Until version 6, every time we wanted to change the default self-signed certificate of our vCenter server we had to SSH into the appliance and use VMware Certificate Manager to do the job. We can still do that even now, but starting with vCenter 6.5 the process has been simplified a lot for us

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Mar 06 2019

Configuring DHCP and Firewalls for PXE booting with WDS

A few days ago I was searching trough my blog and noticed I have articles about how to install and configure MDT and WDS, but none of those articles are showing how to configure DHCP and the ports necessary for these services to work. Yes, in a simple network where the WDS server, DHCP server, …

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Jan 23 2019

Build and run Windows Failover Clusters on VMware ESXi

Yes, you read the title right. We ca run Microsoft Windows Failover Clusters on VMware ESXi hosts, and believe it or not, a lot of companies are doing it nowadays. It’s cheap, and it does the job very well. All we need is at least one ESXi host and two Windows Server VMs that will run …

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Jun 27 2018

How to Publish the CRL and AIA on a Separate Web Server

I have been talking about Enterprise PKI and how to build a multi-tier PKI infrastructure, but never talked in depth about the Authority Information Access (AIA) and Certificate Revocation List Distribution Point (CDP) extensions. In this article I want to extend the discussion about this certificates extensions since they are very important to understand and how …

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Dec 17 2017

How to deploy VMware VCSA 6.5 in VMware Workstation 14

Looks like VMware Workstation got to version 14, and starting with this version we get a new neat feature, and that’s support for the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA). Previous to this, if we wanted to run VCSA in VMware Workstation we had to import the appliance from the .OVA template, then

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