All of Windows Cipher Suites

Working on a security project and I needed a reference guide as to what cipher suites are supported on what OS. So I have documented a list of the default cipher suites and their preferred order for every Windows Server version. These were gathered from fully patched operating systems.  

NSLookup still showing IP of demoted Domain Controller

So had an interesting issue today where a Domain Controller (DC) was demoted yet the IP of the demoted DC was still showing up when running nslookup internaldomain.local Demoted DC: MWDC04 / IP: 10.14.111.111 I had done the metadata cleanup and tried many suggestions when googling the subject. To my surprise none of the solutions I … Read more

ConfigMgr 2012 R2 – WSUS sync fails with HTTP 503 errors

Ran into this issue with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 where it was unable to synchronize Software Update Point with the WSUS server. A review of the component status messages for the SMS_WSUS_SYNC_MANAGER component on the primary site server reveals errors related to WSUS synchronization which are similar to the following: Got the following error when trying … Read more

Active Directory Ports required between client and domain controllers

Active Directory uses several ports for communication between domain controllers and clients. These ports are required both by client computers and Domain Controllers. As an example, when a client computer tries to find a domain controller it always sends a DNS Query over Port 53 to find the name of the domain controller in the … Read more

Going back to the basics….moving out of Amazon Drive!

As of June 8, 2017, it was announced that when when users try to sign up for Amazon Drive they will not be able to select an unlimited cloud storage option. Instead they can choose either 100 GB for $11.99 per year, or 1 TB for $59.99, with up to 30 TB available for an … Read more

Get .Net Framework Version for the .DLL & .EXE files

Working with many app/dev teams it is hard to find which version of Dot Net  an application was designed or made in. Now if your application server has multiple drives and depending on which drive the application resides it may be hard to find this information. Let’s assume there are two drives C: and D:. … Read more

Provisioning a New Office 365 User and Mailbox from Exchange Hybrid via PowerShell

Working with many Office365 clients, I receive queries on how to go about provisioning users and mailboxes for an Exchange hybrid deployment. To begin with, let’s assume a couple things. We have a Windows 2012 R2 member server with Azure AD Connect (AAD Connect) version 1.1.105.00 (or newer) and the Azure AD Module for PowerShell installed; … Read more

Add Alternate Email Address or Recovery Email Address for Office365 Administrator

In Office365, depending on the admin role of an account you may want to add an alternate email address for password recovery. This is a basically a self-service password reset for Administrators of Office365. Quick way to do this is with PowerShell:

If this setting is unset for an administrator, Office365 gives you a … Read more

Map a network drive using PowerShell

Make sure you are using the latest version of PowerShell. On Windows 8/10 run it as administrator and type the following:

Where: Z – is the Drive Letter Within ” ” is the path of the network share that will be presented as the root of the drive letter Z The -Persist parameter so … Read more