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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.  

What version of SQL Server do I have?

Working with so many versions of SQL a quick reference list is always helpful that shows the versions numbers and service packs. A downloadable version of an Excel workbook that contains all the build versions together with their current support lifecycle stage for 2005 through the current version is available. Click to download this Excel file […]

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 […]

Active Directory and Kerberos SPNs Made Easy!

What Is an SPN? An SPN is a reference to a specific service, for example, an instance of SQL or a web application run by IIS. Since SPNs are specific, they reference not only what the service is (such as an SQL server), but also which hostname runs the instance and on which port it’s […]

Guide to migrate FRS to DFSR

For most users this article only applies if you have Window 2003/ 2003 R2 Domain Controller in your enviornment that you are planning to get rid off. Pretty soon I hope! 😉 SYSVOL is a folder shared by domain controller to hold its logon scripts, group policies and other items related to AD. All the […]

Reset Windows Server 2012 R2 RDS 120 Day Grace Period

The RD Licensing grace period has expired and the service has not registered with a license server with installed licenses. A RD Licensing server is required for continuous operation. A Remote Desktop Session Host server can operate without a license server for 120 days after initial start up. The official solution is to Activate the […]

No remote Desktop License Server available on RD Session Host server 2012 R2

A fully functional and activated 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Session Host server displayed the following message: This was a simple setup on one server with the: connection broker, Session Host and Licensing server with 2012 R2 CAL’s installed. Even though the licensing seems to be configured correctly, in server manager: and PowerShell: Licensing diagnostics: everywhere […]

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Mohammed Wasay

Dallas based Design Technologist & Hybrid Developer