Fix Active Directory broken security inheritance problem

Ran into a situation at a client location where in Active Directory, the security permissions applied to an OU were not getting inherited permissions on to the objects. Basically, security inheritance was broken.This causes a problem when the administrative accounts or groups needing to modify an attribute on the AD object throw errors, or are … Read more

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.  

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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Windows: Hide Internet Explorer 11 address bar & navigation bar

Applies to: Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012R2, Windows 10 There are two ways this can be accomplished depending on your needs for the controlled environment. GPO: I would like to first clarify that there is not a single GPO to just hide TABS in IE11. There is however a way you can enforce IE in Full … Read more

Check Proxy settings from Powershell

To check the proxy settings like ProxyOveride or if it is enabled or not:

To disable proxy from PowerShell:

To enable proxy from PowerShell:

 

Disable IPv6 on Windows Core Server 2008 R2 – 2012 R2

GUI Version: Open Control Panel > Network & Internet > Network & Sharing Center > Change Adapter Settings > Choose the Adapter Right Click – Select Properties Networking Tab DeSelect IPv6 Close No GUI… No problem (Core): After doing the above procedure you might have to use the registry editor aswell to completely disable the … Read more