One of the items I had to do a bit of digging to find was the location of the startup folder for all users. If you aren’t familiar with the “startup” folder on your system I will explain it briefly. The startup folder is a place you can put executable files (.exe), batch files (.bat), […]

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory Allocation strikes again… I have decided to no longer use Dynamic Memory Allocation on any of my virtual machines. It is a fine idea in theory but it is extremely buggy and I am not sure how it made it into a production OS… What’s the issue this time around? This is […]

If you haven’t use Filezilla Server before it is a pretty decent and easy to manage FTP/FTPS solution. While I don’t care for the Filezilla client (for several reasons, one of them being that it stores saved passwords in plaintext on your machine), the server software is okay… it runs nicely on Windows Server 2012 […]

For one reason or another, there is quite a bit of confusion surrounding the technologies that allow File Sharing to take place on a Windows machine. The h Source: Windows File Sharing: Facing the Mystery Phenomenal article that clarifies Windows File sharing and sheds very clear light on which ports are needed based on what […]

If you are in a decently secure network your Active Directory domain controllers are “silo’d” off from all of your workstations and member servers. This is good, however, if your internal firewalls aren’t configured properly it can cause all kinds of headache for day-to-day domain operations. Update: You might also want to checkout this article […]

Sometimes you need to mirror files between a couple of different servers in your windows environment. There are a couple of command-line tools that can be used together to make this a very easy job. To further simplify things, especially if you need to mirror the same files/folders on a recurring basis, you can drop […]

I have been doing a bit of cleaning house lately and have no less than 7 old hard drives sitting in my office. So I had a few questions to answer. First… are they usable? Second, if they aren’t, how can I securely dispose of them?

Rather than build a new Windows 7 virtual machine from scratch in hyper-v, I like to do a fresh install of one VM and then “export” it as a “template” for re-import later on. Importing a machine as a new copy is much faster than building a machine from scratch and installing Windows from an […]

One of the things that is often handy to know is when a server was last rebooted. This is nice to know for things like patching, registry updates, etc… stuff that requires a reboot to take affect. I came across a quick article that explains a very quick way to get an answer. Open up […]

I recently setup a new secondary windows domain. All of the users are logging in remotely via a VPN connection and their workstations belong to a different, separate domain… I quickly found myself having to regularly administer accounts… What I needed was a password self-service tool so users could take care of simple things like […]

I decided that I wanted to give Microsoft SCCM (Systems Center Configuration Manager) 2012 a go. Three days later I almost have my install complete. A couple of hurdles I had to jump over…

We recently had a security requirement come down the line that required me to leave the wading pool of GPO administration behind and dive into the stormy waters of Powershell scripting. I am not going to dive into a full explanation of how to get started on powershell. What I am going to do is […]

Ran into a fun issue today… I had a pair of Server 2012 R2 servers in a remote office that refused to sync the proper time for their clocks. No matter what I did they were always off by five minutes. One of them was a domain controller for the office. In the process of […]