Remove dead domain controller

Cleaning up metadata via Active Directory Users and Computers Active Directory Users and Computers > Domain Controllers > select the dead server Right click and Delete Click Yes to confirm Cleaning up the DC server instance from the Active Directory Sites and Services Active Directory Sites and Services > Sites > Servers > select...

Customise GPO

Customize message for Access Denied errors Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Access-Denied Assistance > Enable   Remove ‘Restore Previous Versions’ context Menu HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Shell Extensions\Blocked\ Create a new string value {596AB062-B4D2-4215-9F74-E9109B0A8153}.   Disable Cortana Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search > Allow Cortana  ...

Common Windows Server administrative tasks

Raise Forest Functional Level domain.msc > Active Directory Domains and Trust > Raise Forest Functional Level   Fine-grained password policies Administrative Center: dsac.exe > Tree View > System > Password Settings Container > New > Password Settings   Password Expiration Notification Group Policy Management: gpmc.msc > Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings >...

Reset local administrator password for Windows Server 2016

Boot the server from Windows Server 2016 Installation DVD SHIFT + F10 when Setup screen is loaded Execute the following (switch Ease of Access with cmd) c: cd windows\system32 ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.original copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe shutdown -r -t 0 Remove DVD and press Windows Key+U on Welcome screen. Set a new password net user...

HTTP Redirect from Domain Controller

Source: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/chsimmons/archive/2015/04/08/domain-controller-http-redirect/ To enable the proxy (or forward) netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=80 connectaddress=www.domain.com connectport=80 protocol=tcp or netsh interface portproxy add v4tov4 listenport=80 connectaddress=IP.ADDRESS connectport=80 protocol=tcp   To see the forwarder(s) netsh interface portproxy show all   To delete the forwarders netsh interface portproxy delete v4tov4 listenport=80...

Troubleshooting GPO

  When applying Security Filtering, ensure  tab for Authenticated Users have Read permissions   With Security Filtering, Security Groups can be located in any OU. Only User or Computer object must be inside the linked OU.   On Client side RSoP (Resultant Set of Policy) run > rsop.msc   Check what’s applied on Client...

My Default Domain Policy (GPOs)

Modify Group Policy’s refresh interval to 15mins Edit Group Policy at your desired OU Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Group Policy > Set Group Policy refresh interval for computers > Enable This setting allows you to customize how often Group Policy is applied. Minutes: 10  This is a random...

Troubleshooting DNS Server 2012

Check DNS Forwarders Confirm your Forwarders are correct. I’m pointing to public If internal domain name is same as external domain (split-brain) Create A record with www or subdomain name  ...

Setup Group Policy Objects (GPOs) for remote management

Launch Group Policy Management Console (gpmc.msc) Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > System Services > Set to automatic for following services: Plug and Play Remote Registry Virtual Disk   Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Windows Firewall with Advanced Security > Inbound > New...

Auto attach VirtualDisk on Storage Pool after reboot on Windows Server 2016

View disk information Get-Disk Get-PhysicalDisk Get-VirtualDisk Get-StoragePool   Check if current setting is set to ManualAttach Get-VirtualDisk | Where-Object {$_.IsManualAttach –eq $True}   Set IsManualAttach to false to automatically mount after restart Get-VirtualDisk | Where-Object {$_.IsManualAttach –eq $True} | Set-VirtualDisk –IsManualAttach $False   Reboot to confirm if StorageSpace VirtualDisk re-attaches correctly....

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