Ian Murphy
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Alternatives to Splunk?
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I'm in the middle of trying out a number of monitoring solutions - but I want to mainly monitor windows. Most of the systems are geared to SNMP monitoring which manage to pull out a remarkable amount ...

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What is the exhaustive list of command line shortcuts to Microsoft settings?
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This is a list I pulled from somewhere a few years back and have used ever since ADFS.msc AD Federation Services CERTMGR.msc Certificate Management –Current User CERTSRV.msc Certification Authority ...

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Active Directory and VPN on single server setup
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Can't recommend running a DC as a vpn server... you'll spend loads of time trying to solve problems this will cause. Its not worth the effort you'll spend on it. If its sbs then it comes with a ...

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Windows updates for a offline enviroment
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For those who seem surprised that a server could be offline and not able to download patches: There are plenty of installations out there which are not connected to the Internet. Think powergrid ...

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Can I upload files to one Windows share and expose them on another?
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I think know what you are trying to do. I do this and don't have any problems. Windows supports two types of 'symlinks' - known as junctions. One is a local link where you have d:\shareA\myDirlink ...

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Changing Domain Admin Password on Live Running System
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If you have applications like sharepoint or sql server they may use the admin password internally. If you are just talking about a file server or exchange server then its usually pretty simple, ...

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What's the best way to move c:\users to d:\users under vista/W7
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This is a bit late... The issues with moving c:\users to another disk can be avoided by moving individual profiles rather than the whole directory. If you leave a junction in c:\users linking to ...

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Secondary domain controller methods
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Since you are asking these questions you probably only have two site setup. Some of the important things you need to take into consideration are: DNS is very import in AD - the DCs must be able to ...

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Sharing IPs between multiple interfaces in VLAN
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The reason for the warning is that if you have multiple ips configured, say, 192.168.1.10 and 192.168.99.10 and two routers on this network (192.168.1.1 and 192.168.99.1) then all responses will go ...

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How do I get a list of Mailboxes that are forwarding to Contacts with a specific domain in Exchange 2007?
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This may do what you need Get-Mailbox | where {$_.ForwardingAddress -ne $null} | select forwardingaddress | foreach-object { Get-MailContact $_.forwardingaddress -ErrorAction silentlycontinue } | ...

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Azure - can't link VM to site-to-site vpn
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I discovered the answer to my own question. After spending hours and hours on this, I discovered the solution not long after posting this. The simple answer is, you can't. Instead you have to ...

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Network shares over 4TB
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While you shouldn't have any issues with larger than 4Tb disks you have always got the option to just move entire directories to other disks and to create hardlinks to them. This will only work if you ...

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Expanding iSCSI LUNs (NTFS)
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A simple solution would be to move some of the directories to another disk and link to them using hardlinks (or junctions). Its transparent to the user. Thus you could put 100Gb of files on 10 luns ...

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Looking for Decent reports about current Patch level of server
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The wsus reports are ok but simple and don't give anything like an overview for multiple domains. Are you aware of the wsus rollup reporting tool? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/wsus/bb466192 If ...

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How to direct access a disk connected to serveraid 8k
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This is a constant problem with raid controllers. They normally don't provide any way to expose a drive without it being part of an array. I've had loads of fun recently with a couple of lower end ...

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Configuring location based GPO for WSUS updates but only for some clients
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I've done this with wsus and found that odd things go wrong. Do you want to use wsus to approve the updates but download from MS? I set up something like this where the main office had its own wsus ...

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Windows Server 2008 R2 secure enough for internet without 3rd party (hardware) firewall
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Remember that you can filter incoming ports so that they only respond to a particular IP - so you can filter, say, inbound RDP so that it only responds to the IP of your office. This is not an ideal ...

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Configuring UCC GoDaddy SSL Certificate in IIS 7.5
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IIs can only respond to https once for each IP and on that port you can only have a single app with its cert. It doesn't work the same way as http where you can have many urls associated with port 80....

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Auto-login on a Remote Desktop session after reboot
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We do this on a clients server running win 2008r2 and have no problems. Its virtualized so getting to the console it pretty easy. The app has to run interactively and doesn't work as a service at all.....

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Can't remove public folder mailbox
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Looks like ADSIedit is the only way to get rid of this one.

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Printers deployed using Group Policy?
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We use this little vbscript to map printers according to security group membership on login. Function MapPrinter (strServer, strShare) wscript.echo "Mapping \\" + strServer + "\" + strShare 'Set ...

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Disk imaging, active directory, and vss?
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I've just done exactly this. We had a client on a physical hosted server running 2008 as a dc + exchange and I had to move it to another box where it was going to be virtualized. I used disk2vhd from ...

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"Delete Files Older Than" Batch Script
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This is a powershell script I wrote to do what you want - it does a bit more too. I use it to clear down logs and other temporary files. purge-dem-logs.cmd powershell.exe -command "& 'c:\...

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Are we using DFS "wrong"?
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With 2008 you could switch to using branchcache - it doesn't just blindly replicate everything which has changed but maintains files which have been opened in a cache whichs updates if the central ...

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Windows 2008 R2 Servers Sending Arp Requests for IPs outside Subnet
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The obvious question is: Whats your network config? Do you have multiple interfaces? Do you have hyper-v or vmware on your server? In any case your understanding of arp is indeed correct. A network ...

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Windows copy command process info
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Robocopy - been using it for years for replicating directiories/backups and its the best I've come across so far. As mentioned above it has a few quirks. I'd never heard of richcopy - just ...

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Windows 2008 Routing and Remote access server - access to the internet
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I eventually found a solution to my problem. I hadn't realised it but RRAS has a built in firewall, which is not exactly brilliant. You would have thought that they would have dropped this for ...

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powershell active directory scripts hanging
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Sorry guys, never saw your responses. The problem turned out to be, rather bizarrely, that I had a copy of EMC open in another session which had hung. All exchange powershell scripts just hung until ...

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Group policy settings not applied
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two possible simple solutions: - 'hook' the policy to each tree where you want to apply it - Exclude the deep freeze machines by only applying the root gpo to machines in a particular security group ...

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adprep not working with Win 2008 R2 - and its not the wrong version
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Well, I think I found the cause. I hadn't raised the functional level of the domains or the forests before starting - which I didn't notice because the spanish copy of adprep didn't display any ...

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