Posts By: Damien

Specify DC Locator DNS records not registered by the DCs

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Quite a long heading, so let’s cut to the chase: Sometimes we want to hide Domain Controllers. One way to achieve this is by configuring the GPO Element: Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > System > Net Logon > DC Locator DNS Records Setting: Specify DC LOcator DNS records not registered by the […]

Workspaces Bring Your Own Windows Desktop Images – Windows 10

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This Article was prepared on the 19th August 2019. This article attempts to expand upon the OS level tweaks that are required in order to fulfill all the requirements set out by AWS in the article below: The AWS article is quite clear on what is required on the AWS side, but it may […]

ADCS Powershell commands

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In this post we explore some of the nifty CLI (read: Powershell) based commands that can be used when interacting with an ADCS deployment. These commands are all fully documented over at Microsoft, but I find them hard to locate at times. HOLD UP! I can almost hear a couple of MVPs yelling from here! […]

The lost ISA / TMG vbscripts from

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Recently, I was engaged to dig up connectivity info on some legacy TMG services. I needed to quickly pull back activity monitor information, so at first I tried logged onto the console, thinking there would be the standard “export to text file” type option available in the console. I soon realised that there actually is […]

Facebook Page Like Counts or Google Adsense Not Showing in Firefox

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If you’re like me, you may have noticed on the odd occasion within a social sharing bar that the regular Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus buttons show but the actual page like counts seem to be missing or blank in Firefox (maybe in other browsers too?). Additionally, you may also find Google Ads don’t appear on […]

Ending URL Query String with Equals Symbol can cause HTTP 403 Forbidden

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Recently, I ran into a strange issue with phpBB 3+. The product installed, everything seemed to be working yet, whenever a user would try to look up another user whilst trying to send a private message (trying to click the “Find A Member” button), the hosting platform would throw a 403 Forbidden error. I soon discovered that if I removed […]

Associate MP3 files to MPG123.EXE with parameters in Windows 7

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I recently saw a question over at Stack Overflow on how to associate MP3 files with a particular MP3 application with command line arguments and I originally thought – yeah there are plenty of examples on how to do this out there, but as it turns out there really aren’t that many explanations out there. […]

Stop WordPress Comment Spam

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Over the years, I have tried so many things to limit comment spam – yeah sure; you can go and install Akismet, or AntiSpamBee – they are great products and seem to do a great job, if you don’t mind reviewing your spam messages from time to time to rescue real comments. I recently gave up on all my other spam plugins – I have effectively turned all my anti-spam products off and moved to something a little more simple “Cookies for Comments”. Let’s see how long before the spammers catch on.

User Account Attributes in AD: Part 5 ADUC Account Tab

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This article is the fifth in a series the offers a reference point between User Account attributes and associated displayed values within various interfaces. This particular post is going to be a little tricky, mainly because a number of the values that are displayed on the account tab are not actually individual attributes – quite a few are bits set within a larger value.

Domain Controller crash – memory leaking process

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Recently I was involved in the resolution of an issue where a number of domain controllers in an environment began crashing at random intervals for reasons unknown – no recent changes, usual story. Using Perfmon we were able to quickly identify and rectify a memory leaking process.

Active Directory on Fixed Ports

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This article discusses how to configure Active Directory to use Fixed Ports. It also discusses what can go wrong if these settings are not configured correctly. The article also references a possible issue with setting an RPC Port range on a Windows 2008 server that could cause unexpected results.

Assumptions and Known Quantities

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Throughout the problem solving process, we tend to categorize and investigate facts or known quantities. In addition to categorizing facts, it is often just as important to pay just attention to assumptions. Whilst an assumption is not proven, it could hold the key to solving a problem – even if it is totally incorrect.

Problem Ownership – Take the wheel

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Got a problem that no-one is owning? If you are in a position to do so, why not take charge – you don’t have to be the boss in most cases. Find out who can help and pass on any relevant details and discover the most appropriate owner. Don’t let a problem bounce around indefinitely between departments – especially if you can help in some way.