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User Account Attributes in AD: Part 1 Outlook LDAP Attributes (General Tab)

More often than not, an administrator is asked to manipulate or report on various fields within AD. This article provides a representation of associated Active Directory user attributes and where they are mapped in Outlook and a few other quirks (eg street vs streetAddress, discussions on the thumbnailPhoto attribute). Did you know there's a favourite drink attribute?

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ADCS Web Enrollment Page takes a long time to load

Having built many Microsoft based PKI deployments over the years, I was fairly sure I was across most of the best practices...

Intune – DEP – IOS Client: Your credentials are either missing or wrong. Try again.

Recently, we had a client who had an issue trying to enroll himself through an Apple DEP protected Intune based enrollment platform. Strangely, the guy was able to enroll everything fine into Intune where the device was not connected via DEP. He only ran into problems when the phone was going via the Apple DEP route (where the phone is locked to the organisation - Remote Management)......

Workspaces Bring Your Own Windows Desktop Images – Windows 10

NOTE: This Article was originally prepared on the 19th August 2019 and some information will no longer be up to date. Where...

The lost ISA / TMG vbscripts from isascripts.org

Recently, I was engaged to dig up connectivity info on some legacy TMG services. I needed to quickly pull back activity monitor information, so...

Shift Key does not seem to work in Full Screen Mode for Remote Desktop (sometimes)

Recently I came across an unusual issue with my RDP client, coming from a Windows 10 machine through to a Windows 8.1 (*shudder*) machine...

Domain Controller crash – memory leaking process

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.

Assumptions and Known Quantities

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

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.

Problem Solving: Click Generation

Are we learning to think less for ourselves? This article discusses the possible ramifications of relying too much on technology to solve problems on our behalf.

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ADCS Web Enrollment Page takes a long time to load

Having built many Microsoft based PKI deployments over the years, I was fairly sure I was across most of the best practices...

Intune – DEP – IOS Client: Your credentials are either missing or wrong. Try again.

Recently, we had a client who had an issue trying to enroll himself through an Apple DEP protected Intune based enrollment platform. Strangely, the guy was able to enroll everything fine into Intune where the device was not connected via DEP. He only ran into problems when the phone was going via the Apple DEP route (where the phone is locked to the organisation - Remote Management)......

Specify DC Locator DNS records not registered by the DCs

Quite a long heading, so let's cut to the chase: Sometimes we want to hide Domain Controllers. One way...

ADCS Powershell commands

In this post we explore some of the nifty CLI (read: Powershell) based commands that can be used when interacting with an ADCS deployment....

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ADCS Web Enrollment Page takes a long time to load

Having built many Microsoft based PKI deployments over the years, I was fairly sure I was across most of the best practices...

How to Achieve an A+ Qualys Evaluation IIS on Windows Server 2019

These instructions are current as at March 2020. By Default, IIS on Windows Server 2019 will achieve a B rating. To achieve...

Intune – DEP – IOS Client: Your credentials are either missing or wrong. Try again.

Recently, we had a client who had an issue trying to enroll himself through an Apple DEP protected Intune based enrollment platform. Strangely, the guy was able to enroll everything fine into Intune where the device was not connected via DEP. He only ran into problems when the phone was going via the Apple DEP route (where the phone is locked to the organisation - Remote Management)......

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ADCS Web Enrollment Page takes a long time to load

Having built many Microsoft based PKI deployments over the years, I was fairly sure I was across most of the best practices...

ADCS Powershell commands

In this post we explore some of the nifty CLI (read: Powershell) based commands that can be used when interacting with an ADCS deployment....

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ADCS Web Enrollment Page takes a long time to load

Having built many Microsoft based PKI deployments over the years, I was fairly sure I was across most of the best practices...

How to Achieve an A+ Qualys Evaluation IIS on Windows Server 2019

These instructions are current as at March 2020. By Default, IIS on Windows Server 2019 will achieve a B rating. To achieve...

Intune – DEP – IOS Client: Your credentials are either missing or wrong. Try again.

Recently, we had a client who had an issue trying to enroll himself through an Apple DEP protected Intune based enrollment platform. Strangely, the guy was able to enroll everything fine into Intune where the device was not connected via DEP. He only ran into problems when the phone was going via the Apple DEP route (where the phone is locked to the organisation - Remote Management)......

Specify DC Locator DNS records not registered by the DCs

Quite a long heading, so let's cut to the chase: Sometimes we want to hide Domain Controllers. One way...

Workspaces Bring Your Own Windows Desktop Images – Windows 10

NOTE: This Article was originally prepared on the 19th August 2019 and some information will no longer be up to date. Where...

ADCS Powershell commands

In this post we explore some of the nifty CLI (read: Powershell) based commands that can be used when interacting with an ADCS deployment....

The lost ISA / TMG vbscripts from isascripts.org

Recently, I was engaged to dig up connectivity info on some legacy TMG services. I needed to quickly pull back activity monitor information, so...

Shift Key does not seem to work in Full Screen Mode for Remote Desktop (sometimes)

Recently I came across an unusual issue with my RDP client, coming from a Windows 10 machine through to a Windows 8.1 (*shudder*) machine...

Facebook Page Like Counts or Google Adsense Not Showing in Firefox

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...

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

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...

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

I recently saw a question over at Stack Overflow on how to associate MP3 files with a particular MP3 application with command line arguments...

DNS High Memory Utilization – over 1GB of RAM on Physical Domain Controller

First, to save you reading, let me just say - if you have a lot of CPUs on your Domain Controller this is 100% by design. If you only have a couple of CPUs - you've got some other strange problem. For more information on how to calculate the expected consumption of RAM, read the full article.

User Account Attributes in AD: Part 5 ADUC Account Tab

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.

User Account Attributes in AD: Part 4 ADUC Address Tab

The fourth post in a series on LDAP Attributes in AD. This post visually depicts the Address tab within Active Directory for Users and Computers. Enjoy.

Domain Controller crash – memory leaking process

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.

Stop WordPress Comment Spam

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 3 ADUC General Tab

This post outlines the LDAP values as mapped under the General Tab within the Active Directory for Users and Computers interface. Part 3 in a series.

RPC Internet Ports in Windows 2008

This article discusses a possible issue that may surface when setting RPC Internet Ports incorrectly on a Windows 2008 R2 host.

Active Directory on Fixed Ports

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

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.

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User Account Attributes in AD: Part 1 Outlook LDAP Attributes (General Tab)

More often than not, an administrator is asked to manipulate or report on various fields within AD. This article provides a representation of associated Active Directory user attributes and where they are mapped in Outlook and a few other quirks (eg street vs streetAddress, discussions on the thumbnailPhoto attribute). Did you know there's a favourite drink attribute?

User Account Attributes in AD: Part 5 ADUC Account Tab

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.

User Account Attributes in AD: Part 2 Outlook LDAP Attributes (Phone/Notes Tab)

This is part two in our series on User Attributes within Active Directory. This post contains two code sample comparisons (VB vs, PowerShell) that enumerates all attributes within the user class. It also details the attributes stored under the Phone/Notes tab within Outloo.

Specify DC Locator DNS records not registered by the DCs

Quite a long heading, so let's cut to the chase: Sometimes we want to hide Domain Controllers. One way...

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