Change the Way You Change Text

I remember when I first discovered the mail merge feature… it amazed the twelve-year-old me that I could write a letter once, and then AppleWorks would address that letter to the several hundred people in my database.  I was thrilled with it. Last week, I was working with a client who moved a server.  No … Continue reading Change the Way You Change Text

Which Patches?

It came up in conversation with a friend recently that he believed that a Windows Update (hotfix, patch, whatever you want to call it) broke something on his computer.  What can I say? It happens… sometimes.  No problem Fred, all you have to do is roll back the updates that were applied last week and … Continue reading Which Patches?

PowerShell: A Colourful Experience

One of the topics I inject into every one of my classes (and frankly, most of my customer conversations) is how to do whatever we are doing in PowerShell.  Scripting is one of the ways I make my life easier, and I recommend my students and customers use the knowledge I share to make their … Continue reading PowerShell: A Colourful Experience

A PowerShell Gotcha

I was bulk-creating users for a test environment today, and in doing so, I borrowed a script from an article online, which set the password for all users to 'Pa$$word'  I usually use a variation on the same for test environments, but I opted to leave this one as it was.  The script worked. A … Continue reading A PowerShell Gotcha

Deleting User Profiles

“How do I delete old users from a Windows 10 computer? I log in as an administrator, navigate to c:\Users\, and delete their tree.” NO!  In fact, HELL NO! There are several reasons why you might want to delete a user profile from a computer. ranging from termination of employment to reallocation of systems to… … Continue reading Deleting User Profiles

Default Gateway Corrections

The default gateway setting in Windows (and every other networked operating system) is a simple setting that tells your network interface card (NIC) where to send traffic when sending it outside of your domain segment.  More often than not, it will be the .1 address of a network segment (e.g.: 10.0.0.1), but that is not … Continue reading Default Gateway Corrections

SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion

Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) has several prerequisites that must be installed for each component, and frankly, some of those can be cumbersome to get around.  Of course, it is nice for the SCOM installation console to let us know that Report Viewer (a free download from Microsoft, link provided in the notifications window) … Continue reading SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion

SCOM Management Packs: Removing Foreign Languages

When you go to add Management Packs (MPs) to System Center Operations Manager, there is that temptation to be lazy and just add everything.  This will clog your environment with a lot of things you do not need... including MPs in languages that you likely do not speak, read, or care about (within the context … Continue reading SCOM Management Packs: Removing Foreign Languages

Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

A client asked me recently how to determine what Management Packs he had installed in his System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) infrastructure.  I told him to open his Management Console and navigate to Administration - Installed Management Packs.  It was a short conversation. Easy peasy, right?  Here's a list, go with G-d.  Twenty minutes later, my phone … Continue reading Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

SCOM License – Upgrade?

The installation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2016 does not ask you anywhere to enter a license key.  Then when you run the Operations Console, you are shown a required task to Upgrade to full version.  When you click on the link, it opens a website that is less than helpful. In fact, when you … Continue reading SCOM License – Upgrade?

Active Directory Recycle Bin

A few years ago, Microsoft introduced the Active Directory Recycle Bin to Windows Server.  Wonderful!  It is not enabled out of the box, but it is reasonably simple to enable... except, it is not. Firstly, you can do it in the GUI... Open the Active Directory Administrative Center, navigate to local (local), and then in the … Continue reading Active Directory Recycle Bin

DCPromo No More… PowerShell!

I needed to build a new domain controller for a friend’s company recently.  It is something that I have done so many times over the past two decades that some things are just instinctive… like typing dcpromo to create a domain controller. Right… I had forgotten about that.  dcpromo has been deprecated. You could go … Continue reading DCPromo No More… PowerShell!