Active Directory clean up using PowerShell script e.g Name, UPN, SAM, Email

In this post we are going to look at a simple script to change AD attributes on a large scale with minimal effort. Although bare in mind every Active Directory structure has it's differences, parts of the script or the majority of it's contents may not be applicable to your current situation. However, personally I've … Continue reading Active Directory clean up using PowerShell script e.g Name, UPN, SAM, Email

Automatically Clear assigned KMS Host on multiple KMS Clients and enable Auto-discovery

To do this we are going to utilize a small PowerShell script to remotely run a command to clear the assigned KMS host on multiple clients. Doing this will remove the manual KMS Host entry and re-enable auto-discovery. Normally if your clients are pointing to a dead KMS host - you will notice that you … Continue reading Automatically Clear assigned KMS Host on multiple KMS Clients and enable Auto-discovery

Fix – The BackupExec Management Service was unable to start error – Windows Update.

In this small post we are going to look at how to resolve one of the reasons for BackupExec service startup errors. Update 09/06/2017 - Information on this page is invalid as newer windows updates break the console again - Click here to go to Veritas support page on this issue.  If you are experiencing console … Continue reading Fix – The BackupExec Management Service was unable to start error – Windows Update.

Fixing and Troubleshooting KMS Server Most Common Errors and Activation Problems

In this post we are going to look at all the crucial components of a KMS Server, whilst also fixing / troubleshooting activation errors. The sub-sections in the post will include- General Requirements Software Protection Service DNS Records Product Keys Key Management Host File Firewall Rules Client Thresholds Windows DCOM Security Settings WMI Problems. Common … Continue reading Fixing and Troubleshooting KMS Server Most Common Errors and Activation Problems

Manually Activate Window’s Office / OS on Workgroup Computers through KMS

In this post we are going to look at using the KMS Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) to manually activate a product on a workgroup computer inside the network. Before we begin, a good thing to remember when dealing with computers in workgroups is, it's important to use the IP address assigned to the workstation … Continue reading Manually Activate Window’s Office / OS on Workgroup Computers through KMS

Using Windows Server as a Network Router for communication across two Subnets

In this post we are going to look at setting up RRAS on a Windows Server's in VMware, to allow communication between two subnets for RDP Remote Desktop Connections. First we need to setup the RRAS Virtual Machine in VMWare. It's going to need two virtual network interface cards, one connecting to my Workplace LAN's … Continue reading Using Windows Server as a Network Router for communication across two Subnets

Add Network Driver to a Boot Image – boot.wim

In this post I am going to take you through the process of adding network drivers into a boot image, mainly for the purpose of PXE booting machines. This will involve using 'Deployment Image Servicing and Management' (DISM.exe) to import the machine specific network drivers (.inf files) into the boot image. Firstly - To get … Continue reading Add Network Driver to a Boot Image – boot.wim