SSL and Exchange Server

In October 2014 or thereabouts it became known that the SSL protocol (specifically SSL v3) was broken and decryption of the encrypted data was possible. This blog post sets out the steps to protect your Exchange Server organization regardless of whether you have one server or many, or whether or not you use a load… Continue reading SSL and Exchange Server

Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

If before you use Sysprep to prepare a Windows machine for imaging you set the administrators password “User cannot change password” then sysprep will not clear this setting, but will set the “User must change password at next logon” setting. Normally these two settings are mutually exclusive, but in the scenario for sysprep it seems… Continue reading Access Is Denied Message After Sysprep–How To Fix

Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

This set of instructions goes through the process for installing Dell Open Manager on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. Download both the 6.5 and 7.1 versions of Dell Open Manage You need to install 6.5 first, or you will get errors about “omchecks has stopped working” failing during the RunPreReqChecks process and… Continue reading Installing Dell Open Manage 7.1 on Hyper-V R2 Servers

Lab Environment: Set All Users With Non-Expiring Passwords

Using Active Directory Module for Windows Powershell (part of Windows 2008 R2 Active Directory and downloadable for earlier versions of AD) use the following cmdlet to set all your user to have non-expiring passwords. Great for lab environments: Get-ADUser | Set-ADAccountControl –PasswordNeverExpires $True

RegRead and Error -2147024894

Error -2147024894 appears when you use the WScript.Shell RegRead object to read a registry key that does not exist. But why would you get this error when the key does exist! Probably because you are running your code inside a HTA and using a 64bit operating system. The HTA environment is mshta, which is 32… Continue reading RegRead and Error -2147024894

Hyper-V on the Dell Optiplex

With the correct BIOS settings enabled on a E8500 processor (see http://processorfinder.intel.com/ for the processors that support EM64T, Virtualisation and Execute Disable which is needed for Hyper-V to work), and with them and the Trusted Execution property set to On in the BIOS I got the following errors with Hyper-V RC1 on Windows 2008 Enterprise… Continue reading Hyper-V on the Dell Optiplex