Changing the Windows 10 Browser, So It Isn’t Edge
Feb14

Changing the Windows 10 Browser, So It Isn’t Edge

KB ID 0001284 Dtd 14/02/17 Problem I've seen one person use Edge as their browser in a business environment. I've got nothing against it, (I use a macOSX anyway). But I had a client that asked me how to make sure his machines are set to NOT use Edge as the default browser. I'm going to use Internet Explorer instead, but you can do the same with Chrome or Firefox depending on your browser of choice. Solution What I'm going to do, is...

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Stop Windows Servers ‘Locking’ with Group Policy
Feb13

Stop Windows Servers ‘Locking’ with Group Policy

KB ID 0001283 Dtd 13/02/17 Problem Servers locking themselves after a period of inactivity is, (in most cases) a good thing. But on my test network that only I use it gets a bit annoying switching between machines and constantly having to unlock Windows all the time!   Note: For obvious security reasons don't do this on a production network! Solution   Create a new GPO linked to your computer OU, (or edit an existing one). Edit the...

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Windows – Forcing Domain Group Policy
Feb11

Windows – Forcing Domain Group Policy

KB ID 0001282 Dtd 11/02/17 Problem I've written hundreds of posts about doing things with group policies. Every time I finish one, I write a couple of paragraphs on how long to wait, or how to force the policy etc. So I've finally got round to writing a post I can simply reference! How Long Before Group Policy Changes Are Applied? This is something that hasn't changed since I was doing Windows 2000 exams ūüôā The default interval between...

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Windows – Deploy and Configure Photo Screen Saver via GPO
Feb02

Windows – Deploy and Configure Photo Screen Saver via GPO

KB ID 0001281 Dtd 02/02/17 Problem I was tasked with working out how to do this for a client a couple of weeks ago, so I thought it would make a decent article. I'm going to have a central server share, with some photos in, then I'm going to copy them down to all the clients, and finally set their screen saver to use those photos as a 'slide show' screen saver. I've done this with Windows 10 clients, but it should work with anything...

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Windows – Set Desktop Wallpaper From Central Server Share
Feb01

Windows – Set Desktop Wallpaper From Central Server Share

KB ID 0001280 Dtd 01/02/17 Problem You have a corporate wallpaper, and you want to set it as the desktop wallpaper on all your machines. Solution Firstly make sure you have some wallpaper! Create a hidden, (with a $ on the end) share on your server, set the share permissions to Everyone = Read. On the security tab make sure 'Domain Users' have read, and I would add in administrators with full control to be on the safe side. Now create...

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Unable to Find a Default Server With Active Directory Web Services Running
Jan15

Unable to Find a Default Server With Active Directory Web Services Running

KB ID 0001275 Dtd 14/01/17 Problem I was trying to get a list of all users on a client’s domain that had either a logon script, profile, or a mapped drive that was being set on their AD user object. But when I ran the command I got this error; Get-ADUser : Unable to find a default server with Active Directory Web Services running. Solution Active Directory Web services was introduced in Server 2008 R2, but I was running the...

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