Windows ‘Always On’ VPN Part 2 (NPS, RAS, and Clients)
Feb18

Windows ‘Always On’ VPN Part 2 (NPS, RAS, and Clients)

KB ID 0001403 Problem Back in Part One, we setup the AD (Groups,) and the Certificate services that will knit everything together. Now we need to configure an NPS server that acts as a RADIUS server for our remote clients, And a RAS Server that our remote clients will connect to. Step1: Network Setup Microsoft have an alarming habit of telling you to connect DMZ assets to the LAN. In their defence I’ve seen some documentation...

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Windows 10: Remote VPN Client Cannot Resolve Domain DNS
Feb16

Windows 10: Remote VPN Client Cannot Resolve Domain DNS

KB ID 0001402 Problem I’ve been setting up a VPN solution on the test bench as I’m looking at Always On VPN. When I noticed that I had a problem with my remote VPN connections on Windows 10. They would connect fine but I could not resolve any FQDNs for my domain? Solution By default, all (Windows) VPN connections are ‘Force Tunnel’ (this means they have the option ‘Use default gateway on remote...

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Remotely Log Users Off From CLI / PowerShell
Feb15

Remotely Log Users Off From CLI / PowerShell

KB ID 0001401 Problem I’ve not had to do this since the days we got “The terminal server has exceeded the maximum number of allowed connections” errors. Now thankfully Windows Server tells us who is logged on so we can ‘ask politely’ before we boot them off! Today though, my user session got all messed up, and I needed to kick ‘myself’ off remotely, (and have a fresh session.) Solution From a...

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Windows ‘Always On’ VPN Part 1 (Domain and PKI)
Feb11

Windows ‘Always On’ VPN Part 1 (Domain and PKI)

KB ID 0001399 Problem Always On VPN was a bit of a misnomer when it was released, as it was only really ‘on’ when a user logged on. So when comparing it with ‘Direct Access‘ it didn’t have the capacity to ‘Manage Out’. With the release of Windows 10 (1709) this has been rectified with ‘Device Tunnels’, (more on that later). The solution uses RAS, NAP (NPS), and PKI (Certificate...

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Deleting Folders With ‘Long Filenames’ (Source Path Too Long)
Feb05

Deleting Folders With ‘Long Filenames’ (Source Path Too Long)

KB ID 0001396 Problem Source Path Too Long The source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system. Try moving to a location which has a shorter path name, or try renaming to shorter name(s) before attempting this operation. “Have you come across a problem deleting folders with long filenames?” I got asked this question twice in the first week at a new job. In a former role my colleague did a lot of work in...

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Windows: Enable ‘Previous Versions’
Jan26

Windows: Enable ‘Previous Versions’

KB ID 0001393 Problem Anyone who’s ever trashed a spreadsheet, or saved a file over the top of one that they shouldn’t, will appreciate previous versions. It’s done by a technology we have had since Windows XP (and Server 2003) called ‘shadow copy’. If you are familiar with virtualisation it’s a bit like taking ‘snapshots’ of files. It’s also great for sysadmins, as users can...

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