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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Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy
Jan04

Windows 10 Create a WMI Filter for Group Policy

KB ID 0001267 Dtd 04/01/17 Problem I was messing around with some GPO’s for ¬†client today to replace ‘Edge’ as the default browser, (with IE11). To make the whole process more efficient, I wanted to use a WMI filter toapply the policy only to Windows 10 machines. Before this used to be simple enough, you just set the Windows version in a WMI query. But because it searches for a string e.g. 6.1 (for Windows 8.1),...

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Cisco ASA – Remote IPSEC VPN With the NCP Entry Client
Nov23

Cisco ASA – Remote IPSEC VPN With the NCP Entry Client

KB ID 0001260 Dtd 23/11/16 Problem I've covered Cisco IPSEC Remote VPNs a long time ago, and I've also blogged about the Cisco IPSEC VPN Client Software. Yes you can get the Cisco VPN Client Working on Windows 10, but can you imagine rolling that out to a few hundred users? The bottom line is Remote Cisco IPSEC VPN is a dead technology, Cisco, (and Me!) want you to use AnyConnect. For a couple of users you can use the work arounds...

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Migrating Local Profiles to Domain Profiles
Sep13

Migrating Local Profiles to Domain Profiles

KB ID 0001235 Dtd 13/09/16 Problem Moving¬†a machine onto a Windows domain, is a simple task, I’ve done this for a lot of clients. The main complaint (post migration,) is that something is missing. This is because your-account-name on your PC or laptop, and your-account-name in the domain are TWO DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS, (even if they have the same name).¬† Microsoft have produced some tools help you, but I challenge you to start...

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IIS – Cannot Download File From Website (With Extension .xyz)
Aug02

IIS – Cannot Download File From Website (With Extension .xyz)

KB ID 0001223 Dtd 02/08/16 Problem I first saw this problem a few months ago, when I wasted to download some .bin and .pkg files from a web server running IIS, into a Cisco firewall. Then again this week I needed to get a large .iso file into a clients network so I put it on a publicly accessible web server running IIS, and had the problem again.   Solution On the IIS server, open administrative tools > Internet Information...

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