O365 with Duo MFA (Without a P1 License?)
Feb16

O365 with Duo MFA (Without a P1 License?)

KB ID 0001737 Problem Working for a cloud service provider, (and a Duo partner). I get a lot of queries about Duo MFA for Office 365. Typically (I think) the best solution is to enable Azure Conditional Access and couple that with Trusted sites, so clients get challenged when out on the road, but not in the office. The drawback of this is Azure Conditional Access requires a P1 License, at time of writing that’s about $6 a month...

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Free Certificate for IIS with Let’s Encrypt
Feb11

Free Certificate for IIS with Let’s Encrypt

KB ID 0001736 Problem I’ve been aware of Let’s Encrypt for a while, they are a non profit Certification Authority, who will provide you with a free certificate, and you can use them for most things you want to secure with a digital certificate. The only reason I’ve never used them in the past is, their certificates have a short (3 month) lifespan, and I see enough things breaking when people forget to renew 12 month...

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Outlook URL Shortening?
Feb08

Outlook URL Shortening?

KB ID 0001735 Problem Outlook URL: I first noticed this a few weeks ago, When copying and pasting a URL into an email it shortens the URL and  gives it the pages title. At first i thought my firms Devs had changed  the way our CRM works, but then  I noticed it happening with SharePoint URLs as well, this is  what I mean; I don’t have a problem with it, in fact I much prefer it! However I got an email this morning from someone...

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Windows File Server Migration (Maintain Share & NTFS Permissions)
Jan27

Windows File Server Migration (Maintain Share & NTFS Permissions)

KB ID 0001201 Problem When attempting a File Server Migration why isn’t this better publicised? Did you know Microsoft have a set of Migration tools, and one of them is for file servers? Now traditionally I’d use RoboCopy or XCopy to migrate files and folders, and for ‘User Profiles’ I would normally back them up, and restore them to the new server. This is because the file permissions on ‘correctly...

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Domain Join SID Error
Jan26

Domain Join SID Error

KB ID 0001732 Problem Thankfully I don’t see a SID error very often these days; The following error occurred when attempting to join the domain ‘{domain-name} The domain join cannot be completed because the SID of the domain you attempted to join was identical to the SID of this machine. This is a symptom of an improperly cloned operating system install. You should run Sysprep on this machine in order to generate a new...

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Migrate From Server 2012 to Server 2019 Domain Controllers
Jan25

Migrate From Server 2012 to Server 2019 Domain Controllers

KB ID 0001731 Problem I get asked about this quite a lot. In the past most of the queries were about moving from Server 2008 to Server 2019, if that’s what you are after then simply go here. This article is purely for the introduction of, and migration to Windows Server 2019 Domain Controllers. And it assumes your current domain controllers are Windows server 2012 (or 2012 R2). Adding a Server 2019 Domain Controller Once you...

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