Cant Copy a Group Policy Object
May01

Cant Copy a Group Policy Object

KB ID 0001543 Problem Was asked this this morning, why couldn’t someone ‘Copy’ a Group Policy Object (GPO)? Solution At first I was confused, (I made the same mistake they had), look at what I’m trying to copy? It’s not a Group Policy Object, its a ‘Link’ to a GPO. (Note: There’s a  shortcut arrow!’) Locate the actual GPO and you can copy it! Related Articles, References, Credits,...

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Windows Adding Firewall Rules With PowerShell
Apr24

Windows Adding Firewall Rules With PowerShell

KB ID 0001538 Problem There was a question on Experts Exchange this morning, the asker wanted to be able to add a ‘Trusted’ network range to their Windows Server Firewall settings as a ‘allow all ports’ rule. Solution You can of course add this manually in the GUI, normally I’d simply Add a Firewall Rule with a Group Policy. but the problem with that is, that’s fine if you want to open a particular...

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You Have Exceeded the Maximum Number of Computer Accounts
Apr17

You Have Exceeded the Maximum Number of Computer Accounts

KB ID 0001536 Problem A few weeks ago, this was asked in a forum, and while I knew what the problem was, I’d never seen it myself. So I recreated the problem on the test network to look at why it happened, and how to fix / get around the problem. The following error occurred attempting to join the domain {domain-name} You computer could not be joined to the domain, You have exceeded the maximum number of computer accounts you...

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Manually ‘Installing’ Microsoft Integration Services Drivers
Jan31

Manually ‘Installing’ Microsoft Integration Services Drivers

KB ID 0001512 Problem If your OS is 2008R2 or newer then you wont need to do this as the drivers are already included. But what if you have a machine that you want to put the drivers in before you virtualise or migrate it. Well if you mount the ISO and run it this happens; Unsupported Guest Environment The Hyper-V integration services can only be installed inside of a virtual machine running Hyper-V Bah! You are not the boss of me! I...

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Domain Controller Wont Boot: Stop Code ‘0x00002e2’
Dec12

Domain Controller Wont Boot: Stop Code ‘0x00002e2’

KB ID 0001494 Problem I had this problem after a VMware host upgrade last night, this domain controller would not boot, I tried ‘Last Known Good Configuration’, I tried ‘Safe Mode’ it would not boot. More out of desperation than procedure, I tried to boot to ‘Directory Services Restore Mode’ and it booted up (hooray!) I tried all the client’s usual passwords, and could not log in, I messaged...

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Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)
Dec09

Getting a Servers Serial Number (Remotely)

KB ID 0001493 Problem If you have an iLO/iDRAC/EMM, then logging into these will give you the servers serial number, but what if they are not setup/connected, or you don’t know username or password? Then you can use WMI to discover the serial number. Solution From PowerShell; Get-Ciminstance -classname win32_bios -computername {Server-Name} | format-list serialnumber   Or if you have RDP/Console access , then from an...

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