Windows – Stop the Welcome to Internet Explorer from launching via GPO
Oct14

Windows – Stop the Welcome to Internet Explorer from launching via GPO

KB ID 0000459 Problem If your’e logging on as a new user and Internet Explorer has not yet been ran, then it wants to run the “Setup Windows Internet Explorer Wizard”. On just one machine with one user that’s fine, but if you are logging in all over the place, with multiple credentials, this can get quite annoying. Also you might not want your domain users having to do this at all, for security reasons....

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Group Policy Preferences and Client Side Extensions
Oct05

Group Policy Preferences and Client Side Extensions

KB ID 0000389 Problem Group Policy Preferences (GPP) first came in with Server 2008 and were enhanced for Server 2008 R2, To be able to apply them to older Windows clients, you need to install the “Client side Extensions” (CSE), You can either script this, deploy with a group policy, or if you have WSUS you can send out the update that way. OS Download Link Client side extensions for Windows XP (x86) link Client side...

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Management Framework 5.1 Update Not Applicable
Sep30

Management Framework 5.1 Update Not Applicable

KB ID 0001599 Problem Seen while attempting to install Microsoft Management Framework 5.1 on Server 2012 R2, (to upgrade PowerShell). Windows Update Standalone Installer The update is not applicable to your computer Solution Well in the the end it turns out I was being a doofus! I was installing W2K12-KB3191565-x64.msu which is for Server 2012 (Not Server 2012 R2!) Look a bit lower, you need Win8.1AndW2K12R2-KB3191564-x64.msu. The...

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Moving Certificate Services To Another Server
Sep20

Moving Certificate Services To Another Server

KB ID 0001473 Problem If you are retiring a CA Server, or there’s a problem with the server and you want to move Microsoft Certificate Services to another server, the procedure is pretty straight forward. BE AWARE: We are moving the CA Server Name , NOT the Server Name (FQDN), the two things are NOT the same, (you might have called them the same thing!) But a Certificate Authority has a name of its own, and that what we are...

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VMware Horizon: ‘VM With Unsupported Guest OS’
Sep05

VMware Horizon: ‘VM With Unsupported Guest OS’

KB ID 0001592 Problem Seen when attempting to deploy Window Server 2016, as an ‘Image’ (Parent VM,) with VMware Horizon View. ‘VM With Unsupported Guest OS’ I double checked, and Server 2016 (Standard and DataCenter) were supported, as was Server 2019 (Standard and DataCenter.) The image also had a new version of the VMware Horizon View agent installed in it? Solution In my case this was an embarrassingly easy...

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Load Balance IIS with Microsoft ARR
Jul05

Load Balance IIS with Microsoft ARR

KB ID 0001573 Problem If you have a lot of IIS servers, and want to load balance between them, then you can either buy a load balancer, or use Microsoft ARR (Application Request Routing). Note: ARR does a lot more than simply load balancing, e.g. it can perform caching, and complex web routing, and even SSL offloading. Here we are just looking at load balancing. I’m going to deploy TWO ARR servers in my DMZ, here I’ve got...

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