Enable Remote Desktop (Remotely)
Apr13

Enable Remote Desktop (Remotely)

KB ID 0001747 Problem Let’s say you want to RDP to a remote server (imagine such a thing!) But some doofus didn’t enable RDP? Well you can enable Remote Desktop via group policy and wait a while. I used to connect to the registry remotely and change the key that enabled RDP, but now you can do it with a simple PowerShell command. Not only will it enable Remote Desktop, it will also allow RDP on the Windows firewall (if...

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Leave Domain: “A general network error occurred’
Feb18

Leave Domain: “A general network error occurred’

KB ID 0001738 Problem After a recent lab on the test bench, I ended up with a 2008  x32 standard server. It took me a while to get this setup and running, so I wanted to keep it (or turn it into a VMware template should I ever need  another). But first I needed to ‘remove it’ from  the domain it was in. However, when attempting to do so this happened; Computer Name /Domain Changes The following error occurred validating...

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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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The Web Site for the CA Must be Configured to use HTTPS
Jan13

The Web Site for the CA Must be Configured to use HTTPS

KB ID 0000838  Problem When attempting to contact a server running the Certification Authority Web Enrolment role, you may see the following error. In order to complete certificate enrolment, the Web site for the CA must be configured to use HTTPS authentication Solution The correct fix is to set the web server (IIS) to serve the certificate website securely using https, though you can just set Internet explorer to ‘work’...

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