DC Promotion fails ‘FRS is Depreciated’
Jul01

DC Promotion fails ‘FRS is Depreciated’

FRS is Depreciated KB ID 0001579 Problem Error seen when attempting to add a new domain controller to an existing domain; Verification of replica failed. The specified domain {Domain-Name} is still using the File Replication Service (FRS) to replicate the SYSVOL share. FRS is depreciated. The server being promoted does not support FRS and cannot be promoted as a replica into the specified domain. You MUST migrate the specified domain...

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Microsoft Edge on Server 2019/2016 (and Citrix)
Dec01

Microsoft Edge on Server 2019/2016 (and Citrix)

KB ID 0001657 Problem In a fit of lunacy Microsoft have called ‘their’ new browser Microsoft Edge, so we can spend the next few months confusing it with Edge. Plus every Google search for GPO settings, error messages etc will all now show search results for the old Edge Browser not the new Microsoft Edge browser! Perhaps the same doofus at Microsoft who called the Exchange sync Active Sync when Microsoft already had a...

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In Place Upgrade Windows 2016 to Windows 2019
Aug11

In Place Upgrade Windows 2016 to Windows 2019

KB ID 0001761 Problem For the last twenty years or so I’ve said “In place upgrades are a bad idea”, my rationale has been that if something is broken we are simply migrating that problem, and we are relying on a lot of factors, (some of which may be unknown.) That we will just have to ‘trust that it will work’. Most modern servers are virtual so we can snapshot them, or clone them and test the upgrade...

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Remote Desktop Services: RDS Sizing Calculations
Jul01

Remote Desktop Services: RDS Sizing Calculations

KB ID 0001753 Problem This is a horrible subject to find any decent information on. Microsoft are typically ‘vague’ and most people are stuck with using trial and error, or massively overestimating hardware to be on the safe side. I get asked this occasionally and, just like Microsoft, it’s a question I don’t like to answer! People are reticent to tell you that you need ‘x’ amount of CPU and...

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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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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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