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Microsoft Update causing Print Spooler Problems – CVE-2019-1367

Microsoft released an emergency update last week under CVE-2019-1367 which claimed to fix an Internet Explorer exploit. If you are now reading this post, I’m assuming that you have already noticed that having installed these set of updates, you now have print spooler problems?! CVE-2019-1367 v1.0 As most businesses probably have, we urgently rushed out …

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Remove Windows Server Disabled Roles and Features Payload Files

If you are running a Windows Server environment and you are becoming increasing low on system drive space, then you may want to consider removing the built in payload files for Windows Features. Windows Server comes with the payload files readily available if you want to add any additional Features or Roles to your server. …

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VMWare vCenter Appliance stuck at localhost login screen

If you reboot your VMWare vCenter Appliance, you may get into a situation where it reboots into the localhost login screen instead of the more familiar black and yellow/blue two tone layout with the management IP addresses shown like below: The first thing to do is not to panic. I have seen people get very …

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Windows Server 2019 Evaluation Product Keys

Following on from our popular posts for evaluation product keys for Server 2008 R2, Server 2012 R2 and Server 2016, this post brings us fully up to date with the evaluation keys for Server 2019. This forms part of our evaluation and KMS product key series where we have shared with you all the product …

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Get OU Distinguished Name

There are many reasons as to why you would need to identify an Active Directory Organisational Unit’s Distinguished Name. Most techies out there will use an AD distinguished name when writing or using PowerShell scripts. However, quickly finding what the Distinguished name of a particular OU is not immediately clear. You can click on the …

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Check for Thick Provisioned Disk Space in VMWare

If you want to run a check against your VMWare infrastructure for virtual machines that have thick provisioned disks, you can use VMWare PowerCLI to do this quickly and easily. Our step by step guide below will show you what you need to do to bring back the results that you need. Check for Thick …

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System Center Operations Manager Invalid Management Group Removal

We recently carried out some work for a client who had a completely ruined installation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). Who had done what to it, we may never know, but it was clear that the only fix was to start again. This was not such a bad thing as they did want to …

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KB4457139 – Windows Server 2008 NIC Issues

We have over the last week or so had problems with Windows Server 2008 servers where, although they seem to be connecting through the network without any problems, like filestores, the servers could not be remoted onto and when running an ipconfig would return no data. You can see the number of Microsoft Updates that …

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Test your SMTP server using Windows Telnet Feature

If you want to test your SMTP server is working correctly, you can use the telnet feature within Windows. The following guide will walk you through the steps to carry this out. Telnet to test your SMTP server Just open up an elevated command prompt then enter these commands in turn: This should then connect …