Tag Archives: windows

Collect user and group SIDs and names from Active Directory

Ever found yourself looking through the Access Control List of a file/folder/share and mixed in along with the group names (hopefully not user names!) you see some SIDs? These look something like S-1-5-21-0123456789-0123456789-0123456789-0123. These are the Security IDs of deleted … Continue reading

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Change BitLocker Recovery Password with PowerShell

When BitLocker detects certain changes to the computer it’ll trigger Recovery Mode, and prompt for the Recovery Password. Likewise, you also need the recovery password if you need to access the encrypted disk from another machine or via Windows Recovery … Continue reading

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Get or update SysInternals tools with PowerShell

This is version 2 – the previous version relied on mapping a new PSDrive directly to \\live.sysinternals.com\tools which made things easy, but that no longer seems to work (or at least not for me, might be my web filtering blocking … Continue reading

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Group Policy Preference Drive Maps closing

I’ve been dealing with an issue where users that leave Windows File Explorer windows open for extended periods find that they close now and then. This seems to be a common problem with later versions of Windows (8.1, 10) and … Continue reading

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Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016

What is Storage Replica? Block level synchronous or asynchronous, volume based data replication. What does it do? Replicates storage data from a disk attached to one instance of Windows Server to another disk attached to a different instance of Windows … Continue reading

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Fix PowerShell WinRM remote connection errors

I’ve had two annoying PowerShell errors today, both for the same server: Enter-PSSession : Connecting to remote server server-a.rcmtech.co.uk failed with the following error message : The client cannot connect to the destination specified in the request. Verify that the … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2016

Lots of good stuff. This video about Storage Replica from the guy who heads the Storage team up, Ned Pyle, is definitely worth watching. Informative and funny. There’s also a free eBook: Introducing Windows Server 2016

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Create a PFX file from separate private and public key certificate files

Whilst installing ADFS I needed to import my wildcard certificate. This proved fiddly as Microsoft need it to be in pfx format, and I only had separate private .key and public .crt files. PFX is a Microsoft certificate format that combines the … Continue reading

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AppLocker Executable policy breaks Windows 10 Jump Lists

Jump lists, very handy. You’ve pinned a piece of software to the taskbar, and then you can right-click the icon and get a list of pinned and/or recently used files or connections. I recently enabled AppLocker executable policy and applied … Continue reading

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List All Domain Controllers and roles with PowerShell

New job, new infrastructure, and I needed a way to quickly find out what Active Directory Domain Controllers were present, where they were located, and what roles and functions they all performed. So I wrote this simple script to do … Continue reading

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