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  1. Configure AD authentication with SSL VPN using SOPHOS UTM 9

    by , November 13th, 2014 at 05:31 PM
    VPN configuration is really simple on this device, you can setup a simple local user on the router to allow a VPN connection just by following the link below

    However this means another username and password a user has to remember so lets make it easier for them to use their AD username and password to log into the VPN. (This is what I had to do to get this working in my environment, ymmv)

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  2. Virtualization for the home user

    by , October 31st, 2014 at 01:45 PM
    Virtualization is great for those who want to learn new operating systems, working on certifications, testing out group policies, testing updates/patches, testing software on newer operating systems to name a few. Between all the Linux distros out there and Windows evaluations (yes windows lets you try and operating system for 180 days) unless you have some super old computer, no one has any reason to not try out new things.

    This is just a quick rundown on what options are available ...
  3. QNAP stupidness with Rsync and delta copy

    by , June 6th, 2014 at 06:45 PM
    A QNAP NAS (TS-212) was purchased for the charity I work with to remotely backup their data in case of an emergency from a Windows box. I have a QNAP at home and remember reading that it supports rsync which is perfect for a free backup solution. I found delta copy and decided to give it a try and boy was this a pain in the ass to get working but here is how I got it going.

    First enable rsync on the QNAP device: Application > backup station > backup server > rsync server ...
    Tags: qnap, rsync, windows
    Misc , Windows
  4. Windows 8.1, real tek sound cards, and VMware Workstation 10.x

    by , February 19th, 2014 at 03:23 PM
    Decided to install windows 8.1 on my Asus Sabertooth x58 motherboard last night and proceeded to install VMware workstation 10.0.1 build-1379776. Loaded up my ubuntu vms and for whatever reason getting the error:

    "A device ID that has been used is out of range for your system. Sound will be disconnected."

    Everything was working fine in Windows 7 Pro so I started to do some digging around and noticed several people are having the issue with vmware workstation ...
    VMware , Windows
  5. Installing Microsoft SCCM 2012 notes from my lab

    by , February 12th, 2014 at 06:01 PM
    Before you can install SCCM 2012, a prerequisite scan occurs to make sure you meet certain criteria. If any show up as a fail, you will not be able to proceed with the install until you fix the issue (warnings will not stop you from installing SCCM 2012).

    My OS: Windows 2008 r2 x64 Datacenter with the latest Windows Updates as of 2-12-2014

    The account you are logged in as when you run the extendschema portion needed for SCCM to update AD needs to be part of the ...
  6. Volunteering and IT

    by , October 22nd, 2013 at 04:59 PM
    I recently started to volunteering my free time to an organization that I really enjoy working at and believe in. When I first started there I mentioned to the volunteer coordinator that I do IT for a living so if they ever needed some help to hit me up. I continued volunteering until one day I got an email asking if I was still willing to help in that department and I was more than happy to jump on to help!

    As it stands right now, they have a very flat network of ...
    Windows , Wsus , Cisco
  7. Learning Powershell

    by , April 18th, 2013 at 06:42 PM
    If you havenít noticed lately PowerShell in Windows is becoming the norm and with future OS/application releases of Window (unless you have been living under a rock). For some windows administrators this is going to be a very tough move since they grew up on the GUI and havenít really done much when it comes to command line anything (unless they were forced to do it for a fix of some sort). Over the last few days, I've been working with some co-workers who are doing some pretty cool things when ...
  8. MS Lync (from eval version to full)

    by , December 5th, 2011 at 02:33 PM
    If you are taking advantage of the 180 day trial and you purchase a full version, never fear moving from the eval to the licensed version is very simple.

    Updating From the Evaluation Version of Microsoft Lync Server 2010

    Now FYI when I tried to run the command Enable-CsComputer I got an error saying I couldnt do it. Good ole Windows 2008 bit me in the ass. You need to right click the Lync management shell and click Run as administrator and then you should be able ...
  9. Internal users not able to access OWA

    by , November 4th, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    We had a request to be able to access our OWA from inside the network. Users are familiar with just going to a web browser at home and typing and getting prompted to log into OWA. When you try to access OWA from inside the network you just get the browser thinking and then eventually it times out saying page cant not be displayed.

    Did some investigating and it turns out to be an issue with DNS. I wont get into the nitty gritty ...
    Windows , MS Exchange
  10. Viewing mobile devices that are synched to your MS Exchange 2007 server

    by , November 1st, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    So while I was messing around with the unified messaging I noticed there is a little button that is called Manage Mobile devices. I clicked on my username, then clicked the manage mobile device button in the action pane and it gave me information on all the mobile devices I have synched with Exchange and my account! I noticed that if you click on the device that is synched you can preform a remote wipe to clear the data on the mobile device. Great for those users who devices get stolen/misplaced! ...
    Security , Windows , MS Exchange
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