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Make IT Easy August 2011 Entries
Over the past couple of days I have noticed that our time on our computers just keeps getting further and further off. I noticed that our Domain Controller had the incorrect time, so, after doing some research I found a nice solution: 1. Locate the PDC Server. 2. In CMD type C:\net stop w32time 3. To configure the server to and external source type: C:\w32tm /config /syncfromflags:manual /manualpeerlist:"0.pool.ntp..." 4. Once this command completes, type : C:\w32tm /config /reliable:yes ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:46 AM

DNS Meltdown
Recently we upgraded to Hyper-V. Everything was working great, until Friday. I had just installed Windows Updates for August, and was going through and restarting our two domain controllers (on separate hosts), one at a time. Which probably shouldn't be done during the day, but I've NEVER had problems with it before. Well, after one restarted, and I logged in, I restarted the second one. Which restarted with any problems, until my Hyper-V host said that the management console couldn't reach the host. ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 2:30 PM

Removing Linux Bootloader on Windows 7
After installing Linux, on my personal machine, I realized I don't use it very much, or at all. So, I wanted it gone. A few months ago I tried to just delete the partition and go on, but the bootloader flipped out and wouldn't let me even boot into Windows. So, I had to manually put in the CD and re-install Fedora to get everything to even load. Finally I just gave up on the task, until last night it really just pissed me off. So, today at work I decided I would give it another shot. I found this ......

Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:56 PM

AD CS Migration
Recently I was tasked with rebuilding or migrating our Certificate Authority to a new server. The previous server was 8 years old and was holding some pretty critical information. Some of which was a Domain Controller, Certificate Authority, Email, Public Folders, Share Folders, and some Printers. Since our Public Folders were not replicating, that was the first priority. I solved that by changing the IIS port that was configured, once that was solved, the Public Folders took off. Second challenge ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 7:38 AM

DHCP Reservations
During the build of a new Domain Controller that has DHCP enabled I was wondering how I can get the DHCP reservations off the old server to the new server. I stumbled upon this set of commands that saved my life. On the existing (old) server: netsh dhcp server export C:\dhcp.txt all Copy the txt file to the new server, and run this command. On the new server: netsh dhcp server import C:\dhcp.txt Seems to work great, and saved me a ton of time ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 7:34 AM

PowerShell - Defragment
Windows Server 2008 R2 has a built in Scheduled Task that defragments your hard drive sometime over night. But, I was wondering if this is actually working, and on one server I have found it isn't. So, here is my PS script that I'm working on. This is also my first "real" PowerShell script I've written. It took me some time! foreach ($computerName in Get-Content "C:\Users\matt.ladd\Desktop... { Write-Host $computerName $drive = Get-WmiObject -computerName $computerName -Class Win32_Volume ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2011 7:34 AM

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