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Oops! Doh! Huh? %#@*!!!

These are all the words you think of in your head when you’re investigating what is happening with your WSUS server and realize that WSUS just ate all of your disk space and there is 0 bytes free. What do you do next?

If WSUS was downloading content … Read More

Why should I learn PowerShell?

Microsoft, Linux, Unix, Solaris, Android, iOS – Operating Systems that run our planet.
Computers, Phones, Cameras, MediaPlayers, BlueRay players, Set top boxes, Alarm Systems, IoT – Some of the devices that we have that use these Operating Systems.
Shell, Bash, KornShell, Command Prompt, GUIs, PowerShell … Read More

The steps to remove WSUS and reinstall WSUS are pretty standard but they do have some variances on how WSUS was installed in the first place.
To remove WSUS completely, you need to:

Remove WSUS Role
Remove the Database WSUS was using (SUSDB.mdf and SUSDB_log.ldf).

If you were using the Windows … Read More

“Change how you think; Change your life.”

If you think you know how to administer a file server, maintain permissions and groups, but want to know a better way; a more efficient way, then you have to change how you think about permissions and security. Watch these videos (2.5 hours) and … Read More

“Change how you think. Change your life!”
This 2 part guide will help you setup Redirected Folders on a DFS Namespace Share or a single server share and enable Offline Files for these redirected folders. The offline folders are set to use the Offline copy all the time, regardless if there … Read More

Group Policy Objects
Offline Files – Force Offline Files On with Conflict Resolution Policies
Scope Tab:
Location: Apply to your Computers OU or the Root domain, or wherever you want these settings to take effect. They will be scoped by the security filtering.
Security Filtering: Remove Authenticated users, Add CONF_Offline Files_On
Details Tab:
GPO Status: User … Read More

Almost all issues related to Exchange Connectivity or usability all come down to relating to Autodiscover and its properties.

You need to make sure your OutlookAnywhere and AutoDiscover settings are setup properly along with Split-DNS. OutlookAnywhere and Split-DNS are vital for future-proofing your Exchange configuration and making it work properly now, … Read More

WSUS Server Maintenance
It should come to you as no surprise that the WSUS server itself requires maintenance. It has a SQL database (by default using the Windows Internal Database – WID), it manages files on the file system for its updates, it has updates that are released and then sometimes … Read More

I can go on explaining why you should switch over your WSUS Server to SSL so that you can mitigate Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attacks, but sometimes it’s better to show you.

The following video is worth the watch as they explain exactly how relatively easy it is to take over a network … Read More

Selecting Your Test Systems
Selecting your test systems is a question of what you have in your environment at your disposal. If you have a true test environment, those would be where you’d want to test the updates. If you don’t have a test environment like most small to medium sized … Read More