Category Archives: WindowsServer

Fixing NTFS Folder ACLs with Powershell

Background I encountered a problem on a file server when trying to add a new permission to a group that needed to be applied to all our user home directory folders. The parent folder held the “default” permissions that should … Continue reading

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The poor person’s way to finding the last patch date on multiple systems

Background If you don’t have SCCM reporting in your Windows environment (extremely long story) and you need to figure out the last time a server had its OS patched for audit purposes (and your own peace of mind), here is … Continue reading

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Gotcha for promoting new virtual DCs

Background We were in the process of upgrading our AD 2003 domain to AD 2012 R2, and as part of that, we were promoting some new virtual Windows 2012 R2 DCs into the 2003 domain. All these virtual DCs were … Continue reading

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Unable to ping localhost… and when unique SIDs (or Sysprep) matter

The problem With much urgency, a project I was involved with required an install of Oracle XE and Apex on a server – any server – that we had supplied as part of a small environment built in network-isolated site. … Continue reading

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