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  • Script Error When Upgrading ADK To Windows 11
    You may seen the above error when PXE booting images under the new Windows PE edition for Windows 11. Yes, frustrating right! Well this is what I did to fix the issue. Depending on how many WDS/MDT servers you have you may have to follow this multiple times. First you will want to open a new Command Prompt “CMD” window in Administrator mode. Type in the following reg.exe add”HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main” /t REG_DWORD /v JscriptReplacement /d 0 /f Next Backup this C:\Program Files\Microsoft Deployment Toolkit\Templates\Unattend_PE_x64.xml file. Then edit the file with the code below and finally regenerate the entire WIM image. … Continue reading Script Error When Upgrading ADK To Windows 11
  • Save Powershell Modules For Offline Storage
    Just a quick How:To that came to mind 1. Open Powershell 5.1 or later2. Determine a save location. In my example an SMB storage location will be used3. If you are not sure of the name of the powershell module you are looking to save offline utilize the Find-Module *name* command. Under the name column will be the PSGallery name4. Run the command Save-Module -Path “File location” -Name vmware.powercli. In the picture below you can see both step 3 & 4 shown as well as the progress when saving the module(s).
  • Simple PowerShell To Remove Administrators
    Here’s a quick one liner script to remove non-Administrator(s) from the administrator group
  • This device is already set up in another organization
    If you have a device either in your possession or in the hands of a employee but you can’t seem to connect to intune. I found and tested this step to resolve an issue with a machine not connecting to our intune tenant no matter what I tried before. As shown in the picture you need to browse to the registry location and remove all the GUID folders. Once removed try to sign-in through the intune/company portal app again and you should be successful
  • End Your Work Day With A Script
    Trying to give myself things to learn with Powershell. I thought, “what’s a good way of forcing myself to disconnect from Teams/Slack as that shows me as available to the company I work for”. We’ll I came up with a little script that finds the time and then starts/stop services based -gt (greater than) times. A sample of the script is above ^. If you would like to automate this daily you would just have to simply open Task Scheduler and set up the script to run weekly with the preferred week days. Remember to set the application to powershell.exe … Continue reading End Your Work Day With A Script
  • Setting Up WSL On Windows 11
    Requirements Review the best practices guide Set up a WSL development environment | Microsoft Docs Windows 11 Powershell 7.X.X A Tux doll Guide to setup WSL Enabling WSL In the possibility that you do not have WSL enabled by default. I’ve listed a command below that can be run through an elevated PowerShell to enable that environment/program. dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart or wsl –install (If you see WSL help text try and run wsl –list –online) Enabling WSL Version 2 Restart your computer, sign back into your machine, and open another elevated Powershell prompt. Once open again run … Continue reading Setting Up WSL On Windows 11
  • Fixing Microsoft’s Office 365 Navigation Bar
    Lately, in technology news, Microsoft has made changes to the Office 365 Navigation Bar in Outlook making some users frustrated. Thankfully, with this post I have a set of steps below to identify the issue and fix it. Fixing The Navigation Bar Here’s a list of steps to fix the navigation bar in Outlook for Office 365. 1. Close Microsoft Outlook2. Open the Run box with WIN+R and enter outlook.exe /safe3. Did not find the Outlook toggle – Coming Soon4. Close the Outlook version running in safe mode5. Reopen Outlook Navigation Bar After The Fix
  • Use Powershell to get Dot.Net Information
    Below is a script that I had used to find the version of Micrsoft’s Dot Net Framework software. Sometimes you may not find the install version in control panel and you do have other ways to find it through reg or the properties of a DLL file. Why not do everything through Powershell though With the script above… You can copy and paste that into a non-administrative Powershell ISE window. As shown below you will see what the script looks like pasted, ran, and what the output should look like After running the above script and confirming it works for … Continue reading Use Powershell to get Dot.Net Information
  • How to remove a dead vCenter Linked Mode
    If you have a vCenter that was dead, removed, or only not in use anymore but was in linked mode, you will receive warnings every time you open the master vCenter, so in this blog post, we will explain how to remove a dead vCenter Linked Mode. Has we can see in the next image, in one part, we have the warning regarding an old vCenter that is set to linked mode with this vCenter, but in the next, in the Linked vCenter Server Systems tab, we don’t any vCenter added, and the list is empty. Warnings In this case, … Continue reading How to remove a dead vCenter Linked Mode
  • Toggling the vCenter Server Appliance default shell
    Switching the vCenter Server Appliance 6.x to BASH Shell Log in to the vCenter Server Appliance through SSH. Run this command to enable access the Bash shell: shell.set –enabled true  Type shell and press Enter. In the temporary BASH shell, run this command to permanently configure the default Shell to BASH for Root: chsh -s /bin/bash root  Log out from the BASH Shell. Log in again for the changes to take effect.
  • Manage PoE settings on Cisco Catalyst
    Turn PoE off for one switchport: Open Putty Enter the host name (or IP address) Log into the Switch Enter global config mode conf t int fa0/1 power inline never Turn PoE off for switchport range: Open Putty Enter the host name (or IP address) Log into the Switch Enter global config mode Enter the config below conf t int range fa0/1 – 24 power inline never
  • Easily Set Clock On Cisco Devices
    To set the Date and time on any Cisco device follow the steps below. Open Putty Enter the IP Address of the Cisco Device or COM(#) Login (if you have that setup) Type in clock set HH:MM:SS DD MM YYYY Then type in sh clock The command above should provide this output — clock set 10:59:00 16 May 2021
  • MDT Error 0xc0000001
    In the midst of attempting to deploy out a new Windows Server 2019 installation I came across a new issue. As mentioned in the title of this quick block. My remote virtual machine posted the error 0xc0000001 which was odd since I was able to PXE call from my onsite domain controller (DC02) and start to load the boot file config. After some research and a few cups of coffee I found that the resolution to this issue was the Enable Variable Windows Extension. To fix this follow the instructions below…1. Open your Windows Deployment Services app or WDS2. Right … Continue reading MDT Error 0xc0000001
  • Clone A VM On vCenter 6.7
    Cloning a virtual machine can come in pretty handy… Especially when you need to troubleshoot or tinker with an existing virtual machine you might just not know enough about or a previous admin didn’t document. All Admins ~ “Please DOCUMENT DOCUMENT DOCUMENT!”.For this article, I’m going to show you step by step on how to create a clone of a virtual machine and disable the virtual NIC. Accessing The VMware vCenter Open any browser of your choosing (IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox) and enter the vCenter DNS name of your system in the URL bar for the browser. If you’ve enter … Continue reading Clone A VM On vCenter 6.7
  • Deploy G’mic 2.9.6 In Software Center
    Open Configuration Manager Launch the Configuration Manager console, click Software Library, under Application Management right click Applications and click Create Application. Choose Manually specify the application information and click Next. Building The Application Deployment Download G’MIC software from here. Once you have downloaded the GIMP software, you can copy it to a folder on the ConfigMgr server or shared folder on a file server (if its in the same DC). Specify some information about the application. Click Next. For the Content Location, provide the path where the GIMP setup file is present. In my case I have copied the setup … Continue reading Deploy G’mic 2.9.6 In Software Center
  • How To Update Ubuntu through CLI
    In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to update Ubuntu for the server version. I will also explain the difference between apt update and apt upgrade, along with a few other things you should know about updates in Ubuntu Linux. If you are new to Ubuntu or any other Linux operating system, you might be wondering how to update your Ubuntu system for important – security patches, bug fixes and application upgrades. Updating Ubuntu can be very simple. For a vanilla or fresh installation of Ubuntu its very simple to issue an update command in the command line. In the terminal, you … Continue reading How To Update Ubuntu through CLI
  • How-To Build an Azure Linux VM
    In this blog I will be showing you how to deploy a Linux – Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ISO through Azure. Since I need to deploy one anyways for a new internal service I will be using called – Ansible Tower. I thought “why not make a blog about this first” and then make another post about my findings regarding Ansible. Signing Into The Portal 1. Paying for Azure Usage Probably one of the most important first steps will be deciding how you are going to be paying for Azure. If you are new to Microsoft Azure ~ click here to … Continue reading How-To Build an Azure Linux VM
  • Free Azure Credits
    Getting Azure Credits For Free Depending on your circumstances you can save money with Microsoft Azure credits if you are applicable. If applicable, those credits are applied to your account on a monthly or yearly basis and they are used until they are exhausted from your account or expired. You can think of this similar to a refillable cellphone plan that you may have had as a kid. For the majority, we’ll stick with the most sought plans. 1. Azure Free Account The Azure Free Account, will give you access to a number of Azure services. Microsoft will give you … Continue reading Free Azure Credits
  • Build A WordPress Server On Vultr
    Hope everyone reading is doing well especially with COVID-19 still going on. I’m writing up another How-To post of Deploying A One Click App. I thought it would be a great write up since I used a One Click App deployment for my own website. I’ve personally used Vultr over the years because of their broad range of scale. It certainly nice to have a company that sells shared compute for as low as $2.50 a month or high as $640. Its a lot better than my bill through Azure that cost me around $23 to $30 a month for … Continue reading Build A WordPress Server On Vultr
  • Install Windows Server 2019
    After the ISO loads on your physical or virtual server. Follow the instructions below to install the operating system. Click on Install Now Select your version that you’d like to install. Mine is a little different since its a custom ISO for Vultr. Accept the terms and conditions for the installation. For this lab, select the Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced) Choose the disk that you’ve assigned to the virtual machine or select the only one that is available. Allow Windows to install on the disk until completed. After the installation completes you should be prompted to create a password … Continue reading Install Windows Server 2019
  • How To Install Server 2019 On VMware
    I’m going to show you how to install Server 2019 on a VMware based platform. For most readers, you’ll probably be in a situation where either you are moving on from an earlier version or installing a fresh copy. For this guide, were going to go through and install a fresh copy. System Requirements (Estimated) Processor – 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor RAM – 512 MB Disk Space – 32 GB Network – Gigabit (10/100/1000baseT) Ethernet NIC Optical Storage – DVD drive (if installing the OS from DVD media) Video – Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution (optional) Input Devices … Continue reading How To Install Server 2019 On VMware
  • Software That’s Running My Homelab
    Software And Virtual Machines Geographically… We’ll be starting with my “Annville” location. A nice thing to note for a later upcoming blog is that the Annville and York sites are 55 miles from each other which is technically okay for a DR (Disaster Recovery) especially with it being in a mountainous area. Annville: PlexThis is a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS virtual machine with Plex running as a dedicated service. I’ve added some other functions to this virtual machine to help in my automation task to create less repetitive work which is keeping the service up-to-date. I’ve also setup the server to … Continue reading Software That’s Running My Homelab
  • What’s Running My Homelab
    You may or may not know but “IT ” people are always curious as to what others are running inside their homelab and why… We all like to critique our skills and for most of us that happens at our homes an not at work. Whether it be hardware, networking, virtualization, or virtual machines. So, here’s what’s going on in my homelab for 2020. The Lab The way I interface with the lab changes all too often but usually its on my work laptop or desktop using Remote Desktop, VMRC, or On-Premise Server Rack Remote Server Rack