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Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs

Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs

I have a small lab setup within Azure and over the past week I have been working quite a bit within that lab perfecting a couple of PowerShell scripts.  As I have limited credits available to me within Azure I am always careful to ensure that my Virtual Machines (VMs) are only running when I need them and de-allocated when I am not using them.  Having to sign in to the Azure Portal to start the VMs and then do…

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Security Benchmarks for Workstations, Servers and Applications

Security Benchmarks for Workstations, Servers and Applications

We’ve all had to lock down a workstation, server or application for security/audit purposes and wondered where to start.  I recently stumbled across the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Benchmark program which provides vendor agnostic advice and tools on accessing and improving the security of servers and applications.   The CIS program can help public and private organisations to meet compliance standards for FISMA, PCI, HIPAA and a lot more. Behind the scenes of CIS there is a group of…

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KEMP load balancer forgotten password

KEMP load balancer forgotten password

I recently started to use my home lab after 6months of not having any time to use it and unfortunately I had completely forgotten what I had set the password to on my KEMP Loadbalancer.  Thankfully I haven’t changed deleted the bal account and was able to use a simple method to get into it again… 1. Log into the KEMP console using the username pwreset 2. Use the password 1pwreset 3. The console will now indicate that the password…

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Running Configuration Manager 2012 Remote Control standalone

Running Configuration Manager 2012 Remote Control standalone

In some instances you might not want to roll out the full SCCM console but still allow the user to run the Remote Control SCCM tool. Here is how to do it: 1. Find the directory where the AdminConsole is installed, example: C:Program Files(x86)Microsoft Configuration ManagerAdminConsolebini386, copy the following directory and files:0000049CmRcViewer.exeRdpCoreSccm.dll 2. Copy the whole directory and the files to the computer you want to run Remote Control from. You can create a folder anywhere on the computer, i.e…

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Shrink the SQL Server Reporting Services log database used by ConfigMgr 2012

Shrink the SQL Server Reporting Services log database used by ConfigMgr 2012

So today I came across an issue with my SCCM database server running low on disk space. On investigation I found the ReportServer_log.ldf file had grown to over 320GB in size! It would appear this is a known issue and some simple configuration changes to your database setup can resolve this. Change the recovery model1. Log onto SQL Management Studio and connect to the SCCM instance2. Expand Databases and right click on ReportServer (your name may vary depending on your…

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Patch ConfigMgr 2012 x64 clients during a task sequence using the PATCH property

Patch ConfigMgr 2012 x64 clients during a task sequence using the PATCH property

We recently updated our SCCM version to the latest cumulative update and I wanted to update our task sequence so that new clients were deployed with the latest SCCM agent version. In order to do this I completed these steps (please note we only deploy 64 bit clients so this tutorial only deals with these): 1. Open your task sequence 2. Within your Partition Disk 0 – BIOS/Partition Disk 0 – UEFI steps ensure the main partition has the following…

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