Windows Server GPO Default Printer
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by Artur Tyksinski
1w ago
Setting a default network printer via Group Policy can get cumbersome. Under User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Printers, you can deploy a new shared printer and set it to 'Create' as well as be the default printer. You will, however, run into issues if the printer is already deployed on the server you are attempting to change the default printer on. You will also run into issues if the printer is set to 'Create' in the GPO because Windows will run the two tasks consecutively and fail. By the time Windows finishes creating/adding the printer to the server, the ..read more
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Find User or Group with SID
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by Artur Tyksinski
2w ago
If you've encountered an SID during some troubleshooting efforts on Windows servers or machines, you may need to determine who the user or group that SID is assigned to. There is an easy Powershell script to find the user or a group with just the SID. Part of command run to determine user or group from the SID. Log on to the domain controller and open up an Administrator Powershell prompt. Issue the below command: Import-Module ActiveDirectory Issue the below command (where the last 4 X's are the last of the SID you found): Get-ADUser -Filter * | Select-Object -Property SID,Name | Where-Object ..read more
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Dell R730XD Homelab Build - Part 2
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by Artur Tyksinski
1M ago
The 24-bay SFF (2.5 inch) form factor server saga continues in part 2 of the Dell R730XD Homelab Build. Disclosure: Certain posts may contain affiliate links, meaning I will receive a commission if you decide to purchase through the links I provide. I installed the NVME enablement card alongside the non-dell Mini SAS cables and the four Intel P4510 1TBN U.2 NVME SSD's I mentioned purchasing in part 1 of the build which you can read here. Installing Proxmox I set up the Micron M500 960GB SSD's (eBay Link) in a RAID1 configuration to be used as my Proxmox installation. In the event one of these ..read more
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Create a new site in FastPanel
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by Artur Tyksinski
1M ago
In this guide I will be covering how you can create a new site in FastPanel. It is a pretty straight forward process. What is FastPanel FastPanel is a FREE server control panel, similar to cPanel and Plesk. It allows you to create sites in a few clicks, manage mail, databases, backups and much more. You can read a lot more about FastPanel on their website here. Creating New Site in FastPanel To create a new site in FastPanel, follow the steps outlined below: Log in to your FastPanel admin interface, usually located at port 8888. Click on the '+ Create site' button located towards the top rig ..read more
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Disable SMBv1 and Enable SMBv1 Auditing
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by Artur Tyksinski
1M ago
Windows currently still includes some legacy protocols posing significant security risks. SMBv1 is one such protocol and Microsoft is still gradually phasing it out. In this article I'll be providing you with a guide to disable SMBv1 and enable SBMv1 auditing. Older versions of SMB cannot be disabled easily. If you're doing this in a larger environment, it is entirely possible that some devices or applications may still be relying on outdated protocols. What uses SMBv1? Starting in Windows 10/11 and Windows Server 2019, SMBv1 is disabled by default, however, in Server 2016, it is still enable ..read more
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Dell R730XD Homelab Build - Part 1
Artur Tyksinski - Sysadmin Blog
by Artur Tyksinski
1y ago
Disclosure: Certain posts may contain affiliate links, meaning we will receive a commission if you decide to purchase through the links we provide. I've recently purchased a used Dell R730XD from eBay (item listing: https://ebay.us/8fmeIN ) as the price was too good to pass up. I got it to replace one of the more dated servers I use at home, but I ended up throwing this server into a colocation service. The server is a 24-bay SFF (2.5 inch) form factor and came with two E5-2650v4 processors. These are 12-core processors with a base clock of 2.2 GHz. This will give me around 52.8 GHz of CPU. T ..read more
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Server 2012 R2 - User Profile Cannot Be Loaded Fix
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by Artur Tyksinski
1y ago
I recently stumbled upon an issue with Windows Server 2012 R2 where attempting to log in would result in the following error: "The User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded". User Profile Service service failed the sign-in. User profile cannot be loaded After attempting a lot of different solutions online to resolve the problem, I finally found a solution that worked to fix the 'User Profile Cannot Be Loaded' error. If you're experiencing a similar issue on Server 2012 R2, log in as either the local administrator or the default domain administrator (DOMAIN ..read more
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VMware UAG - Reset Root Password
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by Artur Tyksinski
2y ago
Are you having issues signing in to your VMware UAG appliance and need to reset the root password or just unlock the root user? Follow these simple steps and you'll be able to reset and unlock the root user with ease. The UAG, by default, has both a root and an admiun user each with their own unique passwords. In order to regain access you will need to ensure you have console access to the UAG virtual machine. Reboot the UAG and press the "e" keyboard key as soon as you see the Photon OS splash screen which looks like this: Photon OS Splash Screen - Press 'e' when you see this screen. Pressin ..read more
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Event Viewer: Filter Logon Event by Username in Server 2019
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by Artur Tyksinski
2y ago
If you're attempting to use Event Viewer's Security logs to track down logon events and you wish to filter them specifically by username, you can perform the steps below to do this with ease. Once Event Viewer is running on the Active Directory server, go to the Security logs (under Windows Logs) and select 'Filter Current Log..." on the right hand side. Now go to the XML tab, select 'Edit query manually' and use the query below to filter logon events by a specific username: <QueryList> <Query Id="0" Path="Security"> <Select Path="Security"> *[ EventData[Data[@Name='TargetUs ..read more
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Fixing 'There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete'
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by Artur Tyksinski
3y ago
Are you receiving the 'There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart windows and run sfc again.' error? If rebooting the system doesn't resolve this issue, you'll be pleased to know I was successful in finding a solution for this error. I had to scour a lot of different blog posts, websites and comments to find the correct process of fixing this issue. This error can also show up as "Error: 1115 A system shutdown is in progress." when attempting to run the DISM Check Health command. Rebooting the system rarely solves this problem. Look below for the series of ste ..read more
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