A very simple process... Logon to the server currently running DHCP. It's ok to leave DHCP running during this process. In Powershell, running as administrator: Export-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPdata.xml -Leases -Force -ComputerName old.network.local –Verbose On the server to be running DHCP, make sure the role is installed and the service is started Import-DhcpServer -File C:\DHCPdata.xml -BackupPath C:\DHCP\ … Continue reading Moving DHCP from Server 2012 R2 to another 2012 R2 Server
The scenario: When an ESXi host is originally installed, the health status shows green and all is well. After a while, health status' begin reporting unknown. Here are a few fixes I've used to address this in a variety of scenarios. In vSphere client, Configuration > Security Profile > Services > Restart CIM Server service. … Continue reading Fixing Unknown Health Status in ESXi
I was tasked with migrating from 2008 to 2012 R2 DCs. The new DC had been promoted. FSMO had been transferred. Dcdiag and repadmin looked good...no signs of issues. However, when I went to demote the old DC, I received the following error: The operation failed because: Active Directory Domain Services could not transfer … Continue reading Failure when demoting a DC…
I recently encountered a scenario where it was necessary to store credentials in Dell Wyse Windows 8 Embedded thin clients. The thin client user account didn't allow access to the credential manager with a lot of work to remove the device lockdown. It was desired to pre-stage the credential for the user account of a … Continue reading Adding stored passwords to Windows via cmd line
Sometimes it's neccessary to configure USB passthrough to a VM on an ESXi host. On situation where that would be necessary is a USB licensing dongle. Right-click in the intended VM and Edit Settings... On the Hardware tab, click Add... Select USB controller, then click Next I recommend xHCI with modern devices as it supports … Continue reading Configuring USB passthrough to a VM in ESXi 6.0
For anyone who is used to managing VMs with a traditional hypervisor like VMWare, the first encounters with the EC2 console seem limiting. However, new features are making management via the EC2 console a lot more like vSphere client. Changing instance types used to involve taking a snapshot, convert the snapshot to a volume, then … Continue reading Simple improvements that have been made to EC2 over time that make managing instances much simpler.
I recently did a terminal server replacement for a small number of users. I found that the users didn't use standard drive mappings, logon scripts, etc; They used 1-off manually mapped drives. I took it upon myself to move them to a standardized drive mappings. These aren't the type of users who you could email … Continue reading Get SID of AD user