Setting up secure encrypted VPN using Routing and Remote Access

The following guide will show you how to setup a secure VPN connection using encryption. You will need only Windows Server 2008 R2, with the Network Policy and Access role, including Routing and Remote Access and Network Policy Server. You will also need to allow the VPN port 1723 through your firewall as a NAT rule, pointing this to the Routing and Remote Access server. Routing and Remote Access server configuration: Click on the Security tab. Click Configure, add in the RADIUS server IP address. On the RADIUS server, add in a RADIUS client which points to the Routing and…

Exchange 2010 SP2 Client Access Outlook profile RPC endpoint changes

There are some fundamental changes after installation of Exchange 2010 SP2 Update Rollup 3 (RU3) or later. Description of Update Rollup 3 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2. Terms: RPC Client Access – The RPC Client Access service provides data access to any mailbox server through a single, common path of the Client Access server RPC endpoint – This relates to the Outlook profile RPC endpoint, the client access server in which Outlook connects to, see screenshot below. This hostname is internally resolvable only. History: In earlier versions of Exchange Server 2010, client connection requests were not redirected to…

Remove Active Directory Domain Controller Metadata – remove a domain controller using a script

Taken from here, this script is fantastic! You can run this from any domain member computer while logged in as a domain administrator. This script will clean up all metadata left over from a forced removal of a domain controller, e.g. DNS and Sites & Services information. I had a domain controller (DC) which needed to be rebuilt due to serious issues, as it was virtual, I disconnected the network, then simply formatted the OS drive and reinstalled Windows Server from scratch before connecting it back to the network. Meanwhile from another server, I ran the script below – worked…

Move/Transfer Active Directory FSMO roles using PowerShell

Rather than using the GUI, you can move the Active Directory (AD) from the command prompt using PowerShell in just a few seconds, rather than minutes. Import the Active Directory PowerShell module: Import-Module activedirectory Transfer all the FSMO roles at once, or one by one: Move-ADDirectoryServerOperationMasterRole -Identity "<DC_Name>" -OperationMasterRole PDCEmulator, RIDMaster, InfrastructureMaster, SchemaMaster, DomainNamingMaster There are five FSMO roles to transfer: PDCEmulator RIDMaster InfrastructureMaster SchemaMaster DomainNamingMaster To check which FSMO roles are on what domain controller, from the command prompt run netdom query /d:<domain> fsmo

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Jumbo Frames

Some of this came from this http://blogs.technet.com/b/askpfeplat/archive/2013/03/10/windows-server-2012-hyper-v-best-practices-in-easy-checklist-form.aspx This article discusses setting up Jumbo Frames on a Hyper-V server with Windows Server 2012 using the new Hyper-V extensible switch. I setup Jumbo Frames on the Hyper-V host itself with the iSCSI, Live Migration and CSV networks. I also setup Jumbo Frames within the actual virtual machine, only if iSCSI is used at the virtual machine level. Generally the management network and LAN traffic is not included in this, as Jumbo Frames need to be enabled on every switch which is physically situated between the sender and the receiver node. Check if…

Remote PowerShell

I installed System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 (SCDPM) with SP1 and installed the agents on all my servers. I then got an error when adding backups/protection groups. A whole bunch of my servers said “Replica is inconsistent”. I also received the following error in the event log of my SCDPM 2012 server. Event ID: 3106 Source: DPM-EM The replica of Non VSS Datasource Writer on <servername>.contoso.local is inconsistent with the protected data source. All protection activities for data source will fail until the replica is synchronized with consistency check. (ID: 3106) DPM failed to create the backup. If you…

Connecting Samsung Smart TV to US Netflix

This is how to successfully watch Netflix or HuluPlus outside the US from a Samsung Smart TV using a single remote and no computer. Netflix and Hulu Plus are cheaper than Foxtel and don’t have anywhere near as many commercials. Best feature about Netflix and Hulu Plus, they track – based on your account – what shows you’re up to exactly, e.g. what episode you need to watch next, or what point in the middle of a movie where it was stopped last, so you can start again at the same point. This is all tracked to your account, so…