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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:39:43 +0000
What are you using to encrypt your workstation hard drives?

With GDPR looming large on the horizon, encrypting data at rest and in transit is becoming increasingly important. There are a few ways to achieve this but which do you use?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:54:41 +0000
User lockout over VPN and RDP

I have a user that is constantly getting locked out of his domain profile account. He is on a win7 laptop running a Sonicwall Global VPN client and then he RDP's into to a win7 desktop in the main office. I can't pin it down, but he is getting "locked out" due to "too many bad password attempts". Except he said he's not entering in his password anymore than once and he sees the lockout message and sometimes he will get locked out while his is logged in and won't know it until he locks the PC or logs out and tries again. GPO is set to lock account after 3 failed attempts.

Since he is doing RDP over VPN client, it's difficult to pin down if the issue is on his laptop with the remote connection or on the desktop he is connecting to. I have already removed any and all sleep/hibernate functions from both computers. I can use Netwrix Lockout...

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:50:25 +0000
Windows Server Backup - Restore to new disk not working for OS


I have a server with two disks: disk 1 OS 2008 R2 (C:) (600 GB) and disk 2 Data (H:) (600 GB)

Disk 1 OS (C:) failed so I bought a new disk (1 TB). I have a backup prior to failure using Windows Server Backup on a USB external drive.

I want to restore the OS from backup to the new disk.

I booted from 2008 R2 install disk then after loading Windows files selected Repair and selected to restore system image. It scanned all devices, found the backup on the external USB device then I selected to restore.

However, it only restored disk 2 (which I didn't need, i.e. it didn't give me option for which disk(s) to restore and it didn't restore disk 1 OS to the the new disk). BIOS sees the new disk, as well as disk 2 data (H:).

If I remove disk 2 that didn't fail and try the restore, it returns an error that the disk configuration must be the same,...

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:28:52 +0000
Onsite AD to Azure

Good Day 

We want to move to Azure for a few reasons such a single sign on and such with our Office 365 accounts. We also use Exchange 365 for our mail needs. 

We have a onsite AD and we want to sync with Azure AD and sync our Office 365 accounts. 

If we sync onsite AD to Azure AD will it replace the Office 365 accounts that's in place currently  ? 

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:49:48 +0000
Windows 10 1803

Hi all,

When do we think 1803 will be available to download from the Volume Licence site? Want to roll out 10 to some machines but don't want to create an out of date image if its imminent.


Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:43:24 +0000
Advanced Password Quality Enforcement For AD?

Instead of regular password changes, we would like to follow the newer recommendation of using unique passphrases (not matching any passwords found in any list of commonly used passwords).

So, we need passwords with different requirements than the complexity requirements available in group policy (minimum length plus require 3 types of characters and not contain your name or user name).

With those rules, passwords like Pa$$word123 or Monkey123! or 123qwerty! or Jayden2010 all meet the rules, but are too common to be secure.

I assume, this requires some kind of third party software plug-in to AD to enforce.  How do you manage password rules that are different that the options available in AD group policy?

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:08:44 +0000
Unable to load Windows Login Screen after "Ctrl-Alt-Del to unlock"

Dear Expert

This is regarding one of the issue i'm currently facing on one of the user PC.


- A user contacted me today and informed me that the performance of the PC she is using is very slow.

- After further understand the situation with her. It was due to multiple electric office power failure.


- I try to run some testing on her PC by opening the Task Manager, Right-Click Properties. Indeed it took almost 5-10 minutes to open.

- To run further diagnostic, i change the startup mode from normal to diagnostic mode in msconfig.


- After changed the startup mode in msconfig. I restarted the PC. And here is the new issue i encounter.

- After the PC was fully restarted, i unlocked the screen(Ctrl-Alt-Del) and next screen will kept on loading with circle dot for approximately 10mins and surprisingly it direct me...

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:31:43 +0000
Starwind VSAN - deployment with 3 nodes (adding storage)

So over the past week I've chatted with several starwind folks - both on here and via email and I've come to finalize on the following

3-nodes - each with 2 Mellanox Dual-Port Cards and 2 on-board 10g NICs and RAID 5 with 10x 960GB SSDs.

The networking was designed to run like this in a daisy-chain manner:

Card 1 : P1 - iSCSI / P2 - Sync

Card 2 : P1 - iSCSI / P2 - Sync

Onboard : P1 & Port 2 (Team) - Host OS, Client Access, Heartbeat

After doing some storage evaluations, we realized that even with RAID 5 we may come up short on storage from replicating from our main site. Replacing the drives would be too costly at this point so I'm wondering how we can re-architect this solution by using some existing equipment on hand.

We have two Synology RS818RP+ units each with 4x 960GB SSDs. If we run these also in RAID 5 that gives us an additional...

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:26:14 +0000
Active Directory needed?

Hi all

I know this question has been done to death but here goes

We are a company of 70 employees based in 2 offices soon to be 3

At present we have got by without AD as we take advantage of cloud based apps for ERP Gmail dropbox/365

Its been bugging me for a while now as most networks I’ve inherited have always been using Active directory, I’ve been quite surprised how little need there has been for it but my head tells me as we are growing it would be a good option to think about it to futureproof. But at present I’m not feeling any major pain without it

The problem now is the big sell as usual management not loving the outlay for servers/cals etc.

So my question is do I really need it – I’ve seen many posts on this but others have had different requirements.

We have no major reliance at present on group policy so keep going round...

Drive Map action "greyed out"

Trying to address the Windows 10 Drive Map File Explorer 'disappearing" issue.

Under my Drive Maps action is grey out -- ideas ? Drawing a blank here.

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