Vigilant.IT rewarded yet another Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)!

Talk about ‘it’s been a while since I’ve last posted…’ just see my last post here on VITBlurb.

Vigilant.IT rewarded another Microsoft MVP – 2 in as many cycles!

Sheesh… Oct 2016! Pathetic!

I’m back again to announce (albeit several months after the fact) that we, Vigilant.IT have yet another, Microsoft MVP within our team.

Enter, Daniel Apps.

Unfortunately since the last post, we lost one of our Microsoft MVPs, to another company, a company some may have heard of within the IT community…

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Although we dipped down to 2 for a short time, we have brought that count back to 3 with Daniel Apps joining this prestegious line up.

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So… who are our Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals?

Stephane Budo

Also known as ‘Steph’, ‘Budo’, ‘Our in house Dev!’, Steph holds his MVP award, 2 years in a row, within the ‘Microsoft Azure’ category.

Budo is one of the two directors here at Vigilant.IT. Someone who is very, very passionate about the IT dev space, Stephane leads the development /engineering team, continuously building Microsoft solutions for many of our new /existing enterprise clients.

Steph has developed an indepth timesheet solution that we use (internally) which integrates Microsoft’s System Center Service Manager to our custom time and billing application. Everyone knows how much of a pain timesheet is, however Steph’s solution has allowed us as technicians to focus on what we do best, solve technical problems and do very little admin work noting down the work we did. The granularity of information captured is an accountant or business owners dream (the finer details)!

Steph also started hosts an Azure Meetup here on Sydney’s lower north shore.

You can find Stephane Budo on the following platforms;

 

Steven Hosking

Also known as ‘Steveo’, ‘Hosko’, Steveo too is part of the development /engineering team here at Vigilant.IT. Steveo holds his MVP award within the ‘Enterprise Mobility’ category.

Steveo has just returned (at the time of writing) from a trip over to America, to present at the Midwest Management Summit 2018 in Minnesota. If he’s not working on a System Centre or Intune solution for a client, we generally find Steveo out at a conference on the other side of the world, presenting on all things Microsoft (well, System Centre, Intune and anything else that Microsoft need him for).

Steveo too has his own Meetup, being one of the founders of the Sydney System Centre and Infrastructure Group here in Sydney. A common theme you see with MVPs, and also one of their requirements – to help educate and empower the community on Microsoft soultions, products and services.

You can find Steven Hosking on the following platforms;

 

Daniel Apps

Also known as ‘Apps’, ‘Dan’, ‘The sh*t stirer in the office’, and the most recent to receive their Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award, within the ‘Cloud and Datacenter Management’ category, Dan is somewhat of a unique character, in a good way.

Borderline overzellous with anything other than IT, giving opinions on all things cricket or the general news, when it comes to the achievements and continous solutions he develops for all our new, existing clients, he is known to be humble and quiet about these sorts of things. As an example, his MVP announcement earlier this year. We had to see /hear it on Twitter before the team here knew!

Someone new to the social media /twitter scene, you can find Dan giving out good value to those who follow him and to see how good /quick wit he is with anything and everything (mostly Microsoft related topics).

Dan too (like the other two) continuously gives to the community via his blog as well as conferences he attends, both presenting or being part of the crowd.

You can find Daniel Apps on the following platforms;

 

So there you have it. A company that consists of 20 odd employees, and with only 3,500 Microsoft MVPs worldwide, we have within our ranks 3 recognised Microsoft Professionals. For a company our size, it is unheard of and I hope that this article just shows the technicial prowess we have /hold within our company.

This is something to be proud of, as a company but as a fellow colleague.

I’ll see you in 2020 (I really hope not!)

 

Windows 10 – Where’s the Start Up Folder

What has been bugging me recently is the fact that the applications that I had setup to start each time I boot my Window 10 MacBook Pro, does not come up any more.

I’m not sure if it was meant to come across during the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 or that I’ve missed some sort of setting during the upgrade; fairly certain there wasn’t one but it’s neither here or there any more.

With this, it appears that it is much easier to get to the Start Up Folder within Windows 10. (Note: after testing, this too is in Windows 8.1 so I’m well a head of the curve ball…NOT!).

To get to your specific User Start Up Folder;

Simply hit the Windows + E to bring up the Explorer and enter in the following commandlet

shell:startup

As you can see, it should take you to the following directory

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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To get to the All Users Start Up Folder;

shell:common startup

As you can see, this commandlet should take you to the following directory

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

AllUsersStartUp

Either way, hope this assists someone out there!

Windows 10 – TH2 Release Professional Build 10532

Windows 10 TH2 Release Professional Build 10532.

Windows Insider subscribers may have received the second release to Threshold 2 Update as of Friday 28th August 2015 (Sydney Australia).

When it was release early Friday morning (for us here in Sydney, Australia), we noticed that for some reason, devices with Windows 10 TH2 Release Professional Build 10525, had immediately started pulling down the new update. No word of warning, it just started to download.

Unfortunately, this caused havoc on our link within our office that morning.

With this, several test devices that had Windows 10 (TH2 installed) started downloading and utilising all available bandwidth on our network. Even though we have a massive pipe to our office, we could see the strain on the network and the effects it was having on our business; we immediately took these devices offline which brought the network back up.

I had thought that BITs (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) would have control the throttling of bandwidth, however I was advised by one of my colleagues that BITs wouldn’t understand the parameters of the network and therefore just grab as much bandwidth it could.

Keep this in mind if you’re looking at installing the latest update, as it will no doubt smash your bandwidth if you’re careful.

On a personal note, the TH2 failed to install on my MacBook Pro (late 2011 model) with Windows 10 Professional. I find that it gets to the installing update after a reboot, where it then performs a roll back.

I will advise once I’ve managed to resolve this!

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SCCM Application Deployment Error – 0x87D00607 Fix!

Down the other end of the office I could hear one of my colleagues complaining that an App deployment failed when installing from their SCCM’s Software Center Console on their workstation.

They received the following error message;

Generally, the first place to check is with your boundaries and boundary groups and to ensure that they’re setup correctly. Actually, reviewing your boundaries and boundary groups should be the first place to check when troubleshooting these errors.

The way we’ve configured the boundary groups within our environment(s) is through the use of Active Directory. Some choose to use IP subnets to define their boundaries, however we found that Active Directory would best suit our environment/setup. Resolution; Change the Deployment option under the Application deployment section.

I had ‘Do not download content’ selected from the dropdown menu. As soon as I changed it to ‘Download content from distribution point and run locally‘, I was able to install the application successfully.

We now have a quieter office thanks to this resolution! Good Luck!

Trust Relationship Errors – Not the ones you need to hand over your mobile phone for!

So this week, I was given a task to resolve an error that was evident on one of our Hyper-V servers in our cluster. The error message; The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed.

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As you do when troubleshooting, you work from the bottom up, whilst applying a bit of logic along the way. I did the standard troubleshooting steps of ensuring that a Domain Controller is present and communicating on the network and that the network was configured correctly.

Thankfully, this was just a case where a server/device had lost itself in the environment and need to be reconnected back.

In this blog, we’ll look at a couple ways to resolve this issue.

1st Option – Offline Access & Reconnection (Laptops /Workstations /Servers).

(Prerequisite; This assumes you have a Domain User Account with local administrative permissions and/or a Domain Administrative Account to re-join the machine back to the Domain).

If this is a physical machine, and that you’re able to remove the network cable from it, then do so. You too can achieve this if this machine is a virtual machine. Jump onto Hyper-V manager and disconnect the network from it.

Once you’ve put the machine into effectively an ‘offline’ state, you will then be able to log-in with the ‘cached’ domain credentials. Once logged in, plug back the Ethernet cable into the machine to restore network connectivity. If you’re working with a VM, re-enable the network.

Now, go to System and re-join the machine to the domain using the Domain Administrative credentials.

This too can be achieved by logging into the machine with a local administrative account, and then using the Domain Administrative credentials to re-join the workstation to the domain (without having to remove the machine off the network).

Soon you will be prompted to reboot the machine to take in the changes. Perform the reboot and try to login to your machine with your domain credentials.

2nd Option – Changing the Domain (ever-so-slightly) – the process I used.

(Prerequisite; This assumes you have a local Administrative Account to login to the server, and a Domain Administrative Account to re-join the server back to the domain once logged in.)

So going back to the opening paragraph about being assigned this job, I had to find out how to achieve disconnecting/reconnecting this Hyper-V Server from the network without causing havoc on/within the environment.

What I did: I logged into the server with the local administrative account credentials. I see the Server 2012 R2 desktop. I right click the Start Menu and select System.

Under Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Settings, I select Change Settings. Under the Computer Name Tab, I select Change… next to ‘To rename this computer or change its domain or workgroup, click change.’

Here you will be prompted with the Computer Name and Domain. Under Domain, you should have the FQDN of the domain this machine is connected to, in my case, our Hyper-V Server. What you do now, is remove parts of the domain name.

For example, if the domain is called, CompanyX.Local, remove the .local and leave CompanyX. Simple as that. After that, select Ok. Here the server will go off and look for a/the Domain Controller within the environment. Once found, it will then prompt you for credentials to re-join the machine back to the domain. Enter the Domain Administrative credentials on hand.

Once completed it will prompt you to rejoin the server back to the domain. Reboot the server and you should be able to login to the server, once rebooted, with the Domain User credentials /Domain Administrative credentials.

If you have SCOM installed on the machine, remember, put it into Maintenance Mode, otherwise the gremlins that manage/monitor SCOM, will come after you with bells and whistles.