Imprivata’s Blue Screen of Death?

A while back we had strange incident occurring on a couple hundred of Windows Embedded systems build into Computer on Wheels (COWS). In this case the machine would boot up and where it normally should show the Imprivata login screen it now didn’t show anything at all!

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Connect HP OneView with Directory services

— original post on my personal blog https://hendric.us —

This blog describes a step-by-step guide on how to use secure LDAP to connect the HP OneView appliance with Directory Services (Active Directory).

  • step 1. get the server certificate from the domain controller(s)
  • step 2. creating the right ldap query within HP OneView
  • step 3. adding domain groups to HP OneView

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Server 2016 – Using Edge with the built-in Administrator

When you’re logged in with local Administrator on a Windows Server 2016 box, you can’t start the Edge browser.

Default security will prevent you from using the Edge browser and suggests you to login with a different user.

2016-edge-buildin-admin

To workaround this, you can follow these instructions:

  1.  (windows+r) run gpedit.msc
  2. go to: Computer configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> User Account Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Built-in Administrator account -> Enabled
  3. Reboot the Windows Server 2016 box (windows+r -> shutdown /r /t 0)
  4. enjoy using Edge with the local administrator account

View ADM(X) templates in RES ONE Workspace Console

If you want to add an admx template in RES ONE Workspace and you want to be sure you are adding a newer version it can be handy to view the properties of the admx files that are already added to the repository.

There is a hidden feature in the console that allows you to do that.
In the Console go to Administration>Custom Resources.
Select the right pane and hit CTRL+SHIFT+F9.
A pop-up appears for selecting a RES ONE Workspace class
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Convert Shared Mailbox to User Mailbox in Microsoft Exchange 2010

The limitations of a shared mailbox are quite anoying and sometimes you want to convert the mailbox to a normal mailbox.
It’s quite simple exactly. Follow these three steps:

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Installing printer driver failed, error code 0x2, HRESULT 0x80070057

Last week we had a print spooler problem on a XenApp 7.6/Server 2012R2 farm. The print spooler service grew to a whopping 16GB of Memory. The problem was related to a mix of old Ricoh and Kyocera drivers.
After upgrading to new drivers the problem of the spooler was resolved. But on one machine the Ricoh Universal Print driver could not be installed. We received the following error:

Installing printer driver – failed, error code 0x57, HRESULT 0x80070057. See the event user data for context information. Installing printer driver – failed, error code 0x57, HRESULT 0x80070057. See the event user data for context information.

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Create a custom Deployment Wizard pane for Updates (MDT)

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog: itmicah.wordpress.com

One of the great things about the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is that it’s a very open product. All the scripts are customizable, including the Deployment Wizard. We can add new functionality to the deployment procedure and add wizard pages so we can choose to use those new functions (or not) with each new deployment. Microsoft encourages creativity for this particular product. One of the functions I wanted to create a wizard page for was the deployment of updates. I wanted to be able to choose between a quick OS deployment for test purposes (no updates) and a slower, more production worthy deployment (with updates). And since I take my deployment VM on the road with me, I wanted the ability to choose if the updates are downloaded from Microsoft Update or a clients’ WSUS server. The result looks like this:

Result Update Pane

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Add WSUS Target Group option to MDT deployments

Note: This blogpost is also posted on my personal blog: itmicah.wordpress.com

One of the great features you get when deploying a Windows operating system using my favorite deployment tool, the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), is the ability to update the OS using either Windows Update or a local WSUS server. The latter is obviously preferred because it’s a lot quicker and you have better control over what updates you want to install. WSUS has a feature called Target groups, which you can utilize for managing update approvals for a group of computers. This way you’ll be able to approve or decline specific updates for  Remote Desktop Session hosts or Exchange servers etc. While MDT let’s you specify a WSUS server to get updates from there’s no way to specify the target group you want to receive updates from. Let’s fix that, shall we? Read more

Uninstalling software with RES Automation Manager produces unexpected results.

A customer asked what options are there to uninstall software using RES Automation Manager. In this case he wanted to remove Java 64bit.
I explained how you can uninstall software by using the GUID of the package and how you can read that GUID from a remote server.

Sometime later, the server from which he thought he uninstalled Java 64bit, was no longer responding to Citrix Sessions.
As it turned out, RES Automation Manager did not uninstall the Java 64bit package but removed Citrix HDX TS (retail).

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Introducing SFGuru Explorer 1.2!

Since the initial community release of SFGuru Explorer for Citrix ShareFile on 25-10-2014 we (Daniel Nikolic / Rink Spies) have been busy developing the application. Every time when we detect repeating, or labor intensive tasks within our ShareFile support team we try to improve the job by integrating an optimized task in SFGuru Explorer. Currently we have lots of ideas and beta versions which we need to do some further testing on, but before releasing these features we want to be 100% sure everything runs stable. While all the coding and testing needs to be done in our spare time it could take some time before we can release all new features.

Meanwhile we made some great improvements, which have been fully tested. Improvements of which we are proud 🙂 We decided to add all the tested features to a interim release, which will be released as SFGuru Explorer version 1.2!

So lets’s start with the new features we added:

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