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Create a web 301 redirect service with Microsoft Azure Functions

 

I ran into a nice issue, and I suppose more people could run into the same issue. Lets first start with laying out the issue:

  • We are moving to a new web solution where only one domain (pepperbyte.com) is supported unless you move all of the domains.
  • The new web solution provider does not support htaccess or 301 redirects from other domains (as an example pepperbyte.nl) then the root domain (pepperbyte.com).
  • Our DNS provider can do a lot but they cannot add URL redirectors.
  • We don’t have a spare web server somewhere where we can add an htaccess file and I’m sure not want to pay for it.
  • There are “free” services on the web which allows you to redirect your domains to the root domain, but these free services will display adds or you need to add a link to the redirect service.

Ok, you can have your remarks on above point, but hey that’s just the way it is 🙂

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Reset Root Password of your Synology through PowerShell SSH (Without Putty)

Recently I had to reset my Root account password on my Synology DS214Play.
I had set the password when I first got the Synology, and of course I forgot it.

Resetting the account is no problem as there is a clear manual available on the Synology forums.
However I wanted to do this trough PowerShell.

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Windows 10 Creators Update causes CHKDSK every startup

Since installing the Windows 10 Creators Update my computer has been asking to do a CHKDSK at every boot up. Although even letting it complete the countdown it never actually starts doing the check.
Instead it starts another countdown which results the same, it cancels ar
ound 3/5 seconds and continues to boot to Windows 10.

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SCCM set a custom variable dependency using Powershell or Vbs

When you are a frequent user of SCCM, sooner or later you will want a custom variable on which u can set a dependency for jobs further on in the task sequence.

After searching online for a while and not finding a satisfying answer I decided to create a short how-to.

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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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Using special characters in Microsoft Deployment Tool (model name)

Currently we are working at a customer to set up a new environment.
To make this as easy as possible we are using the Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT)

This will make it very easy to install computers with a new OS and the correct drivers.

However when the targeted computer uses the special characters like “/” in the WMI hostname, MDT runs into problems as the MDT workbench doesn’t allow special characters like “/”

The specified new name must not contain special characters

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Microsoft App-V 5.0 SP1 Sequencer error while saving package

For a customer we’re creating a Windows 7 environment, using App-V 5.0 SP1 for application virtualization. We installed an English Windows with a Dutch MUI pack. All client types are installed unattended, including the App-V sequencer. We experienced a problem with the App-V sequencer which was caused by the MUI language pack.

Problem

After the installation of the new sequencer everything seemed to work fine. That is until I made the first package on the machine. The moment I clicked Save, an error popped up saying that the MSI couldn’t be generated. Read more

Windows 8.1 “No terminal server license servers available”

After a couple days of using Windows 8.1 I suddenly got an error when connecting with Citrix or a normal remote desktop session. Both the applications gave the error that there were no terminal server license servers available, which prevented me from connecting.

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(Microsoft) Vendor specific DHCP options explained and demystified

DHCP servers can send vendor specific options to clients to granularly control configuration. Microsoft clients are out-of-the-box prepared to receive Microsoft Windows specific options while Microsoft DHCP servers have the ability to send DHCP options only received by Windows clients.

Some applications use the content of a DHCP option to receive configuration data, for example Microsoft Lync or RES Workspace Manager. Since this applications only run on Microsoft Windows its no more than logical to only send this option to Windows clients.

In this article I’ll explain how this mechanism works and how you can send Microsoft Windows specific DHCP options from a non-Microsoft DHCP server (like a Linux or Lucent-Alcatel VitalQIP appliance).

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