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FAQ 000134 - Use PowerShell to check if your servers are online
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Nov 21, 2014 at 02:25 AM

If you need  to quickly check if all of your servers are online, and you don't have a monitoring system implemented in your environment, you can use the following Powershell script.

It automatically generates a list of all servers based on information in Active Directory, checks connectivity to each of them and creates following output:

 

SERVER01 is ONLINE

SERVER02 is OFFLINE

SERVER03 is ONLINE

SERVER04 is ONLINE

 

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FAQ 000133 - Certificate renewal failure - RPC-Server not available
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Nov 03, 2014 at 11:02 AM

PROBLEM

When you try to renew a computer certificate via the Certificates MMC you receive the following error:

     RPC Server unavialable.

 

If you try to test your CA with Certutil -ping you receive the following error:

     The RPC-Server is not available 0x800706ba (Win32:1722)

 

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FAQ 000132 - How to use PowerShell to collect information about user objects in Active Directory
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Oct 15, 2014 at 03:44 AM

This article applies to:
Windows Server 2008 R2

In this article I will showcase how to use PowerShell to gather information about User objects in Active Directory.


Collecting information about Active Directory objects like Forest, Domains, Sites and Domain controllers is is given in a separate article FAQ 000127 - How to use PowerShell to collect information about your Active Directory infrastructure

In order to be able to work with Active Directory PowerShell commands you will need the Active Directory PowerShell module which comes as a part of Active Directory management tools installation.


To check if PowerShell module for Active Directory is installed on the local machine use (comes with Active Directory management tools):
     Get-Module -ListAvailable
If the ActiveDirectory module is listed you can load it by using the following command:
     Import-Module ActiveDirectory

 

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FAQ 000131 - Publishing employee photos in Active Directory
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Oct 06, 2014 at 12:35 PM

For publishing employee photos in Active Directory you can use the following free utility:  Exclaimer Outlook Photos


Utility is very easy to use - it will automatically resize, make a proper crop, and upload a photo to a chosen employee in Active Directory.

 

Adding photos to Active Directory does not require you to assing people administrative rights in Active Directory.

A a read/write delegation on the ThumbnailPhoto attribute in Active Directory is sufficient.

This means this task can be easily delegated to non-technical personnel like for example Human Resource employees.

 

How do I delegate control of the thumbnail photo field?

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FAQ 000130 - Windows Server boots into repair mode after patching
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Oct 06, 2014 at 01:21 PM

This article applies to

Windows Server 2008 R2

 

PROBLEM

You reboot the server after patching and it boots into repair mode.

 

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FAQ 000129 - Remote Desktop Error 2308 after server reboot
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Written by Dejan Foro   
Oct 06, 2014 at 09:58 AM

This article applies to:

Windows Server 2003 R2

 

PROBLEM

After a server reboot you are not able to connect to it via Remote Desktop with errror 2308, although the server is online and responds to ping.

 

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