How to manage servers using Azure Arc part 1

How to manage servers using Azure Arc part 1 Introduction In this new series we will cover how to manage your server environment using Azure Arc. But first, what is Azure Arc? Azure Arc is the place to manage your servers if you are allowed to have them internet connected.

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Manage Power Settings via Microsoft Intune

Introduction I have a customer that currently uses Configuration Manager to manage their devices. They have a wish to remove Configuration Manager and go to cloud only management. In this regards they have a lot of GPOs we will need to analyze in order to move to production and fully

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Manage local administrator rights on Windows 365 Cloud PCs.

Managing local administrator rights on Windows 365 Cloud PCs. Introduction I’ve been writing about Windows 365 over the past few months, and in the original Windows 365 blog post I quickly mentioned that users by default doesn’t have local admin rights on their Cloud PC(s), and how to grant users

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Windows 11 get started

Source Microsoft   Introduction Everyone thought Windows 10 would be the last operating system from Microsoft. Personally, I thought that could not be true. Guess what, Microsoft is presenting the new Windows 11 on October 5th. I am super happy about the announcement as I think Windows 11 bring

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Windows and Office deployment lab kit

Introduction Microsoft just introduced an updated kit for IT pros to plan, test and validate deployment and management of desktops running Windows 10 Enterprise and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise. This was earlier known as “Windows insider lab for Enterprise” or “Olympia”.   The lab will cover technologies: Microsoft Endpoint

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WinPE versions

Ok we are booting into Windows PE but how do we determine / identify the version. First of all we need command support in the WIM file (F8), then in the command prompt we can use the command ver From Windows 10 PE (10): From Windows 8.1 PE (5.0): But

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Windows Profile versions

When using roaming profiles and Windows 10 you will notice that it creates V5 (version 5) profiles by default (.V5 extension) You might ask why version 5 but there is a good explanation: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 could create V3 and V4 if a hotfix were used and a

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Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 KMS keys

Still working with Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 Not that long ago I needed the KMS keys for Windows 2008 R2, but realized that I only had posted the keys for Windows 2012 and Windows 8.1 on this blog. Time to change this. The default KMS keys used

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Run command in system context

Sometimes I need to test program, scripts and so on running in system context, just to see if its working. For this I always use an old friend from sysinternals PSEXEC. So let start a command prompt as SYSTEM: Use the command: psexec -s cmd.exe First time you start

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How long has this system been running

I often need a quick way to see how long a Windows box has been running, or actually when it was last restarted One way is to use the command net statistics workstation and find Statistics since: And of course PowerShell is nowadays also an option: Get-CimInstance -ClassName win32_operatingsystem |

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Changing Windows Login Screen Background

Sometimes I need to change the standard Login Screen background to for example a corporate logo. Windows 7 We can easily do this from a SCCM task sequence during OSD. First we need a jpg file with the image we want to use, this file must not be greater than

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0x41301 as result of a scheduled task

when running a scheduled task you might get the error 0x41301 This error simply means that the  task is still running, this might indicate that there is a problem with the task and that it never ends, or that you must be a bit more patience.

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0x8007010B as result of a scheduled task

when running a scheduled task you might get the error 0x8007010B This error simply means that the  “Start In” folder is incorrect. Change the incorrect folder in start in:   Please note that quotation marks are NOT valid characters, they are valid in the “Program/script” field. And the result should

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Choose a reason that best describes why you want to shut down

In some environments I really don’t want this message when trying to shut down or restart a Windows server. Luckily we got a GPO setting that can remove this prompt. Computer Configuration – Policies –Administrative Templates – System – Display Shutdown Event Tracker Setting this to Disabled will remove the

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Internet Explorer and no access to Security tab

Some times I find my self working on a machine with administrative rights but Internet Explorer Security tab has been removed by a Group Policy. For testing only I really need to add an address to the trusted zoned. Because of my local administrative rights I am able to temporary

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Install Driver Silently

This is once again an old trick, that unfortunately does not work for all drivers, but this might be the place to start. When I need to install a driver silent, I always start with PNPUTIL. First step is to collect the files needed with the INF file in

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The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

You might not be able to logon to your computer and Windows will sat that The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed. Typical this will mean that the secure channel with the domain is broken, as explained in this post: Nowadays we are able to

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DotNet 1.1 installation on Windows 7

This post is just in case should I ever need this again, yes I know it’s very old stuff To create an administrative installation point for .Net 1.1 with SP1 and hotfix, follow this: Create a temporary folder for files, in this example c:DotNet.Tmp Download DotNet 1.1 to c:DotNet.Tmp

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Is the update installed?

I often need to check if a specific update is installed on a server or client. A quick command to this would be: wmic qfe | find “hotfixID” Of course this can also be done with PowerShell: get-hotfix -id HotfixID

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Forgot or lost administrator password on Windows

Some times I am asked to help with member servers where nobody any longer can remember the local administrator password. In these situations I use an old trick. Boot the system with your Windows CD, in this example we are working with Windows 2008 R2 and press SHIFT + F10.

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Recent Items and Jump lists

On Windows 7 you might not want your users to be able to see the recent opened documents in the start menu. Or in the jump list of the program. And finally nor in the application as shown here: One way to deal with this is to clear the history

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Modern Workplace consultant and a Microsoft MVP in Windows and Devices for IT.

Infrastructure architect with focus on Windows Client management & security.

Cloud & security specialist with focus on Microsoft backend products and cloud technologies.

Infrastructure architect with focus on design, implementation, migration and consolidation.

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