As I prepare for the 70-411 exam I figured it could be useful to write some guides that touches on the exam objectives. This will mainly be a benefit to myself, as putting together a guide will make sure that I gain a good understanding on all areas of knowledge required. I will use PowerShell as… Read Article →

I have been working on a Active Directory tool that makes it easier to work with users from another AD Forest. My main goal was to improve upon the horrible search function in dsa.msc by allowing free text search in real time (WinAmp “jump” style is the best example I can think of). I also… Read Article →

I recently got asked to configure a Wiki that can easily handle MS Word documents, where you can simply upload or display an existing document without having to convert it into a new Wiki page. After some research I found MediaWiki, for which there is a Office plugin that can convert your documents into Wiki articles. This… Read Article →

With Part I and Part II out of the way we should now have a running Foreman setup, as well as Puppet Agent installed on all our clients. Because we named the puppet master “puppet”, our agents will try to connect to this by default. This means that when we go to the Foreman dashboard… Read Article →

We now continue the guide, as we are done installing Foreman (Part I can be found here). In this shorter part of the guide it is time to install the puppet agent on our three clients. As all my Linux clients are running Ubuntu I will use the Apt install method. For the most up to date… Read Article →

I recently tried to set up a puppet master server with two nodes to manage under Ubuntu 16.04. I used a guide by Digital Ocean that was written in 2014. While I was able to get Puppet installed and working properly I ran into some trouble when I then tried to install Foreman, something about… Read Article →

I had an outage for a few days as I was working on my lab setup. I also tidied up the server rack a bit, as seen below. Before I had about half of my important services such as Active Directory and DNS running on one physical server, and the other half (hosting things like this… Read Article →

I was looking for this script a few days ago, but couldn’t find it. Throwing it up here for my own reference. Basically it will run a number of tests on a DC to make sure that there are no errors or connectivity issues. Just save it as a .bat file and run it with… Read Article →

Looks like my Lets Encrypt certification for this site had expired while I was on vacation. Guess I should have set it to auto-renew… I run this site on a FreeBSD webserver, and while support for Linux was there, the FreeBSD support for Lets Encrypt was still a bit lacking. That being said, hopefully I remember… Read Article →

I figured I should gather up some useful commands that I often use in once place. I expect this list to expand as time goes on. Check logged in users

Check server uptime

Find filenames longer than 256 characters

Get info on AD account such as last logged in and password expiration… Read Article →

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