Category Archives: Windows

Citrix StoreFront – Creating a Public SSL Certificate

The latest versions of Citrix receiver require that you use HTTPS for the server bound connections, otherwise you cannot connect.

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And the information on the Citrix website can be a bit thin when it comes to using a Public CA SSL Certificate. Here is the documentation link to using certificates for the Storefront component.

Here I am covering;

  • Workaround – Bypassing the HTTPS SSL warning when adding a store to Citrix Receiver
  • Creating the Public SSL Certificate request for your StoreFront Server
  • Importing the Public SSL Certificate onto your StoreFront Server
  • Exporting the SSL Certificate for use on additional servers
  • Linking the SSL Certificate in IIS to the StoreFront Website

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DCPromo Fails – The directory service is missing mandatory configuration information

On a Server 2008 R2 machine, I had an issue demoting from being a Domain Controller, after moving the FSMO roles onto a new machine. This was after a second domain controller died. I am not sure of the previous history of where the FSMO roles were for this client.

Two new DC’s were created and promoted, after cleaning up DNS to remove the old configuration of the dead DC.

The Error

I was provided with the following error in a dialog box and in the event log

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Screen Capture Software of Choice – SnagIT

Everyone has their favourites, and mine is SnagIT. It’s not free, but it has such a great interface, I can’t face using anything else.

I use it for capturing shots of the environment, as it is now, and after I’ve changed it, and then annotating them with arrows and text.

The end result is either the shots are used for my client project documentation, or here on in the blog posts.

To show off some of the features, I am going to try to use SnagIT to capture itself.

SnagIT – The capturing side

So SnagIT is broke down into two parts, the capture side, and the editing of the captures.

We can do static images and video, with an in-depth editing of the static side, but little options for video.

So here’s the capture side, which is based around the use of profiles.

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Profwiz: Migrating users profiles to a new domain

So a colleague of mine introduced me to this great tool, ForensiT User Profile Wizard.

We were migrating a customer from one domain to a new one, and there is a lot of data stored in the local profile of the users. So we needed a way to move this data into the new profile they will receive when the machine is moved into the new domain.

Note: This is about local machine profiles, and not those on a file server.

1. Login with existing domain\username on the machine, run the Profwiz.exe

  • Enter the new domain name
  • Enter the account name of the user on the name domain

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Veeam v8 – Active Directory Restore Wizard in action

So lets look at one of the best features brought to us in Veeam 8, Active Directory Restore Wizard.

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1. Open up the restore, select application items, and then Microsoft Active Directory

2. Select your VM that you want to pull the data back from, and then your restore point for that VM.

Note: I am actually using a restore point created in Version 7!!!!2014-11-11_11-12-31

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