Test.VerifyDcPromoCore.DCPromo.General.103 WTF is 103…

We were working on migrating our Domain Controllers from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2019 and I got to the point where I was running the PowerShell “Test-ADDSDomainControllerInstallation -DomainName MyDomain.Name” command to test migration requirements.  The process was  kicking out an error for part of it with a context of Test.VerifyDcPromoCore.DCPromo.General.103 so I started the hunt for what that meant.  Well both the Bings and Googs came back with no results at all for the exact search value.  Plenty of other items with different numbers at the end but not specifically 103.

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Convert MAK licensed Windows system back to KMS

The back and forth Windows licensing from KMS to MAK can be so frustrating.  Today I had to take a system that had been KMS and then made MAK back to KMS again.  Of course this process involves searching for a variety of various scripts to run but you have to put a KMS key in even if you’re going to network provided KMS.  Continue reading “Convert MAK licensed Windows system back to KMS”

Fixing broken replication after changing a Hyper-V host’s name

Changed the host name of a Hyper-V server and now all of your VM’s replication status is Critical?  In the past you’d have to break replication and then rebuild it for every single VM letting them resynchronize which is just an absolute pain and resource/time consuming.  Now we can use the PowerShell Set-VMReplication to fix the Replica Server’s changed name.  Continue reading “Fixing broken replication after changing a Hyper-V host’s name”

STIG/CIS/Best Practices stops Acrobat loading PDFs from over the network

We’ve been running STIG configuration with Adobe Acrobat DC Classic & Continuous versions for a while with no issues until early 2019 when users started not being able to load PDFs from over the network anymore.  Acrobat would say it was blocking loading PDFs from the internet and then give the address it was blocking of SMB://FileServerName.Domain.Org/Path/EvilPDF.pdf which is clearly not on the internet.  Continue reading “STIG/CIS/Best Practices stops Acrobat loading PDFs from over the network”

Active Directory user accounts keep losing inheritable permissions?

Do you have Active Directory accounts and use a password reset management tool like Thycotic’s Password Reset and out of the blue some accounts just stop being able to be managed?  We did and I stumbled across the solution while trying to resolve something else.  Continue reading “Active Directory user accounts keep losing inheritable permissions?”