DHCP Option Values and PowerShell

Following on from my previous post, i wanted to share a small bit of PowerShell i created whilst on a site visit.

This was before i had worked on Vendor Classes but actually follows on quite nicely. In the previous post i mentioned a requirement to set an alternate NTP Server address, and used 1.uk.pool.ntp.org.

For those who may have worked with those NTP Servers in the past you may know that (as the name suggests) they are a pool of servers and the IP address returned changes frequently. So, setting that value statically and forgetting about it led me to find a new Phone on a clients desk was not syncing the time.  Read more of this post

DHCP Vendor Class Polycom Phones

Bit of a change of pace for me today. No Essentials and No PowerShell.

I am setting up a new DHCP Server for a client. It is a small LAN that has no VLANs or any other advanced configuration, which leads their Polycom phones to sharing the same configuration as the client computers. This is generally OK of course however I wanted to specify specific NTP information to the phones. Of course I could do this with DHCP Reservations tied to MAC addresses, but I decided that after twelve years working in IT, I should probably try out DHCP Vendor Options.  Read more of this post

Connect Page Error Essentials 2016 Upgrade

mslogoThis post comes as a follow up to this thread opened in the TechNet forum.

It seems after an in place upgrade from Essentials 2012 R2 that some things don’t function as expected.

When you visit http://server/connect you are presented with an error.

connect error

Viewing the same path from the server desktop you get the corresponding error.

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Remote Web Access login page Redirect

LogoThis post comes courtesy of Susan Bradley, in that she highlighted the issue to me. In turn it was highlighted to her via TechSpeeder.

The issue is a relatively simple one, in previous versions of Essentials, visiting http://server or http://server.remotewebaccess.com it would automatically redirect you to the RWA Login page at /remote. In 2016 this is not occurring.

In 2012 R2 this behaviour is controlled via default.aspx in particular, this line.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" CodeBehind="Default.aspx.cs" Inherits="Microsoft.WindowsServerSolutions.Web.RootSite._Default" %>

Looking at the Content of the Default Web Site in 2016, we can see the standard IIS InetPub wwwroot folder. This is odd because usually in Essentials that path has been updated to C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\WebApps\Site.

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Windows Server 2016 Essentials GA Announced

LogoWith the fanfare we have come to expect for all things Essentials, it came as no surprise that the GA announcement of this much maligned product was whispered out in the latest SBS Blog Post.

Don’t get me wrong, Essentials as a product has it’s faults, but to me this feels a lot like the way the NHS is being defunded, someone sooner or later is going to claim it didn’t work out, when very little seems to be being done to ensure its success. Anyway enough of that.

So what’s new in Essentials 2016?  Read more of this post

Deploy Google Chrome Extensions using GPO

ChromeI spent quite a lot of time on this mainly because the instructions dotted around are out of date or misleading, or missing crucial information.

I did write earlier that you could also do this by adding in the relevant Policy registry keys, however this does not seem to work.

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Cannot download the Package – Essentials 2012 R2

If you have updated to the latest UR Rollup and are trying to install the connector on a client, you may see the following notice.

‘Cannot download the package’

G1 Error

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