Repair a Windows Image

Applies To: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 If a Windows image becomes unserviceable, you can use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool to update the files and correct the problem. You can use DISM to repair an offline Windows image in a WIM or VHD file, or …

Deploy printers via Group Policy

Windows GPOs Anyone responsible for managing a Windows domain based network should be familiar with the basics of Group Policy Management, and the granular control it allows over virtually every setting available within the Windows client systems. Although quite impressive results can be achieved with old style login scripts (especially if you know vbscript), Group Policy Objects …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Folder Redirection via Group Policy

Scenario: You have a Microsoft network with Server 2008 R2 servers and Windows 7 Clients. Problem: Users tend to login on different computers and wish to have their desktop, my documents, favorites, you name it show up on every computer.     Solution: Folder Redirection allows you as an administrator to point a number of …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Allow SQL Server access through windows firewall

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server that is running a SQL Server 2008 r2 express database. Problem: You have a branch office connected through an ipsec VPN tunnel users on that network are complaining about access to their database application returning the following error: “The database was not found or access …

Add administrators to Windows Server 2008 R2 Read Only Domain Controllers

Scenario: You work for a company that has expanded to a branch office and you have a deployed a Windows Server 2008 R2 RODC (Read Only Domain Controller). You now want to add a local administrator to be able to assist in local administrative tasks. You are chocked to find that the local user and …

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Redirect User and Computer Default OU

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DC and you want to redirect the default User and Computer OU since you usually dont prestage AD.     For this solution I’m using a Clients OU and a People OU located in the root of AD. The domain name im using as an example …

Create User folders in Windows Server 2008 R2 and add them to Active Directory

Scenario: You have setup a brand new Windows Server 2008 R2 Server and want to share a User folder in the network that will be entered into AD into every user. As we keep a high standard of user integrity we will want to take every necessary precaution to prevent users from accessing/viewing/deleting each others …

Disable Server Manager / Powershell icons on RDS Server 2008 R2 via GPO

Scenario: You have a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Server that is used as a Remote Desktop Services server.  You have a number of users that are going to use this RDS server to run a software suite. Some of these users are known for meddling in the systems and others for deleting files and …