Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Azure AD Sync Server Manual Sync of AD to Azure

 Azure AD Sync Server Manual Sync of AD to Azure

manual azure sync

 Manually Syn Local AD to Azure faster

Syncing to Azure can be seeming slow particularly when your in a hurry to get object updates and additions to Azure.  Passwords resets for users are sent nearly immediately however other changes to Active Directory objects are not so fast to sync. They can take 30 minutes or longer. Sometimes a little less because the next cycle is already less than 30 minutes. 

Other factors can lead to slow Azure Connect software and server sync times. If there are issues with the local domain controllers then that will result in slower times. I have seen that occur where local replication problems with slow replication from the Azure ad connect server to azure. it is best to fix those issues sooner rather than later. Issues such as slow syncing or active directory problems can often be resolved using software for remote access. Software for online desktop support is such software that permits access and control to a remote computer . Once access is achieved, the desktop or server become the jump point to another network devices and servers. The online desktop support software could also connect directly to the Sync server. 

So connect to a domain controller or the server that';s running the Azure AD connect services then RDP to a domain controller. On the domain controller open and elevated command prompt and run the following command to replicate any recent AD changes to all the domain controller in the domain and forest. 

C:\>  repadmin /syncall /APeD 

On the Azure Sync server open an elevated Powershell Prompt and run the following command as shown in the screen capture o sync new objects or update properties in AD of existing objects. 

C:\> Start-ADSyncSyncCycle -PolicyType Delta 

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Disable Windows Server 2019/2016/2022 Auto Lock, Screen Lock


Disable Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 Auto Lock, Screen Lock

Disabling auto screen lock in Windows Server can be done without using a domain group policy. Only the local computer policy is required so this won't have to be applied to other servers. 

Start by opening local group policy. Click search or the windows icon on the taskbar then begin typing Group and select Edit Group Policy . That will start the right console. 

Disable Windows Server  Auto-Lock, Screen Lock

Now you can edit the local policy - NOT the domain policy 

Go to System | Power Management | Video and Display Settings | double click on Turn off the display (plugged in) setting


Enable it, set to 0. 

Open an elevated command prompt and run gpupdate /force. Running this command is really not required for a local policy but a good habit to get into if you will also be creating or editing Active Directory Group Policies. 

That's it. It has worked for me every time. This may also work for Windows 10 and Windows 11 but I've not tested yet. 


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Friday, April 29, 2022

Enable BASH Shell vCenter 6.5 , 6.x


      Enable BASH Shell vCenter 6.5 , 6.x


 You may encounter after logging into the console of a vcenter appliance either through vmware console or using putty or other SSH client tool, bash is disable. 

Quickest fix if you have reached the point of logging into and have the small menu of options that includes List APIs, List Plugins, Launch BASH is to run a command to enable BASH shell. 

On the surface, it looks like you can't enter any command but indeed you can. 

Enter at the prompt Command>  shell.set --enabled true  

This enables BASH shell for vcenter, then type in shell as you would normally and the BASH shell loads for you. 

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Command Line for Finding Dell Service Tag or HP Serial

Command Line to Display Dell Server or Desktop Service Tag 

A Dell server or desktop service tag can be found by using a command line and no additional tools installed. This is achieved simply through a common Windows command window. The command line works on Windows XP and above. Dell BCM utilities other other third party software does not need to be installed. The functionality to retrieve and display the service tag, serial number, and other information is built into Windows.  
On an HP system (server or desktop), the system serial number can be retrieved and displayed very quickly by starting a command prompt and typing in : 
 WMIC BIOS GET SERIALNUMBER  (the command can be upper or lower case).  

On  Dell server or Desktop/laptop system,  the same command line will display the service tag. 

Getting the serial number of a "white-box" system using command line

Without third party utilities installed on  a "white-box" system, the serial number could be displayed using the same command used for displaying the serial number and service tag. The serial number will be if the manufacturer has entered into the property field which is queried when the command is executed. Commonly however, when trying to acquire the serial number using Windows Management the results "To Be Filled by O.E.M." . 

Command on Linux to get the Dell service tag or HP serial number

Linux of course has the ability to return the manufacturers serial number or a Dell service tag. On CentOS or Red Hat Linux for example, the following utility run from a command window (shell) can be executed to display the system serial number or service tag.

dmidecode Command to display Dell Service Tag or system serial number on Linux

      # dmidecode | grep -i serial      
      # dmidecode -t 1

 DMIDECODE may have to be installed first if not available. 
The utility can be installed by executing the following: 
# yum -y install dmidecode


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Fake eFax Email Message eFax Virus Alert

Fake eFax email notification of new Fax. 

 eFax Email Message Scam

With so many scams on the internet coming in the form of email. The two most common are emails with attached files, and the second most common is emails that look to be from legitimate sources but are spoofed (faked" to look real. They are from real legitimate companies doing real business and providing real services. The most common of those are conceived to look like email communications from banks. Since many people have become more savvy, the use of the fake bank emails has become less popular for the spammers and scammers. They use other methods such as the case of eFax, or documents sent from multi-function copier/scanners which we all have in our offices today capable of sending scanned documents to email. The subject will contain Xerox or Sharp or other well known manufactures of scanner/copiers as in many cases those subjects are part of the defaults of the configuration for the scanner/copier.
The image in this post depicts one of those such scams. It looks like a real eFax notification and contains no attachments, just links.

eFax Virus Alert Fake eFax Email

Clicking on one of those links will bring you to a web site that is not of course from eFax but instead a site that will contain malicious code in its pages. That code will attempt to add malware or some other malicious code to your computer and surely compromise your data and at times the integrity of your network. Another common fake email notification has been from shipping carriers like UPS.
Once of the best ways to check for yourself to determine if the email is a scam and the links are fake is to hover your mouse cursor over the link. Hovering the mouse over the link will show the URL - the site that you will connect to if you click on the link. Depending on browser version, you will be notified of the potential risk and will be required to "approve" continuing to the site. Chrome does this kind of check for bad sites.

eFax Corporate Fax Message Fake with Malicious Links

Warn your users about this eFax Virus Email 

Undoubtedly there will be unknowing individuals who will click on the links within this fake eFax fax message email notification. They will get a virus or two on their systems and perhaps a stealth Trojan that will haunt them, slow down their computer, or even worse hold their files for ransom. The message looks very real and only if you are somewhat knowledgeable or have excellent protection already installed on your system, the bad guys will get them. One point to note, as stated above, Chrome will warn the user and that will help prevent some of the spread of this fake eFax message containing viruses and malicious intent. Having Chrome installed is not enough, it has to be the default browser on the system in use. The link is clicked from within the fake eFax Virus email, the default browser opens and connects to the web site.


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Monday, December 30, 2013

Start or Restart vCloud Director Service from Linux command line

After installing VMware vCloud Director 5.5, you are given an option to start the service immediately.  However, if you decide not to start the service at this time as in perhaps you are prepping more than one vCloud Director server, then you can start the cloud director service at a later time and it can be done manually.
vCloud Director runs on Linux; redhat, centos. The command line to start the vcloud director service is the same.

The command to start the vCloud Director service is :

      service vmware-vcd start 

The command to stop the vCloud Director service is :

       service vmware-vcd stop 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

501 Header Values Specify a Method That is Not Implemented - activesync test

501 Header Values Specify a Method That is Not Implemented



It is possible to test activesync connectivity and availability on an Exchange 2007 or 2010 server without a smartphone. The FASTEST way to test for access to activesync on an Exchange server without a smartphone is to enter the the activesync URL into your browser's address bar and connect to it. The message you receive will look like the one in this post but that is NORMAL. The reason we get that message, as erroneous as it looks, it because it's a browser not a smartphone. The smartphone not only connects to the activesync URL but it also passes login information which we do not when manually entering the URL address into our browser.

The URL to test activesync on an exchange 2007 or 2010 server without a smartphone is :

https: //

The the text in the URL is CaSe sensitive.

501 header values specify a method that is not implemented. When receiving this "erroLinkr" message during an active sync test without a smartphone, it is normal. Test activesync using a URL from a computer via a browser.

This page is normal for when connecting to an exchange 2007 server with SP1 or Exchange 2010 using a browser with the active sync URL as the address. The message between Exchange 2007 and Exchange 2010 differs much because of the differences in the IIS versions. It's only an appearance difference for an exchange 2007 server on windows 2003 or windows 2008 server .

Also, on different Windows Server versions, for example Windows 2003 Server the IIS version differs enough and the error codes also different so that's what's going to generate a different looking 501 error in the browser. with Microsoft Exchange 2007 on Microsoft Windows 2003, the message reads 501/505 not implemented or not supported. The image above is Microsoft Exchange 2007 on windows server 2008. Microsoft Exchange 2010 on Windows 2008 or 2008 R2 will be the same because remember, it's IIS that's actually presenting the error code and page to the browser not Exchange. 
501 Header values specify a method that is not implemented

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