Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

How To Create And Manage Password Settings Objects (PSO)

With Windows Server 2008, Microsoft introduced Fine-Grained Password policies which utilizes a new Active Directory object called Password Settings Object (PSO). These objects allow you to more easily create and assign password policies to subsets of users, albeit with a bit of an unpolished implementation method compared to the old method via group policy (GPO). If…
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Windows File Share Permissions – Allow: Read, Write, Delete – Deny: List

Let’s say you have an application that has a flat file repository for files attached to records. In other words, the application uses a simple Windows share for its file repository. And all users of this application need the ability to read, write, and delete files in this directory, but given the sensitive nature of…
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Captain Obvious Log: Hide Remote Desktop Connection Bar

In this installment of Captain Obvious Log, we focus our attention on the Remote Desktop connection bar, a ubiquitous hallmark of every IT geek’s daily life. So, one would think every IT geek would know how to hide/display the connection bar depending on what is suitable for a given situation. Well, sometimes we can go…
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Server 2012 RDS: No Remote Desktop License Servers Available

Using a VMware template, I recently deployed the 9th Windows 2012 Remote Desktop Services server in our RDS collection. After adding the new host server to the collection and attempting to launch a RemoteApp session, I received the following error: RemoteApp Disconnected The remote session was disconnected because there are no Remote Desktop License Servers…
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RDS and XenApp: How To Prune FontCache Files Under Windows ServiceProfiles Directory

I’m not sure exactly when this started on my Remote Desktop Service (RDS) and Citrix XenApp servers (because it wasn’t always a problem), but on both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 I’m seeing a large number of “FontCache” files in this specific location: C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Local Again, this is only a problem on RDS…
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NTP: How To Sync Time Between Servers, Workstations (Windows, Ubuntu)

It’s important for all workstations and servers to agree what time it is. There’s a long list of reasons for this, including log file synchronization, and avoiding the inevitable end-user complaints when their computer’s time does not match their phone’s time. Unfortunately, when I recently set up a LAN with a number of Windows Server…
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