How to Use an MSI Wrapper to Install Citrix Receiver Client With a Twist

Summary This post will shed some light on how you can reliably install the Citrix Receiver client across your desktop environment with our old friend, the MSI wrapper. One of the projects I’m working on needed a solution to install Citrix Receiver into their desktop environment and, based on the frequency of that work, I thought it would be useful to share how I approached the problem and help you try this technique for yourself. I prepared a boilerplate MSI installer you can download from GitHub or you can download the source files and dissect the methodology further. For...

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The Case of – Failed to unregister the virtual machine with the virtual machine management service Event ID 21502 #Veeam #Restore #S2D #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, I wanted to discuss I case that I had this week with a customer that had a couple of VM’s that were stuck in a Pending state in Failover Cluster Manager. They are running Windows Server 2016 with the April Cumulative Update. Leading up to this issue was the customer doing a routine operation where he restored a Virtual Machine to an alternate location using Veeam. What this did was indeed restore the Virtual Machine to a standalone Hyper-V Host but it also re-registered the same GUID for the VM. When the cluster...

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Installing the Storage Migration Service using Windows Admin Center #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we are going to look at installing the Storage Migration Service using only Windows Admin Center. To get started with Windows Admin Center you can have a look at my previous post here: http://www.checkyourlogs.net/?p=53693 The Server we will use for today’s post is called techmentorHV05 and is actually an Azure Virtual Machine that will have Nested Virtualization enabled for the lab. I want to try using the Storage Migration Service to move data from my old Windows Server 2016 Nested Hyper-V Server to this new install of Windows Server 2019 LTSC. To start,...

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Installing Windows Admin Center on Windows Server 2019 LTSC #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we are going to look at installing Windows Admin Center into my brand new Windows Server 2019 LTSC lab. I have done this a few times and I wanted to show how it can be literally setup in less than a few minutes. To start let’s grab the binaries for Windows Admin Center from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewserver?wa=wsignin1.0 Because I am a member of the amazing Windows Insiders program let’s grab the latest release available for the lab. To install simply double-click on the WindowsAdminCenterPreview1806.msi. On the Windows Admin Center Setup Welcome page, accept the...

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Enable Deduplication on Windows Server 2019 on #ReFS

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, In today’s post, we will look at the steps required to enable deduplication in Windows Server 2019 on a ReFS volume. What I have done to get started is installed a Virtual Machine running Windows Server 2019 Insiders Build. Next, we need to install the deduplication feature as seen in the image below. Once installed you can use Server Manager to configure it on your Volume. In this example, I have added an E: drive and formatted it using ReFS. To enable deduplication on the ReFS volume you simply need to right-click on the volume and...

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INSTALL BACKUP & REPLICATION 9.5 UPDATE 3a #Azure #VEEAM #WINDOWSSERVER #MVPHOUR

eeam released the service pack 3a on July, it includes to fix some support issues and it also add to support some current platforms – Microsoft Windows Server 1803, Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 1803, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 1801, Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update, VMware vSphere 6.7, VMware vCloud Director 9.1…. and added support for Direct Restore to Microsoft Azure for environments with ExpressRoute or site-to-site VPN connectivity to Azure.

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Windows 10 Servicing Plans – Running out of Space – Filtering Updates – Too many Languages #SCCM #ServcingPlans

A slightly odd ball title, but I wanted to cover off a few scenarios that seem to have plagued a few people in the past. Hopefully this article will help a few people. I was called into a client site as their distribution points and WSUS drives were constantly filling up. The culprit was misunderstood and therefore misconfigured Windows 10 Servicing Plans. The Issue If you haven’t run into this issue, let me have you imagine this scenario. You configured the Servicing Plan to download only the English packages. Unfortunately, you’re still downloading a lot of non-required and legacy...

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Internal Client IP Address in the 411 Security Event Channel or in Azure AD Connect Health Service – #ADFS #WAP #Loadbalancer #AzureAD

ADFS is almost always configured with a part of it in the public facing DMZ and the server role in the corporate environment. If you’re using pure Microsoft technology for everything, it should just work, and your 411 events should show you the external IP. I’ve seen cases when using external load balancing where it appears that ADFS is working correct, but it probably isn’t working 100% correctly. For example, you always see the hardware load balancer’s IP in the 411. This is wrong and can easily be fixed! The Issue ADFS is fairly easy to deploy and configure,...

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Promo Code for TechMentor Redmond – 500 bucks off EarlyBird- #TechMentor #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, I’ll be speaking at TechMentor, August 6-10 at Microsoft HQ in Redmond. Surrounded by your fellow IT professionals, TechMentor provides you with in-depth, immediately usable training that will keep you relevant in the workforce. I’ll be presenting the following sessions: · M03 – Workshop: Managing Windows Server with Project Honolulu (Windows Admin Center) · M05 – Workshop: Dave Kawula’s Notes from the Field on Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct · W06 – What’s New in Windows Server 2019 · TH17 – Running Hyper-V in Production for 10 years – Notes from the Field SPECIAL OFFER: As a...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct Part 46 – Nuke-ClusterandS2D Factory Reset Script #PowerShell #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Recently I have been working on a Storage Spaces Direct project with an amazing scripter and Dev/OPS admin named Sammy Shuck. He has taken the liberty to clean up the code in the Clear-SDSConfig.PS1.   As many of you know I love to use this script to factory reset Storage Spaces Direct Nodes. The source script can be found at the Technet Scripting Gallery. https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Completely-Clearing-an-ab745947 The issue with this script is there isn’t much for logging included with it. So, what Sammy has done is added some additional warning contexts to the code and then generate...

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Hyper-V to Stop Malware: Application Guard

For the fourth post in this series, we’re going to look at what’s probably my favourite new feature of Client Hyper-V: Windows Defender Application Guard. This is really cool, as it allows you to isolate the biggest threat to your machine…Surfing the web. Either manually or through defined policies, Microsoft Edge will launch its session inside a protected Virtual Machine that has no (or configurable, like copy/paste) access to the host computer or operating system. Any malware that inadvertently gets downloaded during the browsing session has zero access to the computer, and is automatically purged as soon as Edge is closed. Like Hyper-V itself, Windows Defender Application Guard is available to be installed as a Windows Feature. We enable it by first going to appwiz.cpl and clicking Turn Windows features on or off on the left-hand side. In the Windows Features window, scroll all the way to the bottom and you will find Windows Defender Application Guard. If you don’t see it, your version of Windows is no longer supported. As of Windows 10 1709, Enterprise edition is required to enable Windows Defender Application Guard, so if you don’t have that edition than it will be greyed out.  By 1803, Microsoft will allow you to implement Application Guard on Windows Pro, having recognized the large benefit to consumer users as well. If all is good, check the box to...

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Microsoft Unveils MSIX to Streamline and Modernize Application Packaging

  Microsoft made a massive announcement at the Windows Developer Day keynote regarding the future of application packaging and installation for Windows 10. Microsoft has a deep history with Windows application installers, and the announcement revealed that they have finally worked out a way for software developers to package legacy and modern Windows applications for the Windows 10 platform with a single installer. The new package specification, named MSIX, provides a unified packaging format for Win32, Desktop Bridges, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications. MSIX was built from the ground up to deliver complete containerization for Windows 10 applications....

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Hyper-V for your passwords: Credential Guard

The third post in this series will start to look at how Hyper-V can be used to secure your Windows box. One of the things attackers will be on the hunt for is the stored username and password combination on your machine. These credentials get cached when you log on, in the format of a password hash, and introduces the need for something like Windows Defender Credential Guard. With this hash, attackers can pass it on to resources on your network in an attempt to determine access to critical and/or confidential data. When we enable Credential Guard, the user’s...

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Hyper-V in Windows 10: Quick Create VMs from Template

In the previous post, I showed you how to get Hyper-V running on your Windows 10 computer. Next, we will create our first VM and then use it to quickly create additional VMs in the future. Before continuing, make sure you have an ISO of Windows 10, or if you have an SCCM or MDT environment, you can build a Hyper-V VM using that infrastructure. Step 1: Reference VM Creation If not still open from the last post, launch Hyper-V Manager. In the Action Pane, click New -> Virtual Machine… In the New Virtual Machine Wizard, click Next on...

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Hyper-V in Windows 10: Initial Set-Up

Since the early days of Microsoft Virtual PC, there has been significant changes to the performance of Hyper-V, and the things we can do with it. Although the main function of Hyper-V is that of a hypervisor for virtualized server platforms, including it as part of the Windows 10 client not only gives you that functionality on your workstation, but also enables a bunch of cool features that utilize the virtualization components for things besides a ‘traditional virtual machine.’ At its core, Hyper-V utilizes Intel’s Virtualization Technology, which is a setting that is enabled in the BIOS/UEFI. We also...

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Top Level Configuration Manager Collections

Having been through quite a few CM migrations over the past few years, one of the things that I have seen heavily used in previous versions is nested collections, which had a similar functionality in SCCM as nested groups in Active Directory. However, this option has been removed with CM12, leaving administrators to re-think their collection hierarchy practices. Proper folder management is a large part of that, especially in larger organizations, but top level collections are still just as important, if not more, in the new version of Configuration Manager. The main reason for this is that we use...

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VEEAM TROUBLESHOOTING TIPS – ERROR CODE 32768 FAILED TO CREATE VM RECOVERY SNAPSHOT #VEEAM #MVPHOUR #WINDOWSSERVER

We built a new Windows Server 2016 S2D Cluster last week and moved all VMs from Windows 2012 R2 Cluster to new Windows 2016 S2D Cluster and Standalone Windows 2016 Hyper-V Server, everything looks awesome, they got better performance.
But when we tried to use Veeam backup and replication 9.5 with Update 3 to Back and replica VMs, all VMs are happy except two Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory Servers, they showed error message “Failed to create VM recovery checkpoint (mode: Veeam application-aware processing) Details: Job failed (”). Error code: ‘32768’. Failed to create VM recovery snapshot, VM ID ‘d2936ee7-3444-419e-82d9-01d45e5370f8’.Retrying snapshot creation attempt (Failed to create production checkpoint.)Task has been rescheduled”.

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Server AntiVirus Exclusions in Configuration Manager

One of the reasons why I really like System Center Endpoint Protection is its ease of management. This goes double when we’re using it to manage servers, as we get to leverage all the stuff that Configuration Manager has in its database to target policies. By targeting Antimalware Policies to collections that are based upon dynamic variables, we create an easy to manage environment that automates the provisioning of exclusion and scan policies for new and existing servers. In this post I’m not going to get into the process of creating the exclusion policies. Microsoft has included templates for...

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