Security package error – Windows 10 RDP

About the issue Users of the Remote Desktop client (MSTSC), may experience a “Security package error occurred in the transport layer” message when the connection is configured to use a Remote Desktop Gateway.  This condition is likely to occur when the client workstation access the internet via a proxy server. The HTTP Protocol The Remote […]

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cURL error 28: Connection timed out

One of my work WordPress sites is hosted internally and requires an upstream proxy to access the internet. I’ve had issues with the CRON jobs failing and the cURL error 28 message appearing, but never managed to figure out the issue until now. WordPress 5.1 brought in a new feature in the Tools menu called […]

Organising Active Directory

This post is as an update to the Server 2003 version of Organising Active Directory Users and Computers.  The structure and operation of Active Directory hasn’t really changed much on the surface as you can see from the comparative screenshots below. 2003 2012 R2 To access Active Directory Users and Computers, Start Server Manager, then from […]

Installing Ubuntu

Building a Ubuntu Linux Server for projects You will need: Virtual Box or other Virtualisation product UBuntu 14.04 LTS ( Setup a new virtual machine with a single CPU and memory to run Ubuntu (1Gb should be sufficient).  You will need to configure the network adapter so that it is on the same network as […]

Configure a static IP Address Server 2012 R2

How to configure a static IP address for a Windows Server 2012 R2. As part of a Server installation, it is usually essential to configure a static IP Address.  A static IP address is usually configured if the Server will host Active Directory, DNS or DHCP roles.  Setting the configuration of an IP Address in […]

Adding Roles to Server 2012

Since Windows 2008, Microsoft introduced the concepts of adding roles and features into the Server Operating System.  Roles and Features were added to Windows by using the links within System Manager.  The same is true of Server 2012, although they are no longer separate tasks.  A role can be defined as a Service or Program […]

Configure Server 2012 R2 Server

Once you have installed Windows Server, it is time to configure Server 2012.  You will need to perform some common house keeping to make it usable within your network.  In this tutorial you will learn how to set the computer name and IP Address. There are a number of methods that can be used to […]

PC Emulator Virtual PC

Have you ever needed to test out a new bit of software or a new version of an operating system but didn’t have a spare computer that you could allocate for the testing?  If so, the solution is simple.  Your computer can run a bit of software that will emulate a computer inside of a […]

Internet Explorer JavaScript not working

On the Service Desk where I work had an interesting problem with Internet Explorer.  What was happening was that the user was able to visit a site, but items on the site, like roll-over images and pop-up windows did not work.  Another thing that didn’t work was the Users Applet from the Control Panel. At first we […]

Organising Active Directory for Users and Computers

Organising Active Directory is a very powerful and flexible way to manage your school network. In this tutorial, we are going to create a basic structure that will allow us to manage both users and computers in a single branch.

Desiging and Implementing a Folder Structure

When planning for your Server enabled environment, it is important to think about how the server resources will be managed.  Where are the user home folders going to live, how will these be accessed and will you require any type of public or resource folders.

Creating Partitions for Shared Areas and User Home folders

If you want to make use of Disk Quotas and Remote Installation Deployment tools, you will need to have separate partitions/drives to store the areas on.  It is generally good practice to have at least 2 or more partitions on your Windows Server 2003 machine.

Adding DHCP to your Windows Server 2003

DHCP is a service that is responsible for assigning IP addresses to computers on your network.  Using DHCP takes the hassle out of managing your network IP addresses.  DHCP is an essential part of using the PXE boot feature of your computers network card.

Installing a new Windows Server 2003 Domain

Getting a company to setup and install your network will always be easier than planning and deploying your own network solution, but if you have the time and are willing to learn then you can save your school some money.  This guide will attempt to help you to setup a Windows Server 2003 Domain for […]

Using ImageX to capture a disk image

The Microsoft Windows Image format (WIM) is a file based format used in Windows Vista and can also be used to deploy legacy Windows XP workstations.  Because the format is file based, there are several advantages associated with this.  The image can be applied to a FAT or NTFS partition.  The format also offers Single […]

Exchange 2003 to 2007 Migration

There are many new features in Exchange 2007 that Schools may benefit from.  There are plenty or articles and bits of information about Exchange 2007 already on the Internet.  But there is not really a basic Migration guide, so I have tried to fill in the gaps so that at least School Network Administrators can […]

Planning a School Network

ICT is major part of the school curriculum, the use of computers and IT resources has grown exponentially and continues to grow.  Almost gone are the days of running a few standalone PCs, or running a Peer to Peer Internet enabled network.  It is time to embrace the centralised server environment.  It isn’t as complex as […]

Get rid of the RDP 6.0 pre-logon password prompt

If you connect to Terminal Servers quite regularly then you will most likely use the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection tool.  The current version is RDP 6.0 and was released some time in 2006.  One of the neat features it has is the ability to log in using stored credentials, great if […]

Take control of Domain Passwords with Password Control

There are many ways to change passwords on a Windows Active Directory Domain.  Users can change their own passwords on the workstation.  However for Network administrators there are not any built-in tools for administrating other user network passwords, unless you Remote Desktop to the Domain Controller or have installed the local support tools for Active […]