Active Directory

TucanData DataExplorer

The TucanData DataExplorer was initially developed by RFL Systems (company acquired by TucanData in September 2016 – more info about at http://thedesktopteam.com/raphael/tucandata-acquires-rfl-systems/). The solution provides extensions to enterprise applications, enhancing reports and data visualisation capabilities. TucanData’s DataExplorer is a cutting-edge data visualisation platform which helps enterprises to consume and distribute strategic business information. The solution was created to help System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) administrators to analyse and monitor SCCM data as well as provide an easy way to allow a non-technical person to understand the SCCM Data. The solution has expanded since its conception and today it also has Active Directory, Office 365, System Center Service Manager (SCSM) and Hyper-V modules. It provides the following benefits: – Straightforward and easy to use. Visualisation of what you want is just a drag and drop click away; – Ready to use. There is no need to spend time creating queries and…

Awesome news – Book & Software

Hi All, i have some awesome news to share with you. 1st news, yesterday my new SCCM e-book was finally released. It took some time to write up and test. With 197 pages divided in 33 chapters, you’ll find lots of good info. The book has also over 160 powershell scripts, so you can automate almost (if not all) SCCM tasks you’ll be performing on day to day basic. And on top of that, it is free. To download, access https://goo.gl/CmRTcm, fill up the form and download the PDF. 2nd news, yesterday we also released a new version of our Dashboard software, now called DataExplorer with modules for SCCM, SCSM, Hyper-V, Active Directory and Office365. To download a trial version of the software, access https://goo.gl/O0foHg, fill up the form and download the Setup file.

SCCM-Schema Extension via PowerShell

Hi All, life as consultant has to be always quick and without any mistakes, so automation is the key here. and to start, lets do something that we don’t do every day…Extend the Active Directory for SCCM 1st, execute Extadsch.exe (source from c:\SCCMCBSource)  

  2nd- Create the System Management Container and assign the correct security rights (Group is SCCM Servers)  

  that’s it for today.

Data Explorer v1.1 release

Hi All, Today, we are proud to announce: BI Dashboard has been renamed to Data Explorer Data Explorer has been extended and now has modules for not only SCCM, but also for Active Directory and Office 365 A new version (v1.1) is now available Since the release of the v1.0, our development team have been busy and with release of v1.1, we have fixed 39 issues and added 55 new functionalities. A full list of the changes can be found here. And we are also working hard to keep our documentation website always up to date. We will be updating our online and offline documentation often, so keep your eyes open on https://docs.tucandata.com/. Try it now! Make sure you download the software here and enjoy a 45 days trial. Hope you will enjoy and feel free to ask questions and provide feedback.

Microsoft Policy Analyzer

I love group policy. I believe this is one of the main reasons why companies use Windows instead of an alternative OS like Linux or Mac OS. Group Policy gives you control over your environment, enabling, disabling, configuring, restricting and enforcing settings for the OS or any application you want. If a machine is on the domain, you know the settings will apply. I provide Active Directory consulting very often and in most cases I have to troubleshoot Group Policy settings. This can prove challenging in some environments as the way they were created is not easy to grasp. Microsoft just released (22 Jan 2016) a tool to help you analyse group policy settings. You can choose a group of policies and the tool will treat it as one, highlighting conflicts and duplication. The tool is still in its early stages, but it is a great start. Find out more…

MVP Summit – Hackaton

Hi All, during the MVP Summit, we had a nice work with the Product Team where the MVP group asked some features to be added to the product and that could be coded in a Week and that may be added to the project in a later version (as we hope those will make it) I have to say that we had great projects, in total 10 projects led by MVP’s and coded by Microsoft… Team 1 – Active Have you ever needed to know what machines are active? you need this, they delivered a way to see what machines are online, they integrated with Cortana and etc. I have to say, really great project Team 2 – Wizards Have you ever used the console to do stuff and needed to select the same option over and over? this is the “fix”. It will allow you to save the options…

Domain Controller SceCli event 1202

Greetings Humans! It is Sunday morning and I had to work very early to do some testing after a migration. There is also a lot of waiting involved so i resolved to run some checks on the health of our domain controllers. We had a lot of SceCli event 1202 warnings on every single DC. Those errors are potentially caused by an account that was deleted or not replicated correctly. That account is also part of the User Rights Assignment policy, most commonly on the “Logon as a service” settings. To figure out the account that is causing the error browse to: %SYSTEMROOT%\Security\Logs\winlogon.log Search for “Cannot find” In my case I found the following: Error 1332: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done. Cannot find postgres_eip. That means that the account postgres_eip does not match the SID Active Directory expects it to have. (as it no longer…