Systems Administration

Windows Admin Center 1809 and SDK now generally available

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:19

Microsoft gave us a boat load of new additions. Check out the blog post for a summary on what they added.

  • In April, we announced Windows Admin Center and general availability of version 1804, and shared the user and business value provided by our reimagined management experience.

  • In May, we announced our SDK preview along with three launch partners to showcase the emerging value of the Windows Admin Center ecosystem.

  • In June, at the Windows Server Summit event, we declared Windows Admin Center as the fastest growing Windows Server management toolset ever, exceeding 1,000,000 total managed nodes in just over 2 months after GA.

  • In June, July and August, we continued with regular preview releases, each showcasing new and improved functionality through our Insiders program: Windows Admin Center Preview versions 1806, 1807, and 1808.

Today, we are very excited to present the latest generally available release of Windows Admin Center in support of Windows Server 2019. We are also pleased to announce that the SDK is now generally available.

Download: Go to to download Windows Admin Center 1809 and browse updated documentation on a variety of relevant topics.

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Keeping Track of tickets

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:17

I am the sole System admin for my department/company for 55 local sites. We have a ticket system but my users keep forgetting to place tickets into the system . I keep reminding the end users that I do not work issues without a ticket. They promise that they will send a ticket, but in the end they do not.

I am looking for suggestions/apps on how to keep track of issues that I resolve. For example, Fix application at X site. Fix Workstation at Site Y.

I prefer it to be mobile friendly as I am in the field most of the time. I thought out using the built in note app on Android but wanted to get input from fellow admins/field techs.

Thanks for your time.

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Favorite Tasker tasks that do not require root?

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 16:12

Just wondering some of your favorite automation tasks that do not require root? Thanks!

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Open Source Summit EU Registration Deadline, Sept. 22, Register Now to Save $150 - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:56

You have TWO days left to save $150 on your ticket to Open Source Summit Europe & ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

The Register - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:55
Class action lawsuit over iOS 6 snafu allowed to move ahead

Apple is accused of deliberately shafting people who didn't upgrade their iPhones and iOS, in a class action lawsuit over its FaceTime video-conferencing software.…

Help with hardening VM guests (vs regular servers)

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:53

I'm told that I need to produce a hardening procedure for our VM's, but I struggle to know what I should put into it. We use Hyper-V hosts in a locked rack in a locked and audited (both video and access logs) dc.

At the moment, we treat VM guests just like any other server, but I see stuff in the MS document that includes doing stuff that we don't have on any of our servers: No bitlocker (hopefully someday), no secure boot (well, maybe SB is enabled on our VM hosts...), no guarded fabric, no credential guard, etc.

They go through our regular web filter proxy. They run software restriction policies.

So. what do you do for your servers? What do you think I should put in that is extra for our VM guests? Thanks all.

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PSA: Sonicwall Netextender client now has digitally signed drivers. (about time)

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:51

They finally updated their netextender client with digitally signed drivers so no more workarounds to get the non-microsoft store version of the sslvpn client to work natively in Windows 8 / 10. Log into to grab them.

Edit: Version: 8.6.266 has the digitally signed drivers.

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Sysadmins of medium-large businesses: How much spam/malicious Emails users get?

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:50

We have a hardware firewall with built-in SMTP and SMTPS scanning as well as a Kaspersky Mail Gateway that scans all incoming mail.

Despite having 2 filters, A small amount of users still get occassional spam. These are usually the smarter kind of spam messages that seem somewhat legitimate and don't have any attachments, just a link to a website that is (possibly) malicious.

As we've had a period where no spam at all ever got to us, I feel like something's not well.

So my question: Are you guys successfully blocking all spam/malicious emails or does the occassional spam message get through all your spamfilters?

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Social impact of AI is emerging as hot topic at Fog World Congress 2018 - Virtualization Information - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:48
With continuing advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and the plausible opportunities it promises to provide, a number of leading technology visionaries have expressed their concerns over its far-reaching risks....(read more)

MS activation servers down?

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 15:20

Had some laptops that were imaged and VL won't activate.

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Apple DEP questions

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:57

Is there a resource i can use that answers questions about DEP specifically? like-

how would i enroll devices already in the field?

are users able to enter in thier own apple ID's on devices?

stuff like that

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Issues with vendors and HP server quotes

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:42

I'm looking to buy a new HP server cluster with SAN to run our Hyper-V servers.

I go to my vendor to get a quote (ITsavvy), and he told me that HP wouldn't give him a quote because one already exists in their systems. I never requested a quote through anyone else, so this seemed odd to me.

After some investigation, I found that CDW, a vendor I don't use but our Supply Chain office uses, put in a quote for an HP server cluster last April 2018. I never talk to CDW, nor did I request a quote from them, they just did this on their own.

The issue is that HP won't give a quote to ITsavvy even though I don't work with CDW myself. I asked the CDW rep to close their quote, but they aren't cooperating. Since they put in the quote first, they get best pricing, and are trying to stiff-arm me in getting it through them.

What are my options here? I tried calling HP support, but they're no help. Is there a rep at HP I can call to void the CDW quote and give best pricing to my vendor ITsavvy?

Or is there something else going on here?

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Selected a wrong project for Thesis and now I am in trouble

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:31

I am doing my post graduation and for the final year we need to do a Thesis report. So basically we needed to create a project which looks heavy on the day of final presentation. So I decided with some project and now I am finding out that project is mostly about NLP and Deep neural networks. Both of these topics are out of scope for me. I need to prepare a PPT on the topic and present it after two days. So I need a title which suits my requirement. I am comfortable with PHP,HTML,SQL and C++. Now I know that there are not heavy projects based on these but if you have anything in mind which is a good topic please let me know.

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Is there any way to check the similiarity of two sentences?

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:14

For example :

S1 : Trump will support China.

S2: China will get help from Trump.

S3: China will not get any help from Trump.

S4: China will get support from USA.

So is there any ready to use tool to find if some sentences are similiar. For example, S1 S2 S3 are similiar but S1 and S3 are not. I read about Google Sentence Encoder but not sure if that will work here.

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File Type Association Woes

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:08

I posted this in r/vmware as well but thought that it could be beneficial to post here as well

I am attempting to get File Type Associations (FTA) configured using VMware's User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.5 for my non-persistent Windows 10 (build 1709) pool but to no avail. From what I have gathered, beginning with Windows 8 and Server 2012, Microsoft has made this much more complicated to achieve. I've attempted to use the below method, which I was advised by VMware support to use but have not yet got it to work.


The curious thing is, if I run the necessary commands manually after the login process, my FTA's are updated as desired.

I've even tried running the scripts with a delay, which has worked for others.

Is anybody else using the referenced methods successfully?

Is anybody else using another method successfully? If so, how are you achieving FTAs for your users.

I only want to avoid PDFs and URLs opening in Edge by default... It would be nice if the user could select their own defaults and have these defaults roam with them but this has proven difficult.

I'm considering attempting this next.

Is anybody using this method?

Any insight would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.

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Do it over and over and over again.

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:04

I have been at my current job for almost 18 years. We have a pretty fast turnover rate.

I have moved and set up equipment in almost every possible configuration in every office

across our company. Every time a new supervisor takes over a program or office, they

always try to do the same exact thing the other 5 or more have done prior to them.

I try to tell them that it didn't work the first 5 times, it's not going to work now, but

they insist on doing it their way. Not to mention the women (no offense to women) that

rearrange their office weekly. I was in my first office for 16 years and it stayed exactly

the same configuration for 16 years.

ok, I am done bitching for the moment.

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Can One Of You Guys Help Me Construct a Logic Circuit From This Table?

Computer Science: Theory and Application - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:53

0 0 0 => 0

0 0 1 => 1

0 1 0 => 0

0 1 1 => 0

1 0 0 => 1

1 0 1 => 1

1 1 0 => 1

1 1 1 => 0

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Weird O365 Spam/Malware issue

Sysadmin - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:49

So I ran into this issue this morning and thought it was kinda interesting...

I have our company setup on Hosted Exchange/O365 for mail. A user received a message in his quarantine this morning from a known contact, and chose to "release to inbox" the message.

He could not open the attachment, a .DOC file which when previewed in the O365 Online portal instructs the recipient to enable the document in word online. It looks like your typical phishing email. So instead he forwarded the message to me (IT) and the GM here.

When he forwarded it, the 0365 malware detection caught three malware detections:

file-7082870.doc O97M/Powdow.OB file-7082870.doc W97M/Downldr file-7082870.doc W97M.Downloader

O365 then deleted them and blocked the message, then notified me via the notification settings I have setup.

The employee is out today, luckily, and did this via his iPhone.

So, why didn't O365 catch the malware initially and delete, instead of sending it to his spam?

My theory is O365 first checks against it's spam filters, and if triggered, it auto-spam's the email. When the end user released to his inbox, it bypassed any malware scans and released the message. I hope I'm wrong.

The only solution I can see is disabling end user spam notifications completely.

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[HOW-TO] Automatically share WiFi password with your guests

Tasker: Total Automation for Android - Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:47

Ever had someone over and had to tell them your WiFi password while they slowly typed it in? Or you had to take their devices and type it in yourself?

No more!

Now simply send them the password automatically if they text you WiFi while you're connected to the network! :)

Check out a video demo here.

Check out the full tutorial here.

You can also directly import from here if you're on the Tasker beta.

Hope this helps someone out!

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