Alternate Names for File Servers

When Rebooting Is Not The Answer

I had a server I had to quickly give a alternate name to so that the existing users could point to the new server but I didn’t want to rename it the same as the old one.  Traditionally you would simply add the following registry entry.

Registry location:

DWORD name: DisableStrictNameChecking
DWORD value: 1

Problem is this only works if you have SMB1.0 enabled on both the server and client and you know how unsecure that is (think EternalBlue exploited by Wanna cry).

The proper way is to use netdom to add an alternative name by doing the below.

This will add a new SPN in active directory for the current machine name.

Special thanks to Dimitri’s Wanderings which is in the first link below as that saved me a lot of time.

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All Group Policy Settings for Windows 10 1703, aka Creators Update

Colin Ford

This is a follow up to my previous post New Group Policy Settings for Windows 10 1703, aka Creators Update. My previous post contained the small list of group policy settings that only apply to Windows 10 1703 and Edge in 1703. New group policies were also exposed in 1703 that apply to various operating systems and browsers which I will list here.

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Disable SCCM Automatic Client Remediation during Windows 10 In-Place Upgrades

Colin Ford

I ran into an issue the other day during a W10 1703 to 1709 in-place upgrade where the upgrade task sequence bombed after Windows setup had completed. The OS had upgraded successfully to 1709 and SetupDiag also reported all was well in that area, however the remainder of the task sequence never ran, not a single-step post the upgrade task, so the device was missing some post-setup customisations.


Analysing the SCCM client logs on the local machine this is what I saw:

20/07/2018 09:20:xx AM – (execmgr.log) Windows 1709 upgrade TS started
20/07/2018 09:41:xx AM – (smsts.log) Windows 1709 upgrade Windows setup.exe completes and initiates reboot of system to complete upgrade
20/07/2018 09:59:xx AM – (ccmsetup.log) CCM setup starts a re-install of 1802 client, stopping CCMExec and un-registering components
20/07/2018 10:00:20 AM – (smsts.log) Windows 1709 upgrade starts task sequence initialization to resume upgrade process
20/07/2018 10:00:21 AM –…

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Driver management best practices in SCCM (Operating System Deployment)

AN IT DIARY of Windows, MEM & PowerShell

Hi friends

In one of my recent project I had to perform Windows 10 OSD. As you know there are several task to be taken care of while you create OSD task sequence and driver management is one of the pivotal task in the list. I used few posts as best practices for driver management. These blogs are complete so I don’t feel there is need to rewrite and also credit must go to authors for such a good work. I referred:

This should work as quick reference whenever needed.

So this is all in this post. See you soon with some other technical stuff. Till then bye.

Happy New Year 2018.

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In telemetry we trust?

More than patches

Telemetry is one of those things that tends to divide a room. On one hand it’s productive and accurate feedback for your product of choice and on the other hand it’s big brother spying on what you’re doing in that product. I wanted to share a recent experience with you based on my recent upgrade of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) to the recent 1710 release as it may make you change your mind.

The long awaited 1710 release was made available last week a little before midnight in the UK on 20/11/17 (or 11/20 in the US Smile). The next morning I fired up my lab which runs the current branch version of SCCM, ran the early update ring PowerShell script and proceeded to whizz through the wizard in a speedy not hastily fashion. This was lab after all so on with the day job and I’ll check…

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ConfigMgr : OSD : How To Create a Bootable USB Windows 7 Build Disk

Prerequisites The following are required to build the Windows 7 USB Media: Windows 7 Machine USB Removable Drive   Step by Step: How to prepare the USB The USB device must be prepared prior to generate the stand alone media. On a Windows 7 PC, Insert the USB device and launch the command line in … Continue reading ConfigMgr : OSD : How To Create a Bootable USB Windows 7 Build Disk