How-To

How to demote a Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

In this short write up I will go over steps to demote a Server 2012 domain controller.

If you have worked in Active Directory and Windows Domain Administration over the years you may recall that in previous version of Windows Server that you would use the command line tool of ‘DCPROMO’ to promote or demote a server. Since Server 2012, the use of DCPROMO has been deprecated. In fact, if you attempt to use it you will be inform of this via the Active Directory Domain Service Installed.

In Server 2012 and later versions the use of Server Manager or PowerShell is required to promote / demote a server to/from a Domain Controller (DC). Below I provide steps on how to demote a server with some illustration along the way. Also, here is a quick YouTube video on the process: https://youtu.be/sBK2_APaDdg

Log into the domain controller you intend on demoting and Launch the Server Manager, select the Manage drop down menu, select Remove roles and features.

On the server selection page, select the desired server from the pool.

On the Remove Roles and Features Wizard, un-tick the Active Directory Domain Services box

The Remove Roles and Features dialog box will open. Click Remove features

On the Remove Roles and Features Wizard dialog box Validation Results box will appear. The domain controller must be demoted before continuing. Click on Demote this domain controller.

On the Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard enter the required credentials to demote this server, click Next.

You will have several removal options. From the forced remove of failed domain member, to removing of the last domain in your forest. Make the selections which is appropriate for your remove task and click Next

Finally you will arrive on the New Administrator Password, enter and confirm the new local administrator account password, click Next.

On the Review Options verify the information is correct and click Demote.

After the server has restarted it will no longer be a domain controller

And that is it.

VMware vSphere 6.5 Nested Virtualization – Create and Install ESXi 6.5

With vSphere 6.5 and nested ESXi 6.5 hosts I enable myself to get hands on with vSphere advanced features with vCenter without having the physical hardware in my home lab. The advantages to this setup allows me to test out new VMware features or simulate issue that could happen in production.

The term “nested virtualization” is used to describe a hypervisor running under another hypervisor. In this case, I will be installing ESXi 6.5 inside a virtual machine hosted on a physical ESXi 6.5 host.

Requirements:

  • Physical ESXi Host (ESXi 6 – 6.5 – )
  • Physical hardware supporting either Intel EPT or AMD RVI

Steps to setup ESXi 6.5 virtual machine guest:

Log into vCenter or ESXi host with a user with admin credentials. In my case I am using the vSphere web client. *spoiler alert* no more C# (Thick) client for vCenter. However it still works with the ESXi 6.5 hosts.

Switch to the “VMs and Templates” view. Right click a folder and select New Virtual Machine > New Virtual Machine…

Choosing “Custom” configuration select type Other for OS family, doing the same for Guest OS version. *note* Ensure you are choosing 64-bit (Other 64-bit)

Once at the configuration hardware screen; Make a few modifications to the default values.

VM Guest Configuration Settings:

  • Define the CPU to a minimum of 2 or more. This includes cores.
  • Define memory to a minimum of 6GB RAM
  • Define Disk to 2 GB (Thin Disk)
  • Change network adapter type to VMXNET 3
  • Add an addition network adapter (also VMXNET 3)

Additional Configuration Step: Enabling support for 64-bit nested vms

Locate the and expand the CPU properties page and tick the check box next to “Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS”. This setting will allow you to 64-bit vms inside nested ESXi hosts. Read more about this feature here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardware-assisted_virtualization

Click next and exit configuration

At this point you are ready to install ESXi 6 – 6.5 as a Guest VM.

I leave you with this video of the full process. Thanks for visiting and I hope this helps any of you looking to do the same.

 

Originally posted on my LinkedIn Page:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/vmware-vsphere-65-nested-virtualization-create-install-jermal-smith

Quick How To Share a Document with OneDrive for Business


You can share file(s): Documents and such with Onedrive for Business

1.      In the file list, right-click a document, or select a document and then select Share.

2.      Select Get a link.

3.      Choose who to share with, and if they can view or edit the file.

4.      To share with people inside your organization, choose:

5.      View link – account required – people inside your organization can view, copy, or download the document.

6.      Edit link – account required – people inside your organization can edit, copy, or download the document.

7.      To share with people outside your organization, choose:

8.      View link – no sign-in required – people outside your organization can view, copy, and download the document.

9.      Edit link – no sign-in required – people outside your organization can edit, copy, and download the document.

10.  For external links, select SET EXPIRATION, and choose when you want the link to expire.

11.  Click Copy and paste the link in an email or post it.

Note: Links created that don’t require a sign-in can be opened by anyone, so make sure the content can be shared publicly. Consult your Corporate Information Security Policy and IT if needed.

Note: Sharing of folders is not possible at this time.

How to Remove Users From the Office 365

The time may come to clean up. Here are steps I have taken

To delete the account for one or more users

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.
  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.
  3. Go to Users > Active Users.
  4. Choose the names of the users that you want to delete, and then select DELETE Delete.
  5. In the confirmation box, select Yes.

Done; not so fast.  The deleted users is not fully gone yet. It takes 30 days after you have deleted the user for it to purge from Office 365.  However there is a way to do this faster

To delete, deleted users in Office 365

Connect to Exchange Online using the Windows Azure Powershell module.

To connect you enter the following cmdlet’s:

This will prompt you for your credentials and stores them within $msolcred.

Next we enter to connect using the stored credentials

Now that you are connected you can issue the following command to list deleted users

Display deleted user

To remove the deleted user

If you had multiple users, this method would work to remove all deleted users recycle bin

 

Dryer Cleaning / Troubleshooting

This week like many weeks before it we are doing laundry as we normally do when noticed a smoke smell coming from our laundry room.  The smell was like that of a cigarette. The smell seemed to be coming from the dryer.

So why not open it up and take a look inside.

On inspection I noticed that the inside of the dyer was filled with a carpet of dryer lint.
Dryer lint built up over a five year period of usage and the lack of proper maintenance

This amount of dyer lint would cause excessive heat build up in your dyer causing the thermal sensor to stop the dyer before your items are dyed out. In-fact on further inspection this lint which covered the the bottom of the dyer seem to be burnt; shockingly to my surprise.  This would eventually cause a fire

The advice I can now offer any of you, is to open up and clean out your dryer *NOW* if you have never done so.
The risk of property damage and your life is a reality and all can be avoided with some simple steps.

While I was in the dyer I was able to remove the fins on the internal drum to remove the lost change and even found a few missing socks

Info on my dryer

Type: Kenmore Elite

Video I found online and used to assist me in working on my dryer

 

Other Photos 

Lint Tray assembly

Dryer Exhaust