Thursday 16 February 2017

Active Directory Users and Computers not showing all tabs in Windows 10 build 1511

Missing tabs in AD Users and Computers (dsa.msc) in Windows 10 build 10586 (1511). Also unable to perform certain actions in AD Users and Computers.

Problem is with the latest RSAT KB

  • Start > Type Features, Click "Turn Windows features on or off"
  • Uncheck Remote Server Administration Tools, Click OK.
  • Open administrative command prompt and run:

wusa /uninstall /kb:2693643 /norestart

  • Reboot the computer
  • In "Turn Windows features on or off", "Remote Server Administration Tools" should no longer be available. 
  • Download and install the old RSAT version from
Credit: jletellier on SpiceWorks

  • Check RSAT is now ticked in "Turn Windows features on or off"
  • Run dsa.msc
  • Check version in Help > About AD Users and Computers - should now be 10.0.10585.0 and should now show all tabs.

Reference: SpiceWorks Thread

Tuesday 14 February 2017

PowerShell DSC Extension in Azure Resource Manager - PowerShell Method

Here are the steps I took to get the PowerShell DSC Extension for Azure Virtual Machines working using the PowerShell publishing method. In another post, I'll go through the JSON template method.

First, create an Azure VM using whichever method you prefer. I used the portal for simplicity. Most of my settings won't affect this, but for completeness, the settings I used for my VM are as follows:

Image: Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
Deployment Model: Resource Manager
Name: MyCoolVM
Disk Type: HDD
User name: Dave
Password: hunter2
Resource Group (New): DSC-Test-Resources
Location: North Europe
Size: A1 Basic
Settings Tab: All defaults except monitoring disabled.
Storage Account Name: dsctestresourcesdisks871

After creation, I opened the VM's network security group and added an inbound rule to allow port 80. I also added a DNS alias to the machine's public IP.

Once the VM is set up, open a text editor and create the following example DSC file:

In the same folder, make a deployment script as follows: 

The first command will publish the DSC configuration into a Zip file in your Azure storage account and return a predictable URL. The resulting blob will not be public.

Mine ended up here, but you can see the format which appears to use the normal blob URI and the powershell-dsc container:

A few seconds after the second command executes, you can see the new extension in your VM in the portal.

The status will move from (unavailable), to Transitioning, to Provisioning succeeded (or failed.)

If you click the extension you can get more details on the process, you can view the entire log from this blade.

And here is the finished web server:

Start to finish, including manual creation of the VM, this process took about 20 minutes.

If you use additional non-standard DSC resources, the PowerShell publish command will include the modules in the uploaded Zip file which is super handy.

Introduction to the Azure Desired State Configuration extension handler

Tuesday 7 February 2017

HP Data Protector Backups using Compellent PowerShell snapshots

There are three main steps in this setup:
  1. Setup snapshot / scripting host server (in my case this is a virtual machine with iSCSI network connections) 
  2. PowerShell Scripts 
  3. HP DP configuration
  • Snapshot Host machine which is connected to the iSCSI network. 
  • Compellent Enterprise Manager Server setup and configured. 

Step 1 – Configure the Snapshot Server for storage access to the Compellent Array 

Configure the Compellent Enterprise Manager Server 
Add the snapshot / scripting server in Compellent enterprise manager using the “Create Server” wizard. 

Get the IQN of the snapshot server: 

Enter Server Name, Windows 2012 MPIO for multi path and the IQN of the server from the iSCSI control panel applet into the Create Server wizard 

On the snapshot server: 
  • Install the Windows MPIO feature: 
           Add-WindowsFeature Multipath-IO 
  • Click Start, Type MPIO and click the MPIO icon 
  • Click “Discover Multi-Paths”  
  • Tick add support for iSCSI and click Add 
  • Reboot the machine if required 

  • Open the iSCSI Control Panel Applet (iscsicpl) on the snapshot / scripting server and enter the target addresses of the SAN. 
  • Click connect on each of the discovered targets that appear, ensure enable MPIO is ticked for each. 
  • Click volumes and devices and “Auto Configure” 
  • There should be a single device showing in the volume list which is the Compellent 

The server should now show as connected in the Compellent Enterprise Manager: 

Step 2 – Configure the PowerShell Scripts on the Scripting / Snapshot Server 

To download the Dell Compellent PowerShell Cmdlets you need to get a Dell Co-Pilot account configured here: 
Once I my account was approved, I was able to login, navigate to the Knowledge Centre, then software. From here I downloaded Dell Storage PowerShell SDK v2.2.1. I have provided the link but it will need registration to download. 

Download and unzip the PowerShell modules to an appropriate location. I use: 
C:\ Scripts\DellStoragePowerShellSDK_v2_2_1_362 

You will need to get a serial number from your controller, this can be found in Enterprise Manager under the hardware tab, then click a controller and the “Index” is the serial required. 

My scripts are available for download on GitHub and can be used with the following syntax: 

C:\Scripts\CompellentSnapAttach.ps1 -scSn "00000" ` 
    -serverName "scriptserver.lan" -Credential $Credentials ` 
    -port 3033 -TargetVolume "My Volume" ` 
    -managementHostName "managementserver.lan 

The port shown is the default data collection port for the Compellent management server. 

Credentials can be saved using the PowerShell and SecureString method as in the blog post here. 

Step 3 – Configure HP Data Protector to execute PowerShell scripts pre and post backup 

On the Scripting server 
Create .bat files containing the required pre and post code in C:\Program Files\Omniback\Bin 
My scripts are as follows 

powershell.exe -File "C:\Scripts\AttachGoldImages.PS1" 

powershell.exe -File "C:\Scripts\DetachGoldImages.PS1" 

In Data Protector Manager 
Open the backup specification and go to the Options tab 
Click the Advanced button in ‘Backup Specification Options’ 
Enter the filenames of the .bat files created earlier. The “On Client” box should be the scripting server that the .bat files are located on. 

Once all of these steps are complete, the scripting server can now mount an iSCSI replay, perform the backup and then remove the replay from both the scripting server and the Compellent array. 

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