Kemp Loadmaster Config for Windows Always on VPN with IKEv2

Like many of you out there, we were suddenly in a position where we needed to ramp up out remote connectivity to cope with the demand driven by Covid-19, after some research, we decided the easiest path was to build some more RAS servers and load-balance them with a pair of Kemp Loadmasters. We followed …

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Always on VPN – RAS service hangs with no errors in Event log

We hit a new issue this week, we were getting failed connections on our Always-on VPN RAS servers, and on checking the servers, it appeared the ras service had hung. No errors in the logs, existing clients dropped off and we couldn’t restart the service, a reboot was the only option. We tracked this down …

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Removing Always On VPN Tunnels

Recently, we were in a situation where we needed to remove some left over Always-on VPN user tunnels from a lot of Windows 10 machines. (We had duplicate profiles, and this was a tidy up exercise) The following scripts address this issue, it gets a list of all the VPN connections and then removes all …

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Robocopy – Throttle bandwidth

Ever thought how useful it would be to be able to throttle Robocopy to prevent it from hogging all your bandwidth when copying over a network, particularly a slow one? Well you can, using the /IPG (Inter packet Gap) command line option. Simply enter the values for your available bandwidth and how much of this …

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Show meeting details for an Office 365 Room calendar

The default behavior in Office 365 is to only show meetings in room calendars as ‘busy’ – sometimes you want people to be able to see the details. This is easily changed through a couple of lines of PowerShell. This is caused by the permissions on the ‘default’ user. Let’s look at the permissions – …

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Unlicense Disabled Office 365 Users

We have a constant churn of staff, as does any large organisation. One of the challenges is to ensure that anyone who has left has their account disabled in AD. All good, we have that process. We also use Azure AD Sync to sync users to our Office 365 tenant. Disabling a user however, does …

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Server 2016 – unable to RDP to after reboot

I recently had an issue where after a reboot, I could no longer connect to my Server 2016 server through RDP. file shares etc appeared fine. To re-enable this remotely, I did the following steps from an elevated command prompt (Note, you will need pstools which can be downloaded here)   psexec \\remotemachine reg add …

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Exchange PST Capture – install when powershell version is >3.0

Exchange PST Capture 2.0 has a hard coded requirement in the setup file for PowerShell 3.0. Newer versions of Windows come with Powershell 4.0 nowadays, and the MSI fails installation. To fix this, download SuperOrca, run it and open the PSTCapture MSI file: Find the row shown, right click and choose drop row Save the MSI and …

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Manage AD Thumbnail photos

At a customer site recently, I came across some remnants of a Lync trial where users had thumbnail photos attached to their AD accounts. Trouble was, some of them were wrong, some were missing and some needed to be removed. Now there are plenty of tools out there to manage images, but I wanted to …

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