Ken Brumfield's Blog

Deltas Between Windows Server 2016 “Desktop Experience” and “Core”

Context In working with customers building migration plans for Windows Server 'X' to Windows Server...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 10/25/2016

Handy SCCM (Updates) Queries

Context Recently , while still basically focusing on platforms related technologies, I’ve been doing...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 04/09/2015

Whoa WUAU! What the heck is with the circular references (0x8024000F)?

Context Using SCCM for patch deployment, all of sudden no status updates were getting posted by the...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 08/24/2014

One-liner PowerShell to set IP Address, DNS Servers, and Default Gateway

A fun part about configuring servers is that many servers still have static IP addresses. The...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 06/23/2014

Managing Windows Server Role Settings via System Center Configuration Manager

Context Even though I exclusively work on the infrastructure side, I operate under the theory that...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 03/27/2014

WSUS Installation Script

For a number of reasons I have to stand up WSUS servers relatively frequently, including that I keep...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 01/19/2014

Simple way to temporarily bypass PowerShell execution policy

One of the PowerShell challenges challenges I am constantly confronted with is dealing with running...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 01/19/2014

MOMCertImport – Is it all it’s cracked up to be?

Context Core Reference: Authentication and Data Encryption for Windows Computers in Operations...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 01/06/2014

Troubleshooting SCCM Software Update Deployment Package distribution due to missing directories

I have SCCM running in my lab and ran into an issue on several occasions where the Deployment...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 01/10/2013

My Latencies Are Too High!

Yes it has been a VERY long while since I posted.  The list of what I want to post keeps...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 06/05/2012

Making the World Greener One Monitor at a Time - Reset SCOM Monitors Enmasse

Updated 10/19/2014 – Put the script on TechNet Gallery. Link: ResetAllMonitorsOfASpecificType.ps1...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 06/23/2010

LED By Excitement

Until yesterday, I haven’t needed to replace a light bulb in my house since I wrote the post with my...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 04/25/2010

More robust options for locating DCs

While this is a blog on Technet and reasonably should be targeted towards infrastructure topics, I...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 03/13/2010

Cost Efficiency of LED (or CFL) Light Bulbs

This week I worked on a project with one of my Microsoft peers and I helped him install some energy...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 03/05/2010

Return of the Little Shop of Drivers

It's been a while since I've posted. Just over a year actually... I have this long list of half...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 10/30/2009

Getting the most out of the redundancy native to AD when making applications "AD Aware"

Many customers ask how they can best configure applications so that the applications can take full...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 02/09/2009

Managing netbootGuid

The attribute on AD computer objects netbootGuid is very important to allowing some deployment...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 11/13/2008

Little Shop of Drivers

I take all my drivers and put them in %DRIVERS_ROOT_PATH% (see batch code below) and the install...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 10/18/2008

Idiosyncratic Windows Deployment Server Vista Setup Options

I found getting both of the below topics to work the way I wanted in Windows Deployment Server (WDS)...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 10/18/2008

Trials and Tribulations of Learning the Vista Automated Installation Functionality

I've pretty much come to the end of my initial learning curve on how to automate Vista installations...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 10/18/2008

Identifying Stale User and Computer Accounts

Using AD to determine whether or not people are still working for the company and are allowed to...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 09/16/2008

Performance Optimization Philosophy

Optimizing performance is not just about making things run faster, it is about making them run...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 08/14/2008

NTLMv2 or not NTLMv2, that is the question.

Enabling NTLMv2 is a project always fraught with challenges, mostly due to the lack of visibility...

Author: Ken Brumfield Date: 08/08/2008