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Windows Server 2016 RDP certificate configuration


On windows 2016 as well as previous version, there is no utility for RDP Certificate configuration. We can do this levereging WMI interface. The simplest way for accomplishing that is Powershell script. Configuration script can be found below.

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$CN = "CN=localhost"
$RdpSetting = Get-WmiObject -class "Win32_TSGeneralSetting" -Namespace root\cimv2\terminalservices -Filter "TerminalName='RDP-tcp'"
$thumbprint = (Get-ChildItem -path cert:/LocalMachine/My | | ? Subject -eq $CN).Thumbprint
Set-WmiInstance -path $RdpSetting.__path -argument @{SSLCertificateSHA1Hash="$thumbprint"}

Presented method is universal, so can be used on client version Windows 10 as well on the server Windows 2016.

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“Root element is missing” error during SMA Runbook starup


This error is most often seen because of nested runbook invocation from inline or function context. Such action is obviously not permitted. We can call Inline or Function from Workflow, but in other direction we have to use one of solutions described here.
I have just met another cause of such error.
In powershell, there is nomally available such syntax:

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$var = (get-service)[0]

It is using result of expression within brackets as a table, what is indexed without creation of intermediate variable.
Based on my expierience and some tests, I can state that this syntax is causing error “Root element is missing”

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Windows Event Log Advanced Filtering


Sorry, this entry is only available in Polski.

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Failover Cluster Generic Script Resource Introduction


Sorry, this entry is only available in Polski.

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Windows Terminal Services Logon “Access Denied”


I would like to describe resolution of the problem with Terminal Services. When you are using Terminal Services in conjunction with License Server on separate machine, you may experience following symptoms:

  • During the Logon Process, user receives the message “Access denied.”. It is shown instead logon screen, just after the “Welcome” message.
  • Within application and system event logs, there is no related error messages.
  • Within the TerminalServices-LocalSessionManager event log, there is following message correlated with user logon attempt: “Session X has been disconnected, reason code 12″, where X means number of logon session granted to user logon try by Session manager.
  • This problem you may experience on Windows 2008 R2 as well on 2012 (R2).
  • GPO policy update failure often occurs simultaneously.

Temporary solution to this problem may be modifying the following registry entry:

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Terminal Server\
IgnoreRegUserConfigErrors (DWORD) = 1

After addition of this registry value you need to reboot affected server.

After mitigation of poor user experience, you can peacefully start real diagnosis, what is wrong in your environment. In one of the cases, the real issue was mistake in windows firewall configuration of domain controlers, what was applied by GPO. In affecting GPO, there was rule denying “SMB over TCP” traffic.
It may be something different in your case, but always it must be something connect with domain controllers.

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Failover Cluster Generic Script Resource Failed 0×80070009


Hi All,

I have found interesting behavior of Failover Clustering feature in Windows 2012 R2. Message from console and logs in this situation is quite Add to dictionary.
When you have done Generic Script Resource configuration, as described in this Microsoft Product Team Blog , you can find your resource down and following status message:

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The storage control block is invalid.

I have shown that on this screenshot:
Status zasobu klastrowego
When we display the extended error message, we find out, that error code is

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0x80070009

Rozszerzona informacja o błędzie
Similar Entry we can find in Cluster Event Log:
Log systemowy klastra

In this situation we should verify if our script is not returning 0×9 value from any entry point function. When we assured that, this error tells us we have made syntax error in Visual Basic script and in the result cluster resources manager was unable to compile and execute that script.

That is why checking script (every, not only Visual Basic!) is general good practise. We can verify Visual Basic Script Behawior by running the script from command line. This can be done with following command:

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cscript.exe C:\pełna\ścieżka\do\pliku.vbs

Correctly written script should write to console completelly nothing except VB host banner because Generic Script Resource should contain only function definition and no calls to them (this is property of all CallBacks).
In case of any syntax error command execution should return with similar error:
Błąd walidacji skryptu

Have a nice Scripting Time!

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Resources migration between subscriptions within MS Azure


In Microsoft Azure Cloud, any user can own more than one subscription. It is the smallest payment unit, where you can configure payment method and configure resource ownership boundaries.
Every Subscription has own Billing Generation cycle. So you receive as much bills as you have subscriptions. There is exception for Enterprise Agreements, but this is out of scope of this text.
The important thing is you can receive for example three bills, each for two euros. It can be annoing, really.
So this is the reason for joining the subscription.
The only way for doing that is resouces migration to one choosen subscription from the others.
In the Internet, there is planty of questions about that, but responces are unclear or outdated.
Fortunatelly Microsoft has described it within documentation. It can be found here.
One thing is worth of notice. Every resource type has own migration policy, so possibility and limitations of given resource type depends on it.
Full list of resource types, what support migration you can find here.

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Azure WebApps costs’ optimalization – presentation


On Thursday, June 23, 2016 there was second meeting of Cracow team of Azure Users Group Poland.
I had presentation during this event. It was about Azure WebApps costs’ optimisation in different ways.
My Slides Deck from this can be found here
Stanisław Wawszczak is presenting content

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Certificate Request generation for Microsoft Enterprise CA by openssl


Long time ago I have written about generating Certificate Signing Requests from non-Windows machines. The main goal was to sign such request by Microsoft Enterprise CA. I have mentioned vSphere infrastructure as an example.
I have been recently asked a similar question. New vSphere versions require Alternative Name Extension to exist in the certificate. The question was how to configure openssl to implement both functionalities.
Reaching the goal was quite simple, but not trivial. We can define several sections containing settings for request extensions, however only one can be used for a specific certificate request generation.
It is a good practice to reorganize an openssl configuration file designed for generating a single server certificate. In this way, we obtain templates for each server instance.
An Example configuration file may look as follows:

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openssl_conf = openssl_init

[ openssl_init ]
oid_section = new_oids

[ req ]
default_bits = 2048
default_keyfile = rui.key
distinguished_name = req_distinguished_name
encrypt_key = no
prompt = no
string_mask = nombstr
req_extensions = v3_req

[ new_oids ]
MsCaCertificateTemplate = 1.3.6.1.4.1.311.20.2

[ v3_req ]
basicContraints = CA:FALSE
keyUsage = digitalSignature, keyEncipherment, dataEncipherment
extendedKeyUsage = serverAuth, clientAuth
subjectAltName = DNS:server01, DNS:server01.domena.test
MsCaCertificateTemplate = ASN1:PRINTABLESTRING:VMwareCertificate

[ req_distinguished_name ]
countrName = PL
stateOrProvinceName = Malopolskie
localityName = Krakow
0.organizationName = Firma
organizationalUnitName = Oddzial
commonName = server01.domena.test

Most important parts of the config file are:

  • Line 1. Identifies the global configuration section.
  • Line 4. Identifies the OIDs definitione section. This line is singleton in this section.
  • Line 13. Identifies the Extension definition section. Those extensions will be added to certificate request body.
  • Line 15. Defines OIDs section.
  • Line 16. Defines OID registered and used by Microsoft for marking certificate template extension.
  • Line 22. Defines alternative names of the server. Of course, we can use other than DNS prefixes.
  • Line 23. Defines the name of certificate Template, what is designed to use during signing the certificate. It is important to remember that we need to specify “Certificate Template Name”, as oposite to “Certificate Template Display Name”.

Rest of the file is standard body similar to every single config file designed for generation of requests.

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Orchestrator 2012 R2 REST OIP Error: HTTP Version should be either 1.0 or 1.1


Today quick diagnosis of Tilte mentioned issue.
Let consider following scenario:

  1. Orchestrator 2012 R2 installed on Windows 2012 R2 server
  2. Imported Integration Pack for REST
  3. Regional Settings configured in way, where decimal separator is other then period (‘.’)
  4. “Invoke Rest Service” action parameters are configured according to the documentation with string value “1.0″ or “1.1″

This is really common scenario in Poland, where traditional decimal separator is comma sign (‘,’).
That is exactly the cause of issue. We need to double check last point of scenario is correctly configured for the first time.
Now we should confirm the diagosis with following code snippet, what is powershell substitute of code within integration pack.

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$result = 0;
$HTTPVersion = "1.1"
$status = [float]::TryDecode($HTTPVersion, [ref]$result);
if(($status -ne $true) -or ($HTTPVersion -ne "1.0") -or ($HTTPVersion -ne "1.1"))
{
"Return Error: HTTP Version should be either 1.0 or 1.1";
}

When decimal separator is not set to '.' in regional settings for service’s user account, then in line no. 3, there will be following true: $status == $false.

The solution is to set two registry values HKU\SID\Control Panel\International\sDecimal
and HKU\SID\Control Panel\International\sMonDecimalSep for the service account with exact SID to value '.'.
At the end, Orchestrator Runbook service should be restarted.

Originally I have described the case in russian technet forum reply.

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