Migrating Servers to Azure – Activating Windows

Recently I have migrated several servers from Vultr to Microsoft Azure. As part of this migration, windows became un-activated – most likely because Vultr runs it’s own KMS service and it is no longer able to contact the server: In order to resolve this, I changed the product key to…

Azure AD Connect – Force Sync Via Command Line

Azure AD connect is a new tool which replaces DirSync for syncing Active Directory information to Azure from the local active directory. Synchronisation automatically works in the background, but sometimes you want to push through a synchronisation for some reason or another (rather than waiting for the next time it…

FreeNas 9.3 Released

FreeNAS is a free, open source NAS operating system which has many features (beyond being a Network Attached Storage Device). Based on the FreeBSD operating system, it’s a product which has been out for many years (since 2005 ish) I started using it in about 2008. iXSystems (the supporters of…

Server 2012 UNC Network Share One Way 0x80004005

Recently I’ve had a strange issue with Microsoft Azure. For some reason on some of the Virtual Machines could not access UNC network shares, throwing a 0x80004005 error. However strangely, worked the other way. The virtual machines run Server 2012 Datacentre edition. For example: From Machine A Ping Machine B…