Preview Exchange Online Admin Center
Office 365 (Exchange Online) Thursday, 09 July 2020 by paul

Exchange Online has a new preview admin center to bring it's design in line with the Microsoft 365 Admin center. It can be accessed at https://admin.exchange.microsoft.com/#/

It does not have all the functionailty of the old Exchange Admin center but I am sure missing functions will be added soon.

Windows 10 File Recovery Tool
Microsoft (FIle Recovery) Friday, 03 July 2020 by paul

Microsoft have released a Windows 10 file recovery command line tool in the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft File Recovery Tool

​If you can’t locate a lost file from your backup, then you can use Windows File Recovery, which is a command line app available from the Microsoft Store. Use this app to try to recover lost files that have been deleted from your local storage device (including internal drives, external drives, and USB devices) and can’t be restored from the Recycle Bin. Recovery on cloud storage and network file shares is not supported.

Microsoft Help link: https://aka.ms/winfrhelp

Store link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/windows-file-recovery/9n26s50ln705?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

Microsoft closing retail stores
Microsoft (Stores) Friday, 03 July 2020 by paul

Sorry to see Microsoft closing their retail stores but I only really found it useful for trying Surface hardware before purchasing. Hopefully will be able to continue doing trying hardware at John Lewis or another retailer.

London Microsoft Store

This is the London Microsoft Store which I visited last year on a rainy day. Fortunately it is one of the four stores which will remain open, as experience centers, according to the Microsoft announcement: https://news.microsoft.com/2020/06/26/microsoft-store-announces-new-approach-to-retail/

Quest K1000 10.2 release breaks IP inventory information
KACE (K1000) Tuesday, 30 June 2020 by paul

Quest have recently released a new version of the K1000 Kace appliance which has broken the inventory process again. The IP address recorded is wrong when the device connecting is using a USB 4G device. They previously broke this before (in 10.0 https://www.farris.co.uk/article.aspx?articleid=10374) and released a hotfix to fix it but it does not look like they are going to fix the issue this time.

It is recommended to hold off upgrading your K1000 to 10.2 until they fix this issue.

Replace vCenter VMCA certificate with Microsoft CA certificate
VMWare (certificate) Monday, 29 June 2020 by paul

vCenter is installed with a self-signed certificate which usually displays a certificate warning when accessed by most browsers. Replacing the certificate is not easy in vCenter but can be done using the following process.


Before starting you need to create a template in the Windows Certificate Authority. The following article has detailed instructions:


Creating a Microsoft Certificate Authority Template for SSL certificate creation in vSphere 6.x/7.x (2112009) - https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2112009


Once the template is in place you can follow the instructions below:


1.    SSH to vCenter server as root.
2.    Enter “SHELL” to start the bash shell.
3.    Run /usr/lib/vmware-vmca/bin/certificate-manager. Menu below is displayed:

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                |                                                                     |
                |      *** Welcome to the vSphere 6.7 Certificate Manager  ***        |
                |                                                                     |
                |                   -- Select Operation --                            |
                |                                                                     |
                |      1. Replace Machine SSL certificate with Custom Certificate     |
                |                                                                     |
                |      2. Replace VMCA Root certificate with Custom Signing           |
                |         Certificate and replace all Certificates                    |
                |                                                                     |
                |      3. Replace Machine SSL certificate with VMCA Certificate       |
                |                                                                     |
                |      4. Regenerate a new VMCA Root Certificate and                  |
                |         replace all certificates                                    |
                |                                                                     |
                |      5. Replace Solution user certificates with                     |
                |         Custom Certificate                                          |
                |                                                                     |
                |      6. Replace Solution user certificates with VMCA certificates   |
                |                                                                     |
                |      7. Revert last performed operation by re-publishing old        |
                |         certificates                                                |
                |                                                                     |
                |      8. Reset all Certificates                                      |
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Note : Use Ctrl-D to exit.
Option[1 to 8]: 


4.    Select option 1 (Replace Machine SSL certificate with Custom Certificate).
5.    After being prompted for credentials another menu will be displayed.

         1. Generate Certificate Signing Request(s) and Key(s) for Machine SSL certificate

         2. Import custom certificate(s) and key(s) to replace existing Machine SSL certificate

Option [1 or 2]: 


6.    Select option 1 (Generate Certificate Signing Request(s) and Key(s) for Machine SSL certificate).
7.    You will be prompted for a number of values. Important ones are Output directory path (/tmp/), name (FQDN of vCenter server), Hostname (FQDN of vCenter server).
8.    Two files will be created in the specified folder (vmca_issued_key.key and vmca_issued_csr.csr)
9.    Use Winscp to transfer the vmca_issued_csr.csr off the vCenter server.
10.    Access the web enrolment page of your Domain CA (usually http://servername/certsvr/)
11.    Select “Request a certificate” link.
12.    Select “advanced certificate request” link.
13.    Copy and paste the contents of the file vmca_issued_csr.csr into the field “Base-64-encoded certificate request”.
14.    Select the “Certificate Template” that you should have created at the beginning of this process.
15.    Press “Submit”
16.    Select “Base 64 encoded”.
17.    Download the certificate and certificate chain files.
18.    Open the certificate chain file (by double clicking on it in Windows explorer) and export the CA certificate using Base-64-coded X.509 (.CER).
19.    Winscp the certificate file and CA certificate file to the vCenter server.
20.    SSH to the vCenter appliance as root.
21.    Enter “SHELL” to start the bash shell.
22.    Run sudo /usr/lib/vmware-vmca/bin/certificate-manager again.
23.    Select option 1 (Replace Machine SSL certificate with Custom Certificate).
24.    After being prompted for credentials another menu will be displayed.

         1. Generate Certificate Signing Request(s) and Key(s) for Machine SSL certificate

         2. Import custom certificate(s) and key(s) to replace existing Machine SSL certificate

Option [1 or 2]: 


25.    Select option 2 (Import custom certificate(s) and key(s) to replace existing Machine SSL certificate).
26.    Prompted: Please provide valid custom certificate for Machine SSL.
27.    Enter the filename for the certificate you just transferred via Winscp.
28.    Prompted: Please provide valid custom key for Machine SSL.
29.    Enter the key filename (/tmp/vmca_issued_key.key).
30.    Prompted: Please provide the signing certificate of the Machine SSL certificate.
31.    Enter the filename of the CA certificate you just transferred via Winscp.
32.    Confirm replacement operation (Y).
33.    May take a while to complete and display the message: Status : 100% Completed [All tasks completed successfully]
When it is finished then log into vCenter as normal and check the certificate of the site is as expected.

More detailed instructions here: http://vcloud-lab.com/entries/vcenter-server/How-to-replace-default-vCenter-VMCA-certificate-with-Microsoft-CA-signed-certificate
 

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