Category Archives: Admin Tips

Configuring Atlassian Cloud Single Sign On for ADFS 3.0

Atlassian don’t officially support AD FS with Confluence Cloud – but it is working well now I’ve sorted out the issues I was having passing user’s email address through as the nameId claim. Hopefully these instructions can save you some trial and error. Enable SAML on Atlassian Cloud First off – enable SAML on your […]

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802.1X authentication woes with NPS & EAP

Had a frustrating issue with some UniFi APs where clients were not able to authenticate to the Pro models, but OK to the standard UniFis. Running a packet capture on the NPS server I could see many Access-Requests arriving at the server with an Access-Challenge immediately being sent back, but the AP would just keep […]

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KB: User’s print jobs showing as coming from another domain user

We’ve just had a strange problem where print jobs for one of our users were printing out and showing up on the printer as coming from a different username. Normally, probably wouldn’t matter too much, but they use PaperCut account selection – meaning the popups to select the printer account were displaying on the other […]

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Security Tip: Automatic application updates with Ninite

This isn’t a free tip, but works well for the networks I manage. One of the challenges for any Systems Administrator is keeping software up to date. I’m not so concerned about actually having the latest version of software so much as making sure if there are any security updates these are taken care of […]

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Security Tip: Block Internet Explorer invocation of Java with Group Policy

Given the non-stop barrage of security vulnerabilities being found and exploited in Java, every Systems Administrator should disable Java for Internet Explorer or have a really good reason not to. (Don’t worry, we can still cater for you if you have specific sites that require Java!) Unfortunately it is notoriously hard to do. Microsoft had […]

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Installing the SQL from SBS 2008 Premium along side SBS 2003

Background: SBS 2003 Premium is running on one box. Performance is becoming poor due to increasing SQL demands, so we need to run it on a separate server. Can achieve this by purchasing A) SBS Workgroup 1 Processor Edition, or B) SBS 2008 Premium Edition & 25 CALs, (which entitles you to run SQL on […]

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DNS Performance Test Utility

Recently I have been trying to tune the internet performance at work (and find out whether it is faster to run a DNS forwarder on our VPS hosted in a data centre, or to do queries directly to OpenDNS), and found this cross-platform tool which looks very useful for checking out query speeds of different […]

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