We generally connect to backend servers via a jump-box or bastion host. On Windows this means RDP into the jump-box, then RDP from the jump-box to the backend server. However, recently a Windows update meant that the jump-box (which had the update) couldn’t RDP to the backend server (which hadn’t got the update). No RDP => no access to update the VM to restore RDP. Lots of fun!
In that case I managed to use Remmina from a Linux box to access the backend directly; however since we are going to hit this issue again we needed a better fix.
Cue PowerShell; this is deployed via Octopus so will work when RDP doesn’t. As an additional perk it means updating becomes much easier. Continue reading →
Just finished some radiator cover brackets: One of the really great things about having a workshop is being able to make exactly the right bracket to solve a simple problem. Saves all that wandering round a DIY shop looking for … Continue reading →
You need to keep the time consistent across your machines for a number of reasons – not the least is basic sanity. AD needs the time consistent as otherwise Kerberos won’t work. Standard practice is to use the DC as the time source. Fortunately NTP makes it pretty easy. Continue reading →