Video Tutorial How To Deploy Printers To Specific Users Through Active Directory Group Policy Object

In this tutorial we are going to use Active Directory Security Groups and Group Policy Objects to deploy printers to specific users based on their group membership. At the end of this tutorial we will have two new security groups and two new group policy objects. Members of the first security group will get PRINTER1 installed and set as default, while members of the second group with get PRINTER1 and PRINTER2 installed with PRINTER2 being the default.

Step by step instructions follow the video.

We have these two printers installed on a computer called PRNTSRV and shared on the network. I have called these printers PRINTER1 and PRINTER2 for this tutorial.

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Let’s begin by creating our first security group. Open up Active Directory Users And Computers and add our first group.

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Now add a description to the security group.

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And click on the members tab and add one or more members to the group

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Now let’s create our second security group.

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Enter a description for the security group.

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And now go ahead and add one or more members to this second security group.

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Now let’s go over to the Group Policy Editor and open up the Group Policy Objects folder for our domain.

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Here we will add our first GPO for PRINTER1.

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Pick a name for the GPO and click OK.

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Right-click on the GPO and choose edit to bring up the Group Policy Management Editor. Then drill down into User Configuration > Preferences > Control Panel Settings > Printers. Right-click in the window and select New > Shared Printer.

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We will leave the action as Update and enter the path to the printer, (or click the button to browse the directory for your printer). Here we can check the box to set this printer as default as well.

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Go up to the Common tab and check the box for Item-level targeting. Then click the Targeting button.

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Now we will click the New Item drop-down and select Security Group.

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Type the name of the first group we created earlier and click Check Names and then OK.

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Now we can see our domain name and group name as well as the SID of the group. Click OK.

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Now we will click Apply and OK to complete the setup of the PRINTER1 GPO.

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Open up the editor for the printer2 GPO and drill down to the printers folder again.

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We are going to do the same thing for the first printer that we did last time, only this time we are not going to set it as the default printer and we are going to target our PRINTER2 Security Group.

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Common Tab – Targeting

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New Item – Security Group

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Enter our second group name and click check names.

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Here is our domain\group and the SID of the group. Repeat this to add a second printer to the GPO, this time setting PRINTER2 as the default.

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Now let’s right-click on the domain and select Link an Existing GPO. We will do this twice to link both the printer1 GPO and the printer2 GPO into the domain.

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Link the second GPO.

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Now we can go to our workstations. On workstation1, (where my user account is logged in), we can open up a command prompt and force a group policy update with the command gpupdate /force.

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This will immediately deploy the printers from AD to the workstation and set the second printer as default, (because my account is a member of the printer2 group).

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Jump over to workstation2, (where we are logged in as user1 on the domain), and do a gpupdate /force to setup the first printer and set it as default.

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That’s it. We have configured our Active Directory Security Groups and Group Policy Objects to deploy item-level targeted printer installation.

 

Video – How To Sysprep Then Create And Deploy Windows OVF/OVA in VMWare ESX

Today we are going to use sysprep to prepare a Windows workstation for deployment and create an Open Virtualization Format Appliance. Then we are going to upload that OVA to the VMWare ESX datastore and deploy the image using the vSphere client.

Step-by-step instructions follow the video below.

Let’s start by logging into the workstation’s console on the vSphere client and running an elevated command prompt.

Click START and the type cmd. In the window, right-click on the cmd.exe and select “Run as Administrator”.

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In the command prompt, change directory to the sysprep folder by typing “cd sysprep”. and run the sysprep command. In this case, I am going to generalize the image, setup the out-of-box-experience, and shutdown the virtual machine with the command: “sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown”.

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Once the machine has shutdown, we’ll select the FILE>EXPORT>EXPORT OVF TEMPLATE menu item in the vShpere Client.

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In the Export OVF Template dialogue, select the NAME, DIRECTORY, FORMAT and DESCRIPTION for your OVF/OVA and click “OK”

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The export process will take some time to complete. Now ‘m going to upload this OVA file to the datastore in the VMWare ESX Server. Begin by selecting the ESX host and clicking on Configuration and then Storage. Right-click on your datastore and select Browse Datastore.

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Now we can click the upload icon and upload our OVA file to the datastore. I’ll be uploading this one to a folder that I created to store OVA templates. Select the file we created earlier and click Open. We will see a dialogue box with the upload status while the file is transferred to the server’s datastore. This will take some time depending on the size of your OVA.

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Once the upload is complete, we can return to the vSphere Client to deploy the sysprepped image. Select FILE>DEPLOY OVF TEMPLATE…. This will bring up the Deploy dialogue. We can click the browse button to deploy the OVA that is stored locally on our PC

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Or we can enter the URL to the OVA template that is saved to our server’s datastore. To get the URL of the file, simply bring up a browser window and navigate to the ESX Server’s datastore. https://ip-address-of-server/folder. We will be prompted to login to the ESX Server. This will allow us to navigate down into the folder structure of the datastore.

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Locate the OVA file that we uploaded to the datastore and right-click on the file and select “copy link location”.

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Now back to the Deploy OVF Template dialogue box and we can simply paste the URL into the path and click next.

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This will bring up the details of the template. We click next and now we can give the virtual machine a name.

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Now we can select either of the disk provisioning methods available. I will select think provisioning lazy zeroed in this instance and click next.

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In the ready to complete dialogue, we can select the check-box to automatically power on the machine when deployment is complete and click finish.

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Once the deployment is complete, the new virtual machine will boot and we can setup the workstation.

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Install VMWare ESXi Hypervisor 5.5 Update 2/6.0 on Late 2012 Mac Mini 6,2 MD388LL/A

Today we are going to install VMWare Hypervisor on our late 2012 Mac Mini that has been upgraded to 16GB of memory and a second hard drive. For this installation I’ve picked up two of the Verbatim 16 GB Store ‘n’ Stay Nano USB 3.0 Flash Drives, but we will be using only one for this project. The second one will be used as a clone of the original for a “disaster-recovery” setup. Begin by downloading the installer ISO that is custom-tweaked specifically for the Mac Mini 6,2 from HERE (VMWare ESXi 6.0 supports the Mac Mini 6,2 OOTB and cab be downloaded directly form VMware HEREand head over to the sourceforge website for unetbootin and download the release for your operating system.

This video includes the setup of our first datastore and license key installation.

In Mac OS, we are going to launch Disk Utility and partition the Verbatim USB Drive with a single FAT partition and click options to select Master Boot Record for the partition scheme. Then APPLY the settings.

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Launch Unetbootin and select Diskimage and the ISO you downloaded earlier and choose your USB drive for installation and click OK.

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When Unetbootin completes the copy to your USB drive reboot your Mac Mini while holding the ATL key on your keyboard to get the boot menu. Select your USB drive as the boot device.

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Press ENTER to begin the installation process.

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Press F11 to accept the agreement and continue.

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Select your Verbatim USB Drive as the destination.

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Press F11 to confirm the installation.

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After a moment the installation will complete. Press ENTER to reboot.

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Hold the ATL key during reboot again to select the USB drive as your boot source.

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You are now booted into ESXi with your new Mac Mini Hypervisor Server.

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Now it’s time to setup the server and install some virtual machines.

 

Upgrading Our Mac Mini 6,2 Model MD388LL-A To Dual Hard Drives and 16GB RAM for ESXi

[nextpage title=”Page 1″]Today we are going to convert last years Mac Mini from desktop-computer duties to a powerful VMWare ESXi Hypervisor lab server. To upgrade this Mac for ESXi we will add a second hard disk, (we still want the ability to dual-boot back into Mac OS X). Using the OWC Data Doubler SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive Installation Kit we will be able to install a Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD or any of the other 2.5 inch Solid State Drives to use as the VMWare Datastore. While we are at it, we are going to upgrade the memory using the Crucial 16GB Memory Kit.

Let’s start by disassembling the Mac. First thing we will need to do is rotate the bottom cover to line up the marks and lift the cover off.

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With the cover removed we can go ahead and swap out the RAM now by spreading the clips holding the chips in their sockets and lifting the memory modules out. Slip the new memory modules into the sockets and press them down into place.

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[/nextpage][nextpage title=”Page 2″]Now remove the three screws holding the fan in the chassis and lift the fan out. Gently remove the fan’s power wire from the socket.

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Withe the fan removed we can get to the screw that is holing the heat-sink cover in pace. Remove the cover by pulling it toward the center of the chassis and move on to removing the four screws that hold the wifi antenna cover and hard disk in place.

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Slide this cover toward the center of the chassis and carefully remove the wifi antenna plug.

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[/nextpage][nextpage title=”Page 3″]Use your spudger tool to lift the Infrared Sensor wire out of it’s socket and remove the hard disk drive socket.

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Remove the screws holding the motherboard in place.

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Insert the motherboard removal tool that came with the OWC Data Doubler SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive Installation Kit into eh holes in the motherboard and move the tool toward the back on the mac. Only move the motherboard a short distance so that you can access the main power plug.

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[/nextpage][nextpage title=”Page 4″]Slide the main power plug out of the socket on the motherboard and slide the motherboard out of the chassis.

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You can remove the hard disk now by gently lifting the edge of the hard drive and pulling it away from the front of the chassis.

Remove the screw holding the power supply in the chassis.

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Now remove the metal AC socket retainer by sliding it toward the center of the chassis.

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[/nextpage][nextpage title=”Page 5″]Rotate the AC connector counter clockwise and slid the power supply out of the chassis.

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Remove the one remaining screw holding the hard drive tray and lift the tray out of the case.

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Insert the included hard disk grommets into the hard drive tray.

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[/nextpage][nextpage title=”Page 6″]Gently bend the hard disk ribbon cable into the correct shape using the dotted lines as a guide.

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Install the drive in the tray and reassemble the Mac in the reverse order of disassembly.

Parts used in this installation:
OWC Data Doubler SSD/2.5″ Hard Drive Installation Kit
Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD or any other 2.5 inch Solid State Drive
Crucial 16GB Memory Kit

Now we can move on to installing VMWare ESXi on our Mac Mini server.

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VIDEO – How To Install The 1Channel Add-on In Kodi, (XBMC), For iOS 8 8.1

We have already Installed Kodi on our iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, so now we are going to install the 1Channel Add-on which will allow us to watch just about any internet media stream available.

Launch Kodi on your iDevice and change to the Confluence theme, (the file-manager isn’t there on the Re-Touched theme).

Go to System > File Manager

Touch Add Source and enter http://fusion.xbmchub.com in the path field.

Give your new source a name, (I called mine fusion).

Go back to System > Add-Ons and Install from zip file.

Browse to fusion and then start here.

Install the hub wizard.

When installation is complete, go to Programs and run the Config Wizard.

Touch iDEVICES and confirm the installation.

The 1Channel Add-on will appear in the Videos area of Kodi.