Error connecting to a stand-alone WSUS server using SSL

A few months back I wrote an article about publishing WSUS with a different URL than the FQDN of the server (link). That was the case with a domain joined server where you can fix things with a SPN. But what about a stand-alone WSUS server with a valid SSL certificate issued with a FQDN of the server? Continue reading

AD FS Error on Startup indicating no access to Private Keys (Event ID 133)

As part of my “summer project”, a new lab environment for testing and learning, I came across a rather hard to figure out kind of issue. It turns out that AD FS in Windows Server 2012 doesn’t function properly with CNG Certificates (Cryptography Next Generation). I won’t go into details about certificates and cryptography in this post, but I think this might be worth sharing. Continue reading

System Center 2012 App Controller setup fails with exception error code: 0x80131500

For the past few weeks I’ve been building a lab environment for testing and fooling around with the various System Center 2012 components. Today, I had trouble installing App Controller and it seemed to fail with creating and configuring the SQL database. Everything was supposed to be alright and ready to go, SQL Server up and running (other connections working just fine), permissions setup correctly etc. Still, no luck. After troubleshooting and reading through the setup logs I found this: All my VMs start with a number, darn it.

After pounding my head against the wall for a couple of hours I somehow don’t find this very funny at all. 🙁

Configuring SharePoint 2013 Central Administration with Kerberos authentication

When you install your first SharePoint 2013 (or 2010) server the first thing that the Configuration Wizard asks you is the authentication method of the SharePoint Central Administration Web Site. It offers you two options to choose from, NTLM and Kerberos. The experienced administrator in you says that kerberos one of course because it’s the more secure and modern one, right? The wizard warns you that there might be more configuration to do, but you continue anyway. The wizard completes successfully and you head on to the Central Administration Web Site, but it won’t open claiming that you don’t have permissions to it. What’s that all about, you ask? Well, that’s the topic of this post so read on… Continue reading

Some items disabled or missing in SharePoint 2013 Central Administration

SharePoint 2013I’ve spent a few hours in the past few weeks trying to get to know the all-new SharePoint Server 2013. There are quite a few changes and new stuff since the 2010 version while some things remain the same. I’ll be probably blogging about SharePoint Server 2013 a little bit in the near future. This article is about one tiny, but yet so annoying and not so well mentioned in the documentation matter. That is, how to run Central Administration Web Site so that all the features, buttons, gadgets and whatnots are available. Continue reading