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How to Configure HP ILO 4 for Active Directory Login

1. Make sure that your Windows Active Directory Domain Controller has an SSL Certificate to support port 636 (HP's authentication doesn't like 389)

2. Use Softerra LDAP Administrator (or whatever is your preferred tool to get the OU path) if you don't know how to do it by heart (which...um...sometimes its better to verify).

3. Make sure that you have a way to authenticate users by adding in the OU where your restricted accounts are located. You don't want anyone in the domain to be able to login to the server.

ILO Login > Administration > User Administration - Click New and Add the Group DN Only:



Click Add Group and then you will see your group added. (*Make sure it's a security group)


4. Add in your Windows Active Directory DC to authenticate against (Verified against 2008R2):

ILO Login > Administration > Security - Directory (*Make sure it's the OU where the security group is)


5. Sign Out (Log off) and then Log Back in (If you don't see Direct…

How to Create a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 VMware Template

References:
Red Hat (VMware Cloning Precautions) - https://access.redhat.com/site/solutions/271643
Linux Tutorials Website (NixCraft): http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/centos-ssh/
The Lone SysAdmin - http://lonesysadmin.net/2013/03/26/preparing-linux-template-vms/
Mfariso1 - https://www.suse.com/communities/conversations/creating-standard-server-template-sles-11-sp1-vmware/
DISA STIG Compliance Tool Viewer: http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/Pages/stig-viewing-guidance.aspx
DISA STIG (Operating Systems): http://iase.disa.mil/stigs/os/Pages/index.aspx
DISA STIG How-To YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-h_lj5sWo4A
Force Use of Screen at Login (Red Hat): https://goo.gl/3RU1wU 

1. Upload the ISO to your datastore. Create a Linux virtual machine (Remove the floppy disk and boot into the BIOS and Disable anything you don't need or won't need) with only the packages you actually need and will use.

2. vi /etc/motd (This is the security banner message for your company).

2a. VMware Sp…

How to Configure BGInfo for Windows Server 2012 R2

FYI: It's not hypervisor specific and works fine for physical servers also.
Download BGINFO from Microsoft Downloads Only
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897557

1. Create a folder named bginfo under C:\bginfo
2. Extract all of the contents of bginfo to that folder.
3. Open Bginfo and setup your configurations.


*Custom configurations can be found here thanks to Shay Levy: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/scriptfanatic/2008/07/22/bginfo-custom-information/

4. Once you have completed your custom configurations. Click on File Save As and save your .bgi configuration to C:\bginfo (Don't bother saving to C:\Windows\System32\* SysPrep and Imaging will strip and mess up any settings so don't bother) *Do NOT just clone your VM's!!


5. After you have saved your configuration. Create a batch file named whatever and add the following to the first line (*whatever you named the .bgi file is what you put second after the bginfo.exe path):


6. In case you forgot how. Enable…