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Locking workstations through GPO

Using GPO to lock workstations after a period of inactivity should be standard behaviour in any organisation, but unfortunately the internet is littered with old information about how to do this.

So, ignoring anything to do with screensavers, go to:
Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
Set Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit to whatever timeout period you require

Amazing how long it took to find this.
H/T: MS Forum and the guy who answered it Deploy Happiness

Windows SMTP Service Mailroot Folders

It may be deprecated in Server 2012, but the built in SMTP service is still extremely useful and is likely to be around for some time yet.
When used for bulk emails it's handy to be able to process the non-delivery receipts, but the mailroot folders often cause confusion, particularly badmail.
If the from address accepts mails, the SMTP service will send the NDR to that address and won't keep a copy of the NDR.
If the from address is not valid or rejects inbound mail (e.g. no-reply@contoso.com) then a copy is stored in badmail along with two other files (possibly not relevant to your post-processing).

To keep all NDRs, change the settings in the SMTP service to send the them to an email address. I use undelivered@machine.domainname where machine.domainname is the name showing under domains in the SMTP service's GUI.
Doing this stores all the NDRs in the local drop folder for later processing.

Another thing to watch out for is the FQDN field in the Delivery|Advanced Settings. B…

SCCM 2012 R2 Console and Performance counters

Just had a issue where the SCCM 2012 R2 Console on Win 8.1 (x64) would no longer connect to the site server after installing MDT 2013 on my local machine.
AdminUI.log complained about performance counters.

Fix:

c:\windows>cd syswow64
c:\windows\syswow64>lodctr /R
c:\windows\syswow64>winmgmt.exe /RESYNCPERF

Uninstall SCCM Console
Reinstall SCCM Console
All working again

H/T http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2554336?wa=wsignin1.0