SQL MP Run As Accounts – NO LONGER REQUIRED

                 Download:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SQL-Server-RunAs-Addendum-0c183c32     Over the years I have written many articles dealing with RunAs accounts.  Specifically, the most common need is for monitoring with the SQL MP.  I have explained the issues and configurations in detail here:  Configuring Run As Accounts and Profiles in OpsMgr – A SQL Management Pack Example…

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Change from AD FS authentication to Pass-Through Authentication with Seamless SSO

Imagine this scenario: You’ve been running Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) since before it was cool, and you’re tired of maintaining that highly available infrastructure (at least 4 servers) and the whole federation thing and its myriad of quirks and drawbacks and headaches (such as alt-id (which is still supported in Pass-through authentication with…


For Exchange 2010, 2013, and 2016 do this before calling Microsoft

Hi Everybody! I wanted to post some steps that might save you some time and money. Although all of the below settings are published on Microsoft somewhere, they aren’t all together or always specifically called out to assist in creating a more efficient and stable Exchange environment. I have noted where applicable if it is…

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Step by Step configuration to Add custom Refiners in the Refinement Panel of Search Results page for SharePoint Online

Scenario: You may have custom Library/List columns created which you would like to show them in the Refinement Panel on the Search Results. Step 1: Creating a Document Library / List with Customer Columns Create a New Document library -> go to Library Settings Create a new Column “Product Type” – Choice Field is what…

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Minimum Permissions Needed To Perform Client Push In Configuration Manager 2012

Overview: A question that seems to come up in the forums a lot is “What Permissions Are Required To Allow An User To Push The Configuration Manager Client?”. In this post, I’m going to walk through the process of delegating the minimal permissions needed to perform “Client Push” on a resource in Configuration Manager 2012….

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How to detect applications using "hardcoded" DC name or IP?

You look at Windows Server 2012 R2 and you tell yourself: “that would be nice if I could leverage all those new features”. Then you remember… Adding new domain controllers is usually not a problem. Besides, if you want to add your new DCs in a smooth way, without impacting the existing environment, you can…


LINUX Certificate Enrollment and Automated Renewal Using NDES (Updated)

(APR 2018)  NDES continues to evolve (slowly) as everyone embraces the deprecation of SHA-1.  This post has been updated to reflect those changes and the impact on NDES.  Note the difference between the cryptography used in NDES / SCEP communications versus the cryptography in the certificates provided through NDES / SCEP.  For more detail on…


Oh no!!! That ninja’s going to slice open the sun!!!! (Wiki Life)

No! I’m serious! Someone stop that Wiki Ninja! He’s about to slice open the sun: I know what you’re thinking… You’re thinking, “Hey, Ed. You know that Wiki Ninja who’s about to slice open the sun?” And I’m like, “Yeah?” You know, because I can read your thoughts and stuff. And then you think, “Well,…


Office 365 customers who have ADFS installed can do simple filtered MFA using ADFS claim rules

RECENT UPDATE: —————————————————————————————— Please continue to use Azure AD Conditional Access for the future as part of your strategy. Please refer the following article for further information about Azure AD Conditional Access. Conditional access in Azure Active Directory Azure AD Conditional Access —————————————————————————————— Small Medium sized Office 365 customers may not want to deploy on…

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Help us shape the future of your community!

Capturing a crucial moment in community history   On a blustery day in Seattle – 7th March 2018 – history was being made. On this day, a posse of Microsoft’s most eminent leaders, managers and developers were gathering on Redmond Campus. They were there to meet a contingent of the Microsoft TechNet Wiki Ninjas -…

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