Checking Exchange SMTP Logs To Determine Usage

This week I was fortunate to return to one of my favourite customers, to help with Exchange 2010 migration activities.  As we all know, Exchange 2010 will exit out of extended support on the 14th of January 2020.  Fortunately they are progressing very well with moving all mailboxes off Exchange 2010, and one of the…


Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (January, 2019)

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Field Notes: The case of the failed SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance – Binaries Disks Added to Cluster

I paid a customer a visit a while ago and was requested to assist with a SQL Server Failover Cluster issue they were experiencing.  They had internally transferred the case from the SQL team to folks who look after the Windows Server platform as they could not pick up anything relating to SQL during initial…


Secure Credentials with Self-Signed Certificates for PowerShell Scripts

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Most Common Mistakes in Active Directory and Domain Services – Part 1

As a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft, I encounter new challenges on a daily basis. Every customer has its own uniqueness, and each environment is different from the other. And yet, there are several things I repeatedly encounter over and over again. Common mistakes that IT administrators make because lack of knowledge or changes…


Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (December, 2018)

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Publish Your Home Internet Connection IP Address Using Azure Blobs- Part 2

This is part 2 of a hack to publish your Home Internet Connection IP Address to Azure. Please check part 1 of the article here https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/meamcs/2018/12/23/publish-your-home-internet-connection-ip-address-using-azure-blobs-part-1/ Scenario Ever wanted to be able to access your home server while your on the go, but you don’t know its IP Address ? Or maybe it changed ?…


Field Notes: The case of accidentally misconfigured Failover Cluster CSV cache

Introduction In this post, I take you through a process of troubleshooting high pool usage using free tools available in the Windows Sysinternals suite and the Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT).  I also show you how to resolve the issue by properly configuring the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) cache using PowerShell command-lets available in the Failover…


RSAT on Windows 10 1809 in Disconnected Environments

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