Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News (April, 2019)

Hi there! Stanislav Belov here, and you are reading the next issue of the Infrastructure + Security: Noteworthy News series!   As a reminder, the Noteworthy News series covers various areas, to include interesting news, announcements, links, tips and tricks from Windows, Azure, and Security worlds on a monthly basis. Microsoft Azure Microsoft Azure portal April…


Windows 10 (Build 1803) VDI Optimization Script Primer

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Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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Determine which Exchange Online connector an inbound message was attributed to

This is a quick tip for something that I’m asked quite often. The scenario is that you have created an inbound connector in Exchange Online and want to verify that mail which should be coming in through that connector really is; as opposed to mail coming in through a different custom connector or even the…


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…