Monitoring Exchange Online User Client Access and Usage with Graph, PowerShell and Power BI

Introduction As a Tenant Admin of an Office 365 Exchange Online organization, have you ever needed to monitor who, what, and where someone is connecting to your Exchange Online resources, like accessing mailboxes on mobile devices? I ran into this request a few weeks ago, from one of my customers. After hours of research, and…


How to work with Inactive Mailboxes

It usually starts with the following question: Is there a way to release the license of an Exchange Online user that left the company, but at the same time, keep the mailbox content? To get this done, we have a feature called Inactive mailboxes, but as we have seen some of our customers being a…


Windows Server 2019 Now Available

Introduction Windows Server 2019 is once again generally available. You can pull the new Windows Server 2019 images—including the new ‘Windows’ base image—via: docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows/servercore:1809 docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows/nanoserver:1809 docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/windows:1809 Just like the Windows Server 2016 release, the Windows Server Core container image is the only Windows base image in our Long-Term Servicing…

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Windows 10 and reserved storage

Reserving disk space to keep Windows 10 up to date Windows Insiders: To enable this new feature now, please see the last section “Testing out Storage Reserve” and complete the quest Starting with the next major update we’re making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space. Through reserved storage, some disk space…

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How to Enable User-Based Control/Enforcement of BitLocker on Removable Data Drives

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15 years!

Believe it or not – as of today, this blog has been around for 15 years! That’s right… the very First post was published on February 9, 2004, with How the M: Drive came about hot on its heels. Not too shabby for something people said would never work! On this blog, we have something…


Interview with Database TechNet Wiki Ninja – Mohsin Khan

Hello guys, I’m happy to reach you all with another Interview with one of the popular Wiki Ninja. As per time-honored tradition, today we’re publishing an interview with one of the popular authors in Technet Wiki who have enlightened us with quality posts. The “Monday – Interview with a Wiki Ninja” category in Wiki gives…

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Using Computer Name Aliases in place of DNS CNAME Records

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Security baseline (FINAL) for Windows 10 v1809 and Windows Server 2019

Microsoft is pleased to announce the final release of the security configuration baseline settings for Windows 10 October 2018 Update (a.k.a., version 1809, “Redstone 5” or “RS5”), and for Windows Server 2019. Download the content from the Microsoft Security Compliance Toolkit (click Download and select Windows 10 Version 1809 and Windows Server 2019 Security Baseline.zip)….

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System Center Configuration Manager Client Health – Toolset to identify and remediate client issues

Introduction I get asked by a lot of customers “How can we reduce the amount of time spent on manually troubleshooting agents, correctly identify what is wrong with the systems, quickly and automatically remediate the issues on the systems”? Even though we do have a built-in check for the client that runs daily, as described…