Quick Tip–Easily Accessing Certificate MMC

Having to manually open a blank MMC and add in the certificate MMC every time will quickly bore you.  I used to then save it onto my desktop as shown below so I would only have to do this once per server.  It could also be copied to other servers.  The chosen name goes back…

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Unable To Ping Windows Server

You have just deployed a shiny new Windows 2012 R2 member server, and joined it to the domain.  After the server has restarted you try and ping it from one of the other domain machines, but ping is dropped.   You check the Network Location Awareness, as you have been burnt by that before, but that…

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Save The Date – End of Exchange 2010 Support–T Minus 2 Years

January 2020 is going to be a very important month.  There are multiple large and important products which will exit out of their extended support lifecycle phase.  The list includes Exchange 2010. This post is a note to make sure the support lifecycle dates are factored into your project plans and appropriate action is taken. …

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Most Popular Blog Posts For 2017

Well, EHLO to the year 2018!  Just like last year, let’s take a peek at the top 10 most popular blog posts based on hit count. As previously noted, there is more of a demand for Office 365 and Exchange Online content.  The steps to run a manual sync cycle was the most popular post. …

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Exchange 2016 CU8 Released

Exchange 2016 CU8 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2016 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2016 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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Exchange 2013 CU19 Released

Exchange 2013 CU19 has been released to the Microsoft download centre!  Exchange 2013 has a different servicing strategy than Exchange 2007/2010 and utilises Cumulative Updates (CUs) rather than the Rollup Updates (RU/UR) which were used previously.    CUs are a complete installation of Exchange 2013 and can be used to install a fresh server or to…

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Exchange 2010 SP3 RU19 Released

The Exchange team today announced the availability of Update Rollup 19 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3.  RU19 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010. The release contains fixes for customer reported issues and previously released security bulletins. This is build 14.03.0382.000 of Exchange 2010, and KB4035162 has the…

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Office 365 Workshop Links – December 2017

This is a link fest  for the items discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop delivered in an unusually tropical Calgary last week.  Calgary +12 in December is always a win!! Posting the links here since they will be available to all of the attendees, and thought that others may also find them useful/interesting. PowerShell…

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Still Running DirSync and AAD Sync–Really Time To Update

This post is for those customers who continue to run outdated and legacy versions of the synchronisation tools to connect on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory.  It was noted back in April this year that legacy versions of the synchronisation tools should be updated to a supported version of Azure AD Connect.  Preferably the…

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Install DFSRDIAG On Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 2016

Working on multiple versions of Exchange means having multiple different labs.  Each lab will have different versions of Exchange, different update levels and also different Active Directory site layouts.  They are all required to test and validate different configurations. These VMs are not always running.  As a result, DFS sometimes needs attention if the environment…

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