Most Popular Blog Posts For 2016

2016 is done, and that is a wrap!  As in previous years, it’s always fun to take a look back and see what content was popular and compare trends to prior years….. There is an increased requirement and demand for both Azure and Office 365 content.  The steps to run a manual DirSync/AAD Sync/ AAD…

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Exchange 2013 CU15 Released

Exchange 2013 CU15 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 RU16 Released

Today heralded the arrival of Rollup Update Rollup 16 (RU16) for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3.  RU16 is the latest rollup of customer fixes available for Exchange Server 2010.  All updates are delivered via a RU for Exchange 2010 and 2007.  Exchange 2013 and 2016 have a different release model, where security updates are…

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Exchange 2016 CU4 Released

Exchange 2016 CU4 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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Azure RM VM Connect Button Greyed Out

The below is a repro of a customer issue where they were unable to RDP to an Azure RM VM from the Internet.  Previously this was not something they had setup as connecting to VMs was provided by a site to site VPN.  There was no requirement to provide RDP access from the Internet, until…

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Load Balancing AD FS Services In Azure RM

As mentioned in this blog’s previous posts on deploying AD FS, one option is to deploy all or part of the AD FS solution in Azure.  This is very valuable if there is insufficient capacity on-premises or if you only have a single datacentre and wish to increase resiliency. Deploying the AD FS solution or…

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Change AD FS 2012 R2 Service Account Password

One of the added features in AD FS 2012 R2 was the ability to leverage group managed service accounts (gMSA) which obviated the requirement to manually change the password associated with the service account.  See Getting Started with Group Managed Service Accounts for some background on gMSA.  You may also see the term sMSA which…

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New Netstat Options

New?  Well some options are not that new really.  Others are however! Sometimes it is the little things in life that can help immensely.  Take our venerable friend, netstat!  Even though it has been around for many moons folks often get into the habit of using only certain options, switches or parameters.   For reference purposes,…

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Migrating IaaS Resources to Azure Resource Manager

Like many other customers, the Tailspintoys Canada organization are leveraging Azure as part of their IT solution, and have done so for years.  Because of this they have Azure resources in the old Azure model, and wish to transition to the new deployment methodology.  In short they need to move from Azure Service Manager to…

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Quick Tip: Is There A Shortcut URL To Download Online Sign In Assistant

For those wondering what the download page is for the Microsoft Online Services Sign In Assistant, using your favourite search engine in your favourite browser is one choice. Alternatively you can use the handy dandy shortcut URL: https://aka.ms/SIA   This will take you to the latest version of the Sign In Assistant download page.  …

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