Remote Desktop Connection Manager Download (RDCMan) 2.7

The venerable Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) 2.2 was starting to show its age. After a slight hiatus, RDCMan 2.7 is now available.  Please say thank you to Julian Burger for the early Christmas present.  Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a great tool to consolidate multiple RDP connections into a single window to prevent…

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Exchange Support For Windows Server 2012 R2

Previously Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 were released to the TechNet subscriber download centre.   Prior to Windows Server 2012 R2 being tested and validated by the Exchange Product Group, we had asked to pause deployments of 2012 R2 DCs into environments where Exchange was installed. Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1, Exchange 2010 SP3…

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Remote Desktop Connection Manager Download (RDCMan) 2.2

Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a great tool to consolidate multiple RDP connections into a single window to prevent desktop clutter. Update 19-11-2014: RDCMan 2.7 is now available. Please see here. Update 29-3-2017: 2.2 is no longer available for download – please use the 2.7 download link.   The tool can be downloaded from…

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Outlook 2013 Distorted Display Issues

After a recent video driver update, my corporate Outlook client started to do some strange things.  Within Office 2013, the screen output would be distorted.  Menu bars were not painted properly until I mouse-over them again, or moved Office programs around.  Other times the display would look corrupted and the navigation tree would not be…

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How To Install AD FS 2012 R2 For Office 365

When discussing and reviewing Office 365 with customers, I wanted to have a series of posts to illustrate the steps involved when deploying Office 365.   In the burgeoning drafts folder Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) was at the top, so that got finished first! The act of deploying and configuring AD FS 2012 R2…

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Exchange 2016 CU6 Released

Exchange 2016 CU6 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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Windows Hyper-V 2012 & 8.1 Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine to Import

Back in May 2013, we discussed an issue which caused the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error.  Well, as mentioned in that blog post there are a few reasons for this error message being displayed and it does depend on the versions of Hyper-V in use. There were some comments posted (thanks…

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Enabling AD FS 2012 R2 Extranet Lockout Protection

Security is an integral aspect of running modern IT operations.  There is a clear understanding that we need to protect our IT assets, company data and personal identifiable information.  So when we discuss a migration to Office 365, security is an inevitable topic.  One aspect that we need to discuss is around account lockout, and…

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Exchange 2013 CU16 and Exchange 2016 CU5 .NET Framework Requirement

As mentioned in the release posts for Exchange 2013 CU16 and Exchange 2016 CU5, both of these Exchange versions now require .NET framework 4.6.2 on all supported OS platforms.  This post focusses on Windows 2012 and 2012 R2 installations, see note below about Windows 2016. Exchange setup will check for the presence of the required…

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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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