Script To Check Exchange NTFS Cluster Size

An issue came to light when onsite recently with a customer.  The design specifications from the Exchange team were not being correctly implemented.  In this environment there is a separate Windows team who are responsible for managing the underlying server OS and hardware.  They are to follow the prescribed process and steps laid down by…

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Office 365 Workshop Links – May 2017

This is a link throw-down for the items discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop that I delivered to customers in beautiful Montreal last week. I’m 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 Tips And Tricks Start with…

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Unable To Access OWA or Office 365 Portal On Servers

Being unable to open OWA or the Office 365 portal is a common issue in test labs.  In these environments there may be a desire to use the browser installed on a lab server to quickly access the Office 365 portal or to test email by using OWA. This is typically met with the below…

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Quick Tip Windows 10 - Unable To Stop Device Notification

This is one of those little things that make life much, much easier.  Imagine the scenario; you go to eject a USB disk drive or USB flash and Windows tells you that it is still in use.  How to track down which application is using the drive? Eject, Eject, Eject In the below example, the…

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The Case of: Outlook Destroying Desktops

As the name of the post implies, something was terribly wrong with Outlook.  Or so it appeared. This was a visit to a customer with poor user experience running Outlook 2016 on Windows 7.  The level of impact was clear long before I even stepped on site.  Management were under the impression that Outlook was crippling…

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Load Balancing WAP In Azure RM

In the previous post Load Balancing Azure AD FS Services  we looked at using Azure RM to deploy and load balance AD FS services.  This is the follow-up post to deploy the Web Application Proxy (WAP) servers and its associated load balancer into the DMZ. In this post we will focus upon the highlighted area…

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Testing AD FS Signon Page - An Error Occurred

There are many causes for receiving errors when signing onto AD FS.  However some are more genuine than others.  This is a quick tip to check that you are on the right track before diving into the details and potentially spending time troubleshooting when in fact nothing is wrong.  Just lately, for some reason I’m…

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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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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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How To Get Azure RM VM IP Addresses Using PowerShell

This is a follow-up to the initial post on the topic which was based on the original Azure Service Manager (Azure SM) model.  Azure Resource Manager (Azure RM) changes the deployment methodology.  Take a look at Azure Resource Manager vs. classic deployment: Understand deployment models and the state of your resources for more details. We…

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