End of Exchange 2007 Support

Today’s the day to say goodbye to our old friend, Exchange 2007.  At this point you should have completed the project to move all mailboxes and resources from Exchange 2007 to a supported version of Exchange, and uninstall the Exchange 2007 servers. Thanks to Exchange 2007 I went to MCM, and discovered just how badly Greg…

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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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Updating Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS SSL and Service Certificates

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) heavily leverages X.509 certificates to allow the solution to function securely.  As with all of the other certificates that you deploy within your enterprise, there must be a process to manage and renew certificates prior to them expiring.  If a certificate expires this can be summarised quite simply as…

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Exchange Services Not Starting on Windows Server 2012 Due to Network Location Profile

Some of my lab servers run in Microsoft Azure with no redundancy.  This is because they are only a lab, and I want to minimise the monthly billing costs for these environments.  When the servers are restarted due to patching or maintenance activities, there can be a little fallout.  In the case below, some Exchange…

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Remote Desktop Connection Manager Distorted Display

Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMan) is a very popular remote administration tool with Microsoft admins.  RDCMan allows us to minimise the number of open windows on the local machine, when connecting to multiple remote systems.  At the time of writing, the latest version is 2.7 which can be downloaded here.  On my Windows 10 1511…

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How To Use Nslookup To Check DNS TXT Record

Being able to retrieve DNS TXT records is very useful in multiple scenarios.  In this post we will look at checking the TXT domain verification record for Office 365 and also for the Sender protection Framework . In addition to a MX record, we also have the option to prove domain ownership to Office 365…

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Windows 10 Laptop Not Charging After Enabling Airplane Mode

One of my colleagues emailed with an issue on their laptop.  After travelling to the customer location, his power supply had “died” as it was not charging the machine.  This was a Lenovo W541 with the new rectangular power connector, which meant there were no spares readily available. Later that day when I arrived at…

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Install Desktop Experience - Windows Server 2012 R2

This is an updated version of the original Windows Server 2012 post.  The genesis of which was an application requirement to install Media Player onto a couple of servers.  This met with some muttering and cursing from my colleague in the nearby fabric covered box, as the option to install the Desktop Experience feature is…

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Case Of the Disappearing GUI

What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom? Is it as Miles Kington said, “Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit, wisdom is not putting it in your fruit salad”.  Or is knowledge learning by your experience, and wisdom is learning through other people’s experiences?   Let’s make this post use the second option, and…

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