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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Create Azure RM VM Using Existing VHD

TailspinToys Canada have been busy upgrading their on-premises, Azure and Office 365 infrastructure.  Previously Azure resources were moved from classic (Azure Service Manager) to the new Azure Resource Manager (Azure RM).   The VMs, storage accounts and VHDs were migrated.   One of the migration blockers was that multiple availability sets were previously present in one of the cloud…

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Exchange Management Shell Pipeline Not Executed Because a Pipeline Is Already Executing

When running operations in the Exchange Management Shell, you may run into the situation where the commands do not complete and the error “Pipeline not executed because a pipeline is already executing” is reported.  An example of this is shown below.  This is an Exchange 2010 SP3 RU15 lab server.  In this case a PowerShell…

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Network Monitor Filter Examples

The below is an assortment of Network Monitor (NetMon) filters that I used on a frequent basis.  With each of the filters, there is a quick explanation of why they are used. The filters can be used as regular display filters, or as a colour filter.  The retransmission one is especially useful to have set…

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Script To Start Exchange Services

Running scripts to start and stop services has been a task long associated with Exchange.  For those who pre-date Exchange 2000, do you remember the fun issues with the increased WaitToKillServiceTimeout value?  By default in ye olde days HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WaitToKillServiceTimeout was 20,000 ms (20 secs).   Installing Exchange increased that to 600,000 ms (10 minutes).  To quickly…

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PowerShell Tail Command

In a recent customer conversation, they were excited that PowerShell 5.0 would contain the option to tail a log file.  While they were excited to get that feature, they were less excited to hear that PowerShell 3.0 had already added the –Tail parameter to the Get-Content cmdlet.  Previously there have been other solutions to get this…

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Active Directory Replication Status Tool Expired

Update 25-4-2016 – The tool has been updated and should be functional.  The feedback pages referenced at the bottom are now closed. Back in 2012 the Active Directory Replication Status Tool (ADREPLSTATUS) was released.  The below is from one of my old labs.  It was a useful tool to have in environments which had no…


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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