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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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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