Get-AdfsProperties Error ADMIN0120

The below is an issue which caused this week’s customer a little stress.  They wanted to review the current AD FS configuration, but were not able to successfully run the Get-AdfsPropeties cmdlet. The Get-AdfsProperties cmdlet would generate the error below. For make most glorious benefit of search engines: Get-AdfsProperties : ADMIN0120: The client is not…

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QuickTip – Windows Emoji Keyboard Shortcut

Since today is World Emoji Day, the below tip is rather relevant! Did you know that Windows now has a keyboard shortcut built in to allow to access emojis? Windows key and period / full stop * or Windows key and colon   This will function across multiple applications and is not limited to Skype…

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Connect to AD FS 2016 WID Using SQL Server Management Studio

As part of troubleshooting a recent Windows Server 2016 AD FS issue, I wanted to take a look at the database using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).  In order to successfully connect there are a couple of gotchas to note as the database used was the Windows Internal Database (WID).  This is the default AD…

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Hyper-V VM Import–Know Before You Go

Importing VMs from one host to another can run into issues due differences in the configuration of the hosts.  A common issue is that a virtual switch does not exist on the new Hyper-V host.  While it is possible to attempt the import, and then deal with the fallout afterwards,  wouldn’t it be great to…

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Quick Tip – Download .NET Framework 4.5 Offline Installer

This post will attempt to resolve some download frustration if your are looking for an older version of the .NET Framework.  This is an issue with Exchange 2010 as the initial .NET framework for that platform has not been updated, whereas  .NET Framework support in Exchange 2013 and 2016 now leverage newer versions of .NET…

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QuickTip–How To Easily Open Additional Instance or Elevate Applications

This tip is for all the folks out there who want a quick and easy way to open an additional instance of an application which they are running or to elevate an application. The below tips were captured from a Windows 10 build 1709 machine. The below should work for most applications – if you…

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Quick Tip–Easily Accessing Certificate MMC

Having to manually open a blank MMC and add in the certificate MMC every time will quickly bore you.  I used to then save it onto my desktop as shown below so I would only have to do this once per server.  It could also be copied to other servers.  The chosen name goes back…

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Unable To Ping Windows Server

You have just deployed a shiny new Windows 2012 R2 member server, and joined it to the domain.  After the server has restarted you try and ping it from one of the other domain machines, but ping is dropped.   You check the Network Location Awareness, as you have been burnt by that before, but that…

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Office 365 Workshop Links – December 2017

This is a link fest  for the items discussed during a recent Office 365 workshop delivered in an unusually tropical Calgary last week.  Calgary +12 in December is always a win!! 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…

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Install DFSRDIAG On Windows 2012 R2 and Windows 2016

Working on multiple versions of Exchange means having multiple different labs.  Each lab will have different versions of Exchange, different update levels and also different Active Directory site layouts.  They are all required to test and validate different configurations. These VMs are not always running.  As a result, DFS sometimes needs attention if the environment…

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