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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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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Add-DatabaseAvailabilityGroupServer – You Must Provide A Value For This Property

When creating a new Database Availability Group, there was a bit of rude shock when the installation failed.  This customer had deployed multiple Exchange 2010 DAGs over the lifespan of the product, yet their latest build ran into an issue.  They were able to create the DAG, but when adding the first mailbox server to…

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How To Import Windows 2008 R2 VM To Windows 2012 or 8.1 Using Boot To VHD

One of the popular topics lately has revolved around the Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machines To Import error.  This issue can arise when we try and import a VM into Windows Server 2012 R2 or 8.1 which was originally exported from Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2.  Such exported VMs from 2008 or 2008…

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SkipAsSource Flag Cleared In Windows 2012

For a while now I’ve been using the Netsh SkipAsSource Flag to allow multiple IPs on a server and only the primary IP registers in DNS.  The previous series of articles in this series are here: Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP Addresses On a Network Card Fine Grained Control When Registering Multiple IP…

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Install Desktop Experience On Windows Server 2012

While working with one of my consulting colleagues recently on some Windows Server 2012 installations.  There was an application requirement to install Media Player onto a couple of the servers.  This met with some muttering and cursing from the nearby fabric covered box as the option to install the Desktop Experience feature is not as…

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Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine To Import

Since I have this lovely Lenovo W530 laptop with a couple of disks and 32GB of RAM, it is great to run VMs on!  As you can imagine, I have multiple different Exchange labs to reflect all the different versions and builds that are in use.  Generally I have been able to import all of…

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List Of Updates For Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

One of the best things about Microsoft products is the thriving community that drives a lot of articles outside of TechNet.  For example there is a Wiki article that describes the Hyper-V updates for Windows 2008 and also for Windows 2008 R2.       The community has also started to publish the Windows Server…

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Hyper-V Cluster Console Crash Windows Server 2012

Update 1-3-2013:  You may also want to reference the Hyper-V 2012 and Cluster update wiki pages as linked & discussed here.    After building up a nice new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V cluster with SCVMM 2012 SP1, it was a bit strange to get the world’s longest error when opening up the Failover Cluster MMC. …

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