Save The Date – End of Exchange 2010 Support–T Minus 1 Year

January 2020 is going to be a very important month.  There are multiple large and important products which will exit out of their extended support lifecycle phase.  The list includes Exchange 2010. We reviewed this a year ago, to provide additional warning and notification as many customers still run Exchange 2010 on-premises.  For those who…


Script to Clear Credman

With my customer facing role, there are lot of demonstrations to enterprise customers.  Manually reverting machines back to the initial starting point for the next demo can be time consuming and error prone. One example of this is clearing out the contents on Window’s Credential Manager.  There is no option to do a block select…

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QuickTip–Delay Functionality In Windows Snipping Tool

In current versions of Windows the venerable snipping tool (snippingtool.exe) has been updated with improved functionality. Windows 7 Snipping Tool This is the Snipping Tool from a Windows 7 lab machine: Clicking on Options we see:   Windows 10 Snipping Tool The below were taken from my Windows 10 build 1803 machine. Note that there…

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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…


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…


Exchange 2010 Support For Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers

Previously Exchange 2010 was not supported with Windows Server 2016 Domain Controllers.  The support position was discussed in  the Exchange Support For Windows Server 2016 post back in 2016.  This was a challenge for organisations who still had Exchange 2010 deployed yet wanted to move forward with AD DS upgrades so that they could take…

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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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Exchange 2016 Prerequisites AS-HTTP-Activation Missing

The below was an exercise in paying attention to detail for one of my customers.  They were in the middle of an Exchange 2010 to 2016 migration and were attempting to install the first Exchange 2016 server into the organisation. Windows Server 2016 was being used as the OS for these new servers. However it…

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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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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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