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…

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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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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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End of Exchange 2007 Support

Today’s the day to say goodbye to our old friend, Exchange 2007.  At this point you should have completed the project to move all mailboxes and resources from Exchange 2007 to a supported version of Exchange, and uninstall the Exchange 2007 servers. Thanks to Exchange 2007 I went to MCM, and discovered just how badly Greg…

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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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