(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Microsoft Azure now available from UK datacenters

Today’s Tip… Microsoft Azure, along with Office 365, is now generally available from multiple UK datacenter locations providing data residency to help enable the digital transformation of our customers in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare that require certain data to remain within the UK.


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Microsoft Azure Storage Performance and Scalability Checklist

Today’s Tip… One of the most common issues encountered in deploying resources to the cloud is storage performance.  Correctly architecting the storage your applications and services will use from the beginning goes a long way in ensuring consistent and reliable performance. To that end, Microsoft has developed a number of proven practices for using these…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Check domain availability for Office 365 and Azure

Today’s Tip… Here is a quick way to check if a onmicrosoft.com domain is available for Office 365 or Azure services… You don’t even have to create the tenant yet. Go to https://account.windowsazure.com/organization Type a domain and click check availability… If a domain is not available you’ll see a exclamation point. If a domain is…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: OneDrive for Business limitations

Today’s Tip… Wondering why OneDrive for Business may have problems syncing certain files? Here is an KB article that describes OneDrive for Business limitations… https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3125202 Here are some additional resources to help you troubleshoot… https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Fix-OneDrive-for-Business-sync-problems-e12c6a8b-4bbe-4391-9c23-1a52b55a1967 https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/10104/troubleshooting-onedrive-for-business-sync-issues


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: Office 365 and Azure IP Addresses

Today’s Tip… Extending on a tip I provided earlier, Evan created a PoC REST API for pulling a list if IP addresses and URLS for Office 365 and Azure services.   Landing page and requisite disclaimer: http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/ The timestamp of the last time the site updated the IPs: http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/office365ips/operation/update http://mscloudips.azurewebsites.net/api/azureips/operation/update List all the O365 services:…


(Cloud) Tip of the Day: New MS Authenticator

Today’s Tip… Azure Authenticator is being replace by the new Microsoft Authenticator. The new features include… Support for wearables. You can use an Apple Watch or Samsung Gear device to approve MFA challenges. Finger prints instead of passcodes. We’ve added support finger print based approvals on both iPhone and Android. Certificate based authentication. Support for…


Tip of the Day: New Windows ADK, Windows Ink and Configuring the Taskbar in Windows 10

Today’s Tip… The Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10, version 1607 is available. Direct download: https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=526739 Note: You must use Windows 10, version 1607 with this version of the ADK.   Brian Roper and Li-Chen Miller take a look at Windows Ink and the work that went into it to make it…


Tip of the Day: Further Simplifying Servicing Models for Windows 7/8.1 and Server 2008 R2/2012/2012 R2

Today’s Tip… Back in May, the Convenience Rollup Update was released for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 and monthly rollups for non-security updates for Windows 7/8.1 and Server 2008 R2/2012/2012 R2 became the new process. Feedback was gathered and additional changes have been made. The below blog post expands on the following topics: Why…


Tip of the Day: Two great Niehaus Blog Posts for Windows 10 1607 (f. k. a. Anniversary Update)

Today’s Tip… Here’s a blog to help locate the volume license media on the Volume Licensing Service Center site. The blog includes screenshots to make it even easier! “Windows 10 1607 downloads available on VLSC” – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2016/08/04/windows-10-1607-downloads-available-on-vlsc/   Here’s a blog discussing Delivery Optimization and WSUS. “Windows 10, Delivery Optimization, and WSUS: Take #2” -…


Tip of the Day: Temporarily Blocking a Driver Update from Reinstalling in Windows 10

Today’s Tip… In Windows 10, your device is always kept up-to-date to have the latest features and fixes. Drivers are installed automatically so that you don’t have to select which updates are needed. In rare cases, a specific driver might temporarily cause issues that affect your device. In this situation, you can prevent the problematic…