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Patch your Stuff

May 15, 2017 - Uncategorized - 0 Comments - Standard

Lazy sysadmins last week:   Lazy sysadmins after WannaCry got them:   If you want to read about the nitty gritty fun of the WannaCry outbreak, check out Troy Hunt’s blog: https://www.troyhunt.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-wannacrypt-ransomware/   Patch your stuff!  No excuses.

I Passed my Azure Exams!

Jan 24, 2017 - Azure - 0 Comments - Standard

Last week I attended the Microsoft Tech Summit in Chicago.  It was a fantastic event that offered tons of free training sessions, free exam preparation, and free Azure exams.  On top of all that free stuff, the whole event was free.  All I really had to pay for was transportation, hotel, and dinner (since I was […]

Turn on That Scary DC (aka handling an Orphan Domain Controller)

Jan 18, 2017 - Active Directory - 0 Comments - Standard

I just wanted to share this post from the “Ask Premier Field Engineering” blog: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2017/01/17/turn-on-that-scary-dc/ In the past I had clients with similar issues, but I’d removed the DC and done metadata cleanup as if it were a long lost irretrievable DC.  What if there was a need to get data off of the orphan domain controller? […]

KB3118374 Breaking SharePoint Online Calendar and Task Sync to Outlook

Nov 07, 2016 - Office 365, SharePoint - 2 Comments - Standard

UPDATE – This issue is reportedly fixed with the January Office patches.  See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3141473 for details. Thanks to Janis for pointing this out! After installation of KB3118374, users that have sync’d calendars and\or task lists from SharePoint Online to their local install of Outlook 2016 are experiencing authentication errors.  Symptoms are a popup that reads “The server you […]

Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit

Oct 25, 2016 - App-V, BitLocker, System Center, Windows 10 - 0 Comments - Standard

In case you missed it, Microsoft has released a really nice lab rollup that is pre-configured with tons of functionality.  The unsexily titled “Windows 10 Deployment and Management Lab Kit” is actually really cool, and will save you tons of time. Want to test deploying Windows 10 with SCCM?  Included. Want to test a BitLocker […]

SCCM 1602 Upgrade – Easiest SCCM Yet

Apr 04, 2016 - System Center - 0 Comments - Standard

Just a followup to my last post.  I ran through the upgrade myself this morning without issue.  In fact, it was the easiest thing I think I’ve ever done with a System Center product.  Good job, Microsoft.  Total time was about 30 minutes for our basic two server implementation – your mileage may vary. Instead […]

SCCM 1602 Rolling Out!

Mar 22, 2016 - System Center - 0 Comments - Standard

The new quarterly update for SCCM is rolling out now – SCCM 1602!  I read this blog post from the SCCM team last week, but only today received this notification when opening my SCCM console: After clicking OK, we can make our way over to the Administration > Cloud Services > Updates and Servicing node, […]

Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)

Feb 24, 2016 - Active Directory - 0 Comments - Standard

I had done a project to implement a local admin account password management system a few years ago, and just today stumbled across “Local Administrator Password Solution” aka LAPS – a free, officially supported Microsoft solution for managing local admin passwords within Active Directory.  You can download it from Microsoft here.  And here is a […]

SCCM 1511 – A new SCCM

Dec 09, 2015 - System Center - 0 Comments - Standard

In case you missed it – Microsoft released the next version of SCCM yesterday!  The download just finished, so I haven’t implemented it yet, but I’ll be sure to post about the features when I do. When you go to log into ye olde licensing.microsoft.com, you’ll want to look for System Center Config Mgr Client Mgmt […]