If you got a new computer system recently then it probably is using UEFI bios and it didn’t come with Windows installation media or a product license activation key. What gives? Manufacturers are now embedding the activation key in the UEFI BIOS. You can retrieve the key by running this command from within a Windows […]

This will (hopefully) be brief… Here is the Scenario: You have deployed Office365 You have an on-prem Domain Controller (hopefully more than one!) You are using Azure AD Connect 1.1 or greater, (which is installed on one of your domain controllers) You create or manage user accounts using your on-prem domain controllers Whenever you create […]

I had a recent requirement from one of our clients that took a little bit of tinkering to figure out… we will call our client Contoso LLC. and our project that we host for them we will call the “Cool Widget Project.” We built a really neat widget of an application for Contoso to use […]

I was recently introduced to Office 2016 and along with it Outlook 2016. I am techy, I like new stuff, I embrace change… this isn’t about me just being stuck in my ways. In short, the thematic approach that Microsoft has taken in its 2016 office products is what I call “ocular assault.” Did they […]

I regularly use the Microsoft Windows sysprep tool to create template Windows Server 2012 R2 systems for wider deploy using cloning. Sysprep is used to modify a pre-configured Windows system and create an image or “template” so that you can create unique copies of it for faster system deployment. Failure to use syprep before cloning […]

I am going to get right to it today. I really don’t like Microsoft Exchange. I think it is a bloated, convoluted, over-priced product. Welcome to being a Microsoft admin :). I was recently tasked with doing a bit of investigative work on an Exchange server and determining what all was using the box for […]

I will keep this short and sweet. We have servers in our environment that have multiple IP addresses assigned to a single NIC. That’s normally just fine. However on occasion I will have very strange issues occur where essentially all networking appears to be working and yet web browsing won’t work. I can ping my […]

Without going into great technical detail (which on this topic I couldn’t do anyway), it seems after much reading that it is a recommended practice to spread you SQL Server TempDB across multiple files based on how many cores (or perhaps threads) your processor has. To keep things simple, let’s say I have a 4 […]

I have been working on email stuff on and off for the last… forever. One of the very handy and easy to use tools to have in one’s pocket for testing email functionality with a particular SMTP server is the ability to quickly send email through a selected server from the command line. Just like […]

I have been fiddling about with setting up a SQL Server 2012 Failover cluster using an Equallogic SAN. After a whole lot of digging about I found two different posts on two different sites which got me about 90% of the way there. However there were some key “gotcha’s” and other information that was missing […]

One of most difficult things to find (imho) is information about API and Service URL’s for just about any and all applications. Microsoft is better than some (Dell, I am looking at you…) but it can still require some metaphorical google search back flips to get to the right information. That said… I wanted to […]

SQL instances running a lot of databases can get a bit confusing as to what is kept where. Especially if said instance was setup by someone else in times prior. To that end, there is a very handy query you can run in SSMS to quickly return the on-disk file locations of all SQL data […]

The Event Viewer is a very useful tool however, like any log management solution, the biggest hurdle can be filtering out the noise and returning only the meaningful log data that you care about. This is a follow-up on a previous article which can be viewed here: Finding Human Logins in the Windows Event Viewer […]

This is a quick snippet for all of you working with RDS in Server 2012+… and bemoaning the fact that Microsoft took something relatively simple and made it horribly convoluted… In Powershell you can manually set a Session Host Server to use a specific licensing server and mode. To do so you run the following […]

I have written articles on how to start using RealmD and SSSD for integrating ubuntu into a windows network. However, prior to that I wrote an article on using PBIS. RealmD and SSSD is, by far, the superior method IMHO and experience, so for all of those folks that want to switch, you probably want […]