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29
Jul

Cross Forest Selectively Trusted SQL 2012 Availability Group for ADFS 3.0 / Azure ADConnect

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I recently was working on a project where my client had a desire to leverage an experienced SQL administration team to monitor and provide availability for their new ADFS 3.0 database. Normally the ADFS databases (Artifact and Configuration) can be installed and made highly available with utilizing the Windows Internal Database. Technical constraints around using […]

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24
Jul

Admins Toolbox – PowerShell oneliners

Posted by | | PowerShell | No Comments on Admins Toolbox – PowerShell oneliners

Here are a few of the PowerShell one-liners I use on a regular basis. Most of these are used to for tracking users and computer counts.  You will need to import the Active Directory Module. Some of the variables used $date = (get-Date).tostring() $week = (Get-Date).AddDays(-7) $domain = (get-addomain).name $tspan = “195” The first one gets […]

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22
Jul

Windows 10 Azure AD domain join – First Impressions

Posted by | · | Azure · Windows 10 | 5 Comments on Windows 10 Azure AD domain join – First Impressions

So you may or may not be aware of a new feature coming to Windows 10. Azure AD domain join. This is an exciting new capability that may truly start to bring Cloud only or BYOD users into the management fold.   I recently gave this feature a quick trial run with Windows 10 Insider […]

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15
Jul

Windows 8.1: Customize Start Screen during OS deployment

Posted by | · · | SCCM · Windows 8.1 | No Comments on Windows 8.1: Customize Start Screen during OS deployment

Hey there everyone! Today I wanted to talk about customizing the Windows 8.1 Start screen during OS deployment with SCCM 2012.   I often see this question come up and witness many deployments of Windows 8.1 with the cluttered (in my opinion) default Start Screen. Given most end users really only care about getting quick […]

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10
Jul

SCCM 2012 R2 SP1: Driver Import Bug Workaround

Posted by | · | SCCM | 1 Comment on SCCM 2012 R2 SP1: Driver Import Bug Workaround

Update 8-12-15: A hotfix has been released! Get it here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3084586 Today’s post is talk about a the recently released Service Pack 1 for System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2, and a particularly ugly Driver import bug.   At a high level, what appears to be happening is that when you import a set a […]

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08
Jul

SCOM/SCSM: Distribution Groups Fail to Receive Email Notifications

Posted by | · · · · · · · | SCOM · SCSM | No Comments on SCOM/SCSM: Distribution Groups Fail to Receive Email Notifications

A problem that I’ve run across during multiple SCOM and SCSM engagements is one having to do with email notifications. Specifically, SCOM and SCSM will register that emails have been sent and, if those emails are sent to specific users, they are received. However, distribution groups will fail to receive email notifications, leaving the local […]

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01
Jul

Dynamically create Schedules with SMA

Posted by | No Tags | SMA | 1 Comment on Dynamically create Schedules with SMA

If you have done any work with SMA you will realize that the capabilities with scheduling are somewhat limited if you want to do a recurring schedule.  In fact, the only option for a recurring schedule is to run a particular runbook on a daily basis. I recently worked on a project where we needed […]

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