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Pushing Outlook Categories to All Users

I needed to push a uniform set of categories to all users so that they could use the same set when categorizing Contacts in Outlook. This would facilitate the gathering up of information for marketing purposes. For example, we could then search across all mailboxes for Contacts in the Alternative […]

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Unable to access some network shares from Windows 2012 R2

This morning I worked with a client who had added a Windows 2012 R2 server to an SBS 2011 environment. That environment had several other member servers and a stand-alone server as well. The complaint was that on any server except for the new server, he could open up the […]

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Automation: Get an alert when someone updates a SharePoint list

Please note that since the original publication of this blog that Microsoft has renamed Flow to Power Automate Microsoft has integrated the apps Flow and PowerApps into modern SharePoint lists. Flow lets you configure work flows in the if this then do that format and PowerApps lets you turn your […]


Setting up Autodiscover for SBS 2011 and single name domains

If you are using Exchange 2007 or Exchange 2010 (SBS or non-SBS) and are using a single-name certificate, this article is for you. When you migrate to SBS 2008 or SBS 2011 and you already have a domain name, you don’t need to use the built-in domain registration wizard that […]

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How to use Intune to Remove a passcode from an iPhone

Recently I applied a new compliance policy to our corporate iPhones. This included the requirement that the passcode be changed occasionally. The time came to change my passcode. It was late at night. I typed in something twice and successfully changed it. However, in the morning the passcode I thought […]

Introducing Windows 10 into your SBS 2011 Standard Network

NEEDED FIXES FOR SBS 2011 STANDARD (with Exchange) Adjust the supported client operating systems: As noted in you need to adjust the client supported operating systems. Add the following lines to your client operating system Admin needs to add the following two lines to the XML file on the […]


Set Exchange 2010 and 2013 Internal and External Virtual Directory URLs in PowerShell

Here are the elevated PowerShell commands to run to set the virtual directory URLs Get-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory -server EXCHANGE | Set-ActiveSyncVirtualDirectory -ExternalUrl ‘’ -InternalUrl ‘’ Get-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory -server EXCHANGE | Set-AutodiscoverVirtualDirectory -ExternalUrl ‘’ -InternalUrl ‘’ Get-ECPVirtualDirectory -server EXCHANGE | Set-ECPVirtualDirectory -ExternalUrl ‘’ -InternalUrl ‘’ Get-OabVirtualDirectory -server EXCHANGE | Set-OabVirtualDirectory -ExternalUrl ‘’ -InternalUrl ‘’ […]

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How to send email from an alias

To save a few bucks, I added a second domain to my existing Office 365 account which gave me two email addresses under that account – and but it means that is an alias of and by default you can’t send email from an alias in […]

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Domain join error cannot complete this function

In our newly recovered SBS 2008 environment we have not restored our client’s Windows Server 2012 DC. When attempting to join a freshly installed Windows 7 VM via http://connect we hit the following error: Connect Computer Error Details ERROR: Connecting to the network Cannot complete this function Now, we then […]