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How to manually add a hotfix to WSUS

Recently a hotfix for Windows 7 that needs to go out to every Windows 7 computer has had many people scratching their heads at the annoyance of having to touch so many computers. A HotFix is something you click on a link and download to an individual machine one by […]

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Identifying and Repairing a Corrupt TCPIP Stack

The most difficult thing about troubleshooting a system is that such much of the skill is dependent on experience. When a symptom looks like something you’ve seen before but isn’t you can quickly find yourself going down a very dark tunnel. Such can be the case with a corrupt TCPIP […]

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Limiting Azure Site Recovery Bandwidth Usage via Throttling

There’s a noticeable item missing from the ASR on your Hyper-V server – It’s throttling. Many businesses will want to limit the amount of bandwidth used by ASR during business hours. Relax, it’s built-in but just not maybe where you were expecting. You may not have noticed but ASR installed […]

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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 […]

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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 http://windowsserveressentials.com/2015/08/17/small-business-server-2011-standardwindows-10/ 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 […]