Fixing Errors with Windows Updates

Updates are important to apply and should be done regularly. I’ve had a couple of customers who have had Windows update issues. Basically the machine was spitting errors at the users. The error code they were seeing on a few machines was 0x87D00668. I did some poking around. Thankfully I have a quick and dirty way to fix this issue which is pretty much my go to when these issues crop up.

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Upgrading a Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller

Customers seem to be finally getting the message about end of support for Windows Server 2003. Support ends in July. (July 14,2015 actually) So I have been assisting customers in preparing for their upgrade.

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Setting up Quickbooks as an Application in Azure AD

Adding applications to your Active Directory implementation in Azure AD is fairly straight forward. Let me walk you through a setup and show you what you’ll need to do.

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Clearing the Windows Update Cache

I’ve been seeing issues with Windows updates where computers are getting errors checking in with WSUS. Out of 250 computers I have half a dozen that have update errors. The fix for these is to clear the Windows update cache.

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Setting up a Delayed Charge in Quickbooks Online

I moved to Quickbooks Online from Quickbooks Pro. In Quickbooks Pro I had the option to mark an invoice as a draft. It let me keep track of hours I was billing to a customer without actually creating a receivable that would show up on aging reports, etc. That feature, sadly is missing from Quickbooks Online (maybe I am the only person who used it, don’t know). My bookkeeper, who is awesome, suggested another option, use a delayed charge.

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Unattended Install of VMWare Workstation 11

One of the apps a lot of places I consult for use is VMware Workstation 11. They use it to test out deployments, apps, that sort of thing. I use both VMware Workstation and Hyper-V running on Windows 8.1. Both have benefits and draw backs, but that’s not what this article is about.

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Ensuring your Azure Website is Fast to Load

So I’ve been playing a bit with WordPress on Microsoft Azure. One of the things I quickly noticed was that the site was slow to load when I first accessed it. A wait time of 10 – 15 seconds was not uncommon. For a production website, that’s unacceptable. I figured there had to be a way to speed this up, no one would use the Azure service if it is that slow.

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Provisioning Users in Office 365 Who are Not Provisioned

One of things when setting up Office 365 is to provision new accounts with licenses. There is a quick and easy way in Office 365 to get a list of these users and then provision these users. Login to your Office 365 account via PowerShell
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The Gruffalo’s Child

I had the chance this past weekend to take Nathan to the Gruffalo’s child. It was at The Grand Theatre and put on by Tall Stories. The city also had a table setup to make crafts. In typical Nathan style, he made 2 puppets. The kid loves doing arts and crafts.

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Hybrid Cloud for IT Pros – A Series on Azure

Microsoft Tech Evanglists in the US are posting a series on Azure called Hybrid Cloud for IT Professionals. The link to it is http://blogs.technet.com/b/it_pro/archive/2015/03/07/the-hybrid-cloud-and-the-it-professional-the-blog-series.aspx?linkId=12794611.

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