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Fix a Windows Machine not getting its info from the KMS Server

Posted on June 10, 2014, by , under Deployment.

I’ve noticed over the past little bit where servers were reporting they were not genuine. We have a KMS infrastructure and machines are authenticating against it, yet we are seeing some that are not able to talk any more.

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Using PowerShell to Set Properties on a List of Groups

Posted on June 5, 2014, by , under Technology.

In a previous post on Using PowerShell to Get a List of Groups from Active Directory, I showed you how to get a list of groups and export it to a CSV file. Now that we’ve done that, I’ll show you how to use that data to feed another set of commands where you can edit the groups. If you work with Address Book Segregation or new Address Lists in Office 365, you’ll need to do this at some point so that the data populates.

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Using PowerShell to Get a List of Groups from Active Directory

Posted on May 28, 2014, by , under Technology.

I’ve been busy the past bit manipulating my QA environment to better match the production environment. One of the things I’ve needed to do was pull a list of Active Directory (AD) groups from certain Organizational Units (OUs) and put them into a CSV file where I can then use it to do things like change the email domain, descriptions, etc.

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Windows Modern Apps not Running Properly

Posted on May 2, 2014, by , under Technology.

Ever work on windows 8 or 8.1 and find the modern apps won’t start?

Yesterday I tried opening my modern apps and all I’d get is a black screen then bomb back to the start screen.

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Saving an Office 365 PowerShell Export with the Current Date in Filename

Posted on May 1, 2014, by , under Technology.

powershell Saving an Office 365 PowerShell Export with the Current Date in Filename

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Vulnerability CVE-2014-1776

Posted on April 29, 2014, by , under Technology.

Be aware of a security issue for Internet Explorer 6 to 11.

The full information about the bug from Microsoft can be found here. Note there is no fix for Windows XP. If you are still running it, get off it. Until a fix is released, there are mitigation strategies you can apply.

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Updating Hardware Devices Running Lync Phone Edition

Posted on April 16, 2014, by , under Technology.

I’ve had a Polycom CX600 sitting on my desk for a few months now. It’s been acting up in that it was unable to connect to the Lync server. I figured it needed an update but wasn’t sure how to update these devices.

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Pushing out the Windows 8.1 Update

Posted on April 13, 2014, by , under Deployment.


Windows 8.1 Update 1 came out last week. There is a way as a user you can fetch this, but if you are an admin you can push this out. Let me walk you through this. If you are running Windows 8.1 you will need to upgrade if you plan to continue receive security fixes.

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Managing Drivers in Task Sequences with System Center Configuration Manager 2012

Posted on February 19, 2014, by , under Deployment.

When of the question I always get when deploying Windows whether it be Microsoft Deployment Toolkit or System Center Configuration Manager is how to I properly deploy drivers.

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Generating a CSV file from Office 365

Posted on September 2, 2013, by , under Technology.

powershell Generating a CSV file from Office 365Sometimes you need to run a command against multiple users. Maybe like me, you have 40,000 to run against. Entering each user name manually sucks, using the GUI would be unusable.

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