Canadian MVPDays East – Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal

I’m happy to announce that I will be presenting at all of the MVPDays Community Roadshows in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Its a great training opportunity for IT professionals who are looking to sharpen their skills. You’ll find the style very similar to the Microsoft TechDays which ran a few years back.
This community initiative is the result of hard work by several of Microsoft Canada’s Top MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals). It is our pleasure to be able to share our knowledge locally allowing the IT communities to learn and advance their technical knowledge base. You can follow Canadian MVPs on Twitter using the hashtags #CDNMVP and #MVPHour.

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Drivers Showing as Unsigned in Configuration Manager 2012 R2

A customer has a problem with importing drivers for their Surface Pro 3 devices in System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

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Problems Deploying Apps with System Center 2012 R2 in an OSD Task Sequence

Onsite at one of my customer’s sites we are deploying operating systems with a Config Manager 2012 R2 task sequence (TS). The issue I was having was the applications were not installing. They were set to deploy in a task sequence without deployment so that wasn’t the issue. Looking at the log, (logs are your friend, use them) and I discovered this:

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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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