Category Archives: Technology

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Office 365 – Creating Custom SKUs

If you are working with Office 365, one of the things you may need to do is provision an account with a subset of the Office 365 plans. For example, I have an E3 plan but I don’t want Skype for business or Exchange email, just Office 365 Pro Plus. (Why you would buy E3 when there is a ProPlus SKU, I don’t know but I’ve had to do this twice this month).

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Deploying Windows to the Correct Drive in Configuration Manager

I was helping a customer deploy Windows 7 to a bunch of workstations recently. Yes, some customers continue to use it. One of the weird things you will have happen when installing Windows 7 from retail media to a machine in a System Center Configuration Manager deployment task sequence is the operating system (OS) drive will be D: instead of C:. It can very odd when you encounter it and if you have Line Of Business software that needs C: drive then you could be in trouble. Besides, who wants their OS on Drive D:? That’s just silly.

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Surface Pro 4, Surface Dock and DVI Problems

I’ve been working at a customer back in the fall who was were planning to deploy 60 Surface Pro 3 devices running Windows 8.1 Enterprise (they had been sitting on them a bit) along with the Surface dock and external monitors and network connections. We had some issues to work through and here is my learning.

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Enabling UEV in Windows 10 1607

Something new in Anniversary Update is UEV. Microsoft has moved it out of MDOP and put it into the operating system. Enabling and configuring it is pretty straight forward.

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WiFi disappearing from Windows 10 Laptop

I’ve been running Windows 10 on my laptop since I got it 4 or 5 months ago. It’s a Lenovo X230 i5 12″. Nice and light and pretty decent. I picked it up used off of eBay from a refurbishing company. It’s been doing well but lately I’ve noticed that my WiFi just disappears after sleep or hibernation. A reboot brought it back until recently then nothing would bring it back. My LTE connection works though but WiFi was grayed out. Not sure why, but I figured this had to be a Windows 10 issue and not a flaky hardware issue.

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Real Time Block Lists with Palo Alto Firewalls

If you use a Palo Alto firewall, a new feature since PanOS 5.0 is the real time block lists. I’ve had a few people ask me how to set them up so here is the instructions.

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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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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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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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