Category Archives: Technology

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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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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 isĀ 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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Securing SQL Traffic using Certificates

I am deploying Microsoft Bitlocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) for a customer and one of the things we want to do is encrypt the traffic between the front end application server and the SQL Server. Here is what the topology looks like from TechNet.

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The New Outlook app for IOS and Android

Microsoft announced last week a new outlook client for IOS and Android. It’s very slick and really nice. I like the way it handles multiple mail servers (Exchange, O365, Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud and Outlook) and adds support for Dropbox, Box and OneDrive for file storage. Like I say it’s really nice (graphical wise) and I’ve been playing with it on my phone.

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Using PowerShell to Set Properties on a List of Groups

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

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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