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Securing SQL Traffic using Certificates

Posted on February 11, 2015, by , under Technology.

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

Posted on February 2, 2015, by , under Technology.

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

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.

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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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Generating a CSV file from Office 365

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

Powershell LogoSometimes 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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Scripting Office 365 Tasks with PowerShell – Auto Logon

Posted on August 30, 2013, by , under Technology.

I’ve been spending most of my summer in what I like to affectionately call “Email Hell”. We moved 80,000 student mailboxes from Live@Edu to Office 365. We implemented Active Directory Synchronization and implemented a non-standard ADFS deployment to provide better service to BYOD laptops then you would get with a standard ADFS deployment. I’ll post about this on its own post. It’s a deep solution will probably be two posts.

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