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    Automate Mailbox Size Reporting in Office 365

    Office 365 grants users relatively large mailboxes at 25 GB per person, but in some organizations a few users may push the limits on a mailbox even this large.  Luckily, remote PowerShell with Office 365 allows us to generate reports on mailbox sizes for all users in an organization.  The first step is to connect to Office…

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    Troubleshooting Directory Synchronization Errors Caused by Duplicate Proxy Addresses or User Principal Names in Office 365

    The Office 365 Directory Synchronization tool is typically very simple to install and configure, and in most environments once it is up and running you rarely need to touch it again.  However, if there is an issue with incorrectly configured AD objects in your environment you will find yourself receiving an email every few hours…

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    How to deliver RemoteApps from Windows Server 2012 RDS

    Once you have set up your Remote Desktop Services environment and published some RemoteApps you might be wondering, How do I actually deliver these remote applications to my end users?  Windows Server 2012 gives you several options that offer you the ability to automatically distribute the application icons to users, and even keeps them up to…

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    Firewall Exceptions to allow SCCM Remote Control for DirectAccess clients

    Managing DirectAccess computers with SCCM is a great way to keep your mobile workforce up to date and in compliance with the corporation. Because everything is done on a “pull” basis, meaning the client computer pulls updates from the corpnet, things “just work” as normal. However, many people find that they are unable to use…

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    Site-to-Azure VPN using Windows Server 2012 RRAS

    UPDATE: Less than 2 weeks after I posted this, Microsoft Azure now officially supports Windows Server 2012 RRAS to establish the Site-to-Site VPN and Point-to-Site VPN using IEKv2!  So don’t follow the steps in this guide anymore, and check out Sandrino Di Mattia’s guide instead. After you create a new Network Site in Azure to host your Virtual Machines, you can establish a Site-to-Site VPN…

    Concurrency, Inc.
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    How to Refresh the IntelliSense Cache in SQL Server Management Studio

    As I read more and more through the Service Manager Forum questions, I’ve come to realize that many folks out there have little to no knowledge of SQL and how to actually use it to build out some of the custom reports they require.  Most of the comments I read from people state they are…

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    Configure Cluster-Aware Updating for Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters

    Keeping the members of a failover cluster up-to-date with hotfixes and patches has traditionally been an arduous and daunting task, but Windows Server 2012 introduces a new feature called Cluster-Aware Updating or “CAU” (pronounced “cow”), that will take care of patching your cluster members automatically.  This is a really easy way to keep your Hyper-V…

    Concurrency, Inc.
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    Sync Domain Clock with Internet NTP Sources

    When deploying a new Active Directory Domain Controller, it can be important to consider where your domain will get its official time from.  By default, the Domain Controller will be its own time authority, but that means it simply says what time it is and all domain members blindly obey it’s decree.  Chances are that…

    Concurrency, Inc.
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    Disabling System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP), Chicken and Egg

    I find that most companies as a component of their SCCM deployments are looking to also push out System Center Endpoint Protection vs. retaining their existing antivirus tools.  I’ve had a very good experience with SCEP as a principal antimalware tool as both a user and a consultant.  That said, I was working on a deployment where…

    Nathan Lasnoski