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Office365 ProPlus Deployment on RDS / Terminal Server

The whole Office365 thing can be useful if you can navigate the mess of Microsoft’s websites, licensing and broken links! I recently found upgrading to a VLK of Office was too much of a hassle with the customers having Office365 mail already we decided to try out the new Office ProPlus subscriptions with Shared Computer Licensing […]

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How to bring tsadmin.msc back to Server 2012 R2

So Microsoft screwed the pooch and did away with our favourite tsadmin utility! None other than tsadmin.msc! If you want it back, its not as difficult as it may seem. Step 1 – Obtain some files from a 2008 R2 server with RDS installed. What you will need are the following, tsadmin.msc, tsadmin.dll and wts.dll […]

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How to Join a 2012 R2 RDS Session Host running workgroup to a 2012 R2 License Server (also on workgroup)

So this is a major PITA. Microsoft, along with their decision to ditch tsadmin.msc from 2012 R2 (was last seen in 2008 R2), decided that Active Directory is a “pre-requisite” to RDS and that the licensing portion of RDS will only show up in the server manager if the RDS configuration is in fact joined […]

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How to Enable the built in Anti-spam with Exchange 2010

Just a short one on how to enable the Anti-Spam function on the Hub Transport server, this is written for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 however it is the same process for Exchange 2007 also. This ads some useful functions like IP Block list Providers, Sender Reputation and Content Filtering options. First close your Exchange Management […]

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How to Install a Certificate in Exchange 2010

Just a quick how to here on creating a CSR and installing the corresponding Digital Certificate in Microsoft Exchange 2010. This varies from the same task on Exchange 2007 where there is no longer the need to do long winded shell commands. Lets start In the Exchange Management Console click on Server Configuration.  Right-click the server you […]

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REPLMON with Server 2008 Server. Yes you can!

So I’ve been doing this for a while now but never thought to mention it here until today when I had a geographically dispersed 2008 Domain and some AD issues between sites to check out. We all remember the REPLMON tool in 2003 and how awesome it was/is and if you’ve gone to use it […]

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Hyper V Failed to add device ‘Microsoft Synthetic Ethernet Port’

So just another quick one here, I encountered a server having huge issues modifying and creating VM’s. The issue was exasterbated by the fact the drive holding the VM’s had run out of space and they where all “saved” and offline. In any case after lots of investigating and attempting to fix the VM’s (after freeing space) I […]

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Exchange 2010 and blank OWA screen after install

Just a quick one here that I found interesting, wasn’t really a hurdle but one that I thought might be an issue for some. After installing the latest 2010 Exchange server I ran into the usual issue of the OWA (Outlook Web Access) site giving a blank page with a url something like this /owa/auth/logon.aspx?url=https://server.domain.com/owa/&reason=0 […]

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How to Transfer FSMO Schema Master Roles in Windows Server 2008 / 2008R2

So the other day I had this issue where I was installing Exchange 2010 on a server in a Domain with two sites. The site I was installing into had a local DC that was a Global Catalogue and all the rest but didn’t have the FSMO / Schema Master role. The local Server was […]

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