Direct Access for Windows 7 Works! … and then it stops.

I’m seeing lots of cases were a Direct Access proof of concept has been set up and it works really well for a while with both Windows 8 and Windows 7 (Server 2012 for the DA server – don’t waste your time with 2008 R2). The problem is that all of a sudden the Windows…

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Where are site-linked Group Policy Objects Stored? And why should you care?

Background: A couple of weeks ago I was in the office writing up a report for a Group Policy Health Check that I was doing for a customer. As I was going through the results I asked myself this question. I didn’t know the answer so I asked two of my PFE colleagues – Jimmy…

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Ever needed to find Server Side Outlook rules that forward mail outside of your organisation?

Hi All I was recently asked by a customer to check through Outlook Mailbox rules for rules that forward mail to external recipients. The customer was worried that company email was being auto-forwarded to external email addresses and hence wanted to get some information about how many mailboxes fell into that category. I thought this…


Fake Internet Connectivity for your Lab (Tricking NCSI)

Hello Everyone! Quick and dirty post today just so i don’t forget to write it down… Sometimes in your lab you might need your network connection status indicator (NCSI) to say you are on the Internet, even though you are not. The scenario I’ve been hitting a lot is when I am messing about with Direct Access in…

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‘Real World’ Direct Access installation using Windows Server 2012

I’ve got three weeks of helping customers set up and administer Direct Access 2012 coming up so I wanted to make sure I was ready to handle a setup in a ‘real world’ type scenario. Although we had a massive readiness season for “Windows 2012 Networking” in Charlotte earlier this month I find that sometimes ‘lab’ environments are a…

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Issues with Perfmon reporting – Turning ETL into HTML

Hi Everyone. It’s Marc here. Another of your friendly Canberra PFE’s. Recently I came across a problem with Performance Monitor’s reporting functionality in Windows Server 2008 R2. More specifically, reporting with the Active Directory Diagnostics template. A customer was having a hard time with their Domain Controller CPU levels being sustained at or above 90%…

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Have you ever wondered what web service URLs are used by the Lync client? STrace is your tool.

Hi Everyone I recently stumbled onto a handy little tool called STrace, from Microsoft, which can be used to interrogate a targeted executable’s web service calls. In the world of Lync, especially when your environment has multiple pools and maybe even a director pool, it can be tricky understanding what web service URLs are being used…