‘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…

7

Routing Traffic between Subnets in your Hyper-V Lab

Sometimes I need to replicate customer issues in a Hyper-V lab to fully understand and fix the problem. My labs are typically pretty small and disposable – I set them up for a specific purpose and then trash them.  For this reason I  use Windows 8 Hyper-V running locally on my laptop.  This was working great for me until recently when…


Upgrading Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 Mobile with Microsoft Intune and SCCM

So you want to upgrade your Windows Phone 8.1 fleet to Windows 10? If you are using Intune Hybrid (SCCM as your Mobile Device Management Authority), this guide is for you. If you are using Intune standalone mode, use this one. Intune Hybrid 1. Open the Configuration Manager Console 2. Create a new Configuration Item (Assets and Compliance >…


Setting up a Office Web App Farm for Lync Server 2013

Hi All I have been recently playing around with an Office Web App Server deployment to support a Lync Server 2013 environment. I thought I’d share my learning’s regarding the web farm deployment I did in my lab to test my production build process. On the whole the experience was very good and it was reasonably…


DIY Client Monitoring – Setting up Tiered Event Forwarding

 I’m a big fan of using built-in features to solve your everyday IT admin problems. One feature that’s been around for a long time but is in my opinion highly under-rated, is Windows Event Forwarding (WEF). My colleague Mark Renoden posted some great material on The Security Log Haystack – Event Forwarding and You a while back…


Kerberos Troubleshooting

There is an amazing white paper published on this topic which is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=21820. If you really want to have a good mess about with Kerberos, it is the important white paper to read. The purpose of this post is to record my notes taken from the white paper and tested in a lab. I find it…

4

Active Directory Replication: Change Notification & You

**UPDATE: One of our readers has kindly pointed out the correct intra-site replication interval of 15 seconds – Jimmy** ‘Normal” Active Directory replication occurs almost immediately between replication partners in the same site (15 seconds after the change is made). ‘Normal Replication’ between different sites (say Canberra and Dallas) occurs per schedule with the smallest configurable…

4

Lync Server 2013 Health Check Script

Hi All It’s the season to be jolly I am having fun seeing the kids get excited about Santa visiting soon. I finally have a spare moment and so I thought I would post a Lync Server 2013 Health Check Script I put together to help do some daily checks about your Lync Server 2013…


SHA512 certificates preventing RTCSRV from starting

Hi All just a quick note about SHA512 certificates and their effect on Lync Server 2013 and Skype for Business 2015. If your Certificate Authority issues certificate with a SHA512 signature hash algorithm (which is where a lot of organisations are now moving to *from sha1*), there is a problem with using these certificates on…