Using Skype for Business as a Broadcast Tool–Lessons Learnt

UCDay UK has just taken place on Oct 24th 2016 and I was lucky enough to be there with The Skype Show broadcasting and recording some live interviews. Although the day went well and I was still breathing by the end, there were a few niggles. For those who may attempt this, here is my… Read More

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Generating CSR using Certreq.exe

I wanted to get this down on paper for reference as I seem to be doing this frequently, but not that frequent to remember¬†each step. There are times when you need to generate a certificate signing request (CSR) on a machine without IIS installed. Examples of these are Web Application Proxy and ADFS 3.0 servers.… Read More

Presence Status Not Displaying in Outlook 2013 when using Lync 2013 Client

When installing Lync the other day I came across an issue where certain users could not view presence status of users in Outlook 2013. When investigating this I found that all users had the exact same version of Office 2013 with the same updates but some users were seeing presence just fine. I concluded that… Read More

Server 2012 Network Issue / Bug. “No Internet Access”

Using Windows Server 2012 I have seen a weird issue with the network adapter several times using mainly Hyper-V and VMWare as hypervisors and the problem server being a virtual machine guest. When you set a static IP and DNS your server may fail to ping outside its LAN. You check and double check the… Read More

Add Security Groups from Trusted Domain to Trusting Domain Local Groups

I needed a quick way to add domain global groups from a trusting domain to domain local groups in the trusting domain with the same name for a project I was undertaking. The trusting domain was Windows 2003 and we did not have access to any AD Powershell module in the trusting domain so the… Read More

Removing Foreign Security Principals from Groups

Today I had a requirement to migrate users and groups from a legacy domain to a new domain using ADMT. All legacy groups were domain local with members from other groups on other domains via existing trusts. Performing a migration of a Domain local groups using ADMT also migrates across members who have no user… Read More

Enable Powershell Sessions to Domain Joined server from Workgrouped Machine

To create Powershell sessions to domain joined machines from a service workstation that is workgrouped joined you need to perform the following actions on the workgrouped machine 1) Start the WS-Management Service 2) Open Command Prompt and enter the following command winrm s winrm/config/client ‘@{TrustedHosts=”server.domain.local”}’ Assuming the target server is remote management enabled this will… Read More

Forcing SSL Certificate to Associate with Server’s Private Key

Have you ever been handed a certificate exported (without the private key) from a server or directly from a CA to install on a different server than the one used to create the CSR? Whilst some IIS functions and apps allow you to use a certificate without a private key, there are others that demand… Read More