‘Microsoft.Policies.Sensors.WindowsLocationProvider’ is already defined” error when you edit a policy in Windows after adding the Windows 10 ADMX files

By |August 14th, 2015|

Updated our ADMX files today to support our roll out of Windows 10 and upon checking all was ok after a replicate I kept being presented with the following error:

I checked my backup before I added the extra files to note that the file it is referencing is a new one. A quick bing […]

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Get a user\asset list with Active Directory and PowerShell

By |August 7th, 2015|

Hi All,

In this blog I will show you a PowerShell script that will work out of the box to generate a CSV file with a list of devices and the name of the each device’s most recent user.

As most IT admins know, keeping an asset list up-to-date and accurate can be difficult at the best […]

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Bulk create computer accounts with PowerShell

By |July 28th, 2015|

Hi All ,

I recently had a requirement to pre-create 30 computers accounts in Active Directory for computers that had not yet been domain joined.

To do this I used a script to generate the computer accounts. Using this script, you can pull the computer names from a CSV file and create them in a specific OU […]

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App Fabric install error – rebooting constantly

By |July 26th, 2015|

Had an interesting one today, installing the pre-requisites for SharePoint 2013 foundation, every time I got to the App Fabric it would fail and want a reboot. After about 3 reboots I decided enough was enough.

The event logs weren’t much help so I had a look to see if there were any more logs […]

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GPO not applying to security group

By |July 3rd, 2015|

Had a strange one today – I created a new group policy and tested it using Security Filtering with one user and it worked a treat so I created a group and popped my user in it.

After a replicate and test I could see it just wasn’t applying…and interestingly the user was not showing as […]

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Extracting Files from an MSI

By |June 24th, 2015|

Have you ever needed to extract some files from an MSI to get a specific document but you don’t want to install the program to get it, or are unable to?

Well there is a simple tool you can use that will extract the files as if it is installing but it won’t actually install the […]

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Office 365 ExpressRoute

By |June 19th, 2015|

Office 365 ExpressRoute is coming, according to the Office 365 public roadmap, in the third quarter of 2015.

For people that may already be consuming Azure cloud services, may already be aware of ExpressRoute. For those who don’t, ExpressRoute offers a private connection directly into Azure which means that you are not using the traditional […]

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Cumulative Update 9 Released for Exchange 2013

By |June 17th, 2015|

Just to let you know Exchange 2013 CU9 has been released

You can download the rollup from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47679&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

CU9 contains the following fixes (Referenced from http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2015/06/16/exchange-2013-cu9-released.aspx)


KB3069501 – Duplicate folders are created after a mailbox move in Exchange Server 2013 Enterprise
KB3055940 – “Object reference not set to an instance” […]

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The user “Mail Enabled Security Group” was found in Active Directory but isn’t valid to use for permissions

By |June 8th, 2015|

We had an issue with a customer recently where they were unable to add a permission to a mailbox for a mail enabled security group. Every time they ran the “Add-MailboxFolderPermissions -Identity “User1:\calendar” -AccessRights Editor -User “Mail Enabled Security Group”” they got the below error.

The user “Mail Enabled Security Group” was found in Active […]

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Change or add SMTP address to O365 user

By |June 6th, 2015|

I was setting up some testing in my labs recently and synced a user from AD to O365. I noticed this user had the primary email address of the onmicrosoft domain which I didn’t want.

When I tried to change this in Exchange online I was presented with an error:

Now I don’t have exchange configured on […]

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