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The Passing of Mr. Mike Kline

It is with devastating regret that I’m even delivering this news right now.  On February 24th, shortly after 8am in the morning, Mike passed away unexpectedly in the hospital at the age of 42. His true passion was for technology, specifically Active Directory, and his dream in life was to work at Microsoft!  He was a 5X Directory Services MVP before ...

Exchange O365 Migration Error

While migrating from Exchange on-prem to O365 you might receive the following error: “The call to https://mail.domain.com/EWS/mrsproxy.svc' failed” After extending your Exchange Organization to Office 365, the next step is to enable the migration end point to move mailboxes from your Exchange Organization to Office 365. When creating the migration end point from Office 365 the following error is returned: “The call to ...

How To Use Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Anyone that has to manage multiple computers understands that having multiple terminal service windows open is a pain. To combat this problem Microsoft has provided Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDCMAN). I recommend RDCMAN to all my customers. What I have noticed however is, my customers struggle with getting all the servers they want into RDCMAN. Note: Make sure the remote ...

Managing Resource Mailboxes

To start out, we are going to create a user account and assign a mailbox to the account. To accomplish this task we will use the New-Mailbox cmdlet as follows: New-Mailbox -Name Room13W -DisplayName "Conference Room 13 West" -UserPrincipalName Room13W@domain.com -Room How it works Running Set-Mailbox with the parameter Room or Equipment, a disable user account will be associated with the resource mailbox. A resource mailbox ...

Creating recipient in bulk using a CSV

Creating bulk recipients on a individual bases can be time consuming and often leads to inaccuracies. Developing user attributes in Microsoft Excel for creating and modification mailboxes can save time and ensure that the creation of the recipients is mirrored and accurate.  In this blog we will review the use of Import-CSV to create, modify, and manage recipients. In addition to ...

Calendar Permissions

To view the permissions of a specific folder within a mailbox, the command Get-MailboxFolderPermission can be used to accomplish this task. The examples below illustrate how to use the Get-MailboxFolderPermission command. Example 1: In this example, the Get-MailboxFolderPermission command will be used to export the users and their associated access rights for the Calendar folder of each mailbox within the organization. You can swap out Calendar ...

Home Drive and Folder Redirection permissions

It's important to provide end users with a stable environment to host 'user specific' information. It is not uncommon for IT staff to receive calls from end users reporting they can not access information within their home drives or redirected folders.  Then IT staff find that they cannot access those files either. As a guideline and in an effort to ...

Manage published apps with PowerShell

PowerShell alone offers a plethora of options for Citrix administrators to automate common and complex administrative tasks. Time is valuable, performing common administrative tasks such as managing published applications with PowerShell will inevitably free up more time in the long run. The following provides a quick breakout on how to use PowerShell and the XenDesktop SDK Modules and common published application ...

AD Replication Monitor Utility

ADREPL: The Active Directory Replication Monitor Utility (ADREPL) provides the following administrative feature sets and capabilities delivered through both command-line and an attractive graphical interface. ADRepl.exe is available to the public at no cost, and hosts the following capabilities for administrators: Quickly monitor and verify Replication status, current & highest USN. Graphical display of metadata on objects. View the history of successful and failed replication ...

Are Your DNS Application Partitions Corrupt?

Hello all, Eric here again. Just recently I was at a customer site in Japan for a few weeks and they had a number of interesting issues, so while I have some time here in the Naha airport, I thought I'd write about a couple of them. One issue that we encountered across a number of their domains was that we ...

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