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Free Resources to help IT Professionals start a Cloud career

Free Resources to help IT Professionals start a Cloud career

A year ago Microsoft launch two free resource programs in order to help IT professionals understand the transition they would need to under take transferring their traditional on premise skill set to one that would be suitable for the cloud technology that is a hot topic.   Those two programs were the Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials and the Microsoft IT Pro Career Center. A survey sponsored by Microsoft in 2016 uncovered the fact that by 2020, more than 1 in…

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New Outlook Features

New Outlook Features

I’ve been catching up with some of the sessions from MS Ignite via the on demand function and one of the interesting events I tuned into was the “Discover what’s new and what’s coming from Microsoft Outlook” with Julia Foran, Allen Filush and JJ Cadiz. Within the session they talked about how they have used customer feedback to help develop a better more intuitive and productive tool. The new features that should be starting to roll out to Office 365 subscription…

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Exchange 2013 Active Directory property ‎homeMDB‎ is not writeable on recipient

Exchange 2013 Active Directory property ‎homeMDB‎ is not writeable on recipient

When trying to migrate users from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013 you may see the following error below:  Error:MigrationPermanentException: Active Directory property ‎’homeMDB‎’ is not writeable on recipient ‎’domain.local/users/employee.smith‎’. –> Active Directory property ‎’homeMDB‎’ is not writeable on recipient ‎’domain.local/users/employee.smith‎’. With many Exchange issues the solution is to set the correct permissions to allow Exchange to migrate the mailbox. To resolve this issue follow these steps: Launch Active Directory Click on View and select Advanced Features Now location the users…

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Unable to sync phone to Exchange

Unable to sync phone to Exchange

If you’ve been following my blog for the last few weeks you’ll have heard me talk about the Exchange 2013 migration project I’ve been working on.  Well we hit another snag in the migration the other day around the users mobile phones not syncing to the new mailbox server after moving to Exchange 2013. At first we thought it was just one or two users but it transpired that over 80 users were affected!! After investigating whether or not ActiveSync…

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Get Mailbox Move Progress

Get Mailbox Move Progress

I’ve recently been involved in an email migration from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013 and in order to monitor the progress of the mailbox moves I’ve been using Powershell commands, the two I’ve used are: Get-MoveRequestStatistics -MoveRequestQueue “Mailbox Database 1″| Sort PercentComplete This results in giving the Display Name, StatusDetail, TotalMailboxSize, TotalArchiveSize and PercentComplete of each mailbox move to that Exchange 2013 database. The other one that I’ve found useful is: Get-MoveRequestStatistics -MoveRequestQueue “Mailbox Database 1″| Where-Object {$_.StatusDetail -eq “Copying…

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Powershell Query to Analyze your Mailbox Movement

Powershell Query to Analyze your Mailbox Movement

I’ve recently been doing an Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2013 migration and wanted to find out the kind of speed the mailbox moves were taking.  I used the below Powershell script to pull out the MB transfer speed per minute: Get-MoveRequest | Where { $_.Status -eq “Completed” } | Get-MoveRequestStatistics | Select DisplayName,TotalMailboxSize,TotalMailboxItemCount,@{n=”Speed MB/min”; e={ [int]($_.BytesTransferred.ToMB() / $_.TotalInProgressDuration.TotalMinutes) }} Please follow and like us:0

Uninstall Project 2013 with Configuration Manager

Uninstall Project 2013 with Configuration Manager

As I’m sure all of you have found there are lots of helpful articles out there about how to do a silent install of Microsoft Office/Project/Visio/etc through SCCM, but there is very little information out there on how to do an un-install silently. After much head scratching I finally found the method of doing so… 1. Navigate to the directory where your install files are located2. Edit the config.xml file located within prjstd.ww (note this changes depending on the version…

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Uninstall Visio 2013 with SCCM

Uninstall Visio 2013 with SCCM

As I’m sure all of you have found there are lots of helpful articles out there about how to do a silent install of Microsoft Office/Project/Visio/etc through SCCM, but there is very little information out there on how to do an un-install silently. After much head scratching I finally found the method of doing so… 1. Navigate to the directory where your install files are located2. Edit the config.xml file located within vispro.ww (note this changes depending on the version…

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Changing Startup to Automatic on the SCCM Remote Control Service

Changing Startup to Automatic on the SCCM Remote Control Service

One of the biggest bugbears within the support staff is that the Configuration Manager 2012 Remote Tools client service is set to Automatic (Delayed Start) when installed as default. If you are working on a users machine and you have to restart it, it can often feel like an age before you can remote control the machine again. Using Group Policy and a Group Policy Preference Settings you can change this. Under Services add the SCCM Remote Control Service and…

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Shrink the SQL Server Reporting Services log database used by ConfigMgr 2012

Shrink the SQL Server Reporting Services log database used by ConfigMgr 2012

So today I came across an issue with my SCCM database server running low on disk space. On investigation I found the ReportServer_log.ldf file had grown to over 320GB in size! It would appear this is a known issue and some simple configuration changes to your database setup can resolve this. Change the recovery model1. Log onto SQL Management Studio and connect to the SCCM instance2. Expand Databases and right click on ReportServer (your name may vary depending on your…

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