Just finished watching a Microsoft Webcast, “What’s Next with Windows 10” with Stephen Rose and Jeremy Korst. I became a member of the ‘Windows Insider Program’ last week and downloaded a copy of the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file. I am also in the process of upgrading my Lenovo ThinkPad from Windows 8.1 (with … Continue reading Windows 10 Introduction
When it comes to provisioning users in bulk there’s a couple of common things typically people are reading data out of text file, reading it out of a CSV file or basically just pulling out of Active Directory. Let’s take a look out of the AD scenario. If I use: Get-User –RecipientTypeDetails user These are … Continue reading How to provision Recipients in Bulk in Exchange Server with PowerShell
If you were to ask a number of networking professionals how routers make forwarding decisions, you might hear one answer far more than any other – Administrative Distance. In simplest terms, Administrative Distance (AD) is a ranking of believability. That is, if I am a router with more than one routing protocol running, to whom … Continue reading To Cisco Routers, This Concept Is Number One!
So, what if you want to manage Active Directory, Exchange, SCVMM or any product for that matter and don’t have the RSAT or management tools installed? Well, I have the answer for you – and for some reason it’s overlooked by many PowerShell admins – but is my favorite solution to managing other products. I … Continue reading How to manage products like Exchange and AD without installing additional tools
Lync 2010 comes with several pre-defined RBAC roles. The thing is, they’re all globally scoped. For example, if I add your account to the CSUserAdministrator USG in Active Directory, you now have the ability to modify, disable, or move users (to name a few) anywhere in the organization. Let’s take a look at a few … Continue reading Creating a Custom RBAC Role with the Lync Server Management Shell
For IT administrators who are hesitant to learn PowerShell, this post will help take the fear out of getting started. PowerShell is not a scripting language. Yes, it does have a scripting language, but that’s for automation and to make tools, which we’ll discuss later. PowerShell’s primary focus is to be a real-time interactive command … Continue reading Video: Learning PowerShell for the IT Administrator – Increase efficiency and automation
I want to introduce a new management tool from Microsoft for your IT department, called PowerShell. PowerShell is a real-time, interactive management tool that lets IT Administrators and System Engineers do bulk administrative tasks and automation events in a highly efficient manner. The early adopters of PowerShell were primarily developers who pushed the scripting language … Continue reading Video: What is PowerShell and how can it make your IT staff more efficient?
In this DrillBit Video, Microsoft MVP Brian McCann shows how to utilize the w32tm command to run Active Directory time synchronization. In Active Directory, we know that our clients need to be within five minutes of the Active Directory Domain Controller. Here is a quick solution using the w32tm command that will show you what … Continue reading Video – How to run Active Directory time synchronization using the w32tm command
In this DrillBit™ Video, Microsoft MVP Brian McCann walks you through how to install Active Directory in a Server 2008 R2 environment. The installation wizard on Server 2008 R2 provides many new options compared to previous installations of Active Directory. Brian explains the new components and options inside the installation wizard and how these new … Continue reading Video – Installing Active Directory on Server 2008 R2 with Brian McCann