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A collection of useful information, Tips and “How To’s” gathered during my time as an IT consultant. You can navigate the site via the “Categories” menu on the right, or you can use the search box in the top right. I welcome articles from others – feel free to create an account and post. I …

Convert Evaluation Windows into fully licensed

If you need to setup a windows server in a hurry you can download the evaluation ISO from Microsoft, here:  You can then at a later date convert to a fully licensed (retail/OEM) version of windows by running the following command from an elevated prompt: Standard edition: DISM /online /Set-Edition:ServerStandard /ProductKey:YOUR-PRODUCT-KEY-HERE /AcceptEula Datacenter edition: DISM …

Setup Azure Backup Files and Folders

Azure backup allows you to backup either files and folders are entire VMs into Azure. The article runs through the setup of a simple files and folder backup Uses VSS to get consistent backup without shutting the maching down. Only sends deltas – i.e. after the initial backup only changes are sent For pricing information …

Create VPN from Sonicwall to Azure

This article talks through the creation of a Route-Based VPN between Azure and an On Premise Sonicwall firewall. This is done using the Resource Manager deployment. IP Schema In this example I have used the below Azure subnets. You should plan your subnets before starting this process. AzureDemo-Full-Subnet – all IPs on Azure    (e.g. …

Install Azure Powershell and Connect to Azure

Install Azure Powershell Modules If you haven’t already installed the modules, open an elevated powershell window and enter Install-Module AzureRM Enter “Y” then “A” to install all modules. Then enter Install-Module Azure Again enter “A” to install al modules. Connect to Azure Enter the powershell cmd Login-AzureRmAccount You will be promted to login. Once logged …

Connect to Sharepoint Online, Skype online or Exchange online via powershell

Following on from my previous post once connected to office365 you can load the modules for the below services using these powershell commands. Please note you will need to have the relevant software installed – see the bottom of the article. sharepoint online Import-Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell -DisableNameChecking Connect-SPOService -Url https://domainhost-admin.sharepoint.com -credential $credential Note substitute domainhost for …

Connect to Office 365 and Exchange via Powershell

Pre-Requisites You will need to have the below installed on your PC Microsoft Online Services Sign-in Assistant:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=286152 Azure AD Module for Windows PowerShell  32 bit – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=236298  64 bit – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=236297   Connect to Office 365 Open powershell (I always run as admin) Paste the below into the powershell window $cred = Get-Credential Import-Module MSOnline Connect-MsolService …

Get Windows ISO such as Win 2012 R2

We recently got sent a server with a Windows 2012 license and a Windows 2012 R2 media kit. Obviously we had to load the non-R2 version of Windows which presented us with a problem. We solved this by:- Downloading the evaluation ISO from Microsoft, here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2012 (there are numerous versions of windows here including Windows …

Enable Lync Users for Voicemail

    Assuming your infrastructure has been setup to support Voicemail, the below instructions detail how to enable Voicemail for an individual user. In this scenario the mailboxes are hosted on Office365 and Lync 2013 is used on premise.  1.       Enable users for Unified Messaging Ensure the user has Unified Messaging enabled in the Exchange …

Find Windows Versions on Domain

On a domain controller you can use Powershell to determine the Windows versions of systems on your domain Command Notes Get-ADComputer -Filter * -Property * | Format-Table Name,OperatingSystem,OperatingSystemServicePack, OperatingSystemVersion -Wrap –Auto Display info for all OSes. Output is formatted into columns Get-ADComputer -Filter {OperatingSystem -Like “Windows Server*”} -Property * | Format-Table Name,OperatingSystem,OperatingSystemServicePack -Wrap -Auto Display …

VCP6 Study Notes

Below are the quick study notes I made whilst studying for my VCP6 (2V0-621D). I’ve tried to focus on the key areas to keep them as short as possible. ESXi 6.0 Installation Requirements Requires a minimum of 4GB RAM At least two CPU CORES 64-bit x86 processor released after September 2006 Requires the NX/XD bit …