Office 365 Distribution List Question

Hey Mitch! Do you know if we can add a couple hundred users to a distribution list instead of adding them one by one?One of my help desk techs was asked to create several distribution lists with several hundred users, and they do not want to have to scroll through the user list to click... Continue Reading →

Change the Way You Change Text

I remember when I first discovered the mail merge feature… it amazed the twelve-year-old me that I could write a letter once, and then AppleWorks would address that letter to the several hundred people in my database.  I was thrilled with it. Last week, I was working with a client who moved a server.  No... Continue Reading →

Which Patches?

It came up in conversation with a friend recently that he believed that a Windows Update (hotfix, patch, whatever you want to call it) broke something on his computer.  What can I say? It happens… sometimes.  No problem Fred, all you have to do is roll back the updates that were applied last week and... Continue Reading →

IPv6: Be gone!

Let me start this piece by stating that I am not advocating that we all ignore IPv6.  There are many reasons to use it, and there is nothing wrong with it.  Sure, it is more complicated than we may like... but then again, so was IPv4 when we were first introduced to it. But alas,... Continue Reading →

A PowerShell Gotcha

I was bulk-creating users for a test environment today, and in doing so, I borrowed a script from an article online, which set the password for all users to 'Pa$$word'  I usually use a variation on the same for test environments, but I opted to leave this one as it was.  The script worked. A... Continue Reading →

Deleting User Profiles

“How do I delete old users from a Windows 10 computer? I log in as an administrator, navigate to c:\Users\, and delete their tree.” NO!  In fact, HELL NO! There are several reasons why you might want to delete a user profile from a computer. ranging from termination of employment to reallocation of systems to…... Continue Reading →

Default Gateway Corrections

The default gateway setting in Windows (and every other networked operating system) is a simple setting that tells your network interface card (NIC) where to send traffic when sending it outside of your domain segment.  More often than not, it will be the .1 address of a network segment (e.g.: 10.0.0.1), but that is not... Continue Reading →

SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion

Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) has several prerequisites that must be installed for each component, and frankly, some of those can be cumbersome to get around.  Of course, it is nice for the SCOM installation console to let us know that Report Viewer (a free download from Microsoft, link provided in the notifications window)... Continue Reading →

Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

A client asked me recently how to determine what Management Packs he had installed in his System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) infrastructure.  I told him to open his Management Console and navigate to Administration - Installed Management Packs.  It was a short conversation. Easy peasy, right?  Here's a list, go with G-d.  Twenty minutes later, my phone... Continue Reading →

Active Directory Recycle Bin

A few years ago, Microsoft introduced the Active Directory Recycle Bin to Windows Server.  Wonderful!  It is not enabled out of the box, but it is reasonably simple to enable... except, it is not. Firstly, you can do it in the GUI... Open the Active Directory Administrative Center, navigate to local (local), and then in the... Continue Reading →

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