Author: John O'Neill Sr.

Clear Display Cache using Registry Hack

Hey fans! I’m a prolific Surface guy, having used them daily from the release of the original, much maligned Surface RT to my current daily driver, the Surface Book 2. I love these devices, but occasionally, particularly after firmware updates, they like to torment me with odd issues. Today’s gremlin was my SB2 not detecting my external monitor, the very same external monitor I’ve used with this SB2 and it’s Surface Dock since day one. After trying all the usual easy remedies, i.e. disconnect/reconnect the dock, power cycle everything, update the SB2 and the dock, etc… I concluded...

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The Case of the Missing Control Panel Mail Settings App

Hey fans! I stumbled across an issue yesterday where the Mail settings app in Control Panel on my Windows 10 1903 PC wouldn’t open. In expected style, it provided a very non-helpful error “Application not found.” What do you mean, not found? This is the Control Panel for goodness sake! Best guess is that an Office 365 App Update sometime previous “broke” my settings. Especially problematic since my Outlook O365 wouldn’t open because I needed to delete a corrupt profile using, you guessed it, my Control Panel Mail settings app. Oh well, enough ranting and raving, let’s get...

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Troubleshooting Storage Spaces Direct Failover Manager with Get-ClusterLog – #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, I just wanted to share with you a super easy way to get detailed information about what is happening inside of your Storage Spaces Direct Clusters. We are facing an issue with one of our clusters where the “Network is Partitioned” for the Management Network. We would run a command Get-ClusterLog to generate the cluster.log file and review it for diagnostics. Unfortunately, this generates a rather large file with extra data we don’t need. For us, if we can reproduce the error message or problem and run the following: Get-ClusterLog –Node Node2 –TimeSpan 15 -UseLocalTime...

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Filter Out Local AD Users to Not Sync with Azure AD

Hey fans, today’s post covers a common “ask” from those synchronizing on-premises Active Directory with Azure AD: how to prevent certain local objects, specifically users, from synchronizing to Azure AD. Use AD Connect’s filtering capabilities, that’s how! In today’s scenario I’m going to prevent the SystemMailbox account created for Exchange from synchronizing to Azure AD. I’ll set a value on an existing, but unused attribute found on the SystemMailbox AD object, then filter based on that new value. Let’s get this done! Step one is preventing unwanted synchronization while making changes. Do this by disabling the synchronization scheduled...

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The Case of unable to connect to Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Admin Center because of WinRM errors – #StorageSpacesDirect #HyperV

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, Today, we were working on a Storage Spaces Direct cluster that is managed by Windows Admin Center. We love using Windows Admin Center because it gives our administrators an HTML 5 interface with rich reporting and performance history. When we attempted to logon to the cluster this morning, we received the following error message: Connection to remote Server <Server> failed with the following error message: WinRM cannot complete the operation. Verify that the specified computer name is valid, that the computer is accessible over the network, and that the firewall exception for the WinRM service is...

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