Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection a first look #Office365 #Malware #Protection

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, This week I have been tasked by a customer to deploy Office 365 Advanced threat protection across their Office 365 Email User base. The reason for them decided to go with this is the fact that there are gaps in the security of Office 365 where a user can by default: Receive an Email with a Malicious link in it and have the ability to execute the payload by clicking on the link Receive an Email with a legit attachment without malware but having links to malicious sites where by they click and are infected Receive...

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Configuring Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On for Office 365 and Cloud Apps #Office365 #SingleSignon

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, With recent announcements it is now possible to setup cloud based authentication using Active Directory Seamless Single Sign-On. The best part about this is that Azure AD now accepts Kerberos authentication so this means that you can now seamlessly logon from a domain joined device straight into Office 365 and other cloud apps without being prompted twice for credentials. Now, I know all of you are thinking to yourselves you get similar functionality with ADFS and HA Deployments of ADFS today. The issue is that it is cumbersome to setup, deploy, and manage ADFS servers on-premises....

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As we know, Veeam Backup and Replication Software is a powerful and easy-to-use for backup and availability solution, I would like to share a troubleshooting tip with you today.
You may get a warning /Error message as follow when you try to add windows server 2016 cluster to Veeam and Replication as managed servers.

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My customer asked me to upgrade their Windows 2003 web server last week, as we know, Windows Server 2003 extended support ended on July 14,2015, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any version of Windows Server 2003. Unfortunately, I noticed the Web server is Windows 2003 x86 server, there is no way to in-place upgrade it to x64, the only way is upgrade it to Windows Server 2008 x86, it will give a couple years to prepare web server migration plan at least. Let’s follow step by step to upgrade it.

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Windows 10 Deployments and SCCM Compatibility #Windows10 #MVPHour

  Isn’t it great how fast we receive our Windows 10 updates! I’m currently using Windows 10 1709 (RS3), just like many others out there. From an end user perspective, updating Windows 10 is a set it and forget it type use case. You log on, use it, and one day it just magically has a new version and all your settings are in place. What a world we live in! How does System Center Configuration manager (SCCM) fit into this? Better Together Let’s turn the tables to the backend for a moment. There are many reasons to go...

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@MVPDays V-Conf – Need to free up some time? Automate tasks using #MicrosoftFlows by @Wearesy

Hey MVPDays Fans, I can’t say enough about this amazing presentation that I watched today at MVPDays Virtual Conference. Kent Weare 10 x MVP and now a Microsoft PM on the Flows team knocked it out of the park with this presentation. I’m actually looking to pick-up some great presentation skills after watching this session. Everyone wants more time to get their work done, yet demands keep increasing. Reduce the amount of mundane tasks that plague your inbox or task lies by automating routine tasks using Microsoft Flow. Microsoft Flow has been designed for low/no code use cases. So...

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@MVPDays V-Conf – The gift of Community by @MRThomasRayner and @DaveKawula

Hey MVPDays Fans, Today MVP Thomas Rayner and myself delivered a great session about community at the MVPDays Virtual Conference. We chatted about all things community in this great 30 minute quick hitter session. Microsoft MVPs have hugely diverse backgrounds, expertise, and strengths, but one thing every MVP shares is a passion for COMMUNITY. Giving back to the technical community is how MVPs get awarded, but getting awarded is not why MVPs do what they do. Join us in this session to learn about participating in technical communities, and you’ll find the motivation to get going too! You can...

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@MVPDays V-Conf – Architecting Enterprise-Ready Network Solutions in Azure by @PDTIT

Hey MVPDays Fans, This morning MVP Peter De Tender has the pleasure of being our very first online speaker. He did a wonderful job in his session on Azure Ready Network Solutions. Description: In this session, learn from Peter De Tender, freelance Microsoft Cloud Platform Architect / Trainer / Azure MVP (2013-2015) and passionate speaker, what different building blocks Azure offers you for architecting an enterprise-ready networking topology. Starting from the basic Azure VNet concepts, Peter will quickly move over to more complex designs of isolated subnets, how network communication between multiple Azure regions works, what are Network Security...

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Veeam Vanguard Virtual Conference – December 6, 2017 – #VeeamVanguard #MVPBuzz #Veeam

Hey Veeam Fans, It has been a little while since we saw all of you last at the VeeamON 2017 conference in beautiful New Orleans, LA. Cristal and I felt that it was time we got together with all of our Veeam Vanguard friends and put on a Virtual Conference for the Veeam Community. Here are the details that are set so far: Registration Schedule TBA: (We are still doing our internal call for papers and speaker selection) Veeam Vanguard Virtual Conference was founded by Cristal and Dave Kawula in 2017. It started as a simple idea;...

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MVPDays V-Conf Session Preview #3 @MVPDays #MVPBuzz

Hey MVPDays Fans, I wanted to write to you tonight with some exciting news about the upcoming sessions for @MVPDays Virtual Conference. The show begins at 8:00 MST and runs until 5:00 PM MST – October 25, 2017 If you are interested you can sign-up here: (It’s 100 % free to register) You can check-out the schedule here: Let’s take a look at the 4th of 4 blocks of sessions for this virtual Conference. Our first speaker is legendary MVP Kevin Kaminski follow him at @kkaminski Kevin Kaminski (Principal Consultant at AMTRA Solutions) Kevin Kaminski is a...

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MVPDays V-Conf Session Preview #2 @MVPDays #MVPBuzz

Hey MVPDays Fans, I wanted to write to you tonight with some exciting news about the upcoming sessions for @MVPDays Virtual Conference. The show begins at 8:00 AM MST and runs until 5:00 PM MST. – Oct 25, 2017 If you are interested you can sign-up here: (It’s 100 % free to register) You can check-out the schedule here: Let’s take a look at the second and third of 4 blocks of sessions for this virtual Conference. Our first speaker is Thomas Rayner follow him on twitter @MrThomasRayner Thomas Rayner Thomas Rayner is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional...

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MVPDays V-Conf Session Preview #1 @MVPDays #MVPBuzz

Hey MVPDays Fans, I wanted to write to you tonight with some exciting news about the upcoming sessions for @MVPDays Virtual Conference. Oct 25, 2017 – The show begins at 8:00 MST and runs until 5:00 PM MST. If you are interested you can sign-up here: (It’s 100 % free to register) You can check-out the schedule here: Let’s take a look at the first of 4 blocks of sessions for this virtual Conference. Our first speaker is Peter De Tender follow him on twitter @pdtit Peter De Tender (Azure Architect & Trainer at Azure Platform Experts)...

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Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski Episode 3: Bob Kelly @ Ignite 2017 #MVPBuzz #MVPHour #Canitpro

In this episode I sit down with Bob Kelly who has been a long time member of the application packaging and the setup and deploy communities. He is a three time MVP who has founded sites such as (now and his latest effort In the video take a few moments to talk about the current state of the application packaging and deployment world along with his new role as a product manager for...

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Ignite Cup 2017 re-cap #MSIgnite #MVPHour #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, A few weeks back we had a chance to run the 2nd annual Ignite Cup. This is a community event that we run at each Microsoft Ignite Conference. Now, you are asking yourself what is Ignite Cup?? Simply put it is an exhibition hockey game that takes place prior to the Ignite Conference. We like to call it Geeks vs. Locals. Eventually, we are hoping that we will have enough player to get geeks vs. more geeks. This year’s game was so much fun as we found ourselves playing against some REALLY REALLY good ex-College players....

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As we know, the WPA2 security protocol is using to protect and security communications Wi-Fi networks for many years, but the vulnerability affects all the most devices and operating system, included network devices, mobile devices,
Internet of Things (IoT) devices, Android, Apple, Windows, Linux, and more, if your devices support Wi-Fi, it most likely affected.

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Call for Papers for Tech Mentor and new Conference Co-Chair 2018 @TechmentorEvents #MVPHour #MVPBuzz

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, Today I finally get to write about something that has been in the works for quite some time. I am super pleased to announce that I will be the new Tech Mentor Conference Co-Chair with Sami Laiho for 2018. So, what does this mean for you? It means that I encourage anyone that wants to submit sessions to do so here: We are anticipating the largest speaker session submission for any Tech Mentor Event ever. Especially, this being the 20th anniversary of the event we want it to be the biggest and the best yet....

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Join us for Windows Server Management (Project Honolulu) AMA #MVPBuzz #MVPHour

Hey Checkyourlogs Fans, There is an exciting opportunity coming up to learn about Microsoft Project Honolulu on October 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST. The Microsoft Product teams and several MVP’s will be there to answer any of your questions. So, start thinking them up now and be prepared to learn about this amazing new wave of HTML Server Management from Microsoft. You can join by going to Hope you can join us,...

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Virtually There with Kevin Kaminski Episode 2: Ruben Spruijt @ Ignite 2017 #MVPBuzz #MVPHour #Canitpro

In this episode, I catch up with Ruben Spruijt who recently transitioned to Frame as their CTO. I’ve found Ruben to be a thought leader when it comes to the VDI space, and he has the recognition to show for it. Being a Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP, VMware vExpert and a NVIDIA GRID Community Advisor you can get an idea of the achievements that have made him recognized in many of the technology circles that surround VDI.   Frame is part of a new breed of VDI solutions in the marketplace that have taken a cloud-first approach. These new solutions...

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URGENT – Microsoft KB 4049094 – Windows Devices may fail to boot after installing October 10 version of KB4041676 or KB4041691

Hey Checkyourlogs fans, As discussed, this week in a previous post there was an issue with the Windows Updates that came out in the October 10th Cumulative Updates. Microsoft has now released a new KB regarding this issue KB4049094 please read this to avoid being impacted by this issue. Here is the link to the KB for your reference: Overview Microsoft is aware of a publishing issue with the October 10th, 2017 monthly security updates for Windows 10 version 1703 (KB4041676) and version 1607 (KB4041691), and Windows Server 2016 (KB4041691) for WSUS/SCCM managed devices. Customers that download updates...

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UPDATED – VM won’t boot after October 2017 Updates for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 (KB4041691)

******UPDATE******* Update for those of you using WSUS and SCCM. The issue is with incorrect packages being published to the Catalog which impacted customers deploying via WSUS/SCCM.  A delta update was incorrectly published to WSUS, which resulted in both delta and full package being downloaded distributed, which results in INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE.   The delta package has been removed from the Catalog.   Be sure to re-sync WSUS/ SCCM. If you still have the issues with affected machines you can use the fixes described by Mike and Didier. ********************************     Hey Checkyourlogs fans, First of all, I have to start off by...

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SupTool: Using Azure to Monitor Windows Endpoint Health #MVPHour #CanITPro #MVPBuzz

Are you one of the few remaining administrators who double checks that the Configuration Manager client has been completely deployed to all endpoints? Despite there being fewer hours in the day (at least it feels that way), I still make time to assess the health of each agent and remediate issues as efficiently as I can. It’s time I’d rather invest elsewhere, but I believe it’s that important. As you can imagine, when Martins Kurtis at UonCloud ( gave me a demonstration of his new product, SupTool, I was impressed by its innovative approach to this time-consuming problem. Now...

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Deploying Storage Spaces Direct Part 44 – Deep Internal Diagnostics of #StorageSpacesDirect

Hey Storage Spaces Direct Fans, I was recently working with the support teams at Microsoft and was given a custom PowerShell Module to diagnose Storage Spaces Direct. Now, unfortunately there is some internal tooling at Microsoft that makes the format of this code more readable but it should give you some nice ideas as to what to look for. Invoke-WebRequest -Uri "" -outfile "$env:TEMP\" -Verbose Expand-Archive -Path "$env:TEMP\" -DestinationPath "$env:TEMP" -Force -Verbose Copy-Item -Recurse -Path "$env:TEMP\PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo-master\PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo" -Destination "$env:SystemRoot\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\" -Force -Verbose Import-Module PrivateCloud.DiagnosticInfo -Verbose Get-PCStorageDiagnosticInfo  -WriteToPath c:\logs -HoursOfEvents 1   Now, if we dig into the PrivateCloud.Diagnosticinfo.psm1 we can see...

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